The Conundrum of Counting Churches

This week’s post is 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. Have you ever wondered how many churches there are in the United States? Or, how many churches are closing every year in…

Grow Old Along with Me! The Best Is Yet to Be: What the Latest U.S. Census Data Tells Us about Aging, and How This Data Will Affect the United Church of Christ

As I write these words, in July 2019, I am dumbstruck that the Rolling Stones are once again rocking American stadiums.  The Stones have been together (with a few key substitutions of band members) for 57 years! Even more amazing is Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger’s energy and athleticism, less than three months after having…

Is Moderate Church in America Dead?

Hi there, Rev. Jeremiah, here again, to offer some analysis and insight using some recent headlines, polling data, and some thoughts on what this means. I could have started this post with a less tantalizing headline, something like “Is the church suffering from political polarization?”, but, I think it really is time to consider what…

The World Needs To Hear Your Story

“We convert, if we do at all, by being something irresistible, not by demanding something impossible.” — May Sarton, The House by the Sea One of the challenges we in the United Church of Christ face is about how to understand and leverage our unique assets to live into the ministries that God has placed…

Come Along for the Ride: General Synod 32

On Friday, nearly 2,500 (online registrants counted only – many more people will register in person) UCC staff, delegates, members, moderators, ministers, and visitors will be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the biennial meeting we call General Synod. In addition to delegates meeting to conduct denominational business, there will be several workshops, exhibits, vendors, inspirational worship…

Anti-Abortion Laws, Undocumented Immigrants, and the Persistence of Moral Fervor in America and the Church

I know of a large and prominent United Church of Christ (UCC) congregation that is situated adjacent to an Ivy League university. Many of this church’s worshippers are part of the university community—as students and/or active or retired professors and academics. As you might expect, the social, political, and theological ethos of this church—is “progressive,”…