Theologically liberal 20-something, about to graduate college. I'm considering seminary, but I'm nowhere near ready. So I'm trying to figure out what God has to say to me and what to do with that.
"So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him."
Lesslie Newbigin, Truth to Tell: The Gospel as Public Truth (via newbigin)
I make up bits and pieces of songs everyday and hope that someday they become something bigger. This is just a snippet that ran through my head this morning. I’m kind of at the crossroads where I have to ask “Is anything I am doing right now really gonna matter in 20 years? How many of these people am I actually going to know”
And your Christian love leaves me so cold
Take back your Jesus that you sold me
He’s broken, this Savior gave,
How can wishful words and chapel doors
save a wretch like me
I’m lost and I don’t want to be found
Don’t force me to your holy ground
seeing how much I’m not worth
More conservative members of the UCC have complained that the UCC has lost members because of its “theological surrender to the moral and spiritual confusion of contemporary culture.” This movement has focused its complaints on the “often radically liberal political agenda” of the UCC.
Conservatives have complained that UCC members are “probably the most left-leaning of all major U.S. denominations.” These critics have complained that the UCC attempts to control “how liberal Christians should think in politically correct terms about climate controversies, socialized medicine, the U.S. presence in Iraq, immigration and the Welfare State.”
Criticism over same-sex marriage:
The UCC has been severely criticized for its stand on same-sex marriage. In fact, citing differences over “the membership and ministry of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Christians”, the UCC’s Puerto Rico Conference left the church in 2006.
Criticism of sex education:
Critics have complained that the UCC’s focus on sex education, including the distribution of condoms, does not provide appropriate moral context for sex and has failed in “reinforcing the traditional Christian ethic reserving sex for marriage.”
-Wikipedia for United Church of Christ (Congregational)
So, this is the wikipedia list of criticism that the congregational church has received. Every single one of these is a reason that I like this church, hahahaha.