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"Sure, I can connect with *more* people online than I can in person, but these connections aren’t very high quality." — Rev. Mary Nelson
Text of the Conference Minister's Address at the May 18, 2019 Special Meeting of the Connecticut Conference, UCC.
Text of Rev. Kari Nicewander's sermon at the May 18, 2019 Special Meeting of the Connecticut Conference, UCC.
"I don’t know about you, but the simpler way isn’t always obvious to me." — Martha Goodman
As a follow-up to my initial blog post at the start of my internship with CTUCC, here are some of my reflections on the past semester: It seems hard to believe that a whole semester has already passed. On one hand, it feels as though I am still just beginning, but on the other, I know I have gained a huge amount of valuable experiences and knowledge during my relatively short time here at CTUCC. Looking back on this time, I understand why I often felt so busy. I attended many ...
This is the testimony given at the 9th Annual Youth Revival May 5 at the Bloomfield Congregational Church A little over a year ago, I was sitting by my locker with all the amazing friends I’ve come to know over the past few years and it was Valentines Day. We were handing out cards, laughing, and realizing how blessed we were to have each other. It was - a day of love. But then not soon after, we were handing around our phone news alerts, crying, and realizing that it could happen to us - a ...
"Churches need to be more innovative. Clearly, the old way of doing things is not working, as demographic studies will show." — Susan Page Townsley
This is one of a series of reflections on the joint gathering of the board members of Together, As One Board with the members of the boards of the historic Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences. Find them all here. Two weeks ago today, my husband got hit by a car. He was commuting to work on his scooter, going straight down the road he travels every day, when a driver turned left, and struck him. And in that moment, things changed in our household. The good news is that Joel...
This is one of a series of reflections on the joint gathering of the board members of Together, As One Board with the members of the boards of the historic Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences. Find them all here. "I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:19. On May 4, 2019, three Conferences or four Boards gathered to worship and build, to break bread and share, to...