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…

COVID-19 and Church Closures

This week, we hear from David Schoen, dschoen@ucc.org  a Minister for Church Legacy & Closure, UCC Church Building & Loan Fund. During the “The Last Pastor: Faithfully Closing a Church” zoom webinar this past May, the chat space suddenly filled up with messages from pastors expressing the challenge of engaging in the closure process during COVID-19.…

Two Words That Could Change Your Life: Just Listen!

This week we hear from Rev. Bobbie McKay, Ph.D.,  a UCC  minister, author, and licensed psychologist. Rev. McKay co-created The Spiritual Health Center, NFP, and conducted a research study on Spiritual Life in the United Church of Christ. Based on the findings of this study, “Spiritual Life Teams” were born and the study has been extended into the Episcopal…

If Hope Were a Country, How Would You Find It?

This blog is about data, which is in great supply these days. Each week I read an update from my home state of Massachusetts about the state’s efforts to combat the corona-virus, which is now beginning to slosh back over the state as the numbers are creeping back up. The granularity of this data is…

Listening in Anxious Times

Rev. L. Gail Irwin has served UCC and PCUSA churches as a settled and Intentional Interim Pastor. She is a freelance writer for The Christian Century and author of Toward the Better Country: Church Closure and Resurrection (Wipf & Stock, 2014), which was written under a Louisville Institute research grant. Her blog can be found…