The UCC vs. the Nazis

Well, it’s come to this. It’s the United Church of Christ versus the Nazis. After the events in Charlottesville, I don’t know how else to describe the fight in which we now find ourselves as a denomination. The current struggle about white supremacy is much larger than just two groups, of course. We have ecumenical…

Welcome to Baltimore

“In Baltimore, beauty and chaos live side by side.” In just a few days, the United Church of Christ’s  General Synod will begin in Baltimore, Maryland. Thousands of folks from across our denomination will gather together to ask for God’s blessing on our biennial meeting. We will meet with mission partners from around the world; we…

How is the UCC Responding to the Refugee Crisis?

We as the United Church of Christ recently took a look at our mission statement, purpose statement, and vision. The results gave us, among other things, a vision that is short and to the point: United in Christ’s love, a just world for all. This bold proclamation requires us to be accountable for acting faithfully in a…

Where Have All the Pastors Gone?

Editor’s Note: This original piece is written by Rev. David Lindsey, one of our esteemed writers. However, in the review of this article, we realized that some of the data needed to be placed into a larger context. It is our view that there is not – nor will there be in the near future –…

What is Good Preaching?

The Pew Research Center has released a study about what folks look for when looking for a new church. Considering that half of U.S. adults end up looking for a new church at some point in their lives, this is a crucial study for understanding the vitality of the modern American Church. So what are folks…

What Do Clergy Need for Positive Mental Health?

The biggest open secret in the church today is that clergy struggle with mental health, even when they often seem well to most parishioners. Articles in recent years from the New York Times to the Huffington Post have reported on this very issue. Throughout the United Church of Christ (my beloved denomination), Committees on Ministry…