On December 14th, 2012, the community in which I serve was plunged into trauma and grief by the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The cries of a heartbroken world rose up as twenty children and six educators were lost in a horrific event of gun violence. Many UCC clergy and congregations reached out to our congregation here in Newtown offering spiritual, emotional and various forms of tangible support.
One UCC laywoman who telephoned me soon after the event commented, “Things like this just should not happen.” But Sandy Hook happens every week in America. In fact, it happens several times over. Every week in the United States more than 50 of our children and youth die due to gun violence and many dozens more are injured. Most of us just aren’t paying attention.
That’s why I want to invite you, my fellow UCC brothers and sisters, to help one another and our nation to “pay attention.” Please join me in taking part in the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath sponsored by Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, which is scheduled for the weekend of December 14-18. Commit yourself and your community to pray about, learn about and act upon an issue that is claiming far too many of our fellow citizens.
On that weekend, please remember my beloved Newtown community but also remember and honor all of the precious lives lost to gun violence. (Since President John F. Kennedy was shot, more US citizens have died in our homes, in our schools and on our streets than have died in ALL of our wars - Revolutionary through Afghanistan/Iraq - combined.)
Friends, this issue of justice reaches to the very core of our faith. According to a recent Gallup poll, 60% of all people who have recently purchased a gun listed “personal safety” as the reason for their purchase. However, statistics from the Center for Disease Control tell us that a gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used in a homicide, injury, assault or suicide than to be used to defend oneself. The gun promises safety but far more often delivers grief.
For people of faith this is not Second Amendment issue, it is a Second Commandment crisis.
The near infatuation with the gun is moving dangerously close to becoming a full-blown worship of a false idol. We live in a time when common sense gun safety legislation - like the strengthening of our national background check system cannot pass Congress – even through nearly 90 percent of our citizens support such a law. We have allowed fear and apathy to rule when it comes to guns in America. We have allowed the status quo to become perfectly acceptable. As a result, every year 30,000 precious lives - each one created in God’s image - are added to a tally that is already far too high.
On the weekend of December 14-18 let us commit ourselves to another way of living – let us trust that “perfect love casts out all fear.” And let us follow in the way of the One we call the Prince of Peace.
Rev. Matt Crebbin
Newtown Congregational Church, UCC
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Ms. Karen Koza, Administrative Assistant
- Provides general administrative support and assistance for the center
- Assists with the oversight and maintenance of the UCC Data Hub through data retrieval and verification
- Communicates with Conferences and Associations on database issues and responds to general questions
- Monitors UCC Yearbook email account
Ms. Taylor Russell, Research Specialist
- Assists with the ongoing development and execution of CARD's research agenda/schedule, including analysis, report writing, and consultations on surveys and other assessments across all Covenanted Ministries
- Coordinates the web-based communication and presence for the center, including website and social media accounts
- Functions as the primary administrator and marketer for Access UCC; monitors the Access UCC email account
- Collects financial information from conferences and data from various related organizations for Yearbook reporting
- Updates and produces Yearbook annual reports such as, clergy compensation, "5 for 5" recognition, and Special Offerings
Ms. Destiny Hisey, Associate Director
- Provides centralized oversight of the denominational Data Hub including user management and training
- Coordinates and oversees continued expansion and implementation of the Data Hub (to include lists and records maintained by national staff, conference/associations, churches, etc.)
- Convenes a data management working table across all covenanted ministries and related groups
- Serves as the managing editor of the UCC Yearbook & Directory
Rev. Dr. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, Director
- Provides leadership, vision, and supervision for the center
- Identifies emerging research and assessment needs within the United Church of Christ national setting and develops an on-going program and strategies to meet those needs
- Coordinates Annual Statistical Reports on the state of the denomination
- Acts as a research advisor to the UCC Board and Covenanted Ministries
- Collaborates with relevant entities on selected social science research projects on new and emerging ministry issue, including ecumenical and seminary partners
- Coordinates with national, conference, association, local church, and other related settings on research and assessment-related issues
How many churches and members do we have in the United Church of Christ?
- As of December 31, 2016 we have 5,000 congregations and 880,383 members in the United States.
What is the average church size within the UCC?
- The average church size is 176 members.
What is the average worship attendance within the UCC?
- The average worship attendance size is 71.
What is a church merger?
- A church merger is when two (2) or more churches close and become one (1) new UCC church.
Where can I learn more about (OCWM) Our Church's Wider Mission?
- You can learn more here: Our Church's Wider Mission.
Where can I get a 501c3 letter for my church?
- You'll need to contact Ann Kiernozek by email email@example.com.
