Daily Devotional - United Church of Christ

Mary Luti

In this activist denomination the Holy Spirit is often imagined as a divine wrecking ball, smashing oppression and clearing the debris of injustice

Posted: May 21, 2018, 4:00 am

Richard L. Floyd

On that first Pentecost the crowd thought the disciples were drunk, but they weren't drunk, they were "inspired."

Posted: May 20, 2018, 4:00 am

Marchaé Grair

A rabbi on the show Transparent wants to start a family, so she is devastated when she experiences a miscarriage.

Posted: May 19, 2018, 4:00 am

Kaji Douŝa

In my social settings, the person whose faith leads with commandments is pretty sure to find themselves isolated in a corner. 

Posted: May 18, 2018, 4:00 am

Christina Villa

This sentence from Mark is just one example of the peculiar way the Bible often has of describing extraordinary events.

Posted: May 17, 2018, 4:00 am

Emily C. Heath

Recently someone I respected and cared about did something pretty hurtful.

Posted: May 16, 2018, 4:00 am

John A. Nelson

In many Bible passages that contrast "world" and "spirit," it can seem that the Bible takes sides: bad world; good spirit.

Posted: May 15, 2018, 4:00 am

Vince Amlin

As I packed my office at my last church, I gathered loose index cards from every conceivable surface.

Posted: May 14, 2018, 4:00 am

Jennifer Brownell

Here we are in the very first chapter of the very first book about the very first church, and just about the very first action those very first believers undertake is…an election

Posted: May 13, 2018, 4:00 am

Matt Laney

The last time you received communion the pastor might have said something like, "The body and blood of Christ given for you" or something less graphic, more poetic, and just as appropriate such as: "The bread of life and the cup of hope."

Posted: May 12, 2018, 8:00 am

Quinn G. Caldwell

There never was a less-UCC vision of Jesus than this one.

Posted: May 11, 2018, 4:00 am

Molly Baskette

Jesus, no fewer than six times in the gospels, utters his now-famous dictum, "He who has ears, let him hear."

Posted: May 10, 2018, 4:00 am

Tony Robinson

"I don't need, every Sunday, to be reminded of my responsibilities,"

Posted: May 9, 2018, 4:00 am

Donna Schaper

In 1940, the entrance to the ancient French Lascaux Cave was discovered by 18-year-old Marcel Ravidat.

Posted: May 8, 2018, 4:00 am

Rachel Hackenberg

Many of us are notoriously capable of functioning out-of-sync, of living contrary to the rhythms of our own bodies and spirits.

Posted: May 7, 2018, 4:00 am

Mary Luti

So it was all about joy. 

Posted: May 6, 2018, 4:00 am

Richard L. Floyd

The disciples had expected great things from Jesus when he ushered in God's glorious new reign on earth.

Posted: May 5, 2018, 4:00 am

Marchaé Grair

When a person oppressed by the evil of racism proclaims "Black Lives Matter," you have two choices—you can validate their pain or you can condemn them for speaking it.

Posted: May 4, 2018, 4:00 am

Kaji Douša

Sitting in challenge with this text from Isaiah open on his lap, the unnamed "Ethiopian eunuch" had questions. 

Posted: May 3, 2018, 5:08 am

Emily C. Heath

One of the reasons I identify so strongly as a Trinitarian, a person who believes that God is Parent/Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit, is my love for that last "person" of the Trinity.

Posted: May 2, 2018, 4:00 am