Muslim migrant’s legal battle, and his spirit, transform L.A. church
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 15:17:37 -0400

Getting to know Yusuf, tortured in Africa for being gay and now seeking protection in the United States, has transformed the ministry of a UCC congregation in Los Angeles. The church is helping him fight a legal battle to avoid being returned to persecution in his homeland.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Commentary: The No Ban Act
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 11:17:24 -0400

I made a visit to Senator Portman’s office recently. It was an opportunity to ask him to support HR 2214, known as the No Ban Act.

Author: John Dorhauer
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People of faith urged to heed Global Climate Strike
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 09:19:30 -0400

UCC Conferences, congregations and climate activists are urging all people of faith to participate in a Sept. 20 Global Climate Strike.

Author: Connie Larkman
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Religious consult after UN Climate Summit to plan faith group actions
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 09:18:26 -0400

Calling climate change an emergency, representatives of Christianity and other world religions will gather in New York City Sept. 24 to create an action plan for faith communities. Four United Church of Christ leaders will be there.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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UCC National Staff shares love in a dozen different ways
Thu, 12 Sep 2019 14:56:00 -0400

In what has become an annual tradition, several teams of United Church of Christ national staff members fanned out across greater Cleveland on Wednesday, Sept. 11, to spend a sunny September day in service.

Author: Connie Larkman
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Refugees reach out to Ohio congressman as 2020 admissions expected to drop
Tue, 10 Sep 2019 14:00:01 -0400

Several refugees in Columbus had the opportunity to have a conversation about family reunification with an Ohio congressman, who came to meet with them and hear their stories at a local United Church of Christ.

Author: Connie Larkman
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'Just Peace' declarations help churches do something locally, globally
Tue, 10 Sep 2019 10:24:00 -0400

In a time of gun violence, immigration conflicts, a growing wealth gap and seemingly endless racism and war, some United Church of Christ congregations are finding that being a Just Peace Church is a good way to get organized and do something.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Climate crisis, youth strike call impels action across the UCC
Fri, 06 Sep 2019 09:00:00 -0400

The climate crisis is an emergency, and the world's youth are calling on all of us to start acting like it. On Friday, Sept. 20, three days before the United Nations convenes Climate Summit 2019 in New York,
the UCC will be following the lead of young people leading strikes for the love of creation in cities and towns across the planet.

Author: Connie Larkman
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Commentary: Not a Place for Guns
Thu, 05 Sep 2019 13:04:00 -0400

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil.” (Psalm 23:4, NASB)

Author: Robert Ochoa
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UCC Disaster Ministries offers Hurricane Dorian response, info, advice
Thu, 05 Sep 2019 11:54:00 -0400

As Hurricane Dorian nears the southeastern United States with destruction in its wake in the Bahamas, the United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries team is offering information and advice to churches that want to help and to people who are bracing for the storm.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Ohio congregation's peaceful witness counters protests by Westboro Baptist Church
Tue, 03 Sep 2019 14:10:00 -0400

A United Church of Christ congregation in Columbus, Ohio, circled its pastor with love on Sunday morning to counter protests by representatives of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Author: Connie Larkman
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UCC has leadership roles in Cleveland immigration week
Tue, 03 Sep 2019 10:10:00 -0400

As part of Global Cleveland's 2019 Welcoming Week, the United Church of Christ will host an interfaith service in its downtown chapel Sept. 16, and the UCC General Minister and President will take part in a Sept. 18 forum at the City Club.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Houston teens learn wage activism from working adults like them
Sun, 01 Sep 2019 05:00:00 -0400

This summer, with a grant from the United Church of Christ’s Neighbors in Need offering, 24 high school students from an economically challenged Houston neighborhood learned about activism and carried out a local campaign for a $15 minimum-wage law. "It sparked something inside of me," one of the students said.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Florida disaster teams preparing for Dorian
Sat, 31 Aug 2019 10:14:00 -0400

As an increasingly dangerous Hurricane Dorian approaches the U.S. mainland, UCC’s Florida Conference and UCC Disaster Ministries’ long-term recovery work sites in Florida — the result of  Hurricanes Matthew, Irma and Michael — are reaching out to their clients and constituents with preparedness information.

Author: Carol Fouke-Mpoyo
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Pajamas outside D.C. area church bring attention to plight of migrant children
Fri, 30 Aug 2019 14:00:00 -0400

A United Church of Christ congregation in Arlington, Va., is provoking thought with a visible call to action exhibited on the church lawn. Hundreds of children's pajamas are hanging on clothes lines above photos of migrant children who died in the custody of the U.S. immigration system.

Author: Connie Larkman
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