The Parish Paper

The Parish Paper is published monthly by Herb Miller and Cynthia Woolever. It offers "ideas and insights for active congregations" and has been a popular feature of the MACUCC "The Mailing" for many years. The MACUCC has a paid subscription to The Parish Paper and a hard copy is sent with "The Mailing" to each church in the Conference.  The Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ’s purchase of a subscription to The Parish Paper INCLUDES:

  • Permission to provide copies to our staff and to the congregations within our jurisdiction in any of the following ways: E-mail, Postal, newspaper, newsletter, meetings, training events, and our Web site.
  • Permission for each congregation within our jurisdiction to (a) photocopy or electronically distribute for local use as many copies as it needs, (b) post them on its Web site, and (c) quote sentences and paragraphs.
Congregations within the MACUCC jurisdiction to which we distribute The Parish Paper do NOT have permission (a) to delete the copyright ownership notice, (b) to re-write, paraphrase, delete, or change the wording of sentences and paragraphs, or (c) to give ANY THIRD PARTY—other than our staff and constituents—permission to photocopy or reprint (in any quantity, no matter how small, whether for free distribution or for sale).

For PDF versions of issues dating back to 2008, visit macucc.org/parishpaper.
 
For other free resources and more information about copyright/photocopying permission please visitwww.theparishpaper.com
 

Blog Posts


How to Develop Habits for Well-Being - 11/1/2018


Don’t Disagree, Deliberate: How to Lead Community Conversations in Your Church - 10/1/2018


Checking Up on Clergy Health: Assessing the Cost of Sacred Work - 9/1/2018


How to Raise Money for your Community Projects - 8/1/2018


Inviting, Informing, and Including Newcomers - 7/1/2018


Making the Nursery a Place of Belonging - 6/1/2018


How to Balance Hospitality and Church Security - 5/1/2018


Church Energy Use: Can We Harness Hope? - 4/1/2018


Finding Significance as a Small Church - 3/1/2018


Best Practices for Church Members Serving as Staff - 2/1/2018


18 Questions for 2018 - 1/1/2018


Does Our Pastor Need a Job Description? - 12/1/2017


Mistakes Churches Make During an Interim Ministry - 11/1/2017


Short-Term Mission Trips that Yield Long-Term Success - 10/1/2017


Equipping Volunteers Builds a Strong Community Church - 9/1/2017


What Promotes Hope? - 8/1/2017


How Can We Help Immigrants? - 7/1/2017


Ministry in the Midst of Tragedy - 6/1/2017


Financing the Local Church - 5/1/2017


Small is Big Again: Reclaiming Small Church Ministry - 4/1/2017


Guide to Good Governance - 3/1/2017


How Do Congregations Respond to Interfaith Couples? - 2/1/2017


Conquering the Cutback Syndrome - 1/1/2017


Can We Wait for God's Spark? - 12/1/2016


Does Your Congregation Suffer from Anxiety? - 11/1/2016


Keeping UP with the Pastor's Pay: Trends Behind Clergy Wages - 10/1/2016


What Keeps Congregations from Implementing New Ideas? - 9/1/2016


Multiple Roads to a Multicultural Congregation - 7/11/2016


When Charity Brings Anything But Relief - 7/1/2016


Making Congregations Greener - 5/10/2016


How Do New People Hear About Your Church? - 5/1/2016


How to Deal with Church Conflict - 4/1/2016


The Payday Lending Crisis: What Can Congregations Do? - 2/1/2016


How Ministry Teams Get Things Done - 1/1/2016


This Conversation ----- Again? Improving Church Communication - 12/1/2015


Navigating the Currents of Endowments and Reserve Funds - 11/1/2015


Can Congregations Reach Young Adults? - 8/11/2015


How to Enhance the Ministry of Associate Pastors - 8/1/2015


Congregational Strength is Always Plural - 7/1/2015


Seeking a Bivocational Calling for Pastors and Churches - 4/21/2015


What Churches Can Do to Increase Social Media Security - 3/2/2015


How to Avoid the Potholes on the Road to Retirement - 2/1/2015


Our Future Pastors: Assessing the State of the Pipeline - 1/1/2015


The Parish Paper: Should We Consider Closing Our Church? - 11/1/2014


The Parish Paper: How Can We Prevent Suicide? - 8/14/2014


The Parish Paper: How to Welcome Children with Autism and Their Families - 7/1/2014


The Parish Paper: e-Giving: It's about More Than Money - 6/1/2014