This interview features two faith formation leaders who currently serve CT congregations and are participating in Vibrant Faith University, or VFU. VFU offers a certificate in Faith Formation for the 21st Century. “It will immerse you into the new world of faith formation.” What are the benefits to leaders? What is the potential impact to your ministry? Sue Timony-Hall and Rosemary Lamie shared their experience with Karen Ziel, Minister of Faith Formation and Leadership for the CT. Conference
The 2017 Tri-Conference Annual Meeting on June 16 17 is so much more than another Annual Meeting! You really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really need to be there.
The People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 29th did not disappoint. There were many actions leading up to the big day, including lobbying at Capitol Hill and direct actions. I arrived in Washington D.C. on Thursday evening, and spent Friday engaged in a teach-in, supporting a direct action, and engaging with youth. Here’s my story:
" If we are able to faithfully remember that with God all things are possible, than we will find strength for the journey. And, the journey is really what it’s all about." — Rev. Kurt Walker
"The nature of any ecumenical gathering comes with a free side of noticing our similarities and differences with other faith traditions." —Emily McKenna
Creation is at a turning point. We are headed toward a climate unseen in 50 million years. Realizing this, what if the church were to begin to act like the earth was the Lord's? (Psalm 24) ? One thing is for sure: WE WOULD MARCH with thousands of others to demand immediate action.
"...to listen for God’s guidance, to share our visions of church, and to get to know our kin." — Rev. Shelly Stackhouse
"You gotta be there. I mean, you really gotta be there." —Rev. Nancy Taylor
A Reflection on Mentored Relationships This reflection offers insights about our new Mentored Relationships model for leadership development. Karen Ziel, Minister of Faith Formation and Leadership discussed our pilot program with the two Christian Education professionals engaged working together. The mentor, Ms. Karlene Archambeault, has been the Co-Director of Christian Education at the First Congregational Church of Southington, CT. since 1990. The mentee, Ms. Jessica Lyman, is the Director of...
"In the forming of a new conference in New England there is a chance to actually live the theology we stand for." — Kaeley McEvoy