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Is it Time to Relocate?

June 2020—Volume 28, Number 6                         Copyright @ 2020 by Dana Horrell   Typically the question of whether to relocate is precipitated by a building ...

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Justice and Love

“Justice is what love looks like in person.”  You likely have heard that oft-repeated adage by Dr. Cornell West. As West notes, Jesus urged his disciples to love their ...

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Lean Into Lent

This is an invitation to plan for the upcoming season and it's important themes with your whole heart and first and foremost, for you! This season is an invitation to ...

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Embrace the Questions

Though they sometimes feel like a rejection of faith, adult mentors are called to honor the questions, to respond with openness, to testify to the mystery and the truths ...

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Build A Robust Network

January 2021—Volume 29, Number 1                   Copyright @ 2021 by Dana Horrell   Whatever else it did, the COVID-19 health crisis forced congregations to consider ...

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Inspiring Gratitude

We know that gratitude is central to spiritual well-being, but recently, social scientists in various academic settings have affirmed that this practice enhances mental ...

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An Image of Hope

Alexa Odoy, a ninth grader at Congregational Church of Marlborough shares her creative talents. "The design is inspired by the story of Noah's arc, but the rainbows also ...

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Love Thy Neighbor

I started my first semester as a Master of Divinity Student at Chicago Theological Seminary in February. Less than a month later I began working long hours at the Rhode ...

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Flawed or Human?

It's comfortable to identify ourselves with the ‘good people’ in the Bible. But what does it mean to identify ourselves with the flawed figures? As humans, we’re not ...

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God Is Always With Us

Before quarantine I found my days were full of school, sports, and homework. I barely had time to hangout with friends, let alone a minute for myself.

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Goo

I was raised on the butterfly metaphor.  From kids’ books to Easter symbols.  I’ve preached it.  I watched it unfold in grade school terrariums.  And I’ve used it as ...

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Don't Be A Goat!

I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you ...

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EMPATHY

It’s Impossible to be a true disciple of Jesus without empathy.    As I sat these past two weeks watching the peaceful protesters all across America marching out their ...

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Essentials

Essentials. In this time of a global pandemic we are using terms that attempt to characterize where we find ourselves in this challenging time.  “Social or physical ...

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Discipleship

“The local church exists to make disciples of Jesus” says our mission statement. Simon Peter, “Do you love me?” And of course, Peter responds, “Yes, Lord, you know that I...

That Hard Place

That Hard Place I don’t like pain.  I read a situation, analyze all the trajectories and options and work overtime to figure out how to get through things without causing...

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A Christmas Cry

  I did not expect this. The angel had warned me in a dream. We had to leave. I packed us up in the night. Herod’s men were coming with their swords drawn. We were barely...

Step up, Step up!

Youth gathered at Silver Lake on October 11-13 for the annual Shine 4 Justice retreat. This retreat is a component of the 'Thinking About Working For God' program that ...

Get Up High!

    In the very midst of their destruction, the prophet Isaiah empowers the people of God. The people in exile feel abandoned by God because they have been severed ...

Facing the Rising Sun Part 1

Rev. Cleo Graham commemorates the 400-year anniversary of African slaves first coming to America by sharing stories about her own ancestors who were slaves in America. ...

Many Voices One Mission: Partners

"The best and most effective partnerships are formed in the context of communities, organizations, and families within whom these values and this way of being are deeply ...

It’s a New Thing!

This is one of a series of reflections on the joint gathering of the board members of Together, As One Board with the members of the boards of the historic Connecticut, ...

A Bittersweet Day

This is one of a series of reflections on the joint gathering of the board members of Together, As One Board with the members of the boards of the historic Connecticut, ...

A Both/ And Moment

This is one of a series of reflections on the joint gathering of the board members of Together, As One Board with the members of the boards of the historic Connecticut, ...

We've Arrived

This is one of a series of reflections on the joint gathering of the board members of Together, As One Board with the members of the boards of the historic Connecticut, ...

An Amazing Haiti Trip

By Suzanne Swanson The RICUCC Haiti Task Force, in collaboration with the United Congregational Church UCC of Bridgeport, Ct., had a very amazing Haiti mission trip ...

Many Voices One Mission: Hope

"In the midst of an occupation by a repressive foreign power, where religious authorities were collaborators, where the economic system was unjust and income inequality ...

Come To The Water

“Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;” -Isaiah 55:1 Beloved Community,, As people of faith we meet our God in all the ways we put love for our neighbors, our ...

Grieving and Rejoicing

"In my head, I know that churches are places where communities gather, and that many have a season of life and impact, and then reasons arise that means that the church ...

What is Contemporary Worship

At First Church, the newly arrived pastor faced a question over whether to continue holding its evening service, which utilizes a rock band, praise songs, and emphasizes ...

Seeing Is Believing

Editor's Note: The author took part in the Interfaith Freedom and Justice Ride 2019, a delegation of 37 Christians and Jews from Hartford who traveled together to ...

La Posada

by Elena Huegel                 At the grocery store yesterday, the smells from a newly arranged corner of the fruit and vegetable area transported  me back to my early ...

Many Voices One Mission: Irrelevant?

"There seems to be, in many cases, a disconnect between what one’s perception of God is and how that perception aligns with the beliefs and actions of the Church." — TJ ...

Comfort and Children

When it comes to emergency or disaster situations, once we know our families and pets are safe we are left to think about what we need to bring with us to either a friend...

Wrong Church!

Recently, we received ... a note of thanksgiving for our church’s openness in playing a role in the burial of the author’s brother. It was a genuinely heartfelt note… and...

Resilience

This month is Disaster Preparedness month.   You will find another great resource here: Disaster Resiliency (PDF) written by Judy O'Donnell.  And we have seen that ...

Do Not Cross

Rev. Jeff Lukens created a communion liturgy to address the "healing and wholeness" needed in a time when news about immigrants and their families is often disturbing and...

Innovate!

Einstein is quoted as saying:  “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”   It is one of my favorite quotes.  (And though there is ...

Covenant

In the crucible of a collective — be it a family, a village, or a denomination — we learn who we are. We learn what drives us bonkers and what makes us happy, how we are ...

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