Incivility in the Public Square and in the American Church

A virulent debate came to a head over this past Fourth of July (2018) weekend, in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States, over the lack of—and the utter need for—“civility” in the public square. As CNN producer Harmeet Kaur noted, with the “growth [of] outrage” over our country’s “immigration policies and [its] separation and detention…

The UCC Health Insurance Dilemma

If you want to start a lively discussion in person or on-line, I’ve learned that all you have to do is bring up the UCC Medical Benefits program. The conversation usually revolves around two points. One, the plans cost a lot. Two, you must enroll within the first 90 days you take a job in…

Taking Time

Today’s blog is written by the Rev. Elizabeth Dilley, Minister for Ministerial Support and Accountability on the national staff’s Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) ministry team. Nine hundred and fifty-seven. That’s the number of emails that greeted me in my inbox on August 7 when I returned from a two-month sabbatical in the national…

U-N-I-T-Y: Si Se Puede!

This week’s post is from Rev. Elivette “Elly” Mendez Angulo (whose pronouns are she, her, hers, ella) serves as Project Coordinator of Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida, an initiative of the United Church of Christ that seeks to engage the faithful in prayerful dialogue regarding the intersection of sexual orientation and Latinx identity. Rev. Elly…

Something is Profoundly Wrong at the Heart of the White Church

“Charmaine Pruitt wrote the names of 12 churches on strips [of paper], and dropped them into a bag. It was Sunday morning and time to pick which church to attend.” That’s how journalist Campbell Robertson began his investigative account of how Christians of color are abandoning white Evangelicalism (“A Quiet Exodus: Why Blacks Are Leaving…