UMC edges toward historic split over LGBTQ inclusion. This church showed the way.


(RNS) — When Asbury Memorial Church in Savannah, Georgia, announced its disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church last year, Asbury said in a press release that it believed it was “the first church in the USA to leave the United Methodist denomination due to its unequal treatment of LGBTQ people.” The church’s claim points to … Read more

Jewish group condemns United Church of Christ resolution on Israel, Palestinians


(RNS) — A Jewish advocacy group has condemned a resolution adopted at a meeting of the United Church of Christ on Sunday (July 18) that calls the continued oppression of the Palestinian people a “sin.” The American Jewish Committee denounced the UCC resolution, a “Declaration for a Just Peace Between Palestine and Israel,” saying the … Read more

United Church of Christ declares racism a public health crisis


(RNS) — The United Church of Christ kicked off its Special Edition General Synod on Sunday (July 11) by passing a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. RELATED: As United Church of Christ takes on race and LGBTQ issues, consensus reigns Delegates to the mainline denomination’s biennial meeting, held virtually this year, approved “A … Read more

As United Church of Christ takes on race and LGBTQ issues, consensus reigns


(RNS) — When the United Church of Christ kicks off its General Synod on Sunday (July 11), the Rev. Traci Blackmon isn’t worried about fractious votes, conservative insurgencies or to-do’s over high-level resignations — or calls for the same. The UCC, in short, is no Southern Baptist Convention, which endured all of the above at … Read more