Clergy Denominations of Origin: Internal Ecumenism and Ministers in the UCC

This week’s blog post is by Rev. Malcolm Himschoot, MESA Minister for Ministerial Calls and Transitions. Ecumenism is based on Jesus’ prayer “that they may all be one” from Christian tradition. Practicing ecumenism includes dialogue and sometimes coordination between different branches of Christianity’s family tree. “One vine, many branches” – from Orthodox to Pentecostal churches.…

Taking Time

Today’s blog is written by the Rev. Elizabeth Dilley, Minister for Ministerial Support and Accountability on the national staff’s Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) ministry team. Nine hundred and fifty-seven. That’s the number of emails that greeted me in my inbox on August 7 when I returned from a two-month sabbatical in the national…

Balancing Mission and Metrics

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. After presenting to a group of about…

Do Clergy Increase End-of-life Costs of Care?

When a loved one is challenged with a significant health crisis we request prayers for healing—just listen to the prayer requests on Sunday mornings. We want those who are struggling with health issues and who live with pain to get better. Whether it is living for second chances or for some long-awaited day or age,…