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…

To Counteract Avoidable Deaths: A Spiritual Awakening

This week’s post is written by  Rev. Holly MIllerShank, Team Leader of the Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization Ministry Team (MESA) Team in Cleveland.  “Look at us,” Hetrick says from behind his signature round-rimmed glasses. “Look what the dead are telling me. The dead are telling me we have a structural issue within our society. Why…

I Dream: #45

This week’s post is from Rev. Elivette “Elly” Mendez Angulo (whose pronouns are she, her, hers, ella) serves as Project Coordinator of Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida, an initiative of the United Church of Christ that seeks to engage the faithful in prayerful dialogue regarding the intersection of sexual orientation and Latinx identity. Rev. Elly…

Election Lent

As of this posting, there are 23 days left until the Presidential election and I am halfway through a self-imposed season of Election Lent. Most of us “religious types” know what Lent is: a period of fasting, moderation, and self-denial traditionally observed by Catholics and some Protestant denominations. The length of the Lenten fast was…

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…