The Church Confronts “Okay, Boomer!” Culture

For some time now, there has been intense interest among American business leaders, but also among pastors, church officials, and denominational consultants, in the decline of the Baby Boomer generation (consisting of those born between 1946 and 1964), and the rise of younger generations, including Millennials (born between 1981 and 1996) and “Generation-Z” (born between…

Lenten Journal Entry: Loneliness in America

You may have missed these two stories about the rise of loneliness, but they are worth revisiting as we head into Lent. (From NPR and NBC.) Lent being that time when I think it’s a fine time to consider more deeply what it means to be human. On the face of it, these news accounts…

New Data on Church Closures

This week’s post is from Rev. David Schoen, author of Facing Your Church’s Uncertain Future: Helpful Practices for Courageous Conversations & Faithful Decisions. To contact Rev. Schoen, email him at dschoen@ucc.org.   Are church closures increasing? It’s a question that I’m often asked. Through the work of the UCC Center for Analytics, Research and Data…

Throwback 2019: Avoiding Women at All Cost: The #MeToo Backlash and Boundary Awareness Chauvinism in the Church

At the beginning of every year, we share some of our most memorable posts from the past twelve months. The following post from March 4, 2019, by Rev. Chris Xenakis Ph.D. ponders on how, besides the vitally important requirement of boundary awareness training, can male authorized ministers avoid the pitfalls of “boundary awareness chauvinism” in…