Anti-Abortion Laws, Undocumented Immigrants, and the Persistence of Moral Fervor in America and the Church

I know of a large and prominent United Church of Christ (UCC) congregation that is situated adjacent to an Ivy League university. Many of this church’s worshippers are part of the university community—as students and/or active or retired professors and academics. As you might expect, the social, political, and theological ethos of this church—is “progressive,”…

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…

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…