This Thanksgiving
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 13:00:00 -0500

This Thanksgiving, our little family did not make our traditional trek to Florida to see grandparents and extended family.

Author: Elizabeth Dilley
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Ohio church turns nativity stable into little free pantry
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0500

On the first Sunday of Advent an Ohio congregation blessed its Christmas nativity and set it outside to benefit its neighbors. Instead of statues of Mary, Joseph and the animals, they filled the frame of the six-foot stable with nonperishable food and toiletries so people can take what they need.

Author: Connie Larkman
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More than a name change: introducing UCC Global H.O.P.E.
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 15:00:00 -0500

A change in organizational structure doesn’t often make a scintillating story. But news of the newly configured Global H.O.P.E. team in United Church of Christ Wider Church Ministries may be a notable exception. 

Author: Carol Fouke-Mpoyo
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Maine church repurposes political signs into messages of hope
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 17:27:00 -0500

A United Church of Christ congregation in Maine is repurposing its community’s campaign signs — transforming the symbols of political divisiveness into messages of hope this Advent. 

Author: Connie Larkman
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UCC mourns Kekapa Lee, pastor, musician, leader among Native Hawaiian members
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 14:56:29 -0500

The Rev. Kekapa Lee, an honored leader among Native Hawaiians in the United Church of Christ, retired local church pastor, award-winning musician and frequent participant in the denomination’s national work, died Nov. 19 at his home in Honolulu. He was 74.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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UCC pastor: We need Advent more than ever
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0500

A Maryland pastor reflects on why Christians need Advent more than ever in 2020.

Author: Rob Apgar-Taylor
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Commentary: The Gender-Based Violence Pandemic
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 13:00:01 -0500

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States and, like many, I’m unable to travel to be with my family and celebrate as we’ve done in the past, due to the increase in Covid-19 cases.

Author: Rebekah Choate
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UCC members, congregations abolish $5.2 million in medical debt for Kansans, Oklahomans
Tue, 24 Nov 2020 15:30:00 -0500

Financial gifts from 20 United Church of Christ congregations in the denomination’s Kansas-Oklahoma Conference, plus several individuals and church bodies, have abolished $5.2 million in medical debt in those two states.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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400 years later, honesty about colonialism, genocide is part of marking Pilgrims’ legacy
Tue, 24 Nov 2020 11:03:00 -0500

As the United States marks Thanksgiving, a holiday immersed in stories about a small group of Europeans and their arrival in North America, people of faith are among those turning a critical eye to that history – and to Christians’ role in the genocide of the people who were living here. 

Author: Hans Holznagel
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How to organize for justice is subject of trainings each Sunday afternoon in Advent
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:29:00 -0500

Noting that Advent is traditionally a season to prepare for “the in-breaking of justice,” the United Church of Christ and the National Council of Churches will lead training sessions in “Faith-Based Organizing for Justice” on four consecutive Sunday afternoons starting Nov. 29.

Author: Staff Reports
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Vigils, resources available across UCC to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance
Fri, 20 Nov 2020 10:06:00 -0500

People across the United Church of Christ are marking Transgender Day of Remembrance – on Friday, Nov. 20, but also on Sunday, Nov. 22, and other days – by mourning victims of violence and promising to work for a world where people of all gender identities can be fully, publicly themselves.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Tear Down the Wall
Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:46:00 -0500

I live in the Sonoran Desert on Tohono O’odham land in what is now called Tucson, Arizona.

Author: Tracy Howe Wispelwey
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For historic General Synod, worship planners hope to innovate online, still be ‘faithfully UCC’
Thu, 19 Nov 2020 11:00:00 -0500

The UCC General Synod worship planning group is already at work, crafting what will be historic virtual services that reflect the diversity of a denomination that believes “that they may all be one.”

Author: Connie Larkman
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‘Very UCC’ videos and music are coming for virtual Advent and Christmas
Wed, 18 Nov 2020 16:55:00 -0500

Eleven digital hymns, a pageant of lessons and carols, and a full Sunday worship service are among the United Church of Christ-produced Advent and Christmas resources that will soon be available to local churches.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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U.S. interfaith leaders speak as one, urging all to recognize Joe Biden as president-elect
Wed, 18 Nov 2020 12:41:41 -0500

With one voice, leaders of a number of religious traditions are calling on people of all faiths across the country to unite behind a common cause, urging Americans to recognize Joe Biden as the next elected president of the United States. 

Author: Connie Larkman
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