Does Our Pastor Need a Job Description?

The Parish Paper


Serving a church without a written job description is like embarking on a long trip without a road map.

Time for Churches to Mark Transgender Remembrance Sunday

Greg Gray


It is hard to believe how time has flown by since we all met together in June for Annual Meeting in Hartford. At Annual Meeting we accomplish many things for the work of the church, but from my perspective the most important accomplishment was when we passed “A Resolution of Implementation Recommending Churches of the Connecticut Conference Mark Transgender Remembrance Sunday.” Just as a friendly reminder November 20th each year is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), and our resolution asks ...

After Sutherland Springs: A Reflection

Maxwell Grant


Yesterday’s tragic church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas has already hit the “refresh” button on any number of rallying cries on all sides of the gun violence debates, especially on social media.

Mistakes Churches Make During an Interim Ministry

The Parish Paper


After thirty years of service, the pastor of Community Pine Church retired. For the majority of members, he was the only church pastor they had ever experienced. Lay leaders quickly formed a search committee to get started on finding an interim pastor. Any step that might delay them seemed a waste of precious time. They feared the months between pastors could deplete resources and members’ energy. After some discussion, the committee produced a vague document about the congregation and the kind ...

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?”

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