Congregations and Pastors Want to Talk about Race and Racism, Religious Discrimination, and Hate-Crimes on Campus. (Just Kidding. They Don’t. But American College Students Do.)

There is an old joke about a dog food company that was failing.  The CEO called her top executives together and railed at them. “Why is our product such a loser?” she snapped.  “We have the best people, the best kitchens, and the best marketing and advertising campaign. We deliver our product to the best…

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…