Overheard
April - May 2006
May 1, 2006

"In the UCC, we like to operate under this illusion that we're independent and we like it that way . but then there's this covenant part. That bond is really the best part of who we are in this church."

The Rev. Shari Prestemon of the UCC's Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Miss., which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, speaking at the annual meeting of the UCC's Council for Health and Human Services Ministries in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 4. (See her related column on this page.)

"The disciples became part of the delivery system for the very bread of life, and so are we!"

The Rev. Cally Rogers-Witte, executive minister of Wider Church Ministries, in a loaves-and-fi shes sermon titled "Gather up the Fragments" at First Congregational UCC in Albuquerque, N.M. The UCC's Council for Health and Human Service Ministries commissioned seven graduates of its Faith-Based Leadership Institute on March 4 as diakonal ministers, serving in UCC-related institutions. (See page 19.)

"The UCC has done so many beautiful things for progressive Christianity. It grieves me that this would be the defining issue of whether someone either stays in or out."

The Rev. Kim Henning, pastor of Grace Congregational UCC in Two Rivers, Wis., speaking to The Herald Times in Sheboygan, Wis., about why marriage equality should not become a divisive issue for his congregation or the UCC. (March 5)

"Read Reinhold Niebuhr."

Columnist David Brooks of The New York Times (March 2) giving suggestions to Harvard-bound freshman. Niebuhr, the legendary UCC theologian, topped Brooks' list of eight suggestions, along with taking a class in statistics, spending a year abroad and occasionally forgetting about your career.  

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