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Mixed Results

Rev. Beth Lyon is Pastor of Glenside United Church of Christ in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She has been an Ordained Minister since 1986, serving congregations in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.     There’s no secret about the main way we used to get new church members in the mainline Protestant church. You took two parents who…

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The First 100 Days

We find ourselves at the beginning of another new year. The twelfth day of Christmas has passed and the magi found their way to the manager via the bright star God placed in the sky. This event signaled the dawn of a new era for humankind, a new way of being in the world, and…

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Mission Driven By the Numbers

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.   In January 2017, the United Church…

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Getting On in Years

Tis the season that seems to be dedicated to all things children. With a baby the focus of the biblical narrative and children the participants and intended audiences of many of our cultural traditions, Advent and Christmas celebrations can be difficult times to connect with more mature members. How do we share the story of…

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Does The United Church of Christ (UCC) Have A Big-City, Big-Church, Liberal Bias?

Does the United Church of Christ (UCC) have a big-city, big-church, liberal bias? I’ve been hearing UCC lay people—and remarkably, pastors—level this charge, in three different Conferences and in various churches, since my “privilege-of-call” days in the Potomac Association of the Central Atlantic Conference in the early 1990s. Two recent instances: This past spring, a…