The United Church of Christ (UCC) brings together many Christian traditions. Instead of focusing upon unchanging truths, it strives to unite diverse understandings of Christianity by treating historic creeds and confessions as testimonies, not tests of faith. We say, “whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.” We assert that “God is still speaking.”

In the United Church of Christ there is no central authority or hierarchy. Christ alone is Head of the church. Each congregation is autonomous and local churches are governed by their members guided by the Holy Spirit.  Local church members covenant together to be a faithful community in a particular place, and at the same time each congregation relates to the wider church family (denomination) through voluntary covenants. Sometimes people confuse the “United Church of Christ” with the “Churches of Christ.” That denomination is quite different and does not embrace the progressive social witness characterized by the UCC.

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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.

Posted: September 22, 2017, 8:47 pm

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.

Posted: September 22, 2017, 4:42 pm

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.

Posted: September 21, 2017, 5:15 pm

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.

Posted: September 21, 2017, 2:42 pm

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.

 

Posted: September 19, 2017, 8:58 pm

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.

Posted: September 18, 2017, 7:38 pm

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.

Posted: September 18, 2017, 5:40 pm

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.

Posted: September 18, 2017, 5:33 pm

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.

Posted: September 18, 2017, 12:00 pm

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.

Posted: September 14, 2017, 7:36 pm

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.

Posted: September 14, 2017, 5:00 pm

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.

Posted: September 14, 2017, 4:42 pm

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.

Posted: September 14, 2017, 1:41 pm

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.

Posted: September 13, 2017, 6:13 pm

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.

Posted: September 13, 2017, 1:00 pm

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.

Posted: September 12, 2017, 4:45 pm

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

Posted: September 11, 2017, 9:18 pm

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.

Posted: September 11, 2017, 9:00 pm

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.

Posted: September 8, 2017, 8:22 pm

The UCC Disaster Ministries team is being stretched this week, effectively responding to two devastating hurricanes — the aftermath of Harvey and horrific floods on the ground in Texas and Louisiana and the current chaos Irma is bringing, leaving unprecedented destruction and a rising death toll in the Caribbean, with a pending strike of South Florida.

Posted: September 7, 2017, 7:13 pm