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Dropping the ‘School’ from Sunday School

“Let’s Ditch Sunday School” is the title of a talk I’ve given in various places and in webinars over the last couple of years.


Who is needed to fulfill your mission?

In mid-December, I attended an “Allies for Equality” reception, sponsored by Equality Ohio, honoring the work of Raymond Bobgan, executive artistic director of Cleveland Public Theatre.


Not Funny

I love award shows, but sometimes the host’s jokes just aren’t funny. 


Called to be Great

Rev. Cameron Trimble

This morning I had breakfast with a pastor of a large congregation in Atlanta. Towards the end of the conversation, she paused, leaned across the table, and whispered almost as if she was worried I would think she had lost her mind completely, "I have a crazy, huge dream of what our church could be in the world."


What’s a Good Name for a Church?

Rev. David Schoen

Church names today speak a hoped-for vision, an invitation to a community with a cause, and a compelling (sometimes intriguing) identity.


We have church, in Cleveland!

Rev. Kate Matthews Huey

UCC congregations proclaim, "We have faith, in Cleveland!" Or Houston … or Springfield … wherever our "neighborhood" may be. Surroundings shape mission: whether they're rolling farmlands, busy suburbs, struggling neighborhoods or bustling urban centers, they're the place where we gather to be the church.


Baptismal Promises

A year ago in June, I became a parent for the first time -- a godparent.