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In the New Ecclesiology and Polity, Steckel argues that the United Church of Christ ecclesiology and its polity have an urgent need to be re-examined and re-shaped if the church is to be a faithful and strong ministry in the post-modern world. He describes the transition from modernity to post-modernity focusing on ways the United Church of Christ, is aware of these transitions in the life of church, but no awareness of how the denominational governing structures undermine faithful mission in a post-modern world.
Clyde J. Steckel is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and is Emeritus Professor of Theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
HIDDEN HISTORIES IN THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, VOLUME 1
Barbara Brown Zikmund
ISBN/Prod. Code: 0-8298-0704-7
The United Church of Christ is a denomination which reflects the pluralistic story of American Protestantism. Created in 1957, the UCC has brought together ecclesiastical bodies rooted in English Puritanism, American frontier revivalism, and German religious history. In this book, the contributors attempt to move beyond the four main streams of the UCC - the UCC "historical orthodoxy."
This collection of essays expands knowledge about the diversity of the UCC, and connects the UCC with many significant developments in American religious and ethnic history. It explores such areas as Native American Protestantism, black Christian churches, a schism in the German Reformed Church, Armenian congregationalism's missionary beginnings, German congregationalism, blacks and the American Missionary Association, Deaconess ministries, the Schwenkfelders, the Calvin Synod (Hungarian), women's work and women's boards, and Japanese-American congregationalists.
Contributors include: Clifford Alika, Percel O. Alston, John Butosi, William G. Chrystal, Clara Merritt DeBoer, Sally A. Dries, Serge F. Hummon, Martha B. Kriebel, Miya Okawara, Ruth W. Rasche, John C. Shetler, Vahan H. Tootikian, and Barbara Brown Zikmund.
BARBARA BROWN ZIKMUND is Dean and Associate Professor of Church History at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, and a member of the UCC Historical Council.
HIDDEN HISTORIES IN THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, VOLUME 2
BARBARA BROWN ZIKMUND
ISBN/Prod. Code: 0-8298-0753-5
In this volume, Dr. Zikmund continues the untold stories in the formation of the United Church of Christ. Volume 1 focused on those ethnic groups or ecclesiastical movements often overlooked by UCC historical orthodoxy. This second book of essays does two things: it provides additional information about groups not covered in the original collection, and it explores the sources of some principles and practices important to United Church of Christ identity.
This book invites readers to enhance their knowledge of history as an important source of spiritual strength for these times. It also examines more deeply what it means for the United Church of Christ to celebrate its "unity in diversity." It explores such areas as Lutheran and Reformed Cooperation; German Evangelical Protestants; Origins of the Christian Denomination in New England; Evangelical Pietism and Biblical Criticism; Women's Mission Structures and the American Board; Religious Journalism; Philip William Otterbein and the United Brethren; From German Reformed Roots to the Churches of God; The Congregational Training School for Women; and Chinese Congregationalism.
Contributors include: J. Martin Bailey, Dorothy C. Bass, Curtis Beach, Thomas E. Dipko, Matthew Fong, J. Harvey Gossard, Rose Lee, Elizabeth C. Nordbeck, Horace S. Sills, Priscilla Stuckey-Kauffman, Dorothy Wong, Barbara Brown Zikmund, and Lowell H. Zuck.
BARBARA BROWN ZIKMUND is Dean and Associate Professor of Church History at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, and a member of the UCC Historical Council.
SHAPING OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, THE
An Essay in the History of American Christianity
LOUIS H. GUNNEMANN
Expanded by CHARLES SHELBY ROOKS
ISBN/Prod. Code: 0-8298-1345-4
The author wrote a compelling story of how the United Church of Christ took shape in the mid-twentieth century. During this time, church unions were a prominent feature of the movement toward Christian unity and secular models of organization dominated denominational development. Charles Shelby Rooks has expanded this classic text by bringing the United Church of Christ story to the forty-year mark.
Today the United Church of Christ has grown into a denomination that strives to become a multicultural and multiracial church. Rooks's additional chapter provides reflections on five themes woven throughout the church between 1977 and 1998. The documentation cited will provide helpful guidance to anyone seeking to pursue additional study of the United Church of Christ.
