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Baltimore leaders and activists to reflect on the death of Freddie Gray as progressive protestant denomination gathers in city

June 22, 2017

A panel of leading Baltimore officials and activists will share their perspectives on racism and poverty in the city and how the death of Freddie Gray served as a tipping point for the rest of the country in a program scheduled for the eve of the biennial national gathering of the United Church of Christ.

The program, “Baltimore: Before and After Freddie Gray,” will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at the Holiday Inn-Baltimore Inner Harbor, 301 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore. Free to the public.


Racial justice proponents at odds with Supreme Court ruling on disparaging trademarks

June 21, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, June 19, struck down a law that prohibits the government from registering offensive trademarks because it infringes on free speech. The ruling is expected to help the NFL team's legal battle over its nickname.

The Rev. Alex Vishio, assistant minister for social justice and witness with the Central Atlantic Conference, believes the Supreme Court's ruling raises questions about the distinction between speech that offends and speech that has been shown to be harmful.


UCC General Synod to honor John Deckenback

June 20, 2017

The Rev. John Deckenback, who died suddenly lasst July, will be remembered Friday evening, June 30 at the Ecumenical and Interfaith dinner, sponsored by the Office of the General Minister and President and at a Crab Feast, named in his honor, scheduled for Monday afternoon, July 3.

During the dinner Friday evening, the Avery D. Post Ecumenical Award will be presented posthumously to Deckenback, who served as Conference Minister for the Central Atlantic Conference UCC (CAC) for 24 years.


Church hit by hate messages fights for social justice

June 19, 2017

When a vandal hit Little River United Church of Christ in Annandale in April with vile messages of intolerance little did we know this property’s remarkable backstory.

Church pastor David Lindsey says, “On the one hand I was shocked and mortified by what had happened and was worried about how am I going to minister to the church and to the community in the midst of this moment. I also wasn’t surprised because we’ve been through this before.” 


June 18 is Refugee Justice Sunday

June 08, 2017

The UCC is inviting congregations to participate in Refugee Justice Sunday on June 18, 2017. This event is an occasion for congregations to celebrate their community's welcome for refugees and immigrants. Find a toolkit of worship, action, and other advocacy resources for joining in this celebration of welcoming the stranger in our midst.


Justice and Witness Ministries at General Synod

June 08, 2017

Every two years, General Synod brings together thousands of faithful members of the United Church of Christ for formal church witness, inspirational worship, and fellowship with friends (new and old). Justice and Witness Ministries is especially excited to connect with you while you're at Synod. We have opportunities for justice-centered fellowship, prayer, education and fun. If you are coming to Baltimore, please consider joining our staff and partners at these events. 


Palestine Portal Has Launched!

June 08, 2017

An exciting new resource for our growing movement is here! Hosted by Kairos USA, PalestinePortal.org provides opportunities for learning and action for the growing network of church-related organizations working for Palestinian human rights AND our Muslim, Jewish and secular allies in the U.S. and globally.


60 Congregations in the D.C. Metro Pledge to Provide Sanctuary

March 26, 2017

CAC representatives Rev. Alexander Vishio, Ellen Jennings, Alice Foltz, Art Brown, Alexis Kassim, and Laura Martin, attended a march which signified the launch of a network of more than 60 congregations from 17 religious traditions — Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and more — in the D.C-Maryland-Virginia area, Sanctuary DMV, that will work to provide support to those in their communities and pews who fear being profiled, detained, or deported.