Is Moderate Church in America Dead?

Hi there, Rev. Jeremiah, here again, to offer some analysis and insight using some recent headlines, polling data, and some thoughts on what this means. I could have started this post with a less tantalizing headline, something like “Is the church suffering from political polarization?”, but, I think it really is time to consider what…

The World Needs To Hear Your Story

“We convert, if we do at all, by being something irresistible, not by demanding something impossible.” — May Sarton, The House by the Sea One of the challenges we in the United Church of Christ face is about how to understand and leverage our unique assets to live into the ministries that God has placed…

Come Along for the Ride: General Synod 32

On Friday, nearly 2,500 (online registrants counted only – many more people will register in person) UCC staff, delegates, members, moderators, ministers, and visitors will be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the biennial meeting we call General Synod. In addition to delegates meeting to conduct denominational business, there will be several workshops, exhibits, vendors, inspirational worship…

Anti-Abortion Laws, Undocumented Immigrants, and the Persistence of Moral Fervor in America and the Church

I know of a large and prominent United Church of Christ (UCC) congregation that is situated adjacent to an Ivy League university. Many of this church’s worshippers are part of the university community—as students and/or active or retired professors and academics. As you might expect, the social, political, and theological ethos of this church—is “progressive,”…

LOVE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT: The Power of Love in Spiritual Life

Rev. Bobbie McKay, Ph.D., is a UCC  minister, author, and licensed psychologist. Rev. McKay co-created The Spiritual Health Center, NFP and conducted a research study on Spiritual Life in the United Church of Christ. Based on the findings of this study, “Spiritual Life Teams” were born and the study has been extended into the Episcopal Church, the Catholic Church and the…

Are Our Traditional Ideas and Language About Ministry and the “Ministerial Call” Still Relevant?

Some years ago, I was having lunch with several United Church of Christ (UCC) ministers. Our Associate Conference Minister (ACM) joined us, and pretty soon one of the ministers, an ordained psychotherapist, engaged him in a protracted conversation about the nature of ministry, and congregations’ and pastors’ expectations of each other. My psychotherapist colleague said…