January 23, 2015
A quartet of United Church of Christ ministers are among the top 15 faith leaders to keep an eye on in 2015 for their leadership and ministry in creating a more equitable nation and living on the edge in their ministry. Near the top of the list are UCC pastors the Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara (No. 3), the Rev. Amy Butler (No. 5), and Ferguson, Mo., ministers the Rev. Traci Blackmon and the Rev. Starsky Wilson (No. 6), for their work for LGBT equality, ushering community dialogue and calling...
January 22, 2015
One of the world's most well-known biblical scholars and authors on Jesus Christ has died. Leaders of the United Church of Christ recognized the contributions of Marcus Borg, one of the first voices for progressive Christianity, and whose work brought renewed energy to the study of the Gospel.
To set the stage for greater visibility within the United Church of Christ, a group of 70 Faithful and Welcoming Churches are planning a presence at the upcoming General Synod this summer by working with the church’s national setting.
In this issue of Witness for Justice, the Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo discusses how the "land of the free and the home of the brave" isn't exactly that for everyone here. People in this country and around the world are held against their will and coerced into many forms of violence and bondage, ranging from forced prostitution to domestic servitude.
United Church of Christ advocates speak out against anti-abortion law up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, calling it an "unjust barrier to safe medical care".
January 21, 2015
Calls to address the nation’s immigration system. Acknowledging the real threat of climate change. Finally closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
Those are a few of the points from the State of the Union Address for which Sandy Sorensen applauded President Barack Obama. Sorensen, director of the United Church of Christ’s office in Washington, D.C., found hope in the remarks from Obama’s sixth formal address to Congress, delivered to the nation on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
January 20, 2015
The United Church of Christ General Minister and President Search Committee is confident it is on the right path, and will identify the next potential leader of denomination by next month.
The spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was alive across the life of the United Church of Christ this weekend. Congregations celebrated the vision and the legacy of the famed Civil Rights leader through song, sermon and conversation. Some of those celebrations were reminders of King's work for equality and justice that still lives on today through the witness of the people of the UCC, seeking to complete his historic work, building a "beloved community."
January 16, 2015
The United States Supreme Court will decide the issue of the legality of same-sex marriage once and for all. The court announced late Friday, Jan. 16, that it will take up marriage equality cases from four states sometime in April.
As America honors the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the ideals of equality, service and beloved community that he lived and died for, the Cleveland-based United Church of Christ has released a Pastoral Letter on Racism, with the hope and expectation that it will be read in our 5,100 churches nationwide on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend or to conclude the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Sunday, Jan. 25.