Caring for Pastors in Closing Congregations

This weeks blog post is written by Reverend David Schoen, Minister for Church Legacy and Closure, for the Office of Church Building and Loan Fund within Local Church Ministries. Rev. Schoen has also completed a report on Congregations that Closed in the United Church of Christ 2012-2015. “I hope I never have to do this again,” wrote…

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…

Elder Orphans

It may not be something to which anyone aspires, but it is a very real and growing concern: Elder orphans. An elder orphan is defined as “aged, community-dwelling individuals who are socially and/or physically isolated, without an available known family member or designated surrogate or caregiver”. This can refer to older adults who have no children,…

Sent by Jesus: Chaplaincy in the UCC

This week’s post is written by  Rev. Holly MIllerShank, Team Leader of the Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization Ministry Team (MESA) Team in Cleveland.  In the tenth chapter of Matthew, Jesus sends out his disciples to “proclaim the good news, … cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons.” (Mt 10:…