Can I call you and get a minister’s contact information?
- No, we do not share contact information. Please order a Yearbook and Directory or subscribe to Access UCC, and they may be listed there.
I'm looking for my great great grandmother's wedding certificate. The church no longer exists. Can you help locate the information?
- No. If the congregation is now closed, you may have luck contacting the conference office where the congregation is/was located.
Can you help me find a copy of my baptism certificate?
- We do not maintain individual church baptism records. Please contact the congregation where the baptism was performed. If this congregation is now closed, you will have to contact the conference where the congregation is/was located.
Can you help me find a UCC congregation in my area?
- Yes! Please visit our Find a Church page, which displays a searchable map of UCC congregations across the country.
Can you create a demographic report for me?
- No, we do not create demographic reports for particular geographic areas. However, many conferences use MissionInsite (http://missioninsite.com) to access comprehensive community profiles and local religious information for shaping mission and ministry. Please contact your conference to find out if they use this vital church resource or to encourage them to use this resource. You can learn more about the program and access resources and training information here.
The UCC Data Hub is the denominational, web-based database that contains all records for UCC congregations and authorized ministers. The database is managed by CARD and is used by conferences, associations, and local churches to provide directory and statistical information for the printed Yearbook, Access UCC, and Find A Church.
If you are authorized to access information in the Data Hub and need an account created, please send an email to Destiny Hisey, CARD Associate Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, CARD Director, at email@example.com.
The Data Hub Kick-Off Webinar
This video provides an overview of the enhancements being made to the Data Hub and the overall goals of this upgrade.
Data Hub Tip Sheet
(A compilation of frequently asked questions - including tips to help you navigate the system.)
Data Hub Reports - Best Practice Guide
(A helpful guide to assist in navigating the Data Hub Reports)
WebEx Data Hub Training Video
(MANDATORY: Conference and Association staff must review this training prior to receiving access to the Data Hub.
This video provides an overall training on how to navigate and utilize the new features within the Data Hub.)
Data Hub Video Tutorials
How to Utilize the Group Management Function (New!)
(A walk through on how to create a group, add members to the group, and maintaining group records.)
The Professional Development/Training Tab (New!)
(Explains how to add, maintain, and track training/development sessions as needed.)
Adding Conference Information to the Conference Tab
(Provides a tutorial on how to update your conference and association contact information.)
How to Add a New Church
(A tutorial on how to avoid adding duplicate church records, as well as add a new church to the Data Hub.)
How to Update the Church Contact Information
(A step by step video on how to update the church contact information properly so that it may be found on the Find A Church website.)
How to Add a New Person
(A tutorial on how to avoid adding duplicate people records, as well as add a new person to the Data Hub.)
How to Add and Remove a Person from a Church
(A walk through of how to add/remove a person called to serve in various ministry settings.)
How to complete a Deceased Minister's Necrology Record
(A step by step tutorial on how to complete a deceased minister's record in the Data Hub. This process ensures a minister will be recognized in the Yearbook and Directory and Access UCC.)
How to Generate Conference and Association Reports
(Provides instructions on how to filter data in order to generate, as well as export data reports.)
How to Generate a Monthly Changes Report
(A demonstration of how to access and utilize the Monthly Changes Report for People and Churches.)
How to Smart Search for a Church
(A guide on how to use the smart search function when looking for a church record.)
How to Smart Search for a Person
(A guide on how to use the smart search function when looking for a person's record.)
How to Transfer a People Record
(A detailed walk through on the best practices for how to correctly transfer a people record from one Conference/Association to another.)
How to use the Data Hub as a Viewer
(An overview of the Data Hub features available to those with viewer privileges.)
Updating a Member in Discernment
(How to update an individual record with Member in Discernment status.)
Updating the Specialized Ministry Tab and Specialty Code for a Minister
(Provides instructions on how and when to update the specialized ministry tab. Also, instructions for updating the specialty code for a minister.)
Data Hub Information Sheets
The Necrology Guide (Updated!)
Visit the Archived Reports page for earlier statistical profiles.
- FACTs on Change and Adaptation
- FACTs on Christian Education/Faith Formation
- FACTs on Congregations and their Settings
- FACTs on Financial Stability
- FACTs on Growing Congregations
- FACTs on Ministerial Leadership
- FACTs on Mission, Identity, and Outreach
- FACTs on Smaller Congregations
- FACTs on Technology and Social Media
- FACTs on Worship
- FACTs on Young Adult Ministry
- Watch the webinar here: FACTS on UCC Congregations: Findings from the 2015 Faith Communities Today National Survey of Congregations