An interpretive essay in the the history of American Christianity, this book is also a narrative account of the church union process itself. In that respect it is of significance for Protestant Christianity in general.
LOUIS H. GUNNEMANN, now deceased, was professor emeritus of ministry studies and former dean of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.
CHARLES SHELBY ROOKS is executive vice president emeritus of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, United Church of Christ.
HISTORY AND PROGRAM
Revised and Updated
MARGARET ROWLAND POST
Revised by THOMAS E. DIPKO
ISBN/Prod. Code: 978-0-8298-1763-8
"Our world is very different from the world our founders sought to address...in ways our forebears in the 1950s could have hardly imagined. Yet we remain what we have always been at our best, a people bearing witness to a grand moral vision rooted in the Bible and the person of the crucified and risen Christ, and a people of spiritual audacity, prepared to risk old assumptions for the sake of new possibilities."
- John H. Thomas, General Minister and President, United Church of Christ
This best-selling, newly revised and updated book shares the: History of the United Church of Christ; Background on its predecessor bodies; Information on its Covenanted Ministries; Explanation of its emblem; and Statement of Faith.
MARGARET ROWLAND POST spent her professional life in education and publishing, working at various times with the Wellesley Press, "Discovery Magazine" (Westminster Press), United Church News, and The Central Committee of the World Council of Churches.
THOMAS E. DIPKO is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and the former executive vice president of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries.
THEOLOGY AND IDENTITY
Traditions, Movements, and Polity in the United Church of Christ
REVISED AND UPDATED
DANIEL L. JOHNSON & CHARLES HAMBRICK-STOWE, editors
ISBN/Prod. Code: 978-0-8298-1772-0
This collection of essays spans the breadth of the UCC with its roots, polity, ministry, worship issues, theological issues, and movements. It now includes a new preface and new chapter, "Into a New Century."
This comprehensive, newly expanded collection of 19 essays spans the breadth of the United Church of Christ and is presented as follows:
Part 1: Roots
Part 2: Polity, Ministry, and Worship Issues
Part 3: Theological Issues and Movements
The contributors, distinguished authorities in church leadership or theological education, write from their broad and diverse perspectives, and include: Donald G. Bloesch, Gabriel Fackre, Charles Hambrick-Stowe, Daniel L. Johnson, Rosemary McCombs Maxey, M. Douglas Meeks, Elizabeth C. Nordbeck, Alice O’Donovan, Ralph C. Quellhorst, Sharon H. Ringe, Reuben A. Sheares II, John C. Shetler, Roger L. Shinn, Samuel N. Slie, David M. Stowe, Richard H. Taylor, Frederick R. Trost, Bertrice Y. Wood, and Barbara Brown Zikmund.
DANIEL L. JOHNSON, a retired United Church of Christ pastor, taught UCC polity and history at Yale Divinity School and Eden Theological Seminary.
CHARLES HAMBRICK-STOWE is vice president and dean of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois.
UNITED AND UNITING
The Meaning of an Ecclesial Journey
LOUIS H. GUNNEMANN
ISBN/Prod. Code: 0-8298-0757-8
United and Uniting continues the ongoing story of the United Church of Christ that Dr. Gunnemann began in his The Shaping of the United Church of Christ
(United Church Press). From its beginning, the United Church of Christ
has exhibited some singularly formative ecclesial ideas, expressed in
the intention to be a united and uniting church. The author
believes that from time to time these ideas need to be illustrated in
the context of their ongoing expression and development.
This book provides an invitation to readers to join in a recovery of the original vision and, at the same time, to allow it to correct, through historical perspective, their own understanding of the United Church of Christ. Dr. Gunnemann suggests that the needed perspectives for a fresh and renewed understanding of the vision that created the United Church of Christ are framed by the history of the modern ecumenical movement.
Louis H. Gunnemann, now deceased, was an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and professor emeritus of ministry studies and former dean of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. He co-edited Prism, a theological journal sponsored by the seven closely related seminaries of the United Church of Christ.
