Fighting Hunger in Haiti

1/14/2015

What has 70 calories, almost every essential vitamin and mineral, many other beneficial food components and is best produced between 7 am and 11 am? Would you believe that it’s an egg? One large egg contains 6 grams of protein, varying amounts of vitamins A, B6, B12 C, D, calcium, riboflavin, thiamin, zinc, and choline, and antioxidants. Eggs have been shown to help build muscle strength, help brain function, improve eye health; and the choline in eggs promotes a healthy pregnancy. Egg protein ...


Barbara's Blurb for January 7, 2015

Barbara Libby

1/6/2015

I’m not one to make New Year’s Resolutions – never have and probably never will.   But the turning of the clock into a New Year always offers us a doorway into a new beginning and an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been in the year past… In a recent Facebook post from On Being, one of their regular contributors, Parker Palmer offered these five questions to ponder for the New Year. These questions resonate with me and so I share them with all of you – post these questions by your computer,...


The Other Wise Man

1/6/2015

The Other Wise Man During this week of Epiphany (Three Kings Day) perhaps you will also think of The Other Wise Man.  This story was written by Rev. Henry Van Dyke. Ordained in 1879 as a Presbyterian minister he spent his first four years in ministry as pastor at the United Congregational Church of Newport, RI. Van Dyke explains in the preface to his book that after experiencing a year that had been full of sickness and sorrow "It was a gift. It was sent to me; and it seemed as if I knew the ...


A woman, a man, a donkey and a baby

12/16/2014

Uphill all the way, it's about 40 miles from Nazareth, by the Sea of Galilee to the little village of Bethlehem outside Jerusalem. The woman - eight uncomfortable months pregnant - doesn't complain as her husband plods along, mumbling to himself about the stupid government, the dumb donkey, lost work, and his confused mix of loyalty, loss, and worry for his wife and the child she bears. Today's reality is not the "sweet baby Jesus, asleep on the hay" of our Christmas pageants. Although, by the ...


Barbara's Blurb 12/17/14

Barbara Libby

12/16/2014

At this time of the year I love the poetry of Ann Weems from her book, Kneeling in Bethlehem. Her poetry speaks to me in words that resonate because they are clear and true. I've been particularly struck this Advent by how long the nights have been and how short the days are - both actually and psychically with all the turmoil both here and around the world. I yearn for more light (Light) in my life at this time of year and so appreciate the language of Jesus as the Light of the World at this ...


An Open Letter to the United Church Of Christ 12/10/14

12/10/2014

An Open Letter to the United Church of Christ "I, Paul, and my companions in faith here, send greetings to the Galatian churches. My authority for writing to you does not come from any popular vote of the people, nor does it come through the appointment of some human higher-up. It comes directly from Jesus the Messiah and God who raised him from the dead. I’m God-commissioned. So I greet you with the great words, grace and peace!" (Galatians 1:1-3) As leaders of the United Church of Christ, we ...


A Litany for Those Who Aren't Ready for Healing

12/10/2014

A Litany for Those Who Aren’t Ready For Healing by Dr. Yolanda Piercee One: Let us not rush to the language of healing, before understanding the fullness of the injury and the depth of the wound. ALL: Let us not rush to offer a band-aid, when the gaping wound requires surgery and complete reconstruction. One: Let us not offer false equivalencies, thereby diminishing the particular pain being felt in a particular circumstance in a particular historical moment. ALL: Let us not speak of ...


Barbara's Blurb about Peace

Barbara Libby

12/10/2014

Last Saturday night I returned from a four day national UCC Conference where nearly 150 of us gathered in Savannah, GA to imagine the future of ministry in the 21st century.  We were conference and associate conference ministers as well as national staff from the 38 United Church of Christ conferences across the country.  I met many new colleagues in ministry as well as reconnected with old friends.  We resourced one another about best practices in our conferences and shared concerns and ...


3rd Annual RIC UCC "Advent Adventures" Youth Event a great success!

Peggy Matteson

12/3/2014

Fifty youth and leaders gathered at Newman Congregational Church on Saturday, Nov. 30th. They were a joyful group as they ate, sang, dialogued, played games, and created a special candle to take home. This was the third time some youth have attended to this annual event! After participants were grouped by grades, 5th through 8th, they rotated through four activity centers, each one designed for both learning and fellowship. Sweet Treats & Sweet Christmas Sounds - Here they made ice cream ...


Barbara's Blurb

Barbara Libby

12/3/2014

Some of you may already know that Advent is one of my most favorite times of the year. I love the lights and the decorations and the setting up of my crèche collection from around the world.  I love the baking and the sharing of my favorite Christmas cookies. I love the four weeks of Advent as a time of preparation, a time of expectant waiting, a time of holding each day as a special gift - enhanced since I was a child by the daily opening of Advent calendars- both paper and now even, ...


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