An Open Letter to Roger Goodell

Kent Siladi


Mr. Goodell, why not meet with the players who are choosing to kneel and ask them, “What might we do TOGETHER to use our public voice to address racism in our culture?”

Combating Fear with Education

Khamis Abu-Hasaballah


"By learning about the faith of others at this conference, we are affirming our own faith in ways that no words or religious service can capture." — Khamis Abu-Hasaballah, Ph.D

A Word in Response to the Mass Shooting in Las Vegas

Matthew Crebbin


It’s been nearly five years since the horror at Sandy Hook School and I would not have come this far without prayer.

Muslims and Christian Together - Inviting Conversations

Jane Smith


"It’s not us inviting them, or them inviting us but Muslims and Christians together inviting people from all over Connecticut to listen to and participate in our conversations." - Jane Smith

Our Spirits Fed

Persephone Hall


"When we join in joyous music and faithful worship, our spirits are fed." — Persephone Hall

The Power to Protest - and Speak Out

TJ Harper


When Frederick Douglass was asked to speak about the “celebration of America’s independence” he delivered: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Opposing Hate with Spirit

Paul Kix


On the morning of November 9th, 2016, my wife and I woke up and, over coffee, decided to live our lives in opposition to the hate we saw around us. Neither of us had voted for Donald Trump, but neither of us believed he was the disease that had infected so much of American discourse and life. He was more a symptom of it. We knew, because we worked in the media, that its fractured landscape meant an increased focus on a political identity for a great many websites and news networks. We suspected,...

A Letter from the Conference Minister

Kent Siladi


Colleagues: The news from the devastation in Texas continues to unfold in tragic ways. As members of the United Church of Christ we have always been committed to providing immediate support to the hardest hit parts of the world through natural and human caused disasters. Our commitment goes far beyond the important work of basic necessities and help needed by those struggling in the aftermath of these events. We are committed to long-term relief efforts, long after the news has passed and the ...

March for Justice in Boston: Answering the Call

TJ Harper


To see 40,000 people gathered in Boston to counter-protest 30 or 40 Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists was remarkable. Even if some of our political leaders refused to call the heinous acts of Charlottesville domestic terrorism and truly condemn them, 40,000 people in Boston were ready to demonstrate their beliefs.

Farewell From Cecile

Cecile Gilson


"In Ecclesiastes we are famously reminded that there is a time for everything." —Cecile Gilson

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