Let's Engage in Conversation Together

Brittany LaFleur


An Open Letter written to the First Congregational Church of Woodstock by Young Adult General Synod Delegate Brittany LaFleur Dear Church Family,   It’s me, Brittany, I have been involved in our church for most of my life. I starting coming to our church when I was 5 and have grown up knowing and appreciating the church family that I have. While attending our church regularly, I taught Sunday School for several rotations, and I have also been a young adult delegate for the Windham Association ...

#UCCGS: We Try SO Hard. We Still Make Mistakes

Tiffany Vail


I don't often write blog posts about my personal experiences. In the 20 years I've been doing Conference communication work, I've put most of my energy into telling the stories of others, or empowering them to tell their own stories. But I am on the train returning from my first United Church of Christ General Synod, and I feel the need to share my own perspective. What struck me the most at Synod was how hard everyone tries to live out what it means to be a multicultural, multiracial.church. ...

#UCCGS: A First-Timer's Take

Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager


"And then we go forth. The heavens are telling of the glory of God in our midst." — Rev. Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager

#UCCGS: Spurred on by Spirituals

Jael Williams


To me, the best part of any worship service is the singing of the hymns, especially those familiar ones of long ago. They bring back nostalgic memories of incidents, places, and people. Of special reference is my grandmother who sang hymns and spirituals whenever, wherever and at any time the spirit led her to do so. During the years I have added my own favorites to those that had been imbedded in me over the years, and now I sing whenever, wherever, and any time the spirit leads me, as my ...

An Authentic Experience of Kingdom Work

Laura Westby


"These trips to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation are among the best things I am privileged to do each year. And the reason is simple: what we do there is as close as I can come to living the way Jesus did. " — Rev. Laura Westby

Don't Call it Messy; Call it Hard

Amy Lignitz Harken


That questions about structure and other administrative matters will be answered as we go may feel messy, even chaotic, to some of us. Our faith, however, calls us to trust that God has a coherent vision, even if we are unable to discern the details of that cohesion from our current vantage point.

NOW is the Time to Call Your Legislator


URGENT: Now is the time! Ask Your State Representative to vote NO on all Casino Expansion Bills AND to support two Amendments to the Bills: to allow a referendum in East Windsor AND to require a societal impact study

Unity in Diversity

Sir John Hargrave


"We do not have to agree on everything, except one: that we are one." —John Hargrave

Abolitionist’s Hartford Visit Important Symbol

Damaris Whittaker


"I... have a responsibility to mark history proclaiming that transformation is often achieved by small acts of courage." —Rev. Damaris Whittaker

Calls Needed Now on Minimum Wage Bill

David Biklen


Although the proposal has over 40 legislator cosponsors, there is still considerable disinterest or outright opposition.

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