Sent by Jesus: Chaplaincy in the UCC

This week’s post is written by  Rev. Holly MIllerShank, Team Leader of the Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization Ministry Team (MESA) Team in Cleveland.  In the tenth chapter of Matthew, Jesus sends out his disciples to “proclaim the good news, … cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons.” (Mt 10:…

Healing and Mental Health

Healing was clearly a major part of the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. Early in his preaching and teaching, we read of him healing “every disease and sickness among the people” (Matthew 4:23). Jesus healed the blind and mute. Jesus healed the socially marginalized of his day; a woman with an issue of blood, a…

The Retreat to Red and Blue Corners in America’s Churches

This week’s post is by 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. The political divisions in our nation are sharper than they have been for a long time. So are the divisions within…

We Want Your Feedback: Sincerely, Access UCC

If you are not aware of the web-accessible resource known as Access UCC by now, you should be! Access UCC is the online digital version of the UCC Yearbook & Directory and more. With a one year subscription for only $19.99, you’ll have the ability to search for information on UCC churches, conferences, and ministers. In addition to search capabilities,…

How is the UCC Responding to the Refugee Crisis?

We as the United Church of Christ recently took a look at our mission statement, purpose statement, and vision. The results gave us, among other things, a vision that is short and to the point: United in Christ’s love, a just world for all. This bold proclamation requires us to be accountable for acting faithfully in a…