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For most of its decade-long history, the Board of Directors of Faithful and Welcoming Churches (FWC) has held its annual board meeting at the UCC’s “church house,” the denominational headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.  (2013 was an exception, when Corinth Reformed Church (UCC) hosted a “national gathering” for FWC in Hickory, North Carolina.)  FWC is a […]

(In response to concerns expressed by many of us in North Carolina over the UCC’s April lawsuit against our state’s Amendment One, our denomination’s General Minister and President came to North Carolina in August.  Rev. Geoffrey A. Black interacted with concerned church members and clergy in two locations on Saturday, August 23.  He was also […]

Why I Stay in the UCC by bob

September 16th, 2014

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Rev. Dr. Edward Davis, Southern Conference (UCC) minister, has asked me to write an essay on why I stay in the United Church of Christ.  The request comes from some comments I made at a gathering of UCC folks in Salisbury August 23, 2014.  We had come together to have a conversation with the UCC’s […]

I knew before I went this year’s Southern Conference Annual Meeting would be interesting at least, and, to borrow a phrase used by a colleague in another context at the conference, potentially a “train wreck.” Held about a mile from where I was born (at the since-razed Portsmouth General Hospital), I felt I was going […]

The UCC vs. Amendment One by bob

May 28th, 2014

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(The following is an e-mail/letter I am sending over the next few days to UCC clergy in North Carolina.  It is followed below by a longer set of reflections for those who are interested in reading more.  You may reply with a post to this blog, if you register as a user, or to my […]