Let’s gather. Based on feedback we will hold this round of gatherings for clergy. If you have colleagues in your community who would appreciate a chance to join this conversation bring them along.
Do you have an interest in the RI Conference of the United Church of Christ? Are you concerned about or curious about what White Privilege is all about? Then this Autumnal Meeting is for you!
We have reached all our key people in each of the schools, community centers and orphanages with which we work. They are all safe -- including the sites in and near Miragoane -- an area that is closer to the part of the country that suffered the most damage. Our prayers are still much needed.
Spend a few hours with other UCC folks from across RI who also want to better understand how to navigate our own racism and to address issues of racial injustice.
One of the prayers offered was called A Morning Prayer and it has caught my attention more than once since this summer. And so I share it here with you: "Create a new he
Anyone who travels with the Task Force finds their visit transformational and inspiring. They return to our churches to encourage ongoing support for our Conference's work in Haiti. Have you interest in going on a Mission Trip to Haiti? Do you have folks in your church who might be interested in engaging with our Mission Project in Haiti? There are upcoming opportunities!
I imagine that many of you had an opportunity to view various Olympic competitions, openings, and closings in August. My daughter, Sarah, had five different Olympic channels running simultaneously throughout the 16 days and was able to tape and watch a wide variety. She claims to have watched at least 25 of the 34 different sports and has her own list of favorites (and not so favorites)! There were some won derful moments when fellow athletes hugged one another, congratulated and cheered one ...
If yours is like most mainline Protestant churches in Southern New England, you've spent a lot of time and energy wondering how you can get those 20- and 30-somethings to come to your church. What if I told you they are quite literally at your doorstep.
We live in difficult times. We are bombarded with bad news on too regular a basis. Last week in particular was one of those weeks. Last week I simply got overwhelmed with the pain, violence, and hurting of our nation. I found myself grieving and feeling helpless and hopeless in the face of our racism, gun violence, and mental illness. I have valued so many reflections (both grief and anger-filled) by friends and colleagues across the United Church of Christ. This is an anxious time. This is a ...
FDR once said, "We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization." I do not need to remind anyone that this country seems to be in a time of great rifts and schisms. There are forces at work among us that seem to encourage hatred and divisions among us - issues of racism, sexism, ageism, and homophobia - just to name a few. ...