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).

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Blog Posts

Writing as a Tool for Community Engagement - 12/1/2019

Learning to Love Variety in Worship Song Selection - 11/1/2019

Let's Take a Walk: The Ministry of Accompaniment - 10/1/2019

A Team Approach to Worship Design - 9/1/2019

Learn More about Your Congregation through Focus Groups - 8/1/2019

Team Talk Can Strengthen Volunteer Ministry - 7/1/2019

Overcome Volunteer Burnout by Building Capacity - 6/1/2019

Tips for Starting and Managing a Worship Band - 5/1/2019

Building Your Community Ties with a Block Party - 4/1/2019

Media Technology for Worship - 3/1/2019

What is Contemporary Worship - 2/1/2019

Defining Church Vitality - Let Me Count the Ways - 1/1/2019

Getting to Know Our Neighbors - 12/1/2018

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