Keeping the Little Grey Cells Active

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 Rev. Bruce G. Epperly, PhD

One of the iconic scenes regularly enacted in the novel and televised versions of Agatha Christie’s “Hercule Poirot” involves Poirot pointing to his head and saying: “It is the brain, the little grey cells on which one must rely. One must seek the truth within—not without.” Elsewhere, the detective notes that “in the little grey cells of the brain lie the solution to every mystery.”

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The Pension Boards–UCC, Inc. adds Sustainable Climate Policy to Investment Policy Statement

New York (June 26, 2023) Brian R. Bodager, President and CEO of the Pension Boards-United Church of Christ (PBUCC) has announced the addition of a new Sustainable Climate Policy to the PBUCC’s Investment Policy Statement. This announcement comes on the 10th anniversary of the passage of the United Church of Christ’s 2013 General Synod resolution urging divestment from fossil fuel companies in the effort to address climate change.

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The Pension Boards Publishes the 2023 Diversity in Our Workplace Report

New York (June 16, 2023) – Brian R. Bodager, President and CEO of the Pension Boards-United Church of Christ (PBUCC) and Walter A. Reyes, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, have announced the publication of PBUCC’s 2023 Diversity in Our Workplace, a diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B) report, detailing the organization’s progress in advancing goals set in 2022.

In addition to providing year-over-year updates in the areas of governance, social and racial justice, talent acquisition, pay equity, partnerships, and socially responsible investing, the new report, themed “In Our Words,” centers around the Pension Boards’ organizational Cultural Transformation Journey, begun in 2020, and features the personal reflections of both staff and members of the Board of Trustees on their experiences.

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The Lifetime Retirement Income Plan for the United Church of Christ is on the Move!

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We are excited to announce that the Pension Boards has chosen Fidelity Investments® as the new provider of recordkeeping services for the Lifetime Retirement Income Plan for the United Church of Christ (Plan), also known as the Annuity Plan for the United Church of Christ. A recordkeeper tracks and reports on retirement plan assets, account balances, contributions, and investment mix and performance. Your current mix of investments and investment options will not change as we transition our recordkeeping services to Fidelity.

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Soft Landings in Retirement—A New Pension Boards Initiative for UCC Clergy Women

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The process of retirement can be a journey into the unknown. Female clergy have their own lens and experiences of this journey, but who is talking about it and helping to equip clergy women through this life stage?

The good news is that the Pension Boards-United Church of Christ, is launching a new initiative called Soft Landings in Retirement, a program focused on easing and optimizing the transition of female clergy as they retire. The United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance (UCBMA) is providing financial and administrative support as part of its commitment to care for those who serve the church in every phase of their pastoral career.

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Pension Boards Named Among Top Workplaces in New York City for 2023


The Pension Boards-United Church of Christ, Inc. has been named a Top Workplace among New York City Top Workplaces for 2023. Top Workplaces is the nation’s leading employer recognition program, and the award is based solely on feedback offered by current employees. Only 41 companies were named to the 2023 list of Top Workplaces in New York City.

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Your Perfect Day

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 Rev. Bruce G. Epperly, PhD

For many years, I assigned Tuesdays with Morrie as a text in my first-year Theology class during my days as Protestant Chaplain for Georgetown University. At the beginning of their journeys, I wanted my students to reflect on the meaning of life, as taught by an aging professor, dying of ALS.

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