Fitness Reviews: Race and Gender

Today’s CARD blog is written by the Rev. Elizabeth Dilley, Minister and Team Leader of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) ministry team.  Fitness Reviews are conducted when a Committee on Ministry receives a concern about a minister’s conduct that raises questions about the minister’s continued fitness for ministry in and on behalf of…

The Conundrum of Counting Churches

This week’s post is from Rev. David Schoen. Rev. Schoen’s new guide Facing Your Church’s Uncertain Future: Helpful Practices for Courageous Conversations & Faithful Decisions is now available on UCC Resources.  To contact Rev. Schoen, email him at dschoen@ucc.org. Have you ever wondered how many churches there are in the United States? Or, how many churches are closing every year in…

Grow Old Along with Me! The Best Is Yet to Be: What the Latest U.S. Census Data Tells Us about Aging, and How This Data Will Affect the United Church of Christ

As I write these words, in July 2019, I am dumbstruck that the Rolling Stones are once again rocking American stadiums.  The Stones have been together (with a few key substitutions of band members) for 57 years! Even more amazing is Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger’s energy and athleticism, less than three months after having…

Is Moderate Church in America Dead?

Hi there, Rev. Jeremiah, here again, to offer some analysis and insight using some recent headlines, polling data, and some thoughts on what this means. I could have started this post with a less tantalizing headline, something like “Is the church suffering from political polarization?”, but, I think it really is time to consider what…

The World Needs To Hear Your Story

“We convert, if we do at all, by being something irresistible, not by demanding something impossible.” — May Sarton, The House by the Sea One of the challenges we in the United Church of Christ face is about how to understand and leverage our unique assets to live into the ministries that God has placed…