Be the Church

Not being the church should not be an option. All who follow the Way of Jesus are called to be authentic in their following by being themselves, being proud, and being the church. It is always time to co-create with God; make real God's realm on earth; and advocate for justice for all of God's people. So What? Being the church is never an individual adventure; it is always a shared journey.  It requires a genuine concern for all humans and a commitment to embody love for God Read More …

God Is

Tripp Hudgins recently blogged about God.  He writes: God is who God says God is. God is bigger than the craft that is religion. God is not what we do. Nor is God some Collective Self. God is more than we can contain in even our most imaginative moments. God is more than the people who have claimed God over the years. God is more and thus, when we want to know God we have to pull the Moses Hat out of our bag and ask the Almighty "Who do I tell them sent me?" God is a Who. This is recognition of Read More …

God is Still Speaking – the First Decade

Ron Buford is the lead architect of the United Church of Christ's (UCC) Still Speaking campaign which began in 2002.  He recently accepted a call to serve as Interim Minister for Discipleship at Old South Church in Boston, and authored an article about Still Speaking in the denomination's magazine (Vol. 2, Issue 2 - p.54-56).  In that piece he explores his experiences over the last decade, including his travel to congregations in all but two of the UCC Conferences.  While many forecast continued Read More …

Full LGBT Equality in the Church

Believe Out Loud is a project of Intersections International that is committed to being a" trans-denominational movement that promotes LGBT-inclusion in the Christian church."  Recently they launched a campaign to get one million Christians to sign on in support of "full LGBT equality in the church."  Sojourners, led by Jim Wallis, rejected their new 83 second ad  (watch below) depicting lesbian moms and their son entering a new church and receiving a welcome from the minister.  Over the last Read More …

The Women Preached it First

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 (read my thoughts) and continued with Uniquely UCC (read my thoughts).  For Easter, the new ad, The Women Preached It First, is an Easter greeting set to 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 …