Ridgebury Congregational Church’s pastor, Debbie Rundlett, invited Charlie Kuchenbrod, Executive Associate Conference Minister, to share some stewardship wisdom and a charge to the congregation. Here is that charge. “God is always calling us to be more than we are.” - Loren Meade “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” - Frederick Buechner What is God calling you to be? You have gifts, and gifts need cultivation. Even masters ...
This past weekend, I traveled from New York City to Framingham, Massachusetts to give my second-ever presentation at Super Saturday. Its purpose: answering God’s call for the United Church of Christ to be an inclusive church where LGBTQ+ folks can belong and to dismantle homophobic interpretations of the Hebrew Bible and Second Testament. After walking into the building and registering at the presenter’s check-in table, I found the high school classroom where I would lead this workshop. I ...
Twenty-three youth from five Southern New England UCC churches and their leaders gathered for a Youth Program at the Super Saturday event on October 5th ready to put their faith into action.
I remember my first National Youth Event in 2008. I was working as a youth leader at a local church and had gathered a group to go to University of Tennessee. After an overnight bus ride from CT, checking into dormitories, we walked across campus along Pat Summit Street and Chamique Holdsclaw Drive into the Vols arena. Over 3000 youth in colorful t-shirts were taking their seats...
I’ve never felt particularly called to focus my activism on climate change. I’ve tried to be mindful of my use of resources, but the movement itself, while obviously necessary, isn’t where I’ve put my energy. Truth be told, I hadn’t really been following the climate crisis movement at all when I signed up for the UCC Creation Justice Webinar about the climate strike, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect during that hour. As I listened to the panelists in the webinar explain how we as adults ...
Associate Conference Minister Ellie Richardson reflects on the difference between change and transformation and asks which is happening for the Southern New England conferences.
I started my ministry as the Racial Justice Team Leader with the soon-to-be Southern New England Conference just six weeks ago...
In the very midst of their destruction, the prophet Isaiah empowers the people of God. The people in exile feel abandoned by God because they have been severed from the land. Isaiah comforts them in their hopelessness, saying, Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings, lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem … Lift it up, do not fear. - Isaiah 40:9 We, as humans, are currently being severed from the land and the Earth by ecological devastation. Facing and ...
"I wonder why I came to church today? I couldn't hear a thing." There were no microphones; or they weren't used properly.
"Vacation Bible School has always been one of Colchester Federated Church’s largest community outreach programs, and this year was no exception... The energy this year was truly OUT OF THIS WORLD! It was so wonderful to see the many interactions between the youth and the adults. At times, I think our adult volunteers were having more fun!"