Repeal the Second Amendment.

Throughout the past fifteen months, which were largely defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans have been eager for life to get back to normal. Tragically, they’re getting their wish. With the re-opening of, and return to public places, mass shootings are once again making headlines, and proving to be an inextricable part of American life (Eliott C. McLaughlin,…

Lessons

Rev. Chris Xenakis is a UCC pastor currently serving Groton Community Church (UCC) in Central New York. In addition, he is an adjunct lecturer at SUNY-Cortland, teaching courses this year on world politics, democracy, U.S. foreign policy and multiculturalism. Chris has written numerous books and articles, which can be found on his blog. Year One of…

The New Normal? A New Problem!

This week we hear from Rev. Bobbie McKay, Ph.D.,  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 in Decline? A Matter of Perspective

Rev. Daniel Haas is currently serving as a chaplain in hospice, hospital, and Army Reserve. Rev. Haas loves numbers, manages his own blog, and helps churches with their social media, website, and communications needs. But is it? But our congregation was so much bigger in the 50ies!Yes it was! The 1950ies were definitely a period…

Who is Being Ordained In the UCC?

Today’s CARDD blog is written by the Rev. Elizabeth Dilley, Minister and Team Leader of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) ministry team.  A couple of weeks ago, a clergy group in which I participate raised some important questions about an assumed “clergy shortage.” MESA has already debunked the myth of a clergy shortage…

Thankful for African-American Churches in UCC

This week, we hear from David Schoen, dschoen@ucc.org  a Minister for Church Legacy & Closure, UCC Church Building & Loan Fund. The recent documentary ‘The Black Church: This is our story. This is our song.’ hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., provided a significant and moving opportunity for the television audience to learn more about and…