Call for Blog Contributors

Do you possess:

  • An ability to write for a theologically diverse UCC audience?
  • A passion for research and statistics and, specifically, how research and statistics can be useful in the context of ministry and the church?
  • An ability to interpret information in understandable, engaging ways?
  • A commitment to using gender-inclusive or gender non-specific language when referring to God?
  • Preferred: Are you an authorized minister in the United Church of Christ or an active member of a UCC congregation
  • Preferred: Do you have a background in sociology, social psychology, economics, history, or other research-related fields?

The UCC Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD), a national ministry team within the Office of General Minister and President is accepting applications for regular contributors to its weekly blog, Vital Signs and Statistics.

The main purpose of Vital Signs & Statistics is to investigate and raise questions of importance for the United Church of Christ through relevant research and statistics.

Research is broadly defined as tested qualitative and/or quantitative information that possesses relevance to the theology and practice of ministry, particularly as it relates to congregations, members, and ministers. Commentary on and summary of such research for application to ministry, whether it is one’s own research or the research of others, is strongly encouraged. Commentary on applying evaluation and assessment methods for effective ministry is also welcomed.

We ask that regular contributors submit one post per month, with posting dates scheduled in advance with me.

Titles for upcoming posts must be submitted by or on the Wednesday prior to actual posting. Posting can then take place any time before the Tuesday of the following week.

Posts are promoted and linked weekly in the UCC’s e-newsletter, Keeping You Posted (KYP), which reaches over 60,000 people per week.

Please send an email to Taylor Russell, CARD Research Specialist, at with your name, current setting and role, a description of how your experiences match the qualifications listed above, and possible topics that you would like to write about. Examples of previous writings are encouraged. 

2018-10-19 17:52:56Taylor B. Russell is the Research Specialist for the UCC Center for Analytics, Research and Data. She is also the administrator for Access UCC, the online version of the Yearbook & Directory. 

7 thoughts on “Call for Blog Contributors

  1. I agree with David. While I understand the idea of gender neutral language showing respect etc… Its use tends to favor theologically progressive people and troubles those whose theology tends more to the conservative. But then I’ve always felt being ONA should be being Open to and Affirming of all people not just one particular group. I mean why else do we speak with phrases such as; “No matter where you are on life’s journey…” I also remember working with female victims of sexual abuse who were terrified by the image of a male god. But there were many other victims who sought and in fact clung to the image of a loving father.. They truly wanted God to be the ideal loving father they didn’t have. Language is important and it is difficult not to risk leaving someone out. John Tschudy


    • “Language is important and it is difficult not to risk leaving someone out.” I agree with his statement. You give good examples of how two different audiences perceive the image of God and both groups can be right in their perception. Say more on how using respectful language is troubling so that I can understand.


      • With all due respect what you and I might consider as “Respectful language” perhaps by many be seen as being disrespectful of the divine and against Scripture. Further in the case of some of the abused females I worked with that image of a male loving father was destructive of an ideal that was important to them. For some reason, as a clergy working with them they received more comfort with the traditional image of God then any other. They needed to at that point in their life to cling to that image of a loving male Father God and I as a male clergy became somewhat of a Father figure to them.
        I know we mean inclusive language to be respectful of all people. But on the other hand not all people are the same and for some it is difficult to make one size fit all. For example living where I am and wanting to be respectful of all, I need to know is the Native Person I am talking with from Canada or America. If they are Canadian the proper respectful language is “First Nation.” American tends more to favor, “Native American.” Then you get into what their tribe is and for some there are three or more respectful names that can be used for the same heritage. Most of which I can not spell correctly.
        Having literally been in ministry throughout the transition from a Male God to today and having my first ordination paper thrown out by the chair of the Association committee, for the use of inclusive language as bad grammar to today is quite a change. BTW the chair was a early woman clergy, who now has a conference award named after her for her work in opening the door for women clergy.


  2. Dear Taylor,

    Should I apply for this? Or am I a part of this already?

    Please let me know.

    With Thanks, always,


    Rev. Bobbie McKay, Ph.D.



  3. If a job requirement is to use gender neutral terms for God, then you are not writing for a theologically diverse audience.


    • I disagree. It shows respect for all people and their beliefs, and doesn’t take away from anyone’s vision of who God is for them.


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