December 2005 - January 2006
December 1, 2005

"It's the first time in Ridgefield that there's been such a generous and extensive ecumenical exchange."

Rabbi Jon Haddon of Temple Shearith Israel, which will be sharing space with First Congregational UCC in Ridgefield, Conn., while the temple undergoes major renovations. (The News-Times, Danbury, Conn.)

"If the congregation — whether it's 50 or 250 [members] — can't answer why it's here and what its purpose is, then it's just as dysfunctional as a church that has dwindled to 12."

The Rev. Barbara G.S. Swartzel Anderson, interim pastor at Zion UCC in Mount Clemens, Mich. (The Saginaw News)

"It looked like they were trying to furnish a house."

The Rev. Robert Thompson, pastor of Corinth Reformed UCC in Hickory, N.C., which has been hit repeatedly by thieves who have stolen a sofa, chairs, microwave, TV and other items. A security guard, hired by the congregation, was attacked on Nov. 7 by someone attempting to break into the church. (WCNC-TV, Charlotte, N.C.)

"To be a good system, a democracy requires active participation by well-informed citizens."

Greg Cook, a member of Plymouth Congregational UCC in Des Moines, Iowa, in an article about churches involvement in A Metropolitan Organizing Strategy (AMOS), an organization receiving accolades for its grassroots community- organizing successes. (Des Moines Register)

"The spirit just kept calling me to live out my life in a different way. It still does, it is a continuous journey."

The Rev. Collette Jones, associate pastor at Salem UCC and California UCC in Missouri, speaking to the California (Mo.) Democrat about her decision to leave a 10-year career as an attorney in the 1990s to go to seminary. She was ordained in 2001. 


Rev. J. Bennett Guess
Executive Minister, Local Church Ministries
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115