Updated UCC website offers much more than just a new look
Tue, 22 Dec 2020 14:51:52 -0500

When it goes live near the end of December, the reconstructed national website of the United Church of Christ, ucc.org, will feature more than just a new look, according to staff members who have worked on it.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Video series, coming seminars show how focus on generosity can invigorate congregations
Mon, 21 Dec 2020 06:00:04 -0500

A series of United Church of Christ YouTube videos and coming seminars focus on generosity as a spiritual practice -- something that can invigorate a local church.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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‘Crazy big’ Christmas gift brightens Nebraska city, helps kids
Sat, 19 Dec 2020 19:16:26 -0500

A congregation brightens up its community with a 171-foot lighted tower, a forest of Christmas trees, giant animal puppets roaming the church grounds, live music – and an invitation to support a local agency helping kids in crisis.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Abolish the Death Penalty
Thu, 17 Dec 2020 13:00:03 -0500

I will never forget the night when I sat in the damp and cold dungeon known as Missouri’s death row.

Author: Sarah Lund
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Chicago congregation donates $270,000 at Christmas after sale of historic church
Thu, 17 Dec 2020 12:00:04 -0500

A United Church of Christ congregation in Chicago is making this Christmas a memorable one for more than a dozen social justice organizations by donating 10 percent of the net proceeds from the sale of its historic church.

Author: Connie Larkman
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OC Inc., goes to Supreme Court to defend media diversity 
Wed, 16 Dec 2020 15:54:00 -0500

As part of its 60-year-old mission in pursuit of media justice, OC Inc., the UCC media justice ministry, filed in the Supreme Court on Dec. 16 to block further consolidation of radio and television stations in the United States. 

Author: Staff Reports
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Cleveland baseball team moves another step closer to name change
Tue, 15 Dec 2020 08:55:00 -0500

A sports team’s nickname, opposed for decades by Indigenous groups, United Church of Christ bodies and other justice proponents, is another step closer to changing.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Youth, young adults who register for Synod can expect daily theme-based activities July 10-17
Tue, 15 Dec 2020 08:28:09 -0500

Daily activities will be offered for youth and young adults during the United Church of Christ's first-ever online General Synod in July 2021, and a T-shirt design contest is underway.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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COVID spikes Texas church’s cautious Christmas Eve plans, but not its Blue Christmas
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 13:53:24 -0500

A spike in the pandemic undoes even the most careful, COVID-safe Christmas Eve plans of a United Church of Christ congregation in Dallas.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Advent and Christmas harder this year but not all bad, churches learn
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 13:53:00 -0500

Across the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting beloved Advent and Christmas traditions. As congregations adapt, some are discovering that “different” isn’t all bad.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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Winston-Salem church creates ‘a nativity scene for 2020’
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 13:21:00 -0500

A North Carolina congregation hopes to provoke thought and offer inspiration this Christmas though its somewhat untraditional nativity scene set up along a highway in front of the church.

Author: Connie Larkman
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Disturbing the Peace
Thu, 10 Dec 2020 13:00:04 -0500

I’ve only been arrested twice in my life, and both times were for disturbing the peace.

Author: Traci Blackmon
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Church planters, youth ministers laugh, cry together – ecumenically – as hard year closes
Wed, 09 Dec 2020 19:40:53 -0500

Sometimes ministers need to laugh together. Or cry. They did both during recent online, United Church of Christ-led ecumenical meetings to celebrate, commiserate and plan ahead as the first calendar year of the COVID-19 pandemic neared its close.

Author: Hans Holznagel
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In her latest ‘first,’ UCC leader Delk receives ecumenist award from Virginia council
Mon, 07 Dec 2020 16:54:18 -0500

A longtime United Church of Christ leader has been honored by the Virginia Council of Churches for her distinguished ecumenical work.

Author: Staff Reports
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Iconic New York church gutted by fire
Mon, 07 Dec 2020 12:00:00 -0500

Messages of concern, grief, love and prayers are being shared with the people of Middle Collegiate Church after a massive fire gutted the historic structure in New York City’s East Village early Saturday morning.

Author: Connie Larkman
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