Better Together? Multiply-Affiliated UCC Churches

Ecumenism in modern and post-modern Western Protestantism possesses a deep and rich history, and I would argue that there is no better example of this desire for Christian unity than the United Church of Christ. Founded in 1957 as the result of the merger between the Congregational Christian Church and the Evangelical and Reformed Church,…

New Congregations Study

In 2013, a multi-denominational study of new and renewing congregations was conducted by Dr. Marjorie Royle through the Congregational Assessment, Support and Advancement (CASA) Team of the United Church of Christ and the Center for Progressive Renewal. The results below were from the survey sample of new UCC congregations and were compiled by Dr. Royle.…

When Did We Stop Trusting Each Other?

As people ask about my pastoral experience, my journey now seems to take on more significance to the listener. No one really knew anything about Ferguson, Missouri before a local police officer shot and killed Michael Brown in a part of the city that has long been marginalized. People in and around St. Louis only…

Facts on UCC Female Ministers

The United Church of Christ has made great gains in the numbers of female authorized ministers in recent years. In figures taken from the Fall 2014 UCC Statistical Profile, approximately 47.0% of active, non-retired authorized ministers are female; and 53.0% are male. When looking solely at the percentage of active, ordained female ministers over time, this figure increased…