The Cleveland police officer on trial for voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of two unarmed people killed during a high speed chase in November 2012 has been cleared of all charges. In Cleveland, home of the United Church of Christ national headquarters, peaceful protests followed the Saturday, May 23 verdict. The church's national leaders are advocating for change in the system, to work in the community to expose the discrimination, racism and disparity that led to the deaths of these two people.
As the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas head into what appears to be the final stretch of peace talks that began in 2012, a delegation of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is headed to Colombia to advocate for and support the peace process, and ensure that all Colombians are afforded equal human rights.
Citing "social, political and judicial changes taking place in our country" regarding sexual orientation, Robert Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America, called for the organization to end its ban on gay adults at the organization's national business meeting Thursday, May 21. The Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer, the UCC's executive for heath and wholeness advocacy and the national staff liaison to the BSA, applauded Gates' proactive leadership.
More than two years in the making, the pastor of The Community Church of Washington D.C. United Church of Christ has organized the 2015 Inclusive Church Conference to provide clergy and lay leaders the resources, tools and information they need for their new church starts to thrive.
A leader in the United Church of Christ and in the St. Louis area who modeled generosity in spirit, friendship, service and stewardship, died early Wednesday morning, May 20. The Rev. Jerry Paul was surrounded by his wife of 44 years, Nancy, his family, and the love of friends and colleagues from across the church. He was 65.
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