The Waning Dominance and Influence of White Christians in America: What It Means for the United States and for the UCC

“Long the dominant group in American religious life, White Christians have fallen below a majority of the U.S. population—and are moving to the right politically as they recede.” So wrote CNN and Los Angeles Times political analyst Ronald Brownstein, in an article that highlighted the results of a 2015 Pew Research Center Religious Landscape Survey.…

Something is Profoundly Wrong at the Heart of the White Church

“Charmaine Pruitt wrote the names of 12 churches on strips [of paper], and dropped them into a bag. It was Sunday morning and time to pick which church to attend.” That’s how journalist Campbell Robertson began his investigative account of how Christians of color are abandoning white Evangelicalism (“A Quiet Exodus: Why Blacks Are Leaving…

UCC Evangelicals and Progressives: How They’re Different. Why It Matters.

Recently, some United Church of Christ (UCC) friends asked me what the difference is between Progressive and Evangelical churches and beliefs. With more passion than wisdom, I bit off on their bait. I said that Evangelical congregations can be Southern Baptist, Reformed, Wesleyan, and Lutheran (Missouri Synod). They can belong to charismatic or Pentecostal fellowships like the Assemblies…