The Conundrum of Counting Churches

This week’s post is 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. Have you ever wondered how many churches there are in the United States? Or, how many churches are closing every year in…

Grow Old Along with Me! The Best Is Yet to Be: What the Latest U.S. Census Data Tells Us about Aging, and How This Data Will Affect the United Church of Christ

As I write these words, in July 2019, I am dumbstruck that the Rolling Stones are once again rocking American stadiums.  The Stones have been together (with a few key substitutions of band members) for 57 years! Even more amazing is Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger’s energy and athleticism, less than three months after having…

Is Moderate Church in America Dead?

Hi there, Rev. Jeremiah, here again, to offer some analysis and insight using some recent headlines, polling data, and some thoughts on what this means. I could have started this post with a less tantalizing headline, something like “Is the church suffering from political polarization?”, but, I think it really is time to consider what…

Anti-Abortion Laws, Undocumented Immigrants, and the Persistence of Moral Fervor in America and the Church

I know of a large and prominent United Church of Christ (UCC) congregation that is situated adjacent to an Ivy League university. Many of this church’s worshippers are part of the university community—as students and/or active or retired professors and academics. As you might expect, the social, political, and theological ethos of this church—is “progressive,”…