The Importance of an Extravagant Welcome

Cecile Gilson


It is more important than ever for us as people of God to welcome all into the safety and embrace of our church communities. Our LGBTQ friends are hungry for a place to worship just as they are, just as God created them.

New Faith Formation Leader: Dana Johnson

Karen Ziel


Dana Johnson is the Director of Children's Ministry at the Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport, CT. In this blog post, Ms. Cindy Cole introduces us to Dana through a conversation they shared a few months into Dana's new role.

Advocates To Make Voices Heard on Casinos

Shannon Rye Wall


Some two dozen of us gathered at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Hartford on Tuesday despite a snowstorm that began just as we prayed our way into the meeting.  This was the second meeting of the Coalition Against Casino Expansion in Connecticut, a burgeoning group led by our own Legislative Advocate, Michele Mudrick. (Check out the website for the list of fifteen faith-based and non-profit organizations that have joined the cause!) I was there because I recently ...

How Do Congregations Respond to Interfaith Couples?

The Parish Paper


While Christian-Jewish may be most people’s first association for “interfaith,” as the population of “nones” grows, the most common pairing is actually a Christian and a nonbeliever—and the clash between belief and unbelief can be more difficult than the clash of belief in different things.

Women's March on Washington

Kelly Jane Caesar


Rev. Kelly Jane Forbush shares a multi-congregation journey to Washington D.C. in support of women's rights.

A Journey into History

Charlene Corbett


Rev. Char Corbett is using her sabbatical to travel from Acadia to Zion and researching how history impacts our faith.

Sharing Our Gifts, Whatever the Roadblocks

R. Maxwell Grant


"One could spend a long time waiting for optimal conditions to appear for the stunning debut of one's gifts." - Rev. Max Grant

First 100 Hours Interfaith Climate Justice Vigils

Pam Arifian


Proclaim the moral urgency to act for climate justice by joining a movement of interfaith vigils across the nation in the first 100 hours of the new administration.

How does the UCC live the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Michael Ciba


When I’m asked, “What is the greatest challenge facing the United Church of Christ?” I always reply, “the greatest challenge facing the United Church of Christ is how do we live Gospel of Jesus Christ.” This has been a springboard for many interesting conversations over the years. It is the issue that the church faces in every generation and that we face today.

Guest Blog: 35 Gather for First Anti-Casino Coalition Meeting

Anne Hughes


While many clergy and faith leaders were ‘wrapping up’ Advent and Christmas preparations this week, a lively group of 35 interfaith lay and clergy leaders showed up, ready to engage, at the Connecticut Conference headquarters in Hartford on Dec. 20 for the first meeting of the Coalition Against Casino Expansion in CT.

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