World Council’s climate strategy includes youth materials co-produced by UCC
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:31:22 -0400

For the sake of children, the World Council of Churches wants to redouble its efforts to fight climate breakdown. Empowering young people as activists will be part of that strategy, aided by a $25,000 environmental prize the WCC has won and by educational materials co-developed by the United Church of Christ.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Churches around Maine welcome asylum seekers from Africa in varied ways
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 08:30:00 -0400

United Church of Christ members in aging and overwhelmingly white Maine say there's nothing remarkable in their offers of help to the hundreds of Africans fleeing violence and arriving in their state. Whether it's bedrooms in a parsonage or money raised for legal assistance, it's how they do church, they say.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Commentary: Dreaming in the time of viceroys
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:00:03 -0400

I have always been caught up by the beauty and clarity of the speech “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Author: Angel Rivera-Agosto
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Christian unity movement, despite obstacles, will fight racism, lift up young adults
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:30:00 -0400

One enduring way the United Church of Christ tries to live out its motto, "that they may all be one" (John 17:21), is by working for Christian unity with other denominations through ecumenical bodies like Churches Uniting in Christ. The work can be challenging as well as joyful, especially given the diversity of churches in the ecumenical movement. CUIC has decided to focus on three areas for the next three years.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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UCC folks help vigils shine light on border 'concentration camps'
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:39:00 -0400

United Church of Christ clergy and congregations took leadership, served as hosts, lit candles and planned follow-up actions during many of the hundreds of "Lights for Liberty" vigils held Friday evening, July 12. The events around the country protested the treatment of migrants and asylum seekers detained at the southern U.S. border, in what national vigil organizers refer to as concentration camps.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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A second term
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:37:00 -0400

Beginning his second term, General Minister and President John Dorhauer shares his joy and excitement with the United Church of Christ. As for challenges: "Daunting? Yes," he says. "Debilitating? No."

Author: John Dorhauer
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UCC celebrates the 'faith and action' of Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:00:00 -0400

The United Church of Christ is saying farewell to a valued member of the national staff who has done much to create relationships and programs around volunteerism, leadership and sustainable development, refugee ministry and disaster response. 

Author: Connie Larkman
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Iowa community coming together for long-term flood recovery
Fri, 12 Jul 2019 08:00:00 -0400

The damage inflicted by severe flooding and tornadoes across the United States this spring can be quantified in billions of dollars. It also can be described by the ache in one mom's heart to get her four daughters back into the only home they've ever known.

Author: Carol Fouke-Mpoyo
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Commentary: Tell the Story, Write It Down, and Make It Plain
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 13:00:02 -0400

Highlighting the resilience and perseverance of Africans from 1619 to this present day, 2019 marks the 400th Commemoration of the arrival of Africans into North America. 

Author: Velda Love
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United Church Funds offers churches new way to invest for social impact
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 09:23:00 -0400

Local churches and faith-based organizations can receive a return while doing good in the world by putting some of their invested dollars in the new Just World Fund launched by United Church Funds.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Experts say UCC matters in fight against climate change
Tue, 09 Jul 2019 12:17:00 -0400

Resources are available to help UCC members and churches act on recent General Synod resolutions on climate justice: two videos of encouragement from famous scientists, plus ways to take action to support concrete solutions.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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UCC pastor targeted for ministering to migrants sues the U.S. government
Tue, 09 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0400

A prominent New York City pastor is suing the United States government for interfering with her legal right to provide spiritual support and pastoral services to migrants and refugees at the border.

Author: Connie Larkman
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General Synod affirms review of Manual on Church
Wed, 03 Jul 2019 10:53:00 -0400

The United Church of Christ's General Synod has called for a review of "the processes for birthing, admitting, strengthening, revitalizing, and releasing congregations."

Author: Sara Fitzgerald
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Commentary: We march in Minneapolis; immigrants are welcome here
Wed, 03 Jul 2019 09:14:00 -0400

The streets of Minneapolis were filled with an estimated 4,000 children, women and men marching in solitary to say NO on Sunday, June 30.

Author: Diane Haines
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A celebration of sanctuary in New Mexico as Iraqi father heads home
Tue, 02 Jul 2019 15:00:00 -0400

An Iraqi man who took sanctuary in a New Mexico church two years ago returned home to his family last week without the threat of deportation. 

Author: Connie Larkman
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