An Amazing Welcome

Quinn Caldwell is the pastor of Plymouth Congregation Church (Syracuse, NY) and a member of the United Church of Christ Stillspeaking Writers’ Group.  A few years ago when he was serving at Old South Church (Boston, MA),  he wrote about the welcome that church provides to all: In the name of Jesus Christ, and through his spirit, we bid you welcome to Old South Church in Boston, an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. You are welcome here if you are married, or if Read More …

Sermon: An Extravagant Welcome

Sermon Text: Hebrews 13:2 Sermon Excerpt A few weeks ago at the Board of Church Life and Growth, Sheila invited those present to participate in an imaginative activity.  Then, a few days ago, she led the deacons through a similar exercise.  Both groups were tasked with imagining an ideal worship experience. Each person wrote down what he or she envisioned, and then we shared our thoughts with the group.  Most of the ideas focused on the worship service itself.  People long for a service Read More …

Uniquely UCC

The United Church of Christ's Still Speaking Campaign is the most well known marketing campaign undertaken by a mainline denomination in recent years.  The campaign started in 2004 with television ads, which can be viewed here.   In April 2010, the campaign moved online with an ad designed to spread via social media called The Language of God, which I wrote about on my blog.  Today Uniquely UCC launched in conjunction with Still Speaking's National Friendraising Weekend.    So Read More …