March 15, 2019 - The Seventh Circuit issued its decision in Gaylor v. Mnuchin today and upheld the constitutionality of the housing allowance under section 107(2) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Updated April 30, 2018
The status of the clergy housing allowance continues to generate much discussion in the media and among clergy in all denominations.
On April 26, the Church Alliance – a coalition of the chief executive officers of 38 denominational benefit programs, including The Pension Boards-United Church of Christ – filed an amicus curiae brief in the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Chicago), in the case challenging the constitutionality of the cash housing allowance exclusion for clergy.
The Church Alliance brief focuses on the jurisprudential history of permitted legislative accommodations of religion and brings to the court’s attention the particularly strong reliance interests that would render a change in the law on this point inappropriate and unjust.
The full text of the brief may be found here. Please also see the links below for additional information.
The Rev. Richard L. Floyd, Pastor Emeritus of First Church of Christ (UCC) in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is in his third year serving as an Annuitant Visitor on behalf of the Pension Boards. He shares his personal experience as both the recipient and giver of this compassionate ministry of visitation. Rev. Floyd is a member of First Congregational UCC in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and resides in Pittsfield. An author and blogger, he is also a contributing writer to the United Church of Christ’s StillSpeaking Writers’ Group.
The Rev. Dr. Richard W. Brandon of Wildwood, Missouri, a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Chesterfield, Missouri, has served as an Annuitant Visitor for four years on behalf of the Pension Boards. He shares about one special visit with a widow named “Emma” (not her real name).
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Hurricane Harvey Service Alert from Express Scripts
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“ A Time for New Things” — A Summary Report of the 103 rd Annual Meeting
“A Time for New Things" was the theme of President and CEO Brian R. Bodager’s report to members and guests, during the 103rd annual meeting of The Pension Boards-United Church of Christ, Inc. (Pension Boards), held Friday, May 12, 2017, at The Interchurch Center in New York City. The Rev. Dr. Rodney Franklin, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, convened the meeting at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time), and welcomed attendees.
As she listened to an update Sunday on a resolution passed four years ago urging all settings of the church to divest from fossil fuel companies, Laura Keating texted her pastor, asking if their church had divested.
The answer: no. And not likely to happen due to "oil barons" serving as trustees.
Dismayed, Keating, a Member in Discernment from the Montana Conference, stood up at the hearing and asked: "How can we make changes in churches when the culture is very pro-fossil fuel?"
The Rev. Darrell L. Goodwin, an ordained United Church of Christ minister and member of the United Church of Christ Board, has been named Program Director of the Pension Boards’ Faith and Personal Finance Initiative, a project funded by a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. In this role, he will administer a five-year program of financial education and wellness for UCC authorized ministers from historically underrepresented groups.