Two Words That Could Change Your Life: Just Listen!

This week we hear from Rev. Bobbie McKay, Ph.D.,  a UCC  minister, author, and licensed psychologist. Rev. McKay co-created The Spiritual Health Center, NFP, and conducted a research study on Spiritual Life in the United Church of Christ. Based on the findings of this study, “Spiritual Life Teams” were born and the study has been extended into the Episcopal…

If Hope Were a Country, How Would You Find It?

This blog is about data, which is in great supply these days. Each week I read an update from my home state of Massachusetts about the state’s efforts to combat the corona-virus, which is now beginning to slosh back over the state as the numbers are creeping back up. The granularity of this data is…

On Passing and Flunking the God Test During a Pandemic

David Kaden is the Senior Minister of First Congregational Church of Ithaca, NY, and holds a PhD in the academic study of religion from the University of Toronto. He has taught at Cornell University, University of Toronto, St. Olaf College, and the New York School of Ministry. His first book was Matthew, Paul, and the Anthropology of…

Christian Leaders Behaving Badly: Some Wrong-Headed and Counterproductive Responses to the Coronavirus Pandemic, and What We Can Learn from Them

Rev. Chris Xenakis is a UCC pastor currently serving Groton Community Church (UCC) in Central New York. In addition, he is an adjunct lecturer at SUNY-Cortland, teaching courses this year on world politics, democracy, U.S. foreign policy and multiculturalism. Chris has written numerous books and articles, which can be found on his blog.   As a…

After 400 Years, Have We Become Pilgrims Again?

David Lindsey has served UCC churches in California, Minnesota, and Virginia. Starting later this year, he will be serving in the District of Columbia as the Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington   In just a few months, we will mark a major milestone for the United Church of Christ: the 400th…

The Role Of The Church In Creating A Just World For All

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.   On Long Island (where I live)…