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…

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.…

All Saints by the Numbers

Rev. Daniel Haas is currently serving as a chaplain in hospice, hospital, and Army Reserve. Rev. Haas loves numbers, manages his own blog, and helps churches with their social media, website, and communications needs.   Today is All Saints Day. The Sunday before or after my congregations used to invite next of kin for those…

If Hope Were a Country, How Would You Find It?

This blog is about data, which is in great supply these days. Each week I read an update from my home state of Massachusetts about the state’s efforts to combat the corona-virus, which is now beginning to slosh back over the state as the numbers are creeping back up. The granularity of this data is…

On Passing and Flunking the God Test During a Pandemic

David Kaden is the Senior Minister of First Congregational Church of Ithaca, NY, and holds a PhD in the academic study of religion from the University of Toronto. He has taught at Cornell University, University of Toronto, St. Olaf College, and the New York School of Ministry. His first book was Matthew, Paul, and the Anthropology of…