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Irvine UCC Featured in New Book from Pilgrim Press: We Refused to Lead a Dying Church

We Refused to Lead a Dying Church by Paul Nixon is the story of fifteen congregations that found exciting new directions together.  Irvine United Church of Christ (IUCC) story, “The Progressive Alternative Church,” is chapter eight!   “How wonderful that what we have experienced together in community has been noticed and lifted up as a model in such a positive way,” commented IUCC’s senior pastor, Paul Tellström.

The book is available through Pilgrim Press and Amazon.com.  See a video link here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vffxzhymBHE.

Comment from the book’s Epilogue:

     “I wanted to cheer for the leaders of Irvine United Congregational Church.  Leaders spoke truth boldly, resulting in a public witness, but also in a series of persons, who were feeling squeezed out by other churches, finding a spiritual home at Irvine UCC.” (p. 169) 


“This wonderful book is filled with insights, ideas, and possibilities for every church that desires not only to survive but to become a dynamic mission outpost in the 21st century. These inspiring stories remind us in fresh ways that dry bones can live, serve, and be vitally relevant for this present age.”

                            – Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster, The United Methodist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina


“This book is for anyone who refuses to give up hope in the power of the Gospel to transform faith communities. It is a ‘good news’ story in the fullest sense.”
                            – Martin B. Copenhaver, Senior Pastor, Wellesley Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Wellesley, Massachusetts

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