How to Hack American Christianity

You may not have seen any of the targeted Russian Facebook ads designed to tilt the 2016 election, but some of your neighbors probably did. Before you start to say: what does this have to do with a blog about data? Consider that these ads were created and targeted using a very sophisticated and deep…

A New Way to Begin at Genesis

This week’s post is written by the Rev. Dr. Patrick G. Duggan, Executive Director of the United Church of Christ Church Building & Loan Fund. Since 1995, Rev. Dr. Duggan has also served as senior pastor of the Congregational Church of South Hempstead in South Hempstead, New York.   This past August, the UCC Church…

Men And God: A Beginning Inquiry Into Male Spiritual Life In A Small Group Setting: Part I

Rev. Bobbie McKay, Ph.D., is a UCC  minister, author, and licensed psychologist. Rev. McKay co-created The Spiritual Health Center, NFP and conducted a research study on Spiritual Life in the United Church of Christ. Based on the findings of this study, “Spiritual Life Teams” were born and the study has been extended into the Episcopal Church, the Catholic Church and the…

Clergy Denominations of Origin: Internal Ecumenism and Ministers in the UCC

This week’s blog post is by Rev. Malcolm Himschoot, MESA Minister for Ministerial Calls and Transitions. Ecumenism is based on Jesus’ prayer “that they may all be one” from Christian tradition. Practicing ecumenism includes dialogue and sometimes coordination between different branches of Christianity’s family tree. “One vine, many branches” – from Orthodox to Pentecostal churches.…

Fitness Reviews: Race and Gender

Today’s CARD blog is written by the Rev. Elizabeth Dilley, Minister and Team Leader of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) ministry team.  Fitness Reviews are conducted when a Committee on Ministry receives a concern about a minister’s conduct that raises questions about the minister’s continued fitness for ministry in and on behalf of…