What if Churches Were Run Like Businesses?

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. The church is not a business. The…

How Does Clergy Age Impact Churches?

A new post from Rev. David Schoen. Rev. Schoen’s new guide Facing Your Church’s Uncertain Future: Helpful Practices for Courageous Conversations & Faithful Decisions is now available on UCC Resources.  To contact Rev. Schoen, email him at dschoen@ucc.org. How does the age of clergy impact their congregations and the church? In 2017, Barna Research released a study on the Aging of…

Remembering Savigny-le-Vieux and Thirty Children Who Were Saved: Some Lessons for the Church About Patriotism and Moral Courage

On a recent Sunday, after leading worship at Groton Community Church (UCC), I sat in on a caregiving committee meeting at one of the most progressive UCC churches in our Association. Before long, the meeting devolved into a discussion about displaying the American flag in the church sanctuary during worship services. Sigh. Later that afternoon,…

The Amazing and Unexpected Power of Prayer

Rev. Bobbie McKay, Ph.D., is a UCC  minister, author, and licensed psychologist. Rev. McKay co-created The Spiritual Health Center, NFP and conducted a research study on Spiritual Life in the United Church of Christ. Based on the findings of this study, “Spiritual Life Teams” were born and the study has been extended into the Episcopal Church, the Catholic Church and the…

God Bless the Child That’s Got Her Own: Dysfunction and Economic Unfairness in America and in the Church

In a lengthy essay that was excerpted from his latest book, lawyer and journalist Steven Brill wrote of a widespread perception that America no longer works socially, politically, and economically, and that our country has become narcissistic and sclerotic. This is largely the fault of the Baby Boomer generation, Brill argued (“How Baby Boomers Broke…

Behind the Words

Behind many of the words that we use are numbers and data to give credibility to our thoughts and ideas. With data, we can chart and plot and see trends that otherwise we only know through intuition or anecdote. And as any student of statistics learns, numbers and data can be used in a variety…

Incivility in the Public Square and in the American Church

A virulent debate came to a head over this past Fourth of July (2018) weekend, in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States, over the lack of—and the utter need for—“civility” in the public square. As CNN producer Harmeet Kaur noted, with the “growth [of] outrage” over our country’s “immigration policies and [its] separation and detention…