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?”

Opposing Hate with Spirit

Paul Kix


On the morning of November 9th, 2016, my wife and I woke up and, over coffee, decided to live our lives in opposition to the hate we saw around us. Neither of us had voted for Donald Trump, but neither of us believed he was the disease that had infected so much of American discourse and life. He was more a symptom of it. We knew, because we worked in the media, that its fractured landscape meant an increased focus on a political identity for a great many websites and news networks. We suspected,...

A Letter from the Conference Minister

Kent Siladi


Colleagues: The news from the devastation in Texas continues to unfold in tragic ways. As members of the United Church of Christ we have always been committed to providing immediate support to the hardest hit parts of the world through natural and human caused disasters. Our commitment goes far beyond the important work of basic necessities and help needed by those struggling in the aftermath of these events. We are committed to long-term relief efforts, long after the news has passed and the ...

March for Justice in Boston: Answering the Call

TJ Harper


To see 40,000 people gathered in Boston to counter-protest 30 or 40 Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists was remarkable. Even if some of our political leaders refused to call the heinous acts of Charlottesville domestic terrorism and truly condemn them, 40,000 people in Boston were ready to demonstrate their beliefs.

Farewell From Cecile

Cecile Gilson


"In Ecclesiastes we are famously reminded that there is a time for everything." —Cecile Gilson

#TheNow: Nobody Else Can Do This

Xavier Blyden


My name is Xavier Blyden and my church home is with the congregation at the United Congregational Church of Bridgeport. This fall I will start my Junior Year at Defiance College in Defiance, OH.   As Henri Nouwen said, “that which is most personal is most universal.” Knowing yourself inwardly allows us to connect with what we have outside of ourselves. I agree with this idea that looking within ourselves as individuals, as a church and congregation will help us to locate the divine brightness ...

Hope for the Now

Carly Chervenak


An Open Letter written to Mt. Carmel Congregational Church in Hamden by Young Adult General Synod Delegate Carly Chervenak To All of my congregation,  Times, hearts, and minds are changing-it's clear to see. We must catch up with God. This world can be cruel and harmful-leaving people with no hope. We, as a congregation, must give ALL the greatest hope of all- God. When I say ALL, I mean ALL. It is my hope that we may become open and affirming to all who enter our doors seeking hope and faith. ...

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, ...

#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

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