Category Archives: Commentary

Central Atlantic churches step up support for One Great Hour of Sharing

by Brentley deBardelaben, Minister for Communication

Each year, donations to One Great Hour of Sharing are used to transform lives around the planet. Of the 38 conferences that make up the United Church of Christ, the congregations of one in particular, the Central Atlantic Conference, have been steadfast supporters of the annual offering. Continue reading Central Atlantic churches step up support for One Great Hour of Sharing

Education: the bedrock of a respectful, unified society . . .

Education is defined as “the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction.”

I find it especially noteworthy that the “receiving” came before the giving–as too often is not the case. Also noteworthy is the fact that education is of innumerable kinds. The most simple explanation I recall, came from an elderly country gentleman who stated, “The only difference between city folks and country folks is they’re dumb about different things.” Continue reading Education: the bedrock of a respectful, unified society . . .

The interdependence of spiritual discipline and prophetic witness

by Rev. Jim Antal,
President and Conference Minister with UCC

Each year, as Ash Wednesday approaches, the many years I spent in close contact with Henri Nouwen exert a pull, reminding me of how attuned Henri was to the liturgical seasons. Not only that, but two of Henri’s books — Show Me the Way: Readings for Each Day of Lent and Walk with Jesus: Stations of the Cross — have guided me and the congregations I served through Lent for decades. If you have not read them — or if you have not used them as a guide for either Lent or Holy Week — I would suggest that now is a good time. Continue reading The interdependence of spiritual discipline and prophetic witness