God calls us into a new future – a future with a new vision and some new ways!

Barbara Libby

2/21/2017

I have a favorite quote from French philosopher and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin over my desk.


When do you feel most alive?

Michelle Madsen-Bibeau

2/21/2017

The following was reprinted with permission from the newsletter of the Beneficent Congregational Church, UCC, in Providence Dear Beneficent Friends, Jesus said, "I have come in order that you might have life — life in all its fullness." (John 10:10, GNT). When do you feel most alive?  - Is it at work or school, when you are engaging a new problem or project  - Is it when you return home to peace and quiet, or to the bustle of family life?  - Is it when you push your body physically, when you ...


Ecclesiastical Council of a Member in Discernment

Barbara Libby

2/14/2017

This past weekend, in spite of all the challenges of snow and ice, it was my privilege (as an authorized minister in the New Haven Association of the CT Conference United Church of Christ) to be present and to vote at the Ecclesiastical Council of a Member in Discernment.


A Call to Solidarity with Muslims

Wendy Vander Hart

2/7/2017

There is much to consider in these days and as one of our former colleagues quoted a parishioner – “this is not a sprint. And it's not a marathon either. It's a relay. And we'll spell each other.”


RICUCC Town Meeting Update

Barbara Libby

1/31/2017

On Sunday afternoon, Jan 29, 2017 an open RI Conference UCC Town Meeting was held at the Marriot Hotel in Providence.


Breathe in the Amazing

Barbara Libby

1/10/2017

I have always collected quotes and poetry (as well as images) from all over the place and surrounded myself with such things (on bulletin boards in my home and office) for many years.


Learning How to Offer Mental Health First Aid

Peggy Matteson

1/9/2017

Thanks to the Interfaith Counseling Center and Bradley Hospital, ministers and lay leaders have the opportunity later this month to take an eight-hour course on Mental Health First Aid that will give them the skills to help someone over age 18 who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.


The Day Our Groaning Will Turn to Glory

Robert Nolan

12/27/2016

"We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies." (Romans 8: 22-23)   In January, 1989, TIME magazine named earth "planet of the year" because of the abuse it has taken from mankind. We have hunted hundreds of animals into extinction. We have nearly destroyed the ozone layer, letting in deadly radiation from the...


Peace on Earth

Jennifer Geary

12/20/2016

We are at the darkest time of year for our area. 9 hours of light compared with 15 hours of dark. Every person goes through light and dark seasons in their lives; sometimes this coincides with the seasons of our sun and sometimes it doesn't. Neither light nor dark is more right or correct than the other; both are necessary for our health. We need up times and down times, happy times and sad times. It is the fullness of life's experiences that make us whole. God is God of the dark and of the ...


The Middle of Advent Already?

Barbara Libby

12/6/2016

The picture above was taken while I attended a National UCC Conference in San Antonio, Texas this past week, where the world is still quite verdant and green and temperatures were in the upper 70's for much of the week.


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