United Church of Christ

Protesters with the UCC outside the executive offices of the Cleveland Indians
Brian Bull / WCPN

A national church boasting a million members and 5,000 congregations is calling on the Cleveland Indians to change its name and drop Chief Wahoo as its mascot.

About 80 people marched towards Progressive Field last Tuesday, carrying a petition with nearly 3,000 signatures. A man wearing a Wahoo shirt was prodded by his friend to cross away from the oncoming group.

A lone team representative – who only identified himself as “Jake” – took the petition.

Springfield's Highlands United Church of Christ is the first church in Clark County under the UCC umbrella to open its doors to the gay and lesbian community.  Highlands also plans to honor marriage equality.
Gary Percesepe has been pastor at Highlands since 2006. He says his church wants to stand for human rights and affirm LGBTQ people.