Storm-Tossed into Infamy: What Christian Nationalism, the Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and President Biden’s Inauguration Mean for America and the Church

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.   So, now…

Is this America?

As I type these words, the airwaves, internet, and TV is filled with coverage of the former president’s second impeachment trial. It is hard to think of anything else, given the terrible events of Jan. 6 when hatred descended upon our nation’s capital. I suspect that most of you would agree that this event is…

How to Embrace Church Shoppers

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.   For the first time in my life, I find myself church shopping. As a pastor I have accompanied people on…

White Nationalists Down the Street

This week, we hear from David Schoen, dschoen@ucc.org  a Minister for Church Legacy & Closure, UCC Church Building & Loan Fund.   The attack upon our National Capital on January 6 brought to the forefront of our nation’s attention the threat of violent paramilitary and white nationalist groups to our democracy. The impact of these groups…

Throwback 2020: Turned Off, Fed Up, Dropped Out: Can the United Church of Christ Become a Home for Disaffected Evangelical Millennials and Other Church Dropouts?

At the beginning of every year, we share some of our most memorable posts from the past twelve months. The following post from January 23, 2017, written by the Rev. Chris Xenakis discusses young adults, people turned off from attending church, and some of the reasons/implications of this change supported by data from the Barna…

Throwback 2020: How Will We Keep From Singing?

At the beginning of every year, we share some of our most memorable posts from the past twelve months. The following post from May 25, 2020, written by the Rev. David Lindsey challenged us to think of new and safe ways to do church during the COVID-19 pandemic and provided a resource from The American…

Twelve Important Reasons to Report Annual Church Data

This week, I’d like to introduce you to The Rev. Phiwa Langeni, Ambassador for Innovation & Engagement with the Center for Analytics, Research & Development, and Data (CARDD). They are the Founder of Salus Center, Lansing, MI’s only LGBTQ resource and community center. Additionally, Phiwa is a speaker, writer, transitional coach, and the owner of…