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A Christmas Cry

  I did not expect this. The angel had warned me in a dream. We had to leave. I packed us up in the night. Herod’s men were coming with their swords drawn. We were barely...

Step up, Step up!

Youth gathered at Silver Lake on October 11-13 for the annual Shine 4 Justice retreat. This retreat is a component of the 'Thinking About Working For God' program that ...

Get Up High!

    In the very midst of their destruction, the prophet Isaiah empowers the people of God. The people in exile feel abandoned by God because they have been severed ...

Facing the Rising Sun Part 1

Rev. Cleo Graham commemorates the 400-year anniversary of African slaves first coming to America by sharing stories about her own ancestors who were slaves in America. ...

Many Voices One Mission: Partners

"The best and most effective partnerships are formed in the context of communities, organizations, and families within whom these values and this way of being are deeply ...

It’s a New Thing!

This is one of a series of reflections on the joint gathering of the board members of Together, As One Board with the members of the boards of the historic Connecticut, ...

A Bittersweet Day

This is one of a series of reflections on the joint gathering of the board members of Together, As One Board with the members of the boards of the historic Connecticut, ...

A Both/ And Moment

This is one of a series of reflections on the joint gathering of the board members of Together, As One Board with the members of the boards of the historic Connecticut, ...

We've Arrived

This is one of a series of reflections on the joint gathering of the board members of Together, As One Board with the members of the boards of the historic Connecticut, ...

Many Voices One Mission: Hope

"In the midst of an occupation by a repressive foreign power, where religious authorities were collaborators, where the economic system was unjust and income inequality ...

Come To The Water

“Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;” -Isaiah 55:1 Beloved Community,, As people of faith we meet our God in all the ways we put love for our neighbors, our ...

Grieving and Rejoicing

"In my head, I know that churches are places where communities gather, and that many have a season of life and impact, and then reasons arise that means that the church ...

What is Contemporary Worship

At First Church, the newly arrived pastor faced a question over whether to continue holding its evening service, which utilizes a rock band, praise songs, and emphasizes ...

Seeing Is Believing

Editor's Note: The author took part in the Interfaith Freedom and Justice Ride 2019, a delegation of 37 Christians and Jews from Hartford who traveled together to ...

La Posada

by Elena Huegel                 At the grocery store yesterday, the smells from a newly arranged corner of the fruit and vegetable area transported  me back to my early ...

Many Voices One Mission: Irrelevant?

"There seems to be, in many cases, a disconnect between what one’s perception of God is and how that perception aligns with the beliefs and actions of the Church." — TJ ...

Comfort and Children

When it comes to emergency or disaster situations, once we know our families and pets are safe we are left to think about what we need to bring with us to either a friend...

Wrong Church!

Recently, we received ... a note of thanksgiving for our church’s openness in playing a role in the burial of the author’s brother. It was a genuinely heartfelt note… and...

Resilience

This month is Disaster Preparedness month.   You will find another great resource here: Disaster Resiliency (PDF) written by Judy O'Donnell.  And we have seen that ...

Do Not Cross

Rev. Jeff Lukens created a communion liturgy to address the "healing and wholeness" needed in a time when news about immigrants and their families is often disturbing and...

Innovate!

Einstein is quoted as saying:  “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”   It is one of my favorite quotes.  (And though there is ...

Covenant

In the crucible of a collective — be it a family, a village, or a denomination — we learn who we are. We learn what drives us bonkers and what makes us happy, how we are ...

Safe and Secure

Psychologists will tell us that one of the most basic drivers of human behavior is the need to find safety and stability.  And churches are perceived as sanctuaries ...

A Living Hope

The meeting began with the passing around of a relic- a button from the Poor Peoples Campaign march in 1968.  Fingers grasped the round blue button with the picture of ...

18 Questions for 2018

Tim Shapiro, from the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, believes that vibrant congregations exhibit a commitment to increasing congregational capacity. As demands on...

Shaken

I am shaken. There are times when words are not adequate. There are times when emotions run so deep and painful that any attempt to express them with words could unleash ...

Our Spirits Fed

"When we join in joyous music and faithful worship, our spirits are fed." — Persephone Hall

Charlottesville

I was at Charlottesville. Something tells me this will be a phrase that will be a part of the rest of my life. The clergy call to Charlottesville came from a new ...

What Promotes Hope?

Do we see a snake or a rope? In this metaphor, the snake is fear, disappointment, discouragement, despair, anxiety, distrust, bitterness, or dejection. What is the rope? ...

Disaster Preparedness

by Estelle Margarones September is Disaster Preparedness Month and your MACUCC Disaster Resource & Response Team encourages you to dedicate a Sunday in September to ...

Hope for the Now

An Open Letter written to Mt. Carmel Congregational Church in Hamden by Young Adult General Synod Delegate Carly Chervenak To All of my congregation,  Times, hearts, and ...

How Can We Help Immigrants?

A new church member—a recent African immigrant—described what his Christian mother taught him: “When someone comes to you and needs food and shelter, you give it to them....

Ministry in the Midst of Tragedy

On Friday, August 7, 2015, Vermont state employees left work and made their way to the parking lot together. There, a former client confronted and killed Lara Sobel, a ...

Call the Police

A few months ago I scheduled a meeting with the Chief of Police in my community. We had run into each other around town in the past, and he was kind enough to come over ...

The Disconnect

We talk about covenant a lot in the United Church of Christ ... However, many among us spend a lot more time living as if we are not connected to one another

Let's Journey Together

" If we are able to faithfully remember that with God all things are possible, than we will find strength for the journey. And, the journey is really what it’s all ...

Show Up

"...to listen for God’s guidance, to share our visions of church, and to get to know our kin." — Rev. Shelly Stackhouse

No More Deaths

In 2012, I spent the month of June working with an organization called No Mas Muertes, No More Deaths. This ministry of the Unitarian Church of Tucson operates ...

Autophagy in Lent

Autophagy is a biological process in which certain elements within a living cell attack and destroy other materials within the cell... The early days of Lent are an ...

A Time to Come Together

"For a short time, anyway, we will be able to worship and learn, plan and praise. We are setting aside time to be the church, together. " —Rev. Susan Foster

Why I Am Marching

When Jesus had something to say to the powers and principalities he staged a march upon a capital city. Admittedly, it was a wobbly thing. A donkey. No stomping, snorting...

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