December 2008 - January 2009

"The media didn't care about the whole sermon and what it was about. They just used those 10 seconds and used it as a weapon of mass destruction against [Obama's] campaign."

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, pastor emeritus of Trinity UCC in Chicago, speaking at a forum on "The Bible, Race and American History" on Nov. 7, 2008, in Milford, Conn. These were Wright's first public comments since his falling-out with Sen. Obama after unflattering video clips from his sermons circulated on the Internet in early 2008.

"As long as she is not fully human, neither am I."

The Rev. Mary Sue Brookshire of United Church of Christ La Mesa (Calif.) speaking at a "No on Proposition 8" rally in San Diego of a lesbian friend, disheartened by society's treatment of gays.

"Finding your way through disagreement and controversy is never easy, in the church or anywhere else, but still, where public battles rage and the sins of the body politic work against men and women and children who are not strong enough to fight for themselves - that's where the church belongs."

Charles Guerreno, member of First Congregational UCC of Saginaw (Mich.), in a Saginaw News editorial, "My View: United Church of Christ free and Christian."

"It's uncluttered, there's more space for us to think and pray. Many of us have so much on our minds. It's a chance to stop for a while and slow our anxious thoughts down and offer them to God. Prayers come more from the heart than from the mind."

The Rev. Manda Stack, pastor at both Union Grove (Wis.) UCC and Raymond Community UCC in Franksville, Wis., speaking of her communities' popular Wednesday evening interfaith Taizé services.