Asking What we Didn’t Know to Ask

This week’s post is written by  Rev. Holly MIllerShank, Team Leader of the Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization Ministry Team (MESA) Team in Cleveland.  Standing among the big wooden pews with starchy red fabric as a child, I memorized the words “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the…

Reimagining What is Possible, Demanding What is Right

This week’s blog post is by Benjamin J. Roth, PhD, an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work. His research focuses on poverty and inequality, especially these issues concerning immigrants and immigrant youth. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program announced by President Obama in 2012 for unauthorized…

Bringing on the Future: Letting Go to Let Come

This week’s blog post is written by Reverend David Schoen, Minister for Church Legacy and Closure, for the UCC Church Building & Loan Fund. In the late winter, early spring there’s a lot to do to get fruit gardens ready for the summer.  Pruning raspberries and grape vines, as well as fruit trees is something that…

Measuring the End of Poverty

This week’s post is written by the Rev. Dr. Patrick G. Duggan, Executive Director of the United Church of Christ Church Building & Loan Fund. Since 1995, Rev. Dr. Duggan has also served as senior pastor of the Congregational Church of South Hempstead in South Hempstead, New York. Half of the population of the United…

The Green Denomination?

 This week’s blog post comes from The Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt, the Minister for Environmental Justice for the United Church of Christ. He writes a column called “For the Love of Children” that recently  launched with The Letter Manifesto: Children and Climate. As the Environmental Justice Minister for a denomination, I recently found myself in a…

Licensed Minister Survey Results, Part Two: How Do Our Conferences Use Licensed Ministry?

This week’s post is written by Rev. Elizabeth Dilley who serves as Minister for Ministers of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) Team within the UCC’s national setting.  In the summer of 2017, the MESA Ministry Team surveyed Licensed Ministers and Association/Conference staff about their understandings and practices of licensed ministry. Last fall, MESA overviewed…