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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.


Anemia

Rev. Dr. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi

As a result of a recent routine blood test, I was told by my doctor that I have anemia due to an iron deficiency.


Challenge Indifference

Kimberly Whitney

We are moving into the heart of the prayerful wilderness betwixt and between the second and third Sundays of Lent.


Give It Up, Church

Rev. J. Bennett Guess

In a church I once served as pastor, a member wanted to enlist the whole congregation in selling pre-paid phone cards in order to raise money for the church.


Facing Death

Rev. Holly MillerShank

Regardless of the rise in popularity of zombies and vampires in recent years, the world has not been overtaken by the un-dead.


“The times …”

Stephen Boyd

A few weeks ago I sat in a briefing given by Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben, Chief of Navy Chaplains, to the Armed Forces Chaplains Board in Washington D.C. In her remarks, she mentioned the legendary Dylan lyrics, "for the times, they are a-changin'." 


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.


Living On Mission

Rev. Dr. Patrick G. Duggan

In her opening remarks a few days ago, a television news reporter said that most New Year’s resolutions are forgotten by January 20.


The Fierce Urgency of Now

David Schoen

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s words on the "fierce urgency of now" ring and thunder today, as they did when he first spoke the resounding phrase.