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United Church of Christ

Church Leaders Are Begging Their State's Senator To Give Up Global Warming Denial

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 04.07.2017 | Politics

Four Christian church leaders in Montana are urging their state’s Republican senator to quit rejecting the widely accepted science behind man-made g...

Nearly 2,000 Religious Leaders Declare Support For Transgender Teen In Supreme Court Case

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.02.2017 | Politics

More than 1,800 religious leaders threw their support behind a transgender student’s Supreme Court case on Thursday. They argue that equal treatment...

Thousands Of Religious Leaders Speak Out Against Trump's 'Extreme Vetting' Proposal

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.27.2017 | Religion

Thousands of religious leaders are speaking out against an executive order President Donald Trump signed on Friday, which he claimed would keep “rad...

To The Person 'Inconvenienced' By Our Funeral Procession

Rev. Cindy Maddox | Posted 07.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Rev. Cindy Maddox

For those of you who were so angry that a funeral procession made you a few minutes late, I have a few suggestions. The next time this happens, try not to think of the fact that you missed one rotation of the lights; think instead about what the people in those cars will miss.

Not in My Name: 6 Reasons This Cisgendered Woman Pastor Stands for Bathroom Justice

Rev. Ashley Harness | Posted 05.04.2016 | Religion
Rev. Ashley Harness

I've watched as people have claimed my faith as a tool of harm against my trans* and genderqueer siblings. I've watched as men claimed to protect me, while really using my safety as a pawn in political games. Not in my name -- as a Christian or as a woman.

An Open Letter to Franklin Graham: We Are Not the Enemy

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 02.12.2017 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

Stop harming us. Stop harming the church. Open your own heart and mind to the God who is still speaking, as the UCC puts it. We are not your enemy, though I fear you may always see yourself as ours.

The Religious Right and The Erosion of Religious Liberty

Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer | Posted 01.14.2017 | Religion
Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer

I'm a Mayflower descendant. My maternal grandmother was Delores Howland, some 16 or so generations removed from John Howland. His home still stands in Plymouth, and I have been there to sign the descendants' book.

Is God Still Speaking?

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 01.07.2017 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

How narrowly should a Christian college set the parameters for theological fidelity for its faculty? While this question is one that often concerns many conservative evangelical schools, a current situation is again raising the question publicly.

People of Faith Can Help Cure Spiritual Sickness of Gun Violence

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 12.30.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Too many, tragically, who call themselves Christians have placed aside their faith in God and lifted up the gun as a new false idol.

Interfaith Peace Building Could Be Key in Ending Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 11.02.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

The Abraham Fund's efforts, led by Jews and Muslims working side-by-side, represent a ray of hope in a region that too often lacks hope.

Never Again In Oregon Happens Again

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 10.01.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

It has happened again. Mass shootings like the one today at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg happen too often and Oregon has not been immune. Today we offer our prayers for those killed and injured. Still, we must also work to take steps that reduce gun violence this day so that there are no more days like this.

#PopeInUS Finding Common Ground With Pope Francis

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 09.23.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Pope Francis is clearly a religious leader who sees the values in unity over conflict. We should welcome that as we welcome him to the United States.

BDS as the Third Way

John H. Thomas | Posted 09.03.2016 | Religion
John H. Thomas

When a Palestinian Christian says, "If the only choice is between violent resistance to the Occupation or submission, you must understand that for us, submission is not an option," it needs to be heard not as a threat or ultimatum, but as a plea.

Poor Stewardship: Why The West Is Burning

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 08.21.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

The American West is on fire this summer, literally. While wild fires are a normal occurrence in nature, there is no doubt that the fires being fought today (costing lives and resources) are bigger and more dangerous because of climate change.

Brave in the Face of Breast Cancer

Deborah Dean-Ware | Posted 08.06.2016 | Religion
Deborah Dean-Ware

I am a 42-year-old wife, mother and local church pastor living with breast cancer. Actually, Jesus said it first. And the great Jewish prophets said it many times before him. But Marques Bovre, a Wisconsin-based singer/songwriter/theologian, had this amazing ability to bring Jesus' words to life through music and poetry.

A Person of Faith for Hillary Clinton

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 08.03.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

As a father of two young girls, who wonder aloud why their nation has never seen fit to entrust the presidency to a women, I recognize the historic important of Clinton's candidacy.

Sweet Cakes For Your Soul

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.22.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Aaron and Melissa Klein have misrepresented the essential teaching of the Christian church. Our greatest commandment is to love our neighbors and to love God. You cannot achieve that faithfully when you place a "gays not welcome" sign in your window.

Democratic Support for Israel Is Withering Rapidly

Josh Ruebner | Posted 07.10.2016 | Politics
Josh Ruebner

More troubling news emerged this past weekend for those trying to prop up the once solid, now faltering, bipartisan backing for Israel.

UCC Action Seeking Peace Between Israel and Palestine

Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer | Posted 07.08.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer

Delegates representing the United Church of Christ gathered in Cleveland last week, and among the many things they did over their week together was to debate a resolution regarding the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Church's Rainbow Doors Say It All

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion

Days before the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage around the United States last week, Newman Congregational Church in Rumford, Rhode Island, ...

The Struggle For The Soul Of The Church

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

The story of the church and LGBT rights is also my story. I first came back to church as a gay, recovering alcoholic. The church taught me that I was beautifully and wonderfully made; and that to love myself and care for myself was a form of gratitude to my Creator. Years later, after I had been with my partner for 11 years, I was married in the Episcopal church we now attend, and It was one of the most moving events of my life.

Jaweed Kaleem

Another Major Christian Denomination Divests | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion

The United Church of Christ on Tuesday voted to divest from companies that it says profit from the occupation of Palestinian lands. The move passed...

Travis Waldron

United Church Of Christ Condemns Washington NFL Team's 'Demeaning' Name | Travis Waldron | Posted 06.29.2015 | Sports

Add the United Church of Christ to the list of organizations that want the District of Columbia's professional football team to drop its controversial...

An Open Letter to the United Church of Christ

Philip Farah | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Philip Farah

Many in your church are aware of the terrible conditions of the Palestinians. My message, as a Palestinian Christian, is a simple one: Please stand for justice and do not profit from those who cause severe harm to my people.

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions: A Movement The United Church Of Christ Should Reject

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC), meeting later this month, will consider two resolutions calling for divestment from Israel and another labeling the Israeli treatment of Palestinians as akin to "Apartheid."