03 June, 2008

UCC and S

The United Church of Christ, which is the most liberal of the American mainline denominations, has a history of pushing the limits of Christian orthodoxy (click here for more on that). However, in its latest move, the UCC has stunned even some members of its own denomination.

Last week, at a gathering of the denomination's national leadership, UCC President Dr. Marcy Mills announced to the world that the UCC would be changing its name to the "UCC and S." Mills informed a somewhat shocked audience that the "S" stands for "Satan."

According to Mills, "We are proud of our tradition of tolerance, openness, and willingness to change in the UCC. As we have looked over our history, we see that Satan has gotten a bit of a bad rap. Yes, he does cause problems, but he's not all bad (click). Like everyone else, he needs a second chance. Some people even believe he can be saved (click)."

Henry Weeks, also a member of the UCC leadership committee, told TBNN, "We do not judge. In fact, Jesus Himself told us not to judge (click). We can't know for certain what is in Lucifer's heart. We want to be open to all people, including the devil."

The denominational name change will become official at the annual national conference scheduled for August in San Francisco. Although a minority within the UCC appear to oppose the name change, Dr. Mills is confident that everyone will eventually rally around the name "UCC and S."

Thomas Drake, UCC spokesperson, said Monday, "We deeply desire to reach all people with the good news that if you attend a UCC church, you can find what you are looking for. You can learn that God loves you just the way you are. You can find out how to be a better person. If we as a denomination are willing to open our arms to Satan, then no one will feel rejected by us. Like Jesus, we take a stand against rejecting anyone for any reason."

10 comments:

fresnel said...

You know, first I thought, wow, Satan must be just rubbing his hands with glee over this windfall. But then, I thought about that passage somewhere that says to be on your guard about Satan and realized, that's because he's just a prodigal, you know? I mean, be watching always because he may come running up to you like he really needs a hug and you can really be there for him, you know?

St.Lee said...

It's pretty obvious that you rightly posted this under "probably will happen". I followed the first link and the first thing that came to my mind was "synagogue of satan" (Rev.2)

Now if they would just take "Christ" out of their name as they have taken him out of their church.

radarparaphrase said...

Well, you know, the Bible tells us that "even the demons believe".

As long as you will refrain from reading any of the extraneous and divisive and exclusionistic words around that statement, one can see that this is an appropriate step.

Excellent post.

Alice C. said...

Your article fails to mention the UCC and S's upcoming 5th Sunday movie night, featuring "Brokeback Mountain" for the adults and children, and "Superbad" for the youth. Discussion groups on tolerance, safe sex, and openness to new lifestyles will follow.

Jeff said...

Yee Haw!

Jeff said...

ACK! I just followed the link to II Corinthians and it opened in ESV - Have I been tricked into being a Calvinist?!?!?!

Darrin said...

This stance may be an appropriate view for the church at large, since we insist that God loves EVERYONE the same. Funny comments above, too.

Chris said...

Whatever they do, the UCC and S should definitely, fer sure, REMOVE Jude from their NLT bibles. :)

After all, if it causes you to sin...cast it from you.

Highland Host said...

It may not have happened yet, but here in England the equivalent denomination, the United Reformed Church (URC, and it's neither, leading to questions about the third letter as well) has a congregation that is moving towards truth in advertising. Yes, in the attractive market town of Diss, on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, when the former congregational church entered the URC it boldly adopted a new name. No longer would it be called the Diss Congregational Church, but now the board outside the attractive brick building in Mere Street would have the radical new name of...

The Diss United Reformed Church

(Note: The Baptist Church in the same town recently decided not to enter the Grace Baptist Association in order to avoid the title 'Diss Grace Baptist church')

Rev. Brian Carpenter said...

Well, we all know what UCC really stands for, don't we?

Unitarians Considering Christianity.