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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.

A Spirited Note to Church Leaders

Cameron Trimble

I am bored with the narrative of church decline. Sure, fewer people are going to church. Some churches are closing. I understand the impulse to throw your hands up in despair, change occupations, or hold out until retirement then wish the next generation good luck. Yet I’m optimistic. I am seeing a new path of enormous opportunity -- one that calls us to greater imagination, risk-taking and reinvention. God is leading us down this new path, and I see churches finding success on it.

The Face of Christ

Kimberly Whitney

It is the Feast of the Epiphany. Also called Theophany and Three Kings Day. Many Orthodox Christians are celebrating Christmas, and in many cultural traditions, children are setting out hay or straw for camels and singing at houses of neighbors with abandon!

Restraining the shadows in a world gone cold

Rev. Ivy Beckwith

My favorite day of 2014 was December 21. It was not my favorite day because it was the first day of winter. I could happily live in a winterless world.

Really Religious

Rev. J. Bennett Guess

Maybe being a little more religious at Christmas could propel us to re-think what being “really religious” might just look like for real, all the time – not for others, but for us.