Untangling the Knot

Rev. Lee Yates is pastor of Covina Community Church and Managing Editor of InsideOut Camp Curriculum. He also serves as a communication consultant for the Southern California Nevada Conference and does consulting with http://www.FaithShaping.com.  Lee is the founder of the VBSCoOp, and one of the authors of Faith Formation With a New Generation. Creativity and…

How Do We Celebrate Christmas This Year?

David Lindsey has served UCC churches in California, Minnesota, and Virginia. He now serves as the Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington in D.C. With Thanksgiving behind us, we Christians in the United States now turn our focus toward Christmas. Many of us in the United Church of Christ take the season…

In a Dark Time, the Eye Begins to See: The Coronovirus Pandemic, the Church, and the Progressive Social Conscience

Rev. Chris Xenakis is a UCC pastor currently serving Groton Community Church (UCC) in Central New York. In addition, he is an adjunct lecturer at SUNY-Cortland, teaching courses this year on world politics, democracy, U.S. foreign policy and multiculturalism. Chris has written numerous books and articles, which can be found on his blog.   It all…

The Coming Loneliness

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 (Wipf & Stock, 2014), which was written under a Louisville Institute research grant. Her blog can be found…

COVID-19 and Church Closures

This week, we hear from David Schoen, dschoen@ucc.org  a Minister for Church Legacy & Closure, UCC Church Building & Loan Fund. During the “The Last Pastor: Faithfully Closing a Church” zoom webinar this past May, the chat space suddenly filled up with messages from pastors expressing the challenge of engaging in the closure process during COVID-19.…