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Fitness Reviews: Trusting our Ecclesiastical Processes

A fitness review is a disciplinary action that results when information surfaces that calls into question an authorized minister’s continued fitness for ministry in and on behalf of the United Church of Christ. An association Committee on Ministry (or, in some places, a conference-wide Fitness Review Board) receives the concern, votes to begin a review,…

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Denominational Identity – A Plus or a Minus?

New church planters and those who struggle to revitalize their congregations often ask whether using their denominational identity in their name, their publicity materials, or their website is a positive or negative thing for attracting new people. New non-denominational churches with names that don’t even sound like a church seem to draw crowds of younger…

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Challenges of Gender Bias and Data Collection

In 2013, our office (CARD) began to track transgender/gender-variant authorized ministers within the United Church of Christ through the UCC Data Hub. As of August 2015, there are eight active, non-retired authorized ministers who identify as transgender/gender-variant within the database, which constitutes 0.1% of all active, non-retired authorized ministers (Fall 2015 Statistical Profile, p. 18). These…