We at FWM believe this practice by the UCC is a
disgust and should be stopped immediately.
United Church of Christ Promotes Contraceptive Distribution
in the Sanctuary
Mar. 25 /Christian Newswire/ -- According to the
HIV and AIDS Network of the United Church of Christ (UCC),
Condoms should be distributed at places of worship. The March
19 statement, issued at a presentation to the UCC Wider Church
Ministries Board, also called for making condoms available at
faith-based educational settings.
According to UCC executive Michael Schuenemeyer, "The practice
of safer sex is a matter of life and death. People of faith
make condoms available because we have chosen life so that we
and our children may live."
The UCC is the successor denomination to the Puritan and
Congregationalist traditions. Membership has dropped steadily,
from 2.1 million in 1967 to 1.2 million today. The UCC lost
six percent of its membership in the most recent year,
according to the 2009 Yearbook of American and Canadian
IRD Vice President for Research and Programs Alan Wisdom
"Schuenemeyer claims, 'People of faith make condoms available
because we have chosen life so that we and our children may
live.' One wonders where the children will come from if UCC
members are religiously using their church-dispensed condoms.
"It is ironic that the main thing the UCC is offering its
sexually active members is the technical assistance of
condoms. Those can easily be obtained at any corner drugstore.
One would hope that a church would be offering some moral
guidance not available at the drugstore.
"The UCC, which prides itself on being 'ecumenical,' was quick
to criticize Pope Benedict XVI for reiterating longstanding
Catholic doubts about condoms as the solution to HIV/AIDS. It
might have done better to consider more seriously the reasons
why Catholic authorities oppose artificial contraception:
because it turns sex into an activity in
which persons instrumentalize one another's bodies for pleasure, thus
promoting the kind of promiscuity that accelerates the spread of
"Parents concerned about schools distributing condoms might assume that
the church would have their backs, reinforcing the traditional Christian
ethic reserving sex for marriage. In the case of the UCC, that
assumption would be wrong. Now, apparently, parents need to think twice
before dropping their kids off for Sunday school.
"Efforts to distance the UCC from its Puritan heritage have been a
consistent trend, but this move to distribute condoms is truly a bold