How is the UCC Responding to the Refugee Crisis?

We as the United Church of Christ recently took a look at our mission statement, purpose statement, and vision. The results gave us, among other things, a vision that is short and to the point: United in Christ’s love, a just world for all. This bold proclamation requires us to be accountable for acting faithfully in a…

School’s Out! Now What Do We Do?

Betty Ann lived across the alley from us when I was a kid. I always thought she was cool and a little eccentric being older than my parents yet driving a Mustang. (Of course any car-buff kid would think adults driving that car would be inherently cool!) She was thin, average height, and had short…

A Peek at the New UCC Manual on Ministry Draft, and Two General Comments about the Streamlined Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers and the Unified Ministerial Code

So, I used to have this ministry colleague, George, who carried a stack of dog-eared 3×5 cards in his hip pocket. George had scribbled the Sermon on the Mount and assorted Bible verses on those cards, and he consulted them frequently, he said, in an effort to live a more virtuous and holy life. He kept…

On the Streets, In Schools and Prisons…..and Yes, in the Church: Meeting the Pastoral Needs of a Broad and Diverse World

This week’s post is written by Rev. Elizabeth Dilley of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) Team within the UCC’s national setting.  Last week’s CARD blog focused on the clergy supply issue in the UCC. I read it with some surprise, because in the work of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) ministry team…

Where Have All the Pastors Gone?

Editor’s Note: This original piece is written by Rev. David Lindsey, one of our esteemed writers. However, in the review of this article, we realized that some of the data needed to be placed into a larger context. It is our view that there is not – nor will there be in the near future –…

How Can Pastors Resist?

As I write these words, the United States is in the grip of a political crisis caused by an executive order, which many are calling an in-everything-but-name Muslim Ban. I can only imagine what the headlines of today are saying, but I suspect it is something worse. So, what are we as pastors or people…