Conference minister responds to shooting in Las Vegas

October 02, 2017

The member congregations and staff of the Florida Conference woke this morning to an all-too-familiar tragedy; a mass shooting. Our hearts break at the thought of more terror being spread by a lone gunman with a high-volume weapon. We are brought back to the morning of June 12, 2016, when the PULSE nightclub became a crime scene and a memorial. -> Read more ->

UCC responding to storm that affected us all

September 15, 2017

We've all been impacted by Irma. Some have felt the wrath of that storm more intensely than others, but not a one of us escaped the effects of that massive storm. Through it, and after it, I have remembered the words of Jesus when he promised his disciples, "I will not leave you desolate." It's a promise from which we can take heart as we move into the recovery phase of this event. I recall an announcer on news radio remarking that "the hurricane was the scary part; now we get into the tough part." -> Read more! ->

Hurricane Harvey prompts UCC emergency appeal

August 28, 2017

The United Church of Christ has launched an emergency appeal to help with long term recovery following Hurricane Harvey — a monster storm that has already displaced thousands of Texans and left five people dead. -> Read more | Donate now ->

Declaring the Earth is the Lord’s, UCC calls for environmental imperatives

July 06, 2017

The United Church of Christ, noting both the urgency of climate change and the continued debate over its existence, is "raising its prophetic voice" to urge the "healing of the Earth." On Monday, July 3, the delegates of the General Synod passed a resolution that calls on clergy across the life of the church to preach about the moral obligation to protect God's creation, and appeals to its members to lead efforts to educate and advocate for legislation to reduce the human impact on the environment. -> Read more! ->

UCC marchers demand immigration justice

July 05, 2017

In its first action as an Immigrant Welcoming Church, the United Church of Christ marched with the family and friends of an Annapolis, Md., artist and grandfather, seized outside his home on his way to work and detained the past three months by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. -> Read more! ->

Three Great Loves initiative launched to 'embody love and incarnate justice'

July 04, 2017

To follow God's call to build a just world for all as a united church, United Church of Christ General Minister and President John C. Dorhauer is calling the entire denomination to pull together under a new, shared mission — the Three Great Loves initiative. -> Read more! ->

Youth voices lead the way on gun violence resolution

July 03, 2017

Guided in large part by the voices of youth, General Synod 2017 enthusiastically passed a resolution of witness Monday urging the recognition of gun violence as a public health emergency deserving of federal funding for scientific research. -> Read more! ->

Hurricane season is here; are you ready?

June 07, 2017

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is here. It started June 1 and continues through Nov. 30, and forecasters are predicting it will be another above average year for tropical storm activity, with as many as 17 named storms, including April's Tropical Storm Arlene. Are you ready? -> Read more ->

Commentary: The disconnect

May 23, 2017

I have been a United Church of Christ minister for the past 36 years. Sixteen of those years were spent in two local congregations where I served as a local church pastor. For the past 20 years, I have been on a Conference staff – in Connecticut and in Florida. When I bleed, I bleed black and red which are the colors of the Still Speaking Initiative. ... -> Read more ->

Guess to become executive director of ACLU of Ohio

May 19, 2017

The Rev. J. Bennett Guess, vice president of the United Church of Christ's Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM), is leaving to become the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. Guess, a lifelong civil rights and social justice activist, will step down from CHHSM on June 30, beginning his new position with the ACLU of Ohio on July 1. -> Read more! ->

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