United Church of Christ roots in the South may not be as deep as in other parts of the country, but signs of the denomination are bustin' out in Clemson, SC. Members of Peace Congregational UCC –– a new church planted and opened just 14 months ago –– have cultivated a series of 10 catchy, thought-provoking posters lifting up the church's commitment to re-imagine faith, justice and mission.
"They're a little edgy, which is what we wanted, and they speak to the South," said the Rev. Susie Smith, church pastor. "We knew we needed to reach a new group of people. There aren't many UCC people around here that have grown up in UCC churches."
Count among them poster-series developer Shell Amond Miller and Caleb Suttles, an 18-year-old graphic designer. Suttles, a video production business owner, has used his artistic touch to give the posters "pop."
"I was very grateful to be able to design the posters for the church," said Suttles. "Finding Peace Congregational has truly been an enlightening and liberating experience for me. I'm happy to have found a group of believers who are not plagued by the condemnation and hatred that I experienced in church growing up."