"...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
"Achieving oneness is not as simple as it sounds..." — Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton
"Our low minimum wage is an issue of deep concern for people of faith, as well as for anyone who cares for basic human rights." —Rev. Kari Nicewander
Rev. Stephan Finlan's book on sacrifice asked readers to re-examine their relationship with God.
Although megachurches garner a great deal of attention, these supersized congregations comprise only a small fraction of all worshiping communities in the U.S. The current estimate is that only about 1,650 megachurches (worship attendance exceeds 2,000) dot the landscape out of a total 330,000 congregations across America. In fact, most churches are small: two out of three Protestant churches attract less than 100 worshipers in a typical week
Stephen Finlan's book Bullying in the Churches address some hard issues about the dynamics of power in Protestant churches.
This past Saturday over 700 people came together at Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham. We worshiped together, sang together, learned together, shared conversations over lunch, visited with vendors. We were challenged, provoked and inspired by Brian McLaren’s message and 52 other workshops. Those who attended this Super Saturday may not have realized something different was going on behind the scenes. To them I say: Connecticut and Massachusetts Conference staff working the ...