"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 extreme, where women and many others were harshly discriminated against, in the midst of all this, Jesus preached that the kingdom of God is at hand." — Charlie Kuchenbrod
Since coming to the Rhode Island Conference in July, I have traveled around the state, visiting with RICUCC churches, meeting folks and sometimes preaching the Word. Honestly, this is my favorite part of this call as Rhode Island’s Transitional Conference Minister. And of course, I spend a good deal of time talking about our new Together, As One Conference because this is also work that I am passionate about. That we are in the midst of birthing a new conference is both exciting and daunting ...
"What if legacy thinking guided all our church decisions?" — Rev. Jonathan New
Hearing from so many others who view climate change as a worrisome issue was helpful for me personally in recognizing that nobody must face it alone.
"It truly is a life changing experience being a counselor." — Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer
"The magic is in connecting their hearts and minds with wonder and beauty of the planet..." — Pam Arifian
In the midst of this season of Lent there is a calling to pause, listen and watch for the movement of the Spirit and breathe deeply the presence of God. In those moments my reflections wander to the movement of God’s Spirit in the last weeks and months. When I visited each Association Fall Meeting I talked about the current moment in the evolution and journey towards coming together into a new Conference: Together As One (TA1). I spoke of the need in this early phase to build relationships...
"Our most vital churches have a pulse on their neighborhood and are actively serving God’s people..." —Rev. Wendy Vander Hart
"It’s never easy to admit you don’t have the answers." —Tiffany Vail
“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 children, and creation into action. In the United Church of Christ we understand environmental stewardship as our covenantal responsibility and privilege to care for the natural world as God’s creation. As the United Church of Christ, we have acknowledged how we are only stewards of creation, and “The Earth Is The Lord’s, Not ...