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Do the “Dones” call us just to be?

On a recent, beautiful morning in May, I felt such gratitude for belonging to the United Church of Christ. On that Friday morning, I joined other national staff in a peaceful walk to pray first in front of the Justice Center in downtown Cleveland, and then on the steps of City Hall. 


Unexpected Places

Patrick G. Duggan

No, this is not a plug for General Synod 30 (but it could be!).


Finding Peace

Cameron Trimble

Someone asked me this week, "How do I find peace? I just feel so unmoored, so adrift but drowning in busyness. I can’t pack anymore things into my day, but I feel so unsatisfied with my life." I am hearing this a lot these days.


'Bringing Wood to the Fire'

David Schoen

Bishop Yvette Flunder spoke her now well-known phrase "Bring wood to the fire" in a discussion several years ago with national staff and others on starting new churches.


A Challenge to the Church

Rev. Beth Long-Higgins

Things aren’t so different for the church. How will the church be responsive to the needs of older populations the world over?


Say ‘Yes’

Ivy Beckwith

About 15 years ago, I spent a delightful evening in Denver with a group of seminary professors. They were not the reason the evening was delightful. The evening was enjoyable because we attended a performance by a local improv group. This was my first experience with improv and I found it intriguing and very funny. 


Love Goes All the Way

ssw-benguess.jpgJ. Bennett Guess

If I speak like I know everything, like the world revolves around me, but I don’t love, I am nothing but a fool at a microphone.


Spring Cleaning

Holly MillerShank

Call me odd if you’d like, but I like spring cleaning. 


Hanging On To Hope

Ivy Beckwith

I spent most of the month of February cleaning out my elderly parent’s home in Florida. I was the last one out of the house after the movers and cleaners left, and I wandered around looking in each of the rooms, making sure nothing had been left behind. 


The story that holds us together

Kathryn Matthews Huey

I may sound like I'm writing this week's message only for preachers, who just faced the formidable task of speaking once again about the Resurrection, that most astonishing claim at the heart of Christian faith, that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.