The Widowmaker Repents

The Widowmaker Repents

After decades of dysfunction, one church publicly confessed its mistreatment of former ministers.

Roving journalist Charles Kuralt once called Madison, Indiana, “the most beautiful river town in America.  For decades though, the beauty masked an ugly truth. One of Madison’s key congregations was rife with toxic church politics that hurt and expelled minister after minister. Four successive pastors had come and painfully left the congregation. The church earned a reputation—in their town and denomination—for backstabbing and hypocrisy. That’s hardly news. But unlike many similar stories, there’s more to this church’s tale.

For more, read here.  (I know this isn’t your church, but perhaps someone you know attends a church like this.) Thanks, Jane Fisler Hoffman, for this story.

 

Men’s and Women’s Day Weekend

 

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Men’s and Women’s Day Weekend was June 18th and 19th!

Our brothers and sisters had a wonderful time in ministry this weekend.  The luncheon fee included a specially designed Faith Congregational Church T-shirt.  

It’s not too late!  Please see Sister Wendy Nixon or Sister Betty Ann Rooks to order a T-shirt.  The donation is $10.00.

Scholarship Sunday 2016

June 12, 2016 was Scholarship Sunday

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We celebrated our “Class of 2016” graduates:

Bailey D. Hutchinson
Destiny Poteat
Josiah Strickland

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS!

OUR FUTURE IS BRIGHT BECAUSE OF YOU!

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Muhammad Ali

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Photo source: http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/muhammad- ali

Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) was an American former heavyweight champion boxer and one of the greatest sporting figures of the 20th century. An Olympic gold medalist and the first fighter to capture the heavyweight title three times, Ali won 56 times in his 21-year professional career. Ali’s outspokenness on issues of race, religion and politics made him a controversial figure during his career, and the heavyweight’s quips and taunts were as quick as his fists. Born Cassius Clay Jr., Ali changed his name in 1964 after joining the Nation of Islam. Citing his religious beliefs, he refused military induction and was stripped of his heavyweight championship and banned from boxing for three years during the prime of his career. Parkinson’s syndrome severely impaired Ali’s motor skills and speech, but he remained active as a humanitarian and goodwill ambassador. Read more.

Another Member Success

Chief Diversity Officer Named

Joelle A. Murchison has been named associate vice president and chief diversity officer at the University of Connecticut. Murchison, currently vice president of enterprise diversity and inclusion for The Travelers Companies, Inc., will serve as the University’s main strategist responsible for guiding efforts to define, assess, and promote diversity, inclusion, and educational and employment opportunity. She will develop programs and coordinate activities to recruit and retain faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. She will begin her new role on July 5.

We Are Not Cured’: Obama Discusses Racism In America With Marc Maron

We Are Not Cured’: Obama Discusses Racism In America With Marc Maron

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

Marc welcomes the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to the garage for conversation about college, fitting in, race relations, gun violence, changing the status quo, disappointing your fans, comedians, fatherhood and overcoming fear. And yes, this really happened. This episode is presented without commercial interruption courtesy of Squarespace. Go to  MarcMeetsObama.com to see behind-the-scenes photos and captions.

Why Churches Don’t Grow

Why Churches Don’t Grow

Why isn’t your church growing? Do you look aroud and see that the church down the street is growing like gangbusters and yours is stagnant? Why is that? What can you do? Look at some of the reasons why your church might not be growing.

  1. The church is in conflict.
  2. Members are focused on the past, not the future.
  3. Some people are just difficult to be around.
  4. New and potential members are chased away.
  5. You talk more than you take action.
  6. The building is more important than the church.
  7. Leadership isn’t leading, it is controlling.
  8. Personal agendas become more important than God’s mission.
  9. Gossip and negativity has infected the congregation.
  10. Location and parking.

 

Not in the UCC of Course…

Many of the largest religious denominations in America, including Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and the Southern Baptist Convention, don’t allow women to be ordained into the priesthood or hold the top leadership positions within the church.  And even within the religious organizations that do allow women to lead, it’s rare for women to serve at the very top. (The UCC had our first woman president in 2000 what?) Sojourners, a faith-based social justice organization, released a video on Tuesday that took a satirical look at this nearly 2,000-year-old trend. See video HERE.