March 26, 2015
Recently, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz asked baristas at his 12,000 coffee houses to begin conversations about race with their customers. They were asked to inscribe the hashtag #RaceTogether on cups of coffee and engage in a conversation with customers as they awaited their beverage. While these actions may have been well intentioned, it elicited strong push back from people all across the nation, particularly in the world of social media. One week later, the campaign was ended.
March 25, 2015
The contributions of Bountiful Community United Church of Christ in Bountiful, Utah, will soon be featured on a special episode of the ABC news program 20/20 documenting homelessness in America and the way different organizations throughout the country are responding to the problem.
March 24, 2015
The Extravagance United Church of Christ team has found yet another way to make church available to all through the use of technology. On Palm Sunday, the online faith community will host Dinner Church, a gathering of food, music and prayer that will be livestreamed from Atlanta.
March 23, 2015
Members of an Arizona church, whose name means God creates community, traveled to a rain forest in Nicaragua in late February with dozens of books and suitcases of school supplies as part of a partnership that has been changing lives of the villagers and the mission travelers for several years.
Another debate about the frequency of General Synod is underway, with potential changes expected to unfold within the next two years. The United Church of Christ Board of Directors approved a bylaws change that, if approved by Synod delegates, could alter how often the denomination’s governing body gathers.
On April Fool's Day, someone in North Jackson, Ohio, is going to wake up to find about 50 pink, plastic flamingos standing on their front lawn. That lucky person will be the "winner" of First Federated Church's "Get Flocked" fundraiser, an off-the-wall effort to raise awareness and support for the church's food pantry that serves about 150 local families each month.
March 21, 2015
To further align the national setting of the United Church of Christ into a unified structure, the UCC Board of Directors approved a proposed change to the denomination's constitution that would alter the leadership of the church, and eliminate the exclusive designation of executive ministers for three covenanted ministries.
March 19, 2015
With a smile on his face and eyes taking in the room from behind his glasses, the Rev. John C. Dorhauer looked with gratitude at the group that just affirmed his candidacy to lead the United Church of Christ. That group, the UCC Board of Directors, approved Dorhauer, conference minister of the Southwest Conference of the UCC, as the nominee to the become the denomination's next general minister and president.
The "Keystone Keys," created by staff and members of Open Prairie United Church of Christ in Princeton, Ill., are meant to serve as small tokens of inspiration and support for those who need it, while raising awareness for teen suicide prevention.
The United Nations Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination begins with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21 every year. In a message that marks the observance this year, the U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon highlights the theme "Learning from historical tragedies to combat racial discrimination today," which aims to explore the root causes of racism and racial discrimination and will stress the...