Something is Profoundly Wrong at the Heart of the White Church

“Charmaine Pruitt wrote the names of 12 churches on strips [of paper], and dropped them into a bag. It was Sunday morning and time to pick which church to attend.” That’s how journalist Campbell Robertson began his investigative account of how Christians of color are abandoning white Evangelicalism (“A Quiet Exodus: Why Blacks Are Leaving…

Has the Church Squeezed Young People Out?

Short answer: yes. Long answer: church is a luxury that many can’t afford. Disagree? Consider Squeezed as your summer read. I read books to find out new ideas, get fresh perspectives, and catch a glimpse into different people’s lives. It’s rare for a book to also really resonate with my own state of mind and…

Insights on Vital Transformative Congregations

This week’s blog post is written by Reverend David Schoen, Minister for Church Legacy and Closure, for the UCC Church Building & Loan Fund. How would you define and describe spiritually vital transformative congregations? Faith Communities Today recently released Vital Congregations, a study on the meaning of spiritual vitality, as well as on becoming vital congregations,…

8,000 Days

Many live by the mantra of taking things “one day at a time”, but the researchers at MIT’s AgeLab suggest that we think of the lifespan through the lens of life phases comprised of 8,000 days  —or roughly 20 years. The first 8,000 are about “Growing”. The second 8,000 days are for “Learning”, including starting…