The American Armed Forces, Militarism, and the Church

It was Sunday, January 5th, and the congregation I serve—Groton Community Church (UCC)—was still basking in holiday good cheer. New Year’s resolutions and counting down the seconds to midnight were fresh in our memories, as were the blaring sounds of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on TV, and the Christmas greetings of peace and…

Military Chaplaincy: Numbers and Testimony

This week, a new post by the Rev. Stephen Boyd, Minister for Chaplains and Ministers in Specialized Settings, and Ecclesiastical Endorser, a member of the Ministerial Excellence, Support, and Authorization (MESA) Ministry Team in the national setting of the UCC. In these challenging times, the Endorsement Office of the United Church of Christ finds itself…

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:…