December 2006 - January 2007
January 1, 2007

"It was sort of fun being the one representing orthodoxy."

The Rev. John H. Thomas, in his report on Nov. 10 to the Office of General Ministries, speaking about his dual presentation on Oct. 25 with Unitarian Universalist President William G. Sinkford at UCC-related Andover Newton Theological School on the 200th anniversary of the so-called "Unitarian controversy" within Congregationalism.

"We like each other so much more after the divorce."

Professor Elizabeth Nordbeck of UCC-related Andover Newton Theological School, using the punch line of a joke, to answer questions about whether or not the UCC and the Unitarian Universalist Association would consider merger. (UU World magazine)

"It is neither just nor compassionate."

The Rev. Marc Stewart, a UCC minister in Rapid City, S.D., and spokesperson for Pastors for Moral Choices, speaking before a Nov. 6 referendum that would have outlawed all abortions in the state. The measure was defeated, as the group of pastors had hoped. The UCC's General Synod, as well as most mainline Protestant church bodies, has long voiced support for keeping abortion legal and safe. (The Rapid City Journal)

"Racism is racial prejudice plus power. It is more than just a personal attitude. It is the institutional form of that attitude. It is both overt and covert."

from "Building a Bridge Toward a Racism Free 21st Century Church" (Justice and Witness Ministries, Fall 2006 


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