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After the deadliest mass shooting in American history, the General Minister and President of the UCC issues a statement mourning the loss of those murdered, calling for prayers for their families, and expressing horror and frustration over how commonplace this kind of tragedy has become.
1 Kings 21:1-10, (11-14), 15-21a and Psalm 5:1-8 * 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15 and Psalm 32 * Galatians 2:15-21 * Luke 7:36-8:3
The last time I lived alone was half a lifetime ago. There is a sweet joy in it, the freedom to leave my socks around, to eat ice cream for dinner without reproach, to keep all hours without disturbing another.
Jennifer Garrison Brownell
Read past the Sunday School moment in the fifth chapter of Luke and you will hear Jesus forgive the paralyzed man's sin and then be accused of blasphemy.
Each year in June, the United Church of Christ invites congregations and people of faith to visit the prisoner. The denomination helps promote Torture Awareness Month with partner organization the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), providing a way for congregations to learn more about torture, bringing this human rights concern into Sunday services and out into local communities.
"To act is to care, to care is to do."
That basic tenet of the United Church of Christ fuels the work of the City Mission of Boston. Founded by Old South Church of Boston UCC and Park Street Church of Boston in 1816, City Mission is the oldest multi-service agency in New England, and the second oldest in the United States. And in character, the Mission kicked off a year-long "200 Acts of Service" project this spring to honor its 200th anniversary and celebrate the partnerships that makes its work possible.
If we’re ever wondering how to follow Jesus, the way is always through love. Following Jesus never means pointing a finger.
At General Synod 29, the delegates gathered adopted a resolution titled, To Recognize the Need for Compassionate Care and Healing to Our Veterans.
I'm so self-regarding that at the supreme moment of my ordination, the laying on of hands, when I should've been fixed on the power of the Holy Spirit, I was thinking, "Oh crap, my parents are here. They know me."
UCC leaders issue statement supporting the First Amendment right to use economic measures in the case of Israel-Palestine
Prompted by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to halt state business with companies that back a boycott of Israel, and the growing interest in several state legislatures in criminalizing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement, the national officers of the United Church of Christ are speaking out against what they see as an infringement of First Amendment rights.
As the holy month of Ramadan begins, there is a concerted effort of interfaith hospitality and solidarity in bloom in the United Church of Christ. In the Pacific Northwest, signs and banners proclaiming "Blessed Ramadan" and "Love Your Muslim Neighbors as Yourself" are posted as part of the Conference's Honoring Sacred Time Campaign.
Kenneth L. Samuel
Healing never really begins with medicine or therapy or health facilities.
A leader who helped Hispanic ministry make strides within the United Church of Christ is being celebrated for his convictions and his legacy. The first Latino on the UCC national staff, the Rev. Alfonzo Román, died on Saturday, June 4.
Many literalists believe that Jesus will come back angry. So they're looking in the wrong place, waiting on a revenge fantasy. Meanwhile, as a good liberal, I'm convinced that God must correspond to whatever modernity deems possible. So I'm not looking at all.