Youth gathered at Silver Lake on October 11-13 for the annual Shine 4 Justice retreat. This retreat is a component of the 'Thinking About Working For God' program that nurtures young leaders. Dr. Donique McIntosh and Rev. Alison Buttrick Patton led the racial justice training programming. They encouraged youth to "Step up,Step up." reminding them to lean in to honest conversation and to listen with compassion. This reflection comes from Elise Kennedy, an 8th grader at First Congregational Church...
Twenty-three youth from five Southern New England UCC churches and their leaders gathered for a Youth Program at the Super Saturday event on October 5th ready to put their faith into action.
I remember my first National Youth Event in 2008. I was working as a youth leader at a local church and had gathered a group to go to University of Tennessee. After an overnight bus ride from CT, checking into dormitories, we walked across campus along Pat Summit Street and Chamique Holdsclaw Drive into the Vols arena. Over 3000 youth in colorful t-shirts were taking their seats...
"Vacation Bible School has always been one of Colchester Federated Church’s largest community outreach programs, and this year was no exception... The energy this year was truly OUT OF THIS WORLD! It was so wonderful to see the many interactions between the youth and the adults. At times, I think our adult volunteers were having more fun!"
Book review musings by John P. Webster Library Director, Jennifer deSimas. This month Jennifer reviews two books; Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms by Shonda Moralis, and The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe by Fr. Richard Rohr, 2019.
"The best and most effective partnerships are formed in the context of communities, organizations, and families within whom these values and this way of being are deeply formed."— Karen Ziel
"Faith is more caught than taught." —Debbie Gline Allen
Krista Judson asks, What is Church? and reflects on the evolving meaning over a lifetime. "He began the story with 'You call us into church. And when we don’t attend, when we do not answer Christ’s call, the fellowship is diminished'."
"In a church I served, one dad had this to say about 8th graders: “It’s as if your smiling, happy-go-lucky child is abducted one night by aliens..."
This joyful milestone reminds us that no matter where we are, God is faithful. It is a way to connect generations and build relationships.