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Consider Talking About Healthy Congregational/Pastoral Boundaries

This week’s post is written by Rev. Stephen Boyd, Minister for Chaplains and Ministers in Specialized Settings in the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) Team within the UCC’s national setting.  In these past weeks many of us on the MESA Team have attended Conference Annual Gatherings throughout the denomination. It has been wonderful to connect with colleagues,…

Extravagant Welcome Revisited

This week I am at a loss for words. It seems anything I might say to you, my friends and my colleagues in ministry, would be simply not enough. To say that our nation is at a critical juncture would be an understatement. Given all that has happened and considering all the lives lost in…

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Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

The Rev. Dr. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi recently published a special report for Faith Communities Today (FACT) titled, American Congregations 2015: Engaging Young Adults.  Rev. Lizardy-Hajbi looked specifically at young adult (ages 18-34) engagement (or lack thereof) in U.S congregational life and attempts to identify the characteristics of congregations that have thriving young adult participation.  Kristina is…

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A Candle Maker Finds Hope in 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.   Sometimes I think God has played…

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No Matter Who You Are . . . Welcome and Discrimination

“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you, are welcome here.” We include these words as part of our greeting before worship each Sunday, as do many United Church of Christ congregations.  We’ve welcomed people of all races and ethnicities for as long as anyone can remember. In our racially…