HISTORY OF THE EVANGELICAL AND REFORMED CHURCH, A
LOWELL H. ZUCK, Editor and Introduction
United Church Press
ISBN/Prod. code: 978-0-8298-1746-1
The only detailed, illustrated, single volume history of the two churches that joined together in 1934 to become the Evangelical and Reformed Church and, twenty-three years later in 1957 became part of the United Church of Christ. This volume, written by seven historians and church leaders from within the Evangelical and Reformed traditions, was first published in 1961. This reissued edition includes an introduction by Zuck and an updated bibliography.
Contributors include David Dunn, Paul N. Crusius, Josias Friedli, Theophil W. Menzel, Carl E. Schneider, William Toth, and James E. Wagner.
BELIEVING, CARING, AND DOING IN THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
ISBN/Prod. Code: 0-8298-1641-0
This book explores the "believing, caring, and doing" dimensions of the United Church of Christ (UCC) and answers the question: What does it mean? In addition, it discusses the UCC's inter-relation of its theological orientation - as found in key texts, traditions, and movements - its ecumenical commitments, and its deeds of justice and peace. A helpful guide for teachers and pastors.
GABRIEL FACKRE has published extensively and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He is Abbot Professor of Christian Theology, Emeritus, at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts.
THE UNOFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
QUINN G. CALDWELL
CURTIS J. PRESTON
ISBN/Prod. Code: 978-0-8298-1875-8
The Unofficial Handbook of the United Church of Christ is a lighthearted, humorous look at the United Church of Christ (UCC) denomination.
The co-authors—two young UCC ministers who are lifelong “UCCers”—have written this useful resource for all UCCers, but particularly for millennials: confirmation-aged youth and teens. Readers will learn about, appreciate, and be proud of their denomination—while not taking themselves too seriously.
QUINN G. CALDWELL is associate minister of Old South Church (UCC) in Boston. He is a member of the UCC Stillspeaking Writers’ Group and an author for the Stillspeaking Daily Devotionals.
CURTIS J. PRESTON is pastor of Lakewood United Church of Christ in Lakewood, Colorado.
320 PP - 5.5" x 8.5” - Paper
WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?
Christology and Identity in the United Church of Christ
SCOTT R. PAETH
ISBN/Prod. Code: 978-0-8298-1702-7
Who Do You Say That I Am? is a significant collection of essays focusing on the role of Christology from the United Church of Christ's perspective - how it developed and the part it plays in shaping the direction and mission of the church.
The contributors to this work are prominent members of the United Church of Christ and include: Lee Barrett, Gabriel Fackre, Deirdre King Hainsworth, Scott R. Paeth, Stephen G. Ray, Jr., Mary Schaller, Max, L. Stackhouse, John H. Thomas, Theodore Louis Trost, and Lydia Veliko.
SCOTT R. PAETH is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and a member of the National Confessing Christ Steering Committee. He is associate professor of religious studies at DePaul University in Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary and his M.Div. from Andover Newton Theological School.
BALAAM'S UNOFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
BALAAM'S COURIER STAFF
ISBN/Prod. Code: 978-0-8298-1797-3
“For over 15 years I have been a supporter of Balaam’s Courier, the ‘underground newspaper’ distributed at each General Synod. I have been grateful for its serious humor and sometimes whimsical efforts to keep UCC leaders and delegates accountable to God. This handbook explores UCC views of Jesus, the Bible, worship, church structures, and social witness, and enriches understandings of the UCC logo. It serves as a good introduction for people who know nothing about the UCC, and a healthy reminder for people who might forget they don’t know everything about the UCC.”
- Barbara Brown Zikmund, series editor, The Living Theological Heritage of the United Church of Christ, and retired seminary educator
all here--history, theology, Bible, worship, polity, and
mission--narrated with the humor and light touch we’ve eagerly awaited
at General Synods when Balaam’s Courier is handed out. But do
not be fooled by the humor. The prophet’s call for liberating justice is
the heart of this narrative. Is that the core UCC narrative? Officially
yes; actually probably not; but it should be!”
- Clyde J. Steckel, emeritus professor of theology, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
“Filled with pithy insights and historical information, you’ll find a well-organized and compelling resource for all who ‘simply wonder and don’t know’ about the UCC!”
