Avoiding Women at All Cost: The #MeToo Backlash and Boundary Awareness Chauvinism in the Church

In a recent column, syndicated Washington Post commentator Kathleen Parker called attention to a Bloomberg News article about the #MeToo movement. The article noted how, due to #MeToo’s notoriety, and in light of several well-publicized accusations of sexual harassment and assault, some Wall Street men have become “so concerned about what they might say or do” in…

Intersecting Snapshots: The American Mainline Church and the UCC

Are the changes and trends that are occurring in the American Protestant Church—and particularly, in the old mainline (e.g., Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal, and Methodist) congregations—also evident in the United Church of Christ (UCC)? Obviously, the United Church of Christ is a mainline Protestant denomination.  Yet it may be distinguished from the old mainline by its relatively…

Incivility in the Public Square and in the American Church

A virulent debate came to a head over this past Fourth of July (2018) weekend, in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States, over the lack of—and the utter need for—“civility” in the public square. As CNN producer Harmeet Kaur noted, with the “growth [of] outrage” over our country’s “immigration policies and [its] separation and detention…

Five Things I Think I Think about Committees on Ministry (COMs)

After serving for nine non-consecutive years and counting on the Susquehanna Associations (New York Conference’s) Committee on Authorized Ministry, I have arrived at some speculative conclusions and definitive conjectures about the work that we and other Committees on Ministry (CoMs) do, on behalf of the United Church of Christ (UCC). You know about CoMs. They…

How Our StillSpeaking God Is Transforming Her StillConsequential Church, But Church People Are StillResisting and StillTalking Past One Another

Churches and denominations are being buffeted by momentous social change—and many good church people are in denial about, or are resisting, what is happening all around them. For example, recent Barna Group research suggests that “many of those outside [of] Christianity, especially younger adults, have little trust in the Christian faith” or in churchgoers. They…