Useless to Revolt?: The Gospel According to the Wu-Tang Clan

David Kaden is the Senior Minister of First Congregational Church of Ithaca, NY, and holds a PhD in the academic study of religion from the University of Toronto. He has taught at Cornell University, University of Toronto, St. Olaf College, and the New York School of Ministry. His first book was Matthew, Paul, and the Anthropology of…

On Our Way….Zooming.

This week, we hear from David Schoen, dschoen@ucc.org  a Minister for Church Legacy & Closure, UCC Church Building & Loan Fund.    The old hymn refrain “On our way rejoicing….”  could today be sung ‘On our way… Zooming, Facebooking, Skyping and YouTubing….’. One of the Covid-19 Pandemic impacts on the church has been the quick introduction…

How Will We Keep From Singing?

As phased reopening begins in some states, UCC churches have to decide when to return to in-person worship. These are often hard decisions with no clear answers (as seen here). Please give your church leaders a lot of grace as these decisions are being made. One of the trickiest aspects of making such a decision has…

When the Obvious Answer is Also the Absurd Answer, Keep Digging

Today’s CARD blog is written by the Rev. Elizabeth Dilley, Minister and Team Leader of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) ministry team.  It’s an apocryphal story, dating to at least the early 1970s. A man wrote into an automobile manufacturer explaining that his car was allergic to vanilla ice cream. In short, he…

Can Churches Be Vital in These Times?

This week we welcome a new writer to Vital Signs & Statistics, please welcome Rev. L. Gail Irwin! Rev. L. Gail Irwin has served UCC and PCUSA churches as a settled and Intentional Interim Pastor. She is a freelance writer for The Christian Century and author of Toward the Better Country: Church Closure and Resurrection…

On Healing Headaches, Feeling Better and Finding God

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…