Clarence ‘Clip’ Higgins, former Conference Minister in Nebraska, dies at 90
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:44:30 -0500

The Rev. Clarence "Clip" Higgins, who led the Nebraska Conference of the United Church of Christ from 1986 to 1994, died Nov. 25 in Lincoln, Neb. He was 90.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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U.S. detention, asylum policies heighten need for local church help
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 10:36:16 -0500

First Congregational Church, UCC, has a reputation around Old Lyme, Conn., for helping immigrants. It even got national attention in 2018, when The New Yorker magazine profiled a Pakistani family living in protective sanctuary at the church. Now helping a young asylum seeker from Honduras, it's an example of the increasing demand on local churches as the U.S. detains immigrants in more and more regions.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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UCC leaders join Fonda to decry profits from climate breakdown, migrant detention
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 17:25:26 -0500

Religious leaders, including three speakers from the United Church of Christ, joined actor Jane Fonda on the streets of the nation’s capital Friday, Dec. 6, to demand that financial institutions stop profiting from two related crises: climate and immigration.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Commentary: Waiting for the Bloom
Thu, 05 Dec 2019 13:04:00 -0500

Last year for Christmas, my parents got an amaryllis plant.

Author: Katie Adams
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The simple act of choosing love
Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0500

In his Christmas Message, United Church of Christ General Minister and President the Rev. John C. Dorhauer invites the wider church to ground our spirits in God’s love.

Author: Connie Larkman
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Giving Tuesday campaign to abolish medical debt also has justice component
Mon, 02 Dec 2019 16:00:00 -0500

The United Church of Christ is committed to using gifts from Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, to forgive medical debt for thousands of families in low-income areas around the country. The church is just as committed to advocating for health care reform, so that every American has access to affordable and inclusive medical treatment.

Author: Connie Larkman
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From housing to hair care, new Adese class sees business as force for community uplift
Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0500

Eleven clergy and laypeople who believe business can be a force for justice have been named to a new class of United Church of Christ Adese Fellows.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Commentary: The Witness of Water
Thu, 28 Nov 2019 13:00:02 -0500

Last week, as closing arguments began in the latest trial of Dr. Scott Warren, the organization he volunteered with, No More Deaths, continued defiantly to do the work they felt called to: to end suffering and death in the Sonoran desert by setting out water and providing humanitarian aid, the very thing Dr. Warren was now facing 20 years in prison for.

Author: Tracy Wispelwey
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Conference Ministers tour sacred sites in Alabama in a group commitment to racial justice
Tue, 26 Nov 2019 16:15:00 -0500

Thirty United Church of Christ Conference Ministers, along with national officers John Dorhauer and Karen Georgia Thompson, shared an immersion experience around racism and racial justice in Alabama, touring several sacred sites forged in the struggle for equal rights.

Author: Connie Larkman
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Commentary: Road Work Ahead
Tue, 26 Nov 2019 09:31:00 -0500

The Gospel of Luke records the parable of the Good Samaritan, the story a man who has been assaulted by robbers and left to die on Jericho Road.

Author: Traci Blackmon
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UCC Conference, congregations raise Thanksgiving gift in three-week campaign to fund Immokalee land buy
Tue, 26 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0500

The Florida Conference United Church of Christ and its congregations, with support from UCC Justice and Local Church Ministries, is giving a longtime partner a special gift this Thanksgiving.

Author: Connie Larkman
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UCC medical debt recipient pays blessings forward at Thanksgiving
Mon, 25 Nov 2019 10:58:00 -0500

One of the almost 6,000 Chicagoans who had medical debt forgiven by the United Church of Christ came to Trinity UCC to say thank you and to pay the kindness forward.

Author: Connie Larkman
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Racist Syracuse campus incidents draw statement, offer from UCC New York Conference
Mon, 25 Nov 2019 10:41:00 -0500

Responding to reports of a dozen November incidents of racism at Syracuse University, the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ has called for action by university leaders, offered to help create campus conversations on racism and white privilege, and invited churches to an online "Prayer and Share" service Nov. 24.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Massachusetts congregations welcome, support, accompany Honduran family
Fri, 22 Nov 2019 16:00:00 -0500

UCC immigration justice advocates in Massachusetts are putting their faith in action, supporting and accompanying a single mom from Honduras and her three sons sent to the Boston area from Arizona.

Author: Connie Larkman
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First Transgender Day of Remembrance service in NW Connecticut draws 70
Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:40:00 -0500

Rural northwest Connecticut never had a Transgender Day of Remembrance observance before. This year a United Church of Christ minister and interfaith colleagues created one. To their surprise, 70 people showed up.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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