- Dale A. Hempen, associate conference minister, Massachusetts Conference, and co-coordinator of UCC Polity Teachers’ Network
The staff of Balaam’s Courier, the unofficial General Synod daily publication since 1975, provides a handbook of the basics of the UCC for new member and confirmation classes and anyone who has ever struggled to explain the UCC to others. Written with a light touch, but a passion for the life and work of the UCC--and sprinkled with black-and-white cartoon illustrations--it gives historical, biblical, and theological insights into issues that have challenged the church throughout the ages.
Contributors include members of the Balaam’s Courier staff: Ted Braun, Tom Warren, Jan Bodin, and Mark Lents. Braun, a retired United Church of Christ pastor from Pleasant Hill, Tennessee, is the longtime editor.
CHRIST, CREEDS AND LIFE
Conversations about the Center of Our Faith
ANNE T. THAYER
ISBN/Prod. Code: 978-0-8298-1766-9
This book focuses on the 1981 doxological version of the United Church of Christ's Statement of Faith.
Composed by the Theological Commission of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ and edited by commission members Thayer and Jacobsen, it seeks to help laity think theologically about confessions of faith, both traditional and in hymns, and how they might enlighten faithful living.
This book is ideal for small group settings and adult and high school church school classes. Depending upon the leader's preference, it can be used for nine or ten sessions.
ANNE T. THAYER is the Paul and Minnie Diefenderfer Associate Professor of Mercersburg and Ecumenical Theology and Church History at Lancaster Theological Seminary. She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University.
DOUGLAS JACOBSEN is Distinguished Professor of Church History and Theology at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania.
CONFESSING OUR FAITH
An Interpretation of the Statement of Faith of the United Church of Christ
ROGER L. SHINN
ISBN/Prod. Code: 0-8298-0866-3
This interpretation of Christian faith - organized in terms of "the Great Story" of scripture, not topically like the classical creeds - is an example of the "narrative theology" of our times. It is an interpretation, in some ways a reinterpretation, of the Statement of Faith of the United Church of Christ which was adopted in 1959. Since that time a variety of theological movements has stirred the churches and two revisions of the original Statement of Faith were drafted to respond to those movements.
This book describes the process which involved local churches and international discussions and which led to the original Statement of Faith. It also reports the history of the revisions and the reasons for them. It then presents a sentence by sentence commenatry on the text of the latest revision. It indicates where the statement expresses firm convictions and where it encourages continued discussion among people of differing beliefs within the church. It points out issues that will require further consideration as the United Church of Christ continues to work toward its declared aim of collaborating with other churches in the development of a new statement of faith.
ROGER L. SHINN is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Since his retirement from Union, he has taught at the Pacific School of Religion, Drew University, and Princeton Theological Seminary. He has authored and edited numerous books.
EVOLUTION OF A UCC STYLE, THE
Essays in the History, Ecclesiology, and Culture of the United Church of Christ
RANDI J. WALKER
ISBN/Prod. Code: 0-8298-1493-0
The Evolution of a UCC Style focuses on the development of themes that define the United Church of Christ (UCC).
Walker examines the ethos and culture of the UCC rather than simply
describing its structures, and addresses the themes of: inclusiveness;
diversity of theological heritage (Reformation, Enlightenment, and
Pietism); congregational polity (the one and the many); liberal
theological approach; and ecumenical spirit.
She also takes a look at the tensions and boundaries contained within each theme.
RANDI J. WALKER is associate professor of church history at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She is the author of Emma Newman: A Frontier Woman Minister (2000) and Protestantism in the Sangre de Cristos: 1850-1920 (1991).
Shaping of American Congregationalism, The 1620 - 1957
JOHN VON ROHR
The Pilgrim Press
ISBN/Prod. Code: 0-8298-0921-X
The first major history of Congregationalism in fifty years, The Shaping of American Congregationalism is a fresh retelling of the denomination's pilgrimage through history. This comprehensive chronicle is informed by the latest scholarship and bolstered by contemporary insights from a distinguished historian. John von Rohr has captured the spirit and life of a significant and influential American denomination from its beginnings in Great Britain to its participation in forming the United Church of Christ.
John von Rohr is professor emeritus of historical theology and history of Christianity, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California.