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Two attorneys who successfully argued SCOTUS marriage equality case are UCC

United Church of Christ - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 8:00am

On the 10th anniversary of the United Church of Christ becoming the first mainline denomination to affirm marriage rights for all, it's serendipitous that two of the lawyers involved with the Supreme Court hearing, Douglas Hallward-Driemeier and Mary Bonauto, belong to the UCC, the church where God is still speaking.

Wisconsin congregation to share emerging ministry of ‘messy church'

United Church of Christ - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 8:00am

"Messy Church: An Inspiring Model of Ministry," takes place Nov. 8 at McFarland UCC and will share practices and successes for attendees to take back to their local faith communities.

Eternal Life

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 11:00pm

Donna Schaper

Eternity doesn't come later; it comes now.  

August 2, 2015: Proper 13 (18) (Year B)

Lectionary Readings - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 3:00am
2 Samuel 11:26 - 12:13a and Psalm 51:1-12 * Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 and Psalm 78:23-29 * Ephesians 4:1-16 * John 6:24-35

From Blindfolds to 20/20 Vision

UCC Daily Devotional - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 11:00pm

Ron Buford

We sometimes pray as if we know what we need.

God's Holy Fools

UCC Daily Devotional - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:00pm

Martin B. Copenhaver

I am quite sure that I miss miracles—signs that point to God—every day. 

California church helps LGBT refugees from Uganda find safety, peace

United Church of Christ - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 9:45am

Seven refugees from Uganda, escaping persecution for identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, have found themselves in Long Beach, Calif., with little more than the clothes on their backs. Waiting for them with open arms were members of First Congregational Church of Long Beach United Church of Christ.

Who Would Jesus Troll?

UCC Daily Devotional - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:00pm

Marchae Grair

God's commandments to love don't change just because we're in front of a computer screen or a smartphone.

Commentary: A Congressional Agenda and Increased Attacks on Immigrants

United Church of Christ - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:00pm

As we learn more about the roots of the attacks on Sanctuary cities and their connections to mass incarceration, let us work together from the tradition of the Sanctuary movement to stop these harmful and discriminatory policies.

Oregon church ministry helps members of elderly community age gracefully

United Church of Christ - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 8:00am

The newest ministry at Smyrna United Church of Christ in Canby, Ore., aims to help the community's older population age gracefully, while living active, fulfilling lives.

The Bread of Angels

UCC Daily Devotional - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:00pm

Talitha Arnold

In the congregation I serve, perhaps as in yours, there are people who also offer the "bread of angels" in wilderness times. We call them the Parish Life helpers and the Congregational Care Team. You may use a different name.

UCC delegation to visit Japan and the Philippines

United Church of Christ - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:00am

The United Church of Christ is taking nearly a dozen people to Asia for a two-week journey that begins Aug. 4 to learn about disaster responses to two major weather catastrophes in the region — the tsunami in Japan and the typhoon in the Philippines — and how the donations from the wider church to One Great Hour of Sharing have aided the recovery.

"Holy Fear"

UCC Daily Devotional - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:00pm

Richard L. Floyd

The fear of God is not a very popular idea these days, at least not in the UCC, probably as a reaction to various unhealthy fear-based versions of the faith.

Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage

Pew Forum Religious News Headlines - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:00pm
A series of graphics shows how public opinion toward same-sex marriage has changed in Pew Research Center polls since 2001. See how much opinion varies by generation, religious group, gender, race and political party.

Ohio, Indiana-Kentucky experiment in conference collaboration underway

United Church of Christ - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 7:00am

The Ohio and Indiana-Kentucky Conferences of the United Church of Christ are sharing a conference minister for the remainder of the year to see if combining resources around leadership is a workable idea.

The Dump and the Church

UCC Daily Devotional - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:00pm

Tony Robinson

What may be garbage to us may be precious to God, who was into recycling long before we ever heard that word.

UCC advocate lauds Boy Scouts repeal of ban on gay leaders

United Church of Christ - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:31pm

Citing the social, political and legal changes taking place in our country, the National Executive Board of The Boy Scouts of America voted to dismantle its ban on gay adult scout leaders and employees.

A trip to D.C. can be a life-changing experience

United Church of Christ - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 10:38am

An enthusiastic group of young environmental justice advocates from Minnesota spent three days lobbying and learning in our nation’s capital last week . . . and really left a lasting impression on the staff of the United Church of Christ D.C. offices.

Nature Talks About God

UCC Daily Devotional - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 11:00pm

Matt Fitzgerald

I continue to think some contemporary spirituality conflates creation with Creator. And yet, saying nature has nothing to do with God is absurd.