Resiliency Time Capsule Project
Resiliency Time Capsule Project
This project was funded by a Louisville Institute 2021 Pastoral Study Project Grant
"It is our hope that this project will encourage churches to explore transformative and creative ministry that is relevant and more agile in meeting contemporary and social needs of its social location and community context." - Rev. Dr. Audrey Price
The preamble to the Constitution of the United Church of Christ proclaims, “[The UCC] affirms the responsibility of the Church in each generation to make this faith its own in reality of worship, in honesty of thought and expression, and in purity of heart before God.”
The year 2020 brought about substantial changes to the realities of worship within our conference, with regard to both thought and expression. The turbulence of a year marked by a deadly pandemic and a collective outcry against racial injustice forced each congregation to investigate the question of how to make its faith its own reality of worship, and how to express this worship. The challenges, triumphs, and innovations of this era provide a valuable testament to the resilience of congregations' faith and the adaptability of the modern church. This Time Capsule project seeks to capture these experiences for posterity.
Select a Topic Below to Begin Exploring the Southern New England Conference's Digital Time Capsule!
In this section, we offer an overview of the Resiliency Time Capsule project. We describe Rev. Dr. Audrey Price's vision for this project and reveal how staff of the Southern New England Conference set about organizing the work and compiling artifacts.
In this section you can view up to 4 15-minute video documentaries that capture the stories, struggles, and innovations of churches throughout the Southern New England Conference during the pandemic of 2020.
Peruse images from throughout the Southern New England Conference to see how other conferences in our region put their innovations to practice during the 2020 pandemic!
Visit pages for each individual church that participated in our Resiliency Time Capsule project! Watch church pastors' full interviews, read about their innovations and projects, and view pictures capturing the spirit of 2020.
This booklet provides a glance into 2020 from the perspective of over 20 UCC churches.
This short guidebook provides recommendations on how churches can organize watch parties and support their church members to engage in meaningful reflection.
This project was funded through the Louisville Institute 2021 Pastoral Study Project Grant. We are thankful for the Louisville Institute for giving us the opportunity to explore and share the stories of churches in our conference.
Additionally, we would like to take this space to acknowledge those who have contributed to this project through both their ministries in their churches and their communication with SNEUCC project staff members. We are pleased to share their voices through this documentary project and celebrate their resilience and stewardship during the COVID era.
Video Interview Contributors:
Narrative Interview Contributors:
First Congregational Church of Georgetown, MA
First Congregational Church of Ridgefield, CT
Holly Brauner, Northeast Association Executive Council
Jane Willan, Paxton Congregational Church, MA