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7 Reasons Not to Freak Out About Protestant Mainline Decline

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.14.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Year-over-year, our loss of Total and Participating Membership sits close to 20 percent, but that our Average Worship Attendance is only a little over 4 percent. That is a shocking loss to absorb in a single year.

An Absurd Peace Plan That Might Work

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

A sense of hopelessness pervades the air as the civilian death count climbs. As usual, civilians bear the brunt of these conflicts. What constructive role can Americans play in bringing this conflict to an end?

Religious Freedom Is Under Attack -- But Not How You Think

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

With the Supreme Court's Holly Lobby decision, an ugly piece of history is being repeated. Religion is being used as a tool to take away freedom. Discrimination is not Christian. Discrimination is sin.

Christian Denomination Joins Sponsors Of 2014 Gay Games

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion

The United Church of Christ has announced its sponsorship of the 2014 Gay Games, to be held in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio from August 9-16. UCC anno...

Another Group Denounces NFL Team Name

AP | Posted 06.14.2014 | Sports

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — A major sector of the United Church of Christ is calling for a boycott of the Washington Redskins until the team changes its nam...

United Church of Christ Brings the Fight for Equality to North Carolina

Anthony Hatcher | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Anthony Hatcher

The latest party to file a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina is the Cleveland-based United Church of Christ, marking the first time an entire religious denomination has joined a legal battle to repeal a statewide gay marriage ban.

Marriage Equality Comes To Oregon; Be Joyful

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

I see marriage equality as a victory for religious freedom and a decision entirely consistent with Christian ethics.

Why This Christian Denomination Is Fighting For Net Neutrality

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.19.2014 | Religion

Freedom is an issue of justice, in both the real and virtual worlds. That's why the United Church of Christ ralllied outside the Federal Communication...

Famous Author Discusses Gay Marriage, Guns And Christian Fear

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Pulitzer-Prize winning author Marilynne Robinson draws a wide fan base that spans lovers of serious literature, including many conserva...

North Carolina Vs. Freedom of Religion

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

If we are going to fight for the rights to exercise our faith as our conscience dictates, as is our Constitutional right in the United States, then we must get behind this lawsuit in North Carolina as this is, plain and simple, a freedom of religion question.

Jaweed Kaleem

State's New Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit Could Turn 'Everything On Its Head'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.01.2014 | Gay Voices

An unusual lawsuit in North Carolina is shifting the conversation about religious freedom -- and could be driving a wedge between some major opponents...

Christian Denomination Sues North Carolina Over Gay Marriage Ban

Religion News Service | Yonat Shimron | Posted 04.28.2014 | Religion

DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) The United Church of Christ sued the state of North Carolina on Monday (April 28) over its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage,...

Church Sues State for Marriage Equality

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Never before has a major Christian denomination sued state government in the United States over their marriage laws. At least until today, that is.

Defending True Religious Liberty: Church Files Lawsuit in Support of Marriage Equality

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

This morning in Charlotte, NC, the United Church of Christ filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court. This suit argues that the current law in NC, as it pertains to marriage, violates religious freedom by prohibiting UCC ministers, and other clergy, from officiating at same-sex marriages.

#GetCovered: The Story of Erica Martinez

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 05.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

It is particularly important that young people get covered so that no accident or illness leaves them with medical bills and debt that rob them of the opportunity to further their education or one day own a home.

Time to Come Out as People of Faith for Marriage Equality

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Most Christians once opposed the fight for equality for gays and lesbians. Today many Christians and other people of faith are at the forefront of the fight to end discrimination against the gay and lesbian community -- even working to support marriage equality.

One Government Activity Continues: 1,100+ Deportations a Day

John McCullough | Posted 12.03.2013 | Religion
John McCullough

When Congress decides to end the shutdown -- which it must do at some point -- our national leaders will need to prove that they can still get things done. Immigration reform should be at the top of that list.

Why I Got Arrested Today With 20 Undocumented Women

Sandy Sorensen | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion
Sandy Sorensen

A few minutes ago, I got arrested on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. I joined more than one hundred other women -- including 20 undocumented women -- to bring attention to our nation's horrendously unjust immigration system.

Activist Profile: National Christian Denomination Stands Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 09.10.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

One of the best parts of my work is that I get to be inspired, every day, by the stories of people who are taking action - and taking leadership - to ...

Doma Down, Queers Up

Donna Schaper | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Donna Schaper

The Supreme Court has done us a big favor. In supporting gay marriage, it has encouraged the larger movement for human rights for gay people to deepen and to spread. We get a double gift from the Supreme Court decision: we get to talk about sex and about scripture.

Religious Crusade Against Boy Scouts?

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert V. Taylor

The decision of the Boy Scouts looks enlightened when compared to the religious and cultural war that some religious leaders and institutions are trying to wage on scouting and gay youth.

Five Tips For Ministry After A Natural Disaster

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

During Irene I learned so much about what was and was not helpful during a natural disaster. With the recent destruction in Oklahoma, I offer these five suggestions to people of faith who wish to respond.

What If It's Not the Prisoner Who Needs Forgiveness? (VIDEO)

Jesse Lava | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Jesse Lava

If a vindictive, biased justice system is irreconcilable with the Gospel, what is a Christian to do? The answer is first to get outraged -- a perfectly Christian emotion if it next leads to action that helps the powerless in their struggle for justice.

Channeling The Phoenix During Lent And Easter

Amy Shiner | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Amy Shiner

The real significance of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday is about rebirth.

What Does Albert Mohler Have In Common With Al Qaeda?

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 05.02.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Mohler is no Osama bin Laden but clearly there is a place where Mohler's Christian fundamentalism and the Islamic fundamentalism of the late bin Laden find common ground.