Supreme Court takes up DACA; Dreamers, interfaith allies rally outside
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 12:44:40 -0500

The futures of more than half a million young, undocumented immigrants hang in the balance as the United States Supreme Court takes up cases of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Immigration activists, UCC and other faith-based advocates and the Dreamers themselves rallied outside the court on Tuesday morning challenging the Trump Administration's efforts to end DACA.

Author: Connie Larkman
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Conference Minister has lived with debt, is 'thrilled to be part of a solution'
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0500

The Rev. Justo Gonzalez saw debt collectors harass his family when he was growing up. Now, a UCC regional leader, he is now thrilled to be part of the church's effort to relieve thousands of families of medical debt.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Colorado church gives away piece of its campus for low-income housing units
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 05:00:00 -0500

It dawned on United Church of Christ member Carol Matheis-Kraft that her local government had certain ways of helping low-income people, but providing affordable housing wasn't one of them. Now her Colorado church is about to welcome low-income neighbors onto land it donated to house them.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Commentary: Truth-Seeking Leads to Truth-Telling
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 10:48:12 -0500

A few weeks ago the phone rang.

Author: Velda Love
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Northern Virginia refugees supported by ecumenical Homework Club
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0500

Volunteers from a UCC congregation in Virginia are spending a lot of time doing homework, assisting and accompanying refugee families in their community through their involvement in the Good Neighbor Project's Homework Club.

Author: Connie Larkman
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Commentary: The modern-day peonage of medical debt
Tue, 05 Nov 2019 11:59:00 -0500

Erasing people’s medical debt – as the United Church of Christ and its partners recently did for 5,888 families on Chicago’s South Side – begs big questions about poverty, public policy and public attitudes. The Rev. Patrick Duggan, executive director of the UCC Building and Loan Fund, addresses these in this commentary, as do other church leaders in the accompanying video.

Author: Patrick Duggan
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Oregon church sees hosting 'houseless' people on its property as Christian duty
Tue, 05 Nov 2019 10:30:00 -0500

More than a dozen people with no place else to live has established a camp on the property of a UCC church in Corvallis, Ore. So, First Congregational United Church of Christ has started a "Safe Camp" ministry to host and support them.

Author: Connie Larkman
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Our Faith, Our Vote -- rules to remember
Tue, 05 Nov 2019 07:00:00 -0500

The United Church of Christ Washington D.C. office, in partnership with the UCC General Counsel, debuts a new video resource for the Our Faith, Our Vote, campaign.

Author: Connie Larkman
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UCC honored for 'solidarity with Muslim community'
Mon, 04 Nov 2019 14:06:00 -0500

A regional chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has honored the United Church of Christ for "standing in solidarity with the Muslim community over the years and during the dark times of the Muslim Ban in America."

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Lilly awards 2019 clergy renewal grants to 18 UCC churches
Thu, 31 Oct 2019 13:46:00 -0400

United Church of Christ ministers will take time out for all kinds of creative renewal, and their congregations will have special spiritual opportunities while they're away, thanks to grants announced by the Lilly Endowment and Christian Theological Seminary. Eighteen UCC churches are among 150 congregations of various denominations that received 2019 National Clergy Renewal Program Grants.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Trees, dance and a neon sign among UCC grant recipients' creative plans
Thu, 31 Oct 2019 13:45:00 -0400

The spirituality of dance, a 500-mile walk and a neon sign are on the list of creative plans being made by 18 United Church of Christ pastors and congregations that have received grants in the 2019 Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Commentary: They Shall Beat their Swords into Healthcare
Thu, 31 Oct 2019 13:00:05 -0400

Last week, the United Church of Christ along with the Illinois Conference, Chicago’s Trinity UCC announced 6,000 families in Chicago will have $5.3 million dollars of medical debt forgiven.

Author: Michael Neuroth
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UCC to continue mission of abolishing millions in medical debt
Tue, 29 Oct 2019 09:50:00 -0400

Just a week after UCC clergy in Chicago announced a collaborative effort that erased $5.3 million in medical debt for almost 6,000 families who live at or below poverty on the city's south side, the denomination is laying the groundwork to continue that mission in other parts of the country.

Author: Connie Larkman
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From the UCC Board: Key Action Items, October 2019
Tue, 29 Oct 2019 09:29:00 -0400

United Church of Christ Board Chair Yvette Wynn shares key action items from the board's October 2019 meeting.

Author: Yvette Wynn
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UCC racial justice expert to emcee '400 Years' summit session Nov. 8
Mon, 28 Oct 2019 16:45:00 -0400

A racial justice expert from the national staff of the United Church of Christ will help emcee an "action summit" in Cleveland, declaring racism a public health crisis and marking the arrival of enslaved Africans in North America 400 years ago.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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