All the Lonely People

Paul McCartney asked the question years ago: “Look at all the lonely people….where do they all come from?” We live in a culture that promotes living in our own homes as long as possible. We value our independence. We live where we live, regardless of family support close at hand. Have we, perhaps, set ourselves…

Wherever the River Flows

Wherever the river flows, everything will live. Ezekiel 47:9 (CEB) The prophet Ezekiel’s vision of a new temple was a vision that included a lot of water—water coming out from under the temple door and creating a great river. As you can imagine, water is pretty important for people who live in the desert; so…

Church Building Matters

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. When we decided last year to conduct…

Researching Responsibility

In 1963, Harper and Row published the last book written by United Church of Christ theologian H. Richard Niebuhr who had died the previous year. The book was entitled The Responsible Self: An Essay in Christian Moral Responsibility. In five compact essays, Niebuhr outlined his theory of Christian morality and ethics through the image of responsibility.…