Remembering Savigny-le-Vieux and Thirty Children Who Were Saved: Some Lessons for the Church About Patriotism and Moral Courage

On a recent Sunday, after leading worship at Groton Community Church (UCC), I sat in on a caregiving committee meeting at one of the most progressive UCC churches in our Association. Before long, the meeting devolved into a discussion about displaying the American flag in the church sanctuary during worship services. Sigh. Later that afternoon,…

What Role Do Outdoor Ministries Play In The UCC Today?

In the nearly 20 years I’ve been in and around the United Church of Christ, no topic I’ve heard discussed has elicited more passion, argument, dissent, delight, and anguish than Outdoor Ministries, especially our camps and conference centers. The discussions I’ve heard have made even the most controversial votes at General Synod feel tame by…

Eleven Reasons Why: Redux

We, the CARD team are in the midst of completing the 2018 annual data collection for the 2019 UCC Yearbook & Directory. I want to thank the wider church for providing updated information to us, from the local church volunteer inputting membership information for their beloved congregation, to conference and association staff updating authorized ministerial…

Ministry is Always Complicated. But You May be Surprised by What People Say They Really Want From Their Minister!

Rev. Bobbie McKay, Ph.D., is a UCC  minister, author, and licensed psychologist. Rev. McKay co-created The Spiritual Health Center, NFP and conducted a research study on Spiritual Life in the United Church of Christ. Based on the findings of this study, “Spiritual Life Teams” were born and the study has been extended into the Episcopal Church, the Catholic Church and the…