To Whom Does a Pastor’s Body Belong?

Martin Luther King, Jr. was many things to many people, but in his own mind, he was first and foremost a pastor. And although he was born 39 years before he was assassinated, his body implied a different story. An autopsy on King revealed that despite his youth, he had the heart of a 60-year-old-man. My understanding…

Gender Pay Gaps for UCC Clergy: Exploring the Numbers

Last week, a Religion New Service blog article caught the attention of many clergy in both mainline and evangelical circles. Tobin Grant reported on the disparities in pay between male and female clergy—analyzed for the first time by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this year—which highlighted that the gender disparity in pay for clergywomen amounts…

The Gender Category

Most individual surveys ask a question about one’s gender or sex (and many conflate these two constructs as being one and the same). Researchers–especially those of us who develop surveys–often have a difficult time determining the most helpful categories for analysis. This is particularly true for those of us in the UCC who strive to…