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Rev. Traci Blackmon calling for action against white supremacy

A national officer of the United Church of Christ — in Charlottesville alongside a faith contingent offering an alternative message to the hate-filled rhetoric of white nationalists — is issuing a call for people of faith to confront white supremacy, to hoist a nation out of its "moral and political crisis."

 

Posted: August 19, 2017, 12:51 am

A week after Charlottesville, UCC clergy ready for Boston

United Church of Christ leaders, clergy and congregants are putting their bodies on the front lines again this week, in opposition to racial hatred and white supremacy — this time in Boston — as far-right hate groups and those who stand against them prepare to publicly march in the city this weekend.

Posted: August 18, 2017, 4:25 pm

Commentary: The Love of Children: Advocacy and Agency

One of the Three Great Loves included in this recently announced initiative is the Love of Children.

Posted: August 17, 2017, 5:00 pm

Washington women offer love and listen during ICE Detention Center vigils

On the second Sunday of the month after worship, a half-dozen women from an Olympia, Wash., congregation have committed to spending an hour in the car to devote several more hours sitting along a grassy strip outside the ICE Detention Center in Tacoma.

Posted: August 17, 2017, 12:00 pm

UCC immigration activists take fight for immigrant youth to White House

Starting today, the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries is joining with faith and education organizations to maintain a 24-hour presence near the White House, telling the current administration to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and protect young immigrant children from deportation.

Posted: August 15, 2017, 9:19 pm

At solidarity vigils for Charlottesville, UCC clergy lead the way

In the aftermath of the protests and violence on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., resulting in the death of one person and the injury of 19 others who were deliberately struck by a car that drove into a group of demonstrators, people of faith are speaking out at vigils in different parts of the country.

Posted: August 15, 2017, 4:04 pm

Sharing love of neighbor in Charlottesville

UCC ministers and mission teams deployed around the community of Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday had a job to do - to offer hospitality, love and care in the church, on the streets and in the hospital.

Posted: August 15, 2017, 3:59 pm

UCC Pastoral Letter condemns racist violence in Charlottesville, demands equality for all

As a response to the violent clashes between white supremacists and counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va., that left a woman dead and 19 injured, the national leadership of the United Church of Christ issued this Pastoral Letter.

Posted: August 15, 2017, 1:54 pm

UCC shows up in Charlottesville

Love and prayer trump hate and bigotry.

Posted: August 15, 2017, 2:35 am

Public art project 'Love is the key' shares UCC values across Ohio community

A UCC church in Ohio is celebrating love to mark its 200th anniversary. Through a public art project 'Love is the Key,' doors, designed and decorated by more than 31 artists, are being installed in outdoor locations all around the community on the south shores of Lake Erie.

Posted: August 14, 2017, 2:11 pm

Charlottesville state of emergency ends 'Unite the Right' rally 

A state of emergency has been declared in the usually tranquil university community of Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday after clashes between white nationalists and demonstrators gathered to oppose their hate-fueled 'Unite the Right' rally brought an end to the event less than an hour before it was scheduled to begin.

Posted: August 12, 2017, 9:24 pm

Prayer service gathers clergy, community activists to stand against white supremacy in Virginia

The UCC's Rev. Traci Blackmon is one of several prominent interfaith leaders and community organizers mobilizing against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia the weekend of Aug. 11-12.
 

Posted: August 11, 2017, 6:19 pm

Commentary: A Radical Engagement with Racism in Contested Spaces

I reluctantly open news apps on my cell phone and laptop computer because I anticipate the headlines of the day will feature more verbal threats from the Attorney General, and some members of Congress who stand with the elected sitting president daily working to erode our civil and human rights.

Posted: August 11, 2017, 5:00 pm

Just Peace advocates issue interfaith call to de-escalate threats between U.S. and N. Korea

Faith leaders from the United Church of Christ and across the international religious landscape are speaking out against the rapid escalation of hostile language between the United States and North Korea, and urging the two sides to ease tensions to avoid a military strike.

Posted: August 11, 2017, 1:02 pm

UCC president's response frames Synod remarks

The Rev. John Dorhauer, UCC general minister and president, offers a public apology for language used during a presentation that caused a listener to be hurt by it.

Posted: August 10, 2017, 12:59 am

Director of UCC's analytics and data team appointed co-chair to interfaith research group

United Church of Christ minister the Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi was nominated and unanimously elected to serve as the first co-chair of the Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership (CCSP), a multi-faith group of religious researchers representing more than two dozen different religious partners.

Posted: August 8, 2017, 4:00 pm

Virginia church shows love of children by stitching together small quilts

A small United Church of Christ congregation in Virginia is showing that its size is determined more by its heart than the number of members. Through a 3 Great Loves mission project making quilts for distribution in the surrounding community, Mt. Calvary UCC is visibly demonstrating its love for children.

Posted: August 7, 2017, 3:52 pm

UCC clergy answering the call to oppose Alt-Right rally in Virginia

Hoping to gather 1,000 clergy and people of faith in Charlottesville, Va., next week, a group of anti-racism organizers joined by a national officer of the United Church of Christ will stand against racial hatred opposite a white supremacist rally in the city on Aug. 12.

Posted: August 4, 2017, 6:54 pm

Ohio church holds Safety Town for refugee children

Ohio congregations provide safety education in a community project inspired by the Holy Spirit. Watch the video!

Posted: August 3, 2017, 5:57 pm

Commentary: Running with Perseverance

For faith advocates working to bring the voices and concerns of the most vulnerable in our communities to the center of public policy decision-making, the last several months have felt like an advocacy marathon. 

Posted: August 3, 2017, 5:00 pm