How Might the U.S. Census Point to the Future of the UCC?

The preliminary results of the 2020 U.S. Census have been released, and they reveal trends that will be shaping the nation’s religious life in the coming years. One trend in particular jumps out that could shape the United Church of Christ’s future: increasing racial / ethnic diversity in the United States. These early results contain…

Depression, Suicide, and the Crisis of the Pulpit

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. The first paragraph…

The Cousin Connection: Good News For The Family And The Church

This week we hear from Rev. Bobbie McKay, Ph.D.,  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…