Navigating our own racism and addressing issues of racial injustice

Barbara Libby


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.

A Morning Prayer

Barbara Libby


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

RICUCC Haiti Task Force Update

Shirley Hardison


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!

Reflecting on the end of the Olympics

Barbara Libby


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 ...

Millennials are - literally - at your doorstep

Tiffany Vail


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

Barbara Libby


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 ...

May we continue to find common ground

Barbara Libby


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. ...

RI Council of Churches Civil Rights Pilgrimage – April 2016


By Scott Spencer September 15, 1963 was youth Sunday at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL.   On this special day, the young people would lead the worship service with the boys wearing dark pants and white shirts and the girls wearing white dresses.  Carole Robertson would wear her first pair of heels that day. While 5 young girls prepared for worship following Sunday school in the women’s room, a powerful explosion went off directly beside the bathroom.  Eight-year-old ...

A History of The Watch Night Service


A Blog by Rev. Cleo Graham So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.  ~John 8:36 On that first Freedom’s Eve, December 31, 1862, African American slaves in the south adapted an African custom which dates back to 1742, the Watch Night Service. They gathered in their churches and homes and waited, watched and prayed for freedom. They stayed awake from dusk to dawn, they tarried, prayed lamentations, they desperately watched and waited for the call to freedom. They probably sang: https:...

A Most Fitting Cross for a UCC Synod Gathering

Peggy Matteson


At Synod there was a cross on the stage where we gathered together to worship, to celebrate, and to do the business of the church. Approximately two feet by three feet, this cross was made of wood. Having a wooden cross is not unusual, but the characteristics of this particular cross were unique. This cross is composed of many pieces of wood. They are of various sizes and colors, including hues from light tan to deep brown. These pieces of wood are attached in a seemingly random matter that ...

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