June - July 2007
July 1, 2007

"The question facing Pilgrim Church is a question facing all churches and indeed all faith communities."

The Rev. Madison Shockley, pastor of Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad, Calif., where members overwhelmingly adopted a safe-church policy on May 6 that includes a detailed security policy, background checks for people working with children and procedures for integrating sex offenders into the congregation. The welcoming congregation was faced with big decisions when a convicted sex offender said he wanted to attend worship. The story received prominent attention from network television and major newspapers. (San Diego Union Tribune)

"There's already the kind of interest that one has when network news anchors change."

The Rev. James Hudnut-Beumler, dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, speaking about the selection of a new senior minister for the famed Riverside Church (UCC/ABC) in New York City. The Rev. James A. Forbes' retirement is June 1. (The New York Times) 


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