The United News is the official church newspaper of the United Church of God, an International Association . It covers news from the Council of Elders, home office, regional and national offices around the world, local congregations and members.
It also features articles of spiritual and biblical interest to members, as well as announcements of births, weddings, anniversaries and obituaries. Reader feedback and involvement is encouraged.
United News is the official newspaper of the United Church of God, an International Association . Its purpose is to cover the news of United that members are concerned about in a concise, interesting, readable way and to provide inspirational/spiritual articles addressing timely issues of interest to members. United News is designed to encourage unity and brotherhood by informing members about the work we are all involved in and about our brothers and sisters around the world. It is also a tool for the spiritual development and equipping of the members for the work of service.
United News is sent to all English-speaking members around the world, as well as to others who request it, and portions are translated into other languages. It is published 10 times a year, generally on the first Wednesday of each month except April and October.
We have no staff of official paid writers, so we rely on the talents and efforts of ministers and members for articles. We appreciate your contributions! Writers can contribute in these areas:
“From the Word” Biblical Articles, Including “Treasure Digest”
Along with providing United members with news, United News is also available to provide spiritual food especially for members. We want to make sure we have articles about the festivals in season. As well, we are looking for other articles of doctrine, instruction and encouragement to strengthen the membership. This could include articles on the need for urgency, effective prayer, making time for meaningful meditation, reenergizing Bible study, dealing with a particular doctrine that some are being misled about, Christian living and a multitude of other possible topics. Please let us know any ideas you are planning to work on so we can avoid duplication of effort (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Most articles should be between 600 and 1,500 words. Beyond that (beyond one newspaper page), readers tend to lose interest or put off reading the article until later, if ever. Sidebars and graphic suggestions are welcome for the longer articles to help break up the text and grab readers’ interest.
“Treasure Digest” mini-articles are generally 100 to 400 words and can include short items of biblical wisdom, humor or practical Christian living information.
We prefer to quote from the New King James Version when quoting scriptures. When you have a specific reason for quoting another translation, please note the translation. Please use the exact punctuation, capitalization and spelling in the version you are using.
When quoting outside sources, include the following information: author’s name, complete title of the book, year of publication and page quoted. It would appear like this: (William Bennett, The Book of Virtues, 1993, p. 123). Please normally include this information in the article in parentheses, not in footnotes or endnotes or in a bibliography. Please double-check names and other references and include a photocopy of the source when possible.
“From the Word” and “Treasure Digest” articles are due three weeks before the publication date to allow time for the doctrinal review process.
News Articles, Including “News From Around the World” and “News at a Glance”
We want United News to be the members’ best source of comprehensive news about the work God is doing through United around the world. We encourage members to let us know about the latest news, even if they do not feel comfortable writing it up themselves. News articles should generally include the answer to the following questions: Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? Quotes from those involved in a project work better for a news article than editorial comments by the writer. In some cases it would be better for United News to quote you, rather than having you as the author.
Please double-check names and references.
Most news and “News From Around the World” articles are from 200 to 600 words, with occasional 1,500-word (full-page) articles. “News at a Glance” articles are generally around 100 words or less.
News articles are generally due two weeks before the publication date, though we do our best to accommodate late-breaking news whenever possible. We appreciate a “heads up” about possible late-breaking items and the potential length so we can reserve space.
“Local Church Updates”
Many members are interested in what their brothers and sisters around the world are doing in their local congregations. Unique activities can give other congregations ideas as well. We would like to feature an interesting event from every congregation if possible.
If your congregation’s news and events are never covered in United News , why not check with your pastor and write something for him to send in? We’re looking for 100- to 300-word articles and photographs with captions. Include the author’s and photographer’s names and your phone number. Please double-check the spelling of names.
This section also features items about the special achievements of members and their children.
Members are welcome to submit announcements of the births, engagements, weddings, significant anniversaries (25, 40, 50, 60, etc.) and obituaries in their families. Check the “Announcements” section for the standard style of these items. Most items are 50 to 100 words and should not exceed 250 words.
“Tribute” articles are obituaries for elders and elders’ wives and are generally arranged by the regional pastor.
“Letters” and Suggestions
Reader comments and suggestions to improve United News are welcome. Please include your name and city and state (province), though names will not be printed unless specifically requested by the author. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.
How to Submit Material
If you would like to submit one of the above types of material, please e-mail (preferred) or give it to your local pastor. Please include a self-addressed envelope if you would like photos returned. Pastors: Please note your approval to publish the material and forward it to: United News , P.O. Box 541027, Cincinnati, OH 45254-1027 or email@example.com .