"In the forming of a new conference in New England there is a chance to actually live the theology we stand for." — Kaeley McEvoy
"Achieving oneness is not as simple as it sounds..." — Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton
The Rev. Martin Luther King wrote a sermon called “I have a dream!” and that MLK did not call it “I have a plan!”
This past Saturday over 700 people came together at Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham. We worshiped together, sang together, learned together, shared conversations over lunch, visited with vendors. We were challenged, provoked and inspired by Brian McLaren’s message and 52 other workshops. Those who attended this Super Saturday may not have realized something different was going on behind the scenes. To them I say: Connecticut and Massachusetts Conference staff working the ...
"Like the early American colonists, together we can do amazing things." - John Hargrave
In the midst of Sunday's sermon at the Church of the Redeemer, UCC in New Haven, CT I heard my pastor (Rev. Dr. Shelly Stackhouse) preach about the Gospel of John text where Nicodemus is challenged by Jesus to move beyond the familiar into a new relationship with God and a new life beyond his familiar and known boundaries. One of the phrases that particularly resonated with me was that God does not always give us clear GPS instructions... (I posted that phrase onto Facebook during the sermon ...
I sang these words at worship this Sunday in a hymn called “Gather us In”:
"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
As the long Church Season of Epiphany comes to a close, we begin the Season of Lent this Wednesday evening, March 1st.
Each week as we gather for prayer circle, we not only pray for those on our prayer list, we have a time for a meditation. This week we had a discussion about civility that was led by Dani Rupprecht, and I am sharing some of those thoughts and especially guidance from scripture about the need for and the practice of civility.