This piece is taken from the report given by Brendan Curran, Associate Minister at the Barrington Congregational Church UCC in Barrington, RI, to the 212th Autumnal Meeting of the Rhode Island Conference. Friends, to honor our Justice and Witness ministries we engage in as a conference and also to encourage us to speak and work for justice with even greater boldness, I’d like to lift up and share one of St. Paul’s letters to the Ephesians. In a time of oppression, injustice, and imperial ...
"God gave Creation over to humans as stewards, and it seems we’ve forgotten our duty to care for it." — Jennifer Kronholm Clark
"The interconnectedness of justice issues and climate impact means that your action at every level matters." — Pam Arifian
"The stewardship committee often is placed in the church trustee/finance budget constellation of people. It belongs in the deacon/faith formation constellation of people." — Charlie Kuchenbrod
"As the United Church of Christ...we do Jesus differently." —Rev. Wendy Vander Hart
"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 Harper
In light of recent events in our nation and in response to a concern raised that the #MeToo movement is becoming a permission-giving movement where false accusations can be spread with intent to harm, I share this: No movement, #MeToo or otherwise, dare I say no behavior, should EVER be lived with an intent to cause another person harm. And the #MeToo movement, in its creation, was not developed to give people permission to cause such harm. It is meant to bring people together with similar ...
"As we dedicate ourselves to building God’s kingdom, we must define what it looks like in the local community." —Debby Kirk
"And churches stay on the ground, involved in helping people find their way into a new normal, long after the news crews have moved on to the next disaster or lead story." —Rev. Don Remick
"When the mission of the institution becomes sustaining the institution itself, the institution falls apart." —Rev. Michael Ciba