Barbara’s Blurb for Week of March 25, 2015

Barbara Libby

3/24/2015

“For New England Lay and Clergy Worship Leaders” (Matthew 6:25). Here’s a wonderful poem written by a UCC poet and pastor – Rev. Maren Tirabassi. Rev. Maren posted this on Facebook and gave me permission to share. For New England Lay and Clergy Worship Leaders (Matthew 6:25) Therefore I tell you, do not worry about the weather whether it will snow one more time or the sun will reach fingers of light and heat for bulbs planted deep, Or about your Easter whether knee-deep mud will swallow the ...


"Let Us Break Bread Together"

3/24/2015

“As often as you eat together remember me.” What did these words mean to the early Christian church? During its earliest centuries, the typical church worship involved meeting in homes and sharing a meal, which was part of the actual liturgy. Known as “Agape Meal” or the “Love Feast,” the “banquet eating table” is a recurring metaphor for the Kingdom of Heaven. However, disputes about who was an appropriate banquet guest were a recurring theme in the New Testament. For instance, were the tax ...


Barbara's Blurb for March 4, 2015

Barbara Libby

3/3/2015

Literacy is a social justice issue. You may already know that the United Church of Christ has had a focus on literacy for the past year – a focus called Reading Changes Lives, where churches were encouraged to read books together. On the website by that same name you will find additional lists of things that your church can do and ways your church can make a difference around literacy. This literacy initiative continues this spring with March Forth for Literacy, promoting denomination-wide ...


A Slave, Midwife and Legacy: Dr. Judy Simmons

2/24/2015

Who are your ancestors? Have you thought about your connection to them lately? Is slavery and freedom a part of your family’s legacy? If so, what impact did it have on your family’s life? My family history originates from the slave experience and piecing together that history has involved gathering remnants of information scattered on note pads collected over the years, just waiting to be deciphered by my husband Melvin, an African American genealogist, and me. Once we began to unravel the ...


Barbara's Blurb for February 25th

Barbara Libby

2/24/2015

I spent some time walking around the annual flower show in Hartford at the end of last week - a welcome reprieve from this winter's excess of snow and ice. I stood long in front of exquisitely perfect gardens breathing in the scent of daffodils, tulips, azaleas, and lush grass turf. I  listened as waterfalls bubbled over rocks into quiet pools where orange koi fish swam slowly. A live butterfly display with warming lamps encouraged so many varied colors, sizes, and shapes to flutter and fan ...


Barbara’s Blurb for February 18th

Barbara Libby

2/17/2015

Do you have a plan for your Lenten season this year? I have found that it has been pretty distracting so far this February- Snow... More snow... Wicked winds... Bitter temperatures... More snow...  It feels like we might never get to spring no matter what the calendar tells us... Well this Wednesday does indeed begin the 40 days of Lent (excluding Sundays).   Take a moment sometime this Wednesday to ask yourself what kind of Lent you want to have this year.  We have an opportunity to choose ...


Barbara's Blurb Feb 11, 2015

Barbara Libby

2/10/2015

I guess this just about sums it up for this week… Only 30 days until spring as of Wednesday, Feb. 11th.     Keep the faith, everyone – we will get to March 20th!   "It sits in leaden piles... It sits in leaden piles It clogs up all the roads. It fills with ice and messy slush Our shovels with their loads. A grimace on my face! Another day of pain! A jagged mountain towers high And makes me wish for rain. It covered up the fence, The table and the chairs. There were so many fleeces I couldn't ...


Barbara's Blurb for week of Feb. 4, 2015

Barbara Libby

2/2/2015

Well most of us didn’t need the groundhog to tell us on this Groundhog Day that there might be more winter ahead… I’m sitting here in my home office in New Haven watching freezing rain come down on top of lots of new snow while the flocks of birds frantically try to eat enough to keep themselves going in the dropping temperatures that confront us here in CT and RI this winter. After the lulling effect of a quiet and easy December and January it seems all the harder to reconcile ourselves to ...


"Goodness Leaves Us Gasping"

2/2/2015

Since June, countries worldwide have held 70th anniversary commemorations for the concluding events of WWII. During the last week of January, the liberation of the death camp Auschwitz was remembered, with 300 of the few remaining survivors gathered at the camp's site in Poland from whence they emerged in 1945. Europe’s rich diversity, which is embodied in these survivors, was nearly snuffed out by a murderous regime, and in the ensuing seven decades their lives grew into two and three more ...


Barbara's Blurb for week of Jan. 28, 2015

Barbara Libby

1/26/2015

Sitting here in the Conference Office this Monday morning as we await continuing updates on the incoming BLIZZARD … I confessed on my Facebook Status on Sunday afternoon, “Okay… So that snow I have been hoping for? It’s coming!! It did not have to come all at once though…” So first, I confess that I love snow… I know that is not true for all of us and I may take it back later in the week if this storm truly does make as big an impact as they seem to be suggesting. And here’s another ...


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