Does The United Church of Christ (UCC) Have A Big-City, Big-Church, Liberal Bias?

Does the United Church of Christ (UCC) have a big-city, big-church, liberal bias? I’ve been hearing UCC lay people—and remarkably, pastors—level this charge, in three different Conferences and in various churches, since my “privilege-of-call” days in the Potomac Association of the Central Atlantic Conference in the early 1990s. Two recent instances: This past spring, a…

The Joy and the Struggle of Building Multiracial Community

A surprising thing happened in our congregation after we became an officially Open and Affirming congregation in 2009. We expected that we’d have more gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members, and we do. What we didn’t expect was that we’d also become more racially and culturally diverse. Sure, we’d included that kind of diversity in our…

Future Church: A View from the Front Row

The church I serve has a large black and red banner strategically placed to catch the eye of those passing by.  It says: “Jesus never turned anyone away.  Neither do we.”  After our web site, that sign is the reason most visitors mention for giving our church a try.  One of the things we are…