The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black has a deepened appreciation for Holy Week after spending a few hours at an ecumenical gathering at the White House. The UCC general minister and president joined about 150 faith leaders in the East Room on Monday, April 14, welcomed by President Barack Obama at his annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast.
Leaders from the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are offering their sympathy and lifting up in prayer those affected by deadly shootings at two Jewish communities in a suburb of Kansas City, Kan.
A United Church of Christ seminary has reached out to proven leaders who were ready to answer a new call, and as a result Andover Newton Theological School has three seminarians who are former Peace Corps volunteers. Andover Newton was the first seminary in the country to acknowledge the valuable life experience of those former volunteers, partnering with the Peace Corps to offer them Paul D. Coverdell Fellowships for graduate study.
True to his word, a federal judge in Ohio leveled the playing field for wedded people in the state, ordering Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states. The ruling, being celebrated by gay rights supporters, has special significance to several employees at the UCC national offices in Cleveland and their spouses.
Following an attack on more than 20 people stabbed or slashed at a Pennsylvania high school, Emmanuel Reformed United Church of Christ is taking the lead in community support, bringing together faith partners, and local businesses to brainstorm different ways to help students recover from the trauma.
Advocates from the United Church of Christ joined the National Religious Campaign Against Torture on Friday, April 11, in celebrating the decision to publicly release the U.S. Senate’s findings about the CIA's use of torture. The Rev. Michael Neuroth, UCC policy advocate for international issues, feels that making public the findings of government-sanctioned use of torture during interrogation will lead to the eventual closing of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba.
In one word – or three, depending on how you look at it – the Rev. Geneva Butz captured the essence of the celebratory Sunday service April 3 at St. John's UCC in Kutztown, Pa. -- "Improvise. Improvise. Improvise."
Over 315 United Church of Christ congregations participated in this past weekend's “Friend-Raising” campaign. As a new twist to the familiar invite-a-friend weekends, the UCC put in place an online form where congregations could record their results and share their experiences.
In anticipation of the November arrival of its second edition, the StillSpeaking Magazine is promoting a 72-hour-only sale of a six-issue subscription, along with a complimentary copy of the premiere edition, for only $20.