Why Is It So Difficult to Engage in a Sacred (or Even a Civil) Conversation on Race? Racism, Class, and the Psychological Wage of Whiteness

In 1935, W. E. B. Du Bois coined the expression, “the psychological wage of whiteness” to refer to “the sense of entitlement” felt by rural and working-class Whites in nineteenth- and twentieth-century America. As University of Utah political scientist Ella Myers characterized Du Bois’s argument, “whiteness serve[d] as a ‘public and psychological wage,’ delivering to…

Measuring the End of Poverty

This week’s post is written by the Rev. Dr. Patrick G. Duggan, Executive Director of the United Church of Christ Church Building & Loan Fund. Since 1995, Rev. Dr. Duggan has also served as senior pastor of the Congregational Church of South Hempstead in South Hempstead, New York. Half of the population of the United…

Change Agents

Last fall, I was standing in the narthex of a church where I had just given a sermon as a guest preacher when two parishioners walked up to me and introduced themselves as new members to the UCC. With a little more conversation, they shared that they had been members of the Missouri Synod Lutheran…

The Green Denomination?

 This week’s blog post comes from The Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt, the Minister for Environmental Justice for the United Church of Christ. He writes a column called “For the Love of Children” that recently  launched with The Letter Manifesto: Children and Climate. As the Environmental Justice Minister for a denomination, I recently found myself in a…

Licensed Minister Survey Results, Part Two: How Do Our Conferences Use Licensed Ministry?

This week’s post is written by Rev. Elizabeth Dilley who serves as Minister for Ministers of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) Team within the UCC’s national setting.  In the summer of 2017, the MESA Ministry Team surveyed Licensed Ministers and Association/Conference staff about their understandings and practices of licensed ministry. Last fall, MESA overviewed…

What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

When our team evolved and became the Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD – previously known as Research Services) six years ago, we gathered in a retreat center for team building and began to form our mission, vision, and purpose statement. One of the BIGs (bold, inspirational goals) that came from our meeting was…

What if We’re Doing Church Growth Wrong?

I had it drilled into my head in seminary that the church is one generation away from being just a memory. The thinking being we owe it to the coming generation of young people to share the message and bring the joy of Christ into the world before it’s too late. I suspect this was…