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Financial Crunch Hits United Church of Christ

March 24, 2016

According to UCC General Minister John C. Dorhauer, there are “multiple financial challenges that could impact the well-being of the national setting.”

Emergency personnel are seen at the scene of a blast outside a metro station in Brussels, in this still image taken from video on March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Reuters TV

Church Officials Respond to Brussels Attacks

March 22, 2016

A compilation of statements from church officials following a series of bombings in Brussels, Belgium allegedly carried out by ISIS.

Bishop Yvette Flunder discusses religious absolutism and other topics at Union Theological Seminary

UCC Minister Decries “Sin of Absolutism”

February 12, 2016

Outspoken UCC minister Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder has decried religious “absolutism,” except in cases of racial, sexual, or gender identity.

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UCC President: ‘Religious Right’ Wants ‘Theocratic State’

February 8, 2016

United Church of Christ (UCC) President John C. Dorhauer accused the “Religious Right” of attempting “to turn America into a theocratic state.”

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Evangelicals, Black Lives Matter and The New York Times

January 26, 2016

The New York Times wades into the trepidation some Evangelical Christians face concerning the Black Lives Matter Movement.

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IRD’s Top Church News Stories of 2015

December 30, 2015

A professor suspended for saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God and cheating pastors exposed in a hacking scandal made news in 2015.

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Church World Service Criticizes Governors over Syrian Refugees

November 16, 2015

Officials from a Mainline Protestant church agency are criticizing U.S. governors for declining to resettle Syrian refugees in their states.

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“Drag Jesus” Church: God is a Diva

October 27, 2015

A UCC congregation is generating both wanted and unwanted attention after it promoted an annual “Drag Gospel Festival” with an icon of Jesus Christ “digitally enhanced” with makeup and earrings.

Jason Johnson at The Salvation Army  graduation ceremony (Photo credit: Courtesy of his family to news services)

Trophies and Martyrs

October 6, 2015

Before he joined the ranks of Christ’s martyred followers, Jason Johnson was one of Christ’s trophies. He was courageous enough to see himself for who he was and where he was headed, and surrender his life to Jesus.

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Who are the Planned Parenthood Clergy?

August 10, 2015

Stocked with assorted retired and small-church pastors, the Clergy Advocacy Board presents an image of oldline Protestantism: older, disproportionately concentrated in the Northeast, and almost entirely white.

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IRD: Clergy Praise Planned Parenthood as “God’s Work”

July 31, 2015

“Clergy and churches should defend the vulnerable, not excuse their destruction,” says IRD’s Mark Tooley.

An Assemblies of God youth convention gathers in West Bend, Wisconsin in 2007. Over the past decade, the Pentecostal denomination has posted significant growth. (Photo credit: Paul M. Walsh/AP)

Study: Diversity in U.S. Churches Varies Greatly

July 28, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. once said that 11 a.m. on a Sunday morning is “the most segregated hour in this nation,” but it appears some religious groups are experiencing more success than others in overcoming this historic separation.