"Offering a space for folks to come together, mourn, and speak their own truths is an act of resistance in itself." - Rev. Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager
Now, more than ever, we need our voices heard. The good news is that here in Connecticut, we can make that happen.
Part of what we do as Christians is repent, to turn away from sin and toward God. Part of what we do as ministers is to repent out loud, in public and in front of other people. The Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ gathered for the longest consecutive clergy gathering in the nation- General Association, and we know that we have repenting to do to bring healing and justice into this world.
I found this year's, "Fearless Faith: Courage in Community," to be an inspiring challenge both personally and pastorally.
Dancers from Sing Praise in 2014 by Hannah Geiling My mom, Betty Geiling, was walking across the ball field at Silver Lake Conference Center. She ran into our Executive Director Ryan Gackenheimer who introduced her to the first deans of the conference Sing Praise. My mother immediately remembered seeing a traveling performance of their worship almost 40 years ago. She happily recalled the conferees singing and dancing, "Moses Frogs," hopping all over the sanctuary at The New Milford First ...
Clay Tablets. Photo by Amy Bruch by Amy Bruch It's heartening, at this particular time in our country, to receive the gift of sitting quietly on a white rock beside a still lake watching the sun set, hearing only the natural sounds of twilight fading into evening among many tall trees. My invitation to serve as artist-in-residence for a week at Silver Lake found me in that place beside Silver Birch Lodge this summer. Winding down the hill from the main camp, the Lodge is a building with ...
Artist-in-residence Josh Sander shares some thoughts on the Sanctuary he finds at Silver Lake.
If yours is like most mainline Protestant churches in Southern New England, you've spent a lot of time and energy wondering how you can get those 20- and 30-somethings to come to your church. What if I told you they are quite literally at your doorstep.
Have you ever witnessed millions of tiny water particles evaporate to form one body, a cloud? If you've ever been down to morning dip at Silver Lake on a cool summer morning, you might be able to say you have.
I'm tired. I'm sick and tired of being asked if I am going to make a statement about the latest killing of a black man by police.