December 2007 - January 2008
December 1, 2007

"We are not 'the church of the Pilgrims.' We are contemporary Christians who have owned and continue the pilgrimage toward truth and freedom which the Pilgrims have bequeathed to us as a spiritual legacy."

A quote from the website of Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad, Calif., as quoted in a Thanksgiving-themed feature story on the Pilgrims and their UCC descendants. (North County Times, San Diego, Nov. 8).

"He was a beautiful soul, an extraordinary human being and the best friend a person could ever have."

A tribute on www.broadwayworld.com to a successful Broadway actor-turned-UCC minister, the Rev. Timothy M. Fauvell, 50, who died on Nov. 7 of cardiac arrest. After appearing on Broadway in Grease, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, State Fair, 1776 and other shows, Fauvell left his stage career to attend Union Theological Seminary and was ordained in the UCC last year. He was youth pastor at New York's Briarcliff UCC and a clinical chaplain at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.

"Haslanger has always intimidated me because he is one of those men who actually practice what they preach, and now, he is going to preach what he practices."

A Wisconsin State Journal columnist reflecting on his fellow journalist, the Rev. Phil Haslanger, an editor at the newspaper, who was ordained in the UCC on Oct. 28 at Lake Edge UCC in Wisconsin. (Nov. 2)



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