To Whom Does a Pastor’s Body Belong?

Martin Luther King, Jr. was many things to many people, but in his own mind, he was first and foremost a pastor. And although he was born 39 years before he was assassinated, his body implied a different story. An autopsy on King revealed that despite his youth, he had the heart of a 60-year-old-man. My understanding…

The Waning Dominance and Influence of White Christians in America: What It Means for the United States and for the UCC

“Long the dominant group in American religious life, White Christians have fallen below a majority of the U.S. population—and are moving to the right politically as they recede.” So wrote CNN and Los Angeles Times political analyst Ronald Brownstein, in an article that highlighted the results of a 2015 Pew Research Center Religious Landscape Survey.…

God Bless the Child That’s Got Her Own: Dysfunction and Economic Unfairness in America and in the Church

In a lengthy essay that was excerpted from his latest book, lawyer and journalist Steven Brill wrote of a widespread perception that America no longer works socially, politically, and economically, and that our country has become narcissistic and sclerotic. This is largely the fault of the Baby Boomer generation, Brill argued (“How Baby Boomers Broke…

Information on the Genesis Fund

Today’s CARD blog is written by the Rev. Elizabeth Dilley, Minister for Ministerial Support and Accountability, part of the national setting’s Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) ministry team. She writes this piece on behalf of the 2018 Genesis Fund Selection Committee, which also included the Rev. Bentley deBardelaben, the Rev. Penny Lowes, and the…