"High touch—paying attention—reduces these anxieties." —Martha Goodman
"When have you been uncomfortable, but did/said/stood up for [your work] anyway?" —Michele Mudrick
"I have often felt as if I can see God in the faces of the congregation when I am singing." — Dori Hall
In the crucible of a collective — be it a family, a village, or a denomination — we learn who we are. We learn what drives us bonkers and what makes us happy, how we are powerful and how we are vulnerable, how we are alike and how we are different. This is to say, in the company of others, we learn what it means to be human.
"We can talk until the cows come home about structure, process and strategy and get stuck in the weeds missing the fundamental nature of what is truly important in supporting something new." —Rev. Ellie Richardson
This is the third in a series of four blog posts looking at the Vision, Mission and Purpose statement drafted for a new, unified Conference. Delegates from the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences will vote on formally creating this new conference at the joint Annual Meeting June 15-16 in Springfield, MA. We UCCers love to listen to the still, small voice of God whispering to us through the chaos of this world; to determine what it is that God would have us do to bring about...
"Our response to each new challenge has come from that core mission: intentional Christian community." —Jennifer Kronholm Clark
"A Conference merger can be a bureaucratic quagmire, or it can be a ministry. We just need the right foundation." —Rev. Jack Davidson
"Because we have been born in a time such as this, we have this opportunity to bear witness to the truth." —Rev. Jim Antal
Every year, Grandmother (Uncí) Carole Bubar-Blodgett, of Wabanaki lineage, takes four rivers into prayer and waits for Spirit to guide her. This year, Spirit guided her to the Housatonic (Howsatunnuck) River for the 8th Annual Water is Life Walk, which is a celebration of life, an opportunity to witness, to offer respect, gratitude and care for the "SacredWater," and to grow relationships with humans and non-humans in the watershed. The Water is Life Walk is an opportunity to come together and ...