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    Thursday
    Oct112012

    UCC Southeast Conference churches to band together for LGBT awareness at pride parade

    By Anthony Moujaes, United Church of Christ News - October 11, 2012

    By coming together and marching as one in the Atlanta Pride Parade this Sunday, six United Church of Christ congregations will help set an example of open inclusion and extravagant welcome during a celebration of LGBT rights.

    "To bring us all together shows how strong the UCC is in Atlanta. We've grown so much [in the area] and our membership is born out of that collective effort," said David Plunkett, director of church life at Virginia Highland UCC in Atlanta. "We want the UCC to have the strongest possible presence. I think there's terrific presence throughout the conference when people see God's message."

    UCC churches in the Atlanta area and the conference want to increase their visibility and support by bringing all the churches together behind a single 30-foot banner for the 3-mile march through the city that ends at Piedmont Park. [Read Full Story]

    Friday
    Jun292012

    St. Paul church split by marriage stand now will move

    By Rose French, Star Tribune - June 29, 2012

    A St. Paul church faced with closing after most of the congregation left over the pastor's support of gay marriage said Friday it's leaving its worship space and will look for a new church home.

    Grace Community United Church of Christ, the only UCC church in Minnesota with a predominantly black congregation, declined to extend its Saturday deadline to raise about $200,000 to pay off a high-interest loan and legal fees, said the church's pastor, the Rev. Oliver White. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Jerry Holt, Star Tribune