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2015 UCC Statistical Profile Now Available

We in the Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD) publish an annual Statistical Profile on the state of the United Church of Christ, past and present. Click here to access the free, downloadable PDF of this year’s Profile, which includes statistics on congregations, membership, and finances. This year, there are also two Special Reports–the…

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Beyond Numbers: Quantification and the Holy

This week’s insightful article is written by Rev. Alyssa Lodewick, Associate Director of The BTS Center. Learn more about Rev. Lodewick in her bio below. The statistics are troubling: According to research undertaken by the Clergy Health Initiative at Duke University, United Methodist clergy in North Carolina have a “particularly high rate of obesity” (41%…

Beth Lyon

The Joy and the Struggle of Building Multiracial Community

A surprising thing happened in our congregation after we became an officially Open and Affirming congregation in 2009. We expected that we’d have more gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members, and we do. What we didn’t expect was that we’d also become more racially and culturally diverse. Sure, we’d included that kind of diversity in our…

David Lindsey

How Diverse Should We Be?

This year, the Pew Research Center released the results of a study about diversity within American communities of faith (click here for the full report). According to Pew, the preponderance of denominations in the United States are less diverse than the U.S. as a whole. My denomination (the United Church of Christ) ranked as far…

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Committees on Ministry in the UCC

Rev. Holly MillerShank, Team Leader of the Ministerial Excellence, Support, and Authorization (MESA) Team in the UCC’s national setting, conducted extensive research last year on the nature and function of Committees on Ministry within the denomination. Below is a contribution from Rev. MillerShank summarizing her findings. Committees on Ministry in the United Church of Christ are…