Ministry Among the Ruins

On a recent Sunday afternoon, I made my way up from the subway, walked a few blocks down the street. As I stepped into the lobby of the Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia, a young woman, whom I later learned is a seminary student, welcomed me and pointed me toward the sanctuary. The wooden stairs…

Shining Light on Your Church’s Halo

This week, a new post from Rev. David Schoen. Rev. Schoen’s new guide Facing Your Church’s Uncertain Future: Helpful Practices for Courageous Conversations & Faithful Decisions is now available on UCC Resources.  To contact Rev. Schoen, email him at dschoen@ucc.org. What is the value of a church building to its community? I’m not referring to the real estate value of the…

Discerning Readiness for Ministry in the UCC

This week’s post is from Rev. Dr. Tony Clark, MESA Minister for Committee on Ministry Development and Leadership. The UCC Committee on Ministry Research Report[i] states “Thirty of the conferences responded to the question, ‘What requirements do you have for Members in Discernment?’…Of the 30 respondents, 15 reported that Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) was required.…

Avoiding Women at All Cost: The #MeToo Backlash and Boundary Awareness Chauvinism in the Church

In a recent column, syndicated Washington Post commentator Kathleen Parker called attention to a Bloomberg News article about the #MeToo movement. The article noted how, due to #MeToo’s notoriety, and in light of several well-publicized accusations of sexual harassment and assault, some Wall Street men have become “so concerned about what they might say or do” in…