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Current News from the United Church of Christ
  1. The continuing debate about professional athletes protesting social inequality on the field of play remains in the American spotlight, and this week a Brooklyn congregation of the United Church of Christ is taking a stand — or a knee, rather — in support of those athletes and team owners publicly calling attention to racial injustice.

  2. The members of Windsor United Church of Christ are changing up how best to use the money raised from its annual Fall Festival. Typically, those dollars are used toward the church's expenses — helping pay bills and offsetting the other ministry costs. But this year, after a series of hurricanes rocked the southern United States and the Caribbean, the small Wisconsin congregation wants to share the dollars it collects this weekend, earmarking the money for relief and recovery in an effort to create a just world for all.

  3. A Colorado congregation of the United Church of Christ will celebrate the 30th anniversary next month of its Open and Affirming designation, which embraces the church's full inclusion and affirmation of all people.

  4. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from thwarting the exercise of certain individual freedoms: such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition. It's the last two items that have been on my mind lately.

  5. The Massachusetts Conference Board of Directors announced Sept. 18 that the Rev. Don Remick will serve as the Transitional Interim Minister and President upon the Rev. Jim Antal's retirement in July 2018.

  6. When LGBTQ individuals near the campus of Clemson University, in the areas of upstate South Carolina unexpectedly find themselves without a home or a place to feel safe, Peace Congregational United Church of Christ will be ready to meet them.

     

  7. First Harvey, then Irma. The two Category 4 Hurricanes making landfall in the United States two weeks apart — in Texas, in Florida and in the Caribbean — spurred a massive call to action across the United Church of Christ.

  8. A rural North Carolina congregation has reluctantly voted to accept the resignation of its pastor, a descendant of General Robert E. Lee who unexpectedly left his position after speaking out against white supremacy during an appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards in late August.

  9. Driven by love of neighbor, the United Church of Christ national setting, working alongside a coalition of Ohio corporations and businesses, is continuing its push to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the state where the denomination is headquartered.

  10. A Disaster Ministries team from the United Church of Christ is traveling this week (Sept. 20-26) to parts of the country ravaged by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, to get an up close and personal look at the mission work in which local churches are involved, and to plot long-term recovery plans.

  11. Following one of the strongest storms in U.S. history, many Floridians are getting back to their homes and neighborhoods, coming face-to-face with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Because of destruction, flooding and loss of power to millions statewide, leaders of the United Church of Christ are just beginning to learn about the storm's impact on the UCC community.

  12. It has been so sad to watch the destruction Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have wreaked on Houston, coastal Texas, the Gulf coast, and the islands of the Caribbean.

  13. A United Church of Christ congregation in Corpus Christi is supplying a disaster distribution center in Port Aransas with much needed supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, supported by the assistance of the wider church.

  14. A coalition of United Church of Christ pastors, part of an ecumenical group of protestors in Chicago, publicly showed their disagreement with the Nashville Statement by bringing their message to the doors of Moody Bible Institute.

  15. Rev. Brigit Stevens was chosen as the candidate to lead the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences, which have explored — for the better part of two years — a creative way of moving together to enhance their direct ministry, thereby strengthening their covenant while maintaining their autonomy.

  16. Two UCC churches in the Raleigh N.C. area are taking the lead in a discussion and training session around sanctuary this weekend, each hosting one of two workshops that will give interested faith communities an opportunity to network, hear testimony about the need for sanctuary, and discern best practices.

  17. A major hurricane, followed by flooding that brought raging water halfway up their front doors, didn't wash out a small Texas congregation 25 miles northwest of Houston for long. Christ United UCC in Cypress returned to their fellowship hall for worship on Sunday.

  18. United Church of Disaster Ministries teams are reaching out to pastors and congregations across the entire peninsula of South Florida, as all involved try to assess the damage left behind by Hurricane Irma

  19. A family from Florida drives north to Ohio, where they find welcome from Trinity UCC in Tiffin as they escape Hurricane Irma's destructive path.

  20. In an expression of love for their neighbors, leaders of the United Church of Christ are joining more than 180 national Christian leaders in a unified voice to stand with 800,000 Dreamers and rebuke the decision by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.