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Current News from the United Church of Christ
  1. National leaders of the United Church of Christ and the UCC Open and Affirming Coalition are standing with transgender members, friends, neighbors and family across the country today, after President Donald Trump announced a total ban on service by transgender Americans in the United States Armed Forces.

  2. Leaders of the United Church of Christ expressed their shared disapproval of President Donald Trump's politicized remarks to a Boy Scouts of America Jamboree.

  3. The Rev. Traci Blackmon and other faith leaders from a number of traditions are in Washington, D.C., taking a stand on Capitol Hill for the "human right" of health care for all Americans. They plan to make their voices heard as the Senate plans to vote July 25 on health care reform.

  4. Thanks to the help and generosity of participants in a United Church of Christ General Synod service project, homeless men, women and children in the Baltimore area will receive a warm perk this winter.

  5. The United Church of Christ, hoping to help entrepreneurs be the change in the world, is now taking applications for a groundbreaking program that will allow participants to build sustainable businesses that counter systemic poverty.

  6. Over the last couple of weeks I have engaged in civil disobedience in the Senate building on Capitol Hill while speaking out in opposition to the proposed revisions to our nation's health care laws.

  7. The UCC was well represented at multifaith march in a Minneapolis neighborhood Thursday evening, where hundreds gathered to pray, mourn and demand justice for the people around the country killed by police, including 40-year old Justine Damond, fatally shot by a Minneapolis officer last weekend.

  8. A 22 year old lesbian from Africa, escaping persecution and brutality at the hands of her father and her husband, was supported by her faith family at a Batavia, N.Y. federal detention center as she faced an immigration judge, who granted her asylum in the United States.

  9. Faith leaders, immigration activists and elected officials will march silently around a federal building in New York City on Thursday to proclaim "Justice for Jean" in solidarity with Jean Montrevil — a longtime green-card holder from Haiti and member of a United Church of Christ congregation.

  10. The United Church of Christ's adult curriculum on white privilege, released less than a year ago, is sparking change across an entire community in Iowa, bringing joy to the local UCC pastor who got the ball rolling.

  11. A United Church of Christ minister is adding her voice to the activists and Indiana residents angered at a plan to move dredged waste to a toxic disposal facility located near communities of color in their state.

  12. This church camp kingdom of God in Lincoln Park embodies two of UCC's Three Great Loves.

  13. The Rev. Traci Blackmon is one of several faith leaders who put their bodies on the line for love of neighbors, their health care and for the sake of justice Thursday morning at the Capitol. The national officer, Executive Minister of the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries was arrested alongside Moral Movement leader the Rev. William Barber and the Rev. Jennifer Butler from Faith in Public Life, as they, other clergy and dozens of supporters marched against pending healthcare reform that proposes to deny coverage to 22 million people.

  14. Stigma kills.

  15. In a letter dated July 10, the final day of a 45-day review process ordered by President Trump calling on the Department of Interior to "review" national monuments established since 1996 and assess whether they should be reduced or eliminated, the religious leaders of Episcopal, Lutheran, Mennonite, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ denominations sent a letter to Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to "reverse course, and listen to the Bears Ears Commission and to the thousands of supporters for the Bears Ears Monument."

  16. The delegates at the United Church of Christ General Synod had a good number of resolutions to deliberate in Baltimore last week, and a group of thirteen people from the host conference helped ensure the process ran smoothly.

  17. The Rev. Kim Kendrick, final preacher during the UCC's 2017 General Synod, told the gathering that the vision for a just world for all has been cast, and the work starts now.

  18. Reminding the denomination that all people are created in God's image, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ called on churches and congregants to "commit itself to disability justice," including advocacy of agreements among nations to protect and promote opportunities for people with disabilities, and to advocate for the rights of migrant farm workers.

  19. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the UCC's partner in Global Ministries, has a new General Minister and President.  The Rev. Teresa "Terri" Hord Owens, was elected Sunday evening, July 10.

  20. General Synod 2017 came to a close Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore after five days of discernment, deliberation and devotion. The torch of hospitality passed from the Central Atlantic Conference to the Wisconsin Conference, which hosts General Synod 2019 in Milwaukee.