Latest News During Office Closure

Last Updated: April 2, 2020

Here are the latest updates from PBUCC during the COVID-19 global emergency.

Additional Online Information and Resources About Benefits Under the CARES Act

Published: April 2, 2020

The links below provide helpful information for members and churches/employers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic:

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CARES Act - Frequently Asked Questions

Published: April 1, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law and enacted on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act is the third of three stimulus bills to address the growing economic distress being caused by COVID-19, particularly on small businesses. There is the potential for more stimulus bills to be passed in the coming months as Congress discusses what to do as the distress deepens. Specific to pastors, ministerial employees, and the wider church community, the CARES Act makes accommodations for religious groups that past economic stimulus actions did not include.

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Update from the Pension Boards

Published: March 31, 2020

Dear Friends, In the midst of all that is going on in our world, we pray that this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe.

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A Message from the Executive Director of Faith and Finance Ministries

Rev. Dr. James Moos

March 27, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic and the economy are moving in opposite directions: as the virus spreads, the economy contracts. Only when the virus is contained and lockdowns abate can we work our way back to economic growth. There is, however, another understanding of economics that is already guiding us in hope-filled directions.

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A Message for Churches and Employers from the Pension Boards General Counsel

info icon 2The Pension Boards has received several inquiries about the recently- issued legislation and guidance concerning COVID-19, especially provisions bearing on benefits, church employees, including clergy and lay workers, and health plans. We are in the process of evaluating the specific impact of these provisions on our benefit plans and for our members. We will keep you updated through these communications and on the Pension Boards website (

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Markets: What is Happening?

Financial markets have been weak in 2020, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500) at -20% year-to-date. (As a reminder, this follows a +31.5% performance in 2019).

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An Update from the Pension Boards

Dear Friends, The Pension Boards is beginning its second week of remote operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week witnessed the continuation of rapidly changing conditions in both global health and fluctuations in the global economy. At the Pension Boards, we have long been committed to working in ways that are agile, consistent, and conversant. I am pleased to report that this commitment, which informs our organizational culture and operations, has allowed us to adapt quickly and effectively to meet your needs. The collective effort of the entire Pension Boards staff enables us to keep our business operations going smoothly.

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During this time when the Pension Boards physical offices are closed:

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Investment Management and Business Update

In this Q&A, the Pension Boards outlines how we continue to manage our business through the current situation related to COVID-19. We want to assure you that we are monitoring the situation, responding quickly, collaborating internally and externally, and that all our management practices and process are intact.

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Message From The Pension Boards

March 16, 2020

Dear Friends,

Our thoughts have been with you, our members, as we live into the changing daily realities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it has been the suspension of worship services in your congregation, school closings affecting your children, or social distancing from others, all of us are being impacted in some way by this public health crisis.

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Important Update: Assurance of Continued Annuity Payments

March 16, 2020

The Pension Boards-United Church of Christ has announced the temporary closing of its offices at 475 Riverside Drive effective today and for a period of up to three weeks, due to the varying degrees of severity and complexity of COVID-19 in New York City and surrounding areas.

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What has happened in the last three weeks?

March 16, 2020

The U.S equity market peaked on February 19, 2020, with the Standard & Poor’s Index of 500 stocks (S&P 500) reaching 3,386, and subsequently correcting to 2,480 on March 12, 2020, a 26.75% drop in merely three weeks. Moreover, volatility has been extreme, with circuit breakers (causing a pause in trading) hit twice in the cash market and twice in the futures market in one week.

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The Pension Boards Temporarily Closes Offices

New York, March 15, 2020 – The Pension Boards-United Church of Christ today announced the temporary closing of its offices at 475 Riverside Drive, for a period of up to three weeks, due to the varying degrees of severity and complexity of COVID-19 in New York City and surrounding areas.