Mission Driven By the Numbers

This week’s post is written by the Rev. Dr. Patrick G. Duggan, Executive Director of the United Church of Christ Church Building & Loan Fund. Since 1995, Rev. Dr. Duggan has also served as senior pastor of the Congregational Church of South Hempstead in South Hempstead, New York.   In January 2017, the United Church…

Getting On in Years

Tis the season that seems to be dedicated to all things children. With a baby the focus of the biblical narrative and children the participants and intended audiences of many of our cultural traditions, Advent and Christmas celebrations can be difficult times to connect with more mature members. How do we share the story of…

Does The United Church of Christ (UCC) Have A Big-City, Big-Church, Liberal Bias?

Does the United Church of Christ (UCC) have a big-city, big-church, liberal bias? I’ve been hearing UCC lay people—and remarkably, pastors—level this charge, in three different Conferences and in various churches, since my “privilege-of-call” days in the Potomac Association of the Central Atlantic Conference in the early 1990s. Two recent instances: This past spring, a…

Diversity and Dialogue: The Challenge

Pre-season football 2016 started with a controversy. Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, sat during the National Anthem in August. At first, his silent protest went unnoticed. Eventually, however, news outlets picked up the story and Kaepernick was interviewed about his reasons for this action. His explanation was one of civil rights and…