Untangling the Knot

Rev. Lee Yates is pastor of Covina Community Church and Managing Editor of InsideOut Camp Curriculum. He also serves as a communication consultant for the Southern California Nevada Conference and does consulting with http://www.FaithShaping.com.  Lee is the founder of the VBSCoOp, and one of the authors of Faith Formation With a New Generation. Creativity and…

How Do We Celebrate Christmas This Year?

David Lindsey has served UCC churches in California, Minnesota, and Virginia. He now serves as the Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington in D.C. With Thanksgiving behind us, we Christians in the United States now turn our focus toward Christmas. Many of us in the United Church of Christ take the season…

In a Dark Time, the Eye Begins to See: The Coronovirus Pandemic, the Church, and the Progressive Social Conscience

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.   It all…

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…

What’s a Church Building For, Anyway?

This week, we hear from David Schoen, dschoen@ucc.org  a Minister for Church Legacy & Closure, UCC Church Building & Loan Fund.   A recent study of congregations of many faiths and denominations across our nation ‘Covid-19 Impact Survey of Building Use and Community Programs’ by Partners for Sacred Places found that “Disruptions caused by the pandemic…