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:…

Healing and Mental Health

Healing was clearly a major part of the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. Early in his preaching and teaching, we read of him healing “every disease and sickness among the people” (Matthew 4:23). Jesus healed the blind and mute. Jesus healed the socially marginalized of his day; a woman with an issue of blood, a…

The Retreat to Red and Blue Corners in America’s Churches

This week’s post is by Rev. Beth Lyon is Pastor of Glenside United Church of Christ in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She has been an Ordained Minister since 1986, serving congregations in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. The political divisions in our nation are sharper than they have been for a long time. So are the divisions within…