50 Years and Counting

Last year marked the 50th anniversary of significant civil rights legislation in this country:  Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act (yes, these are about civil rights).  2015 was also the 80th anniversary of Social Security.  To help commemorate these milestones, events were held around the country following a pattern of dialogue at the mark…

Gender Pay Gaps for UCC Clergy: Exploring the Numbers

Last week, a Religion New Service blog article caught the attention of many clergy in both mainline and evangelical circles. Tobin Grant reported on the disparities in pay between male and female clergy—analyzed for the first time by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this year—which highlighted that the gender disparity in pay for clergywomen amounts…

Equipping the Saints for Ministry: Lay Leadership in Focus

In 2014, the Church of England released a statistical report regarding a church growth movement called “Fresh Expressions of the Church.”  (You can find the full report here.)   Fresh Expressions is the name for the Church of England’s outreach and mission programs.  These programs can take all sorts of forms—from cafes and coffee houses, community gardens, stalls…

Throwback 2015: All the Lonely People

At the end of every year, I take the time to share some of our most memorable posts from the past twelve months. This year, I’m highlighting a few of our most viewed articles. The following post is from September 28 and is a reminder and a challenge to reach out to the oldest among us. This post…