“The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be”

“The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be.” So said legendary baseball catcher Yogi Berra in the 1970’s. Anyone who has ministered in mainline churches in the United States in the last 30 or so years can sympathize. Denominational churches’ futures seem bleak. The United Church of Christ was born in mid-20th Century ecumenical excitement–In 1957, birth…

Consider Talking About Healthy Congregational/Pastoral Boundaries

This week’s post is written by Rev. Stephen Boyd, Minister for Chaplains and Ministers in Specialized Settings in the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) Team within the UCC’s national setting.  In these past weeks many of us on the MESA Team have attended Conference Annual Gatherings throughout the denomination. It has been wonderful to connect with colleagues,…

Extravagant Welcome Revisited

This week I am at a loss for words. It seems anything I might say to you, my friends and my colleagues in ministry, would be simply not enough. To say that our nation is at a critical juncture would be an understatement. Given all that has happened and considering all the lives lost in…

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

The Rev. Dr. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi recently published a special report for Faith Communities Today (FACT) titled, American Congregations 2015: Engaging Young Adults.  Rev. Lizardy-Hajbi looked specifically at young adult (ages 18-34) engagement (or lack thereof) in U.S congregational life and attempts to identify the characteristics of congregations that have thriving young adult participation.  Kristina is…