Justice and Witness

Women's March 2018: Standing On The Edge Of History

Kristen Provost Switzer


"The 2018 Women’s March helped me to remember that like the Triune God and our own worshipping communities, we are so much stronger together than we could ever be on our own. " - Rev. Kristen Provost Switzer

The David and Goliath Battle for Bridgeport and CT’s doorsteps

Anne Hughes


A reflection on the recent anti-casino gathering in Bridgeport, and a look at what comes next.

Time for Churches to Mark Transgender Remembrance Sunday

Thomas Gregory Gray


It is hard to believe how time has flown by since we all met together in June for Annual Meeting in Hartford. At Annual Meeting we accomplish many things for the work of the church, but from my perspective the most important accomplishment was when we passed “A Resolution of Implementation Recommending Churches of the Connecticut Conference Mark Transgender Remembrance Sunday.” Just as a friendly reminder November 20th each year is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), and our resolution asks ...

After Sutherland Springs: A Reflection

Maxwell Grant


Yesterday’s tragic church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas has already hit the “refresh” button on any number of rallying cries on all sides of the gun violence debates, especially on social media.

An Open Letter to Roger Goodell

Kent Siladi


Mr. Goodell, why not meet with the players who are choosing to kneel and ask them, “What might we do TOGETHER to use our public voice to address racism in our culture?”

Combating Fear with Education

Khamis Abu-Hasaballah


"By learning about the faith of others at this conference, we are affirming our own faith in ways that no words or religious service can capture." — Khamis Abu-Hasaballah, Ph.D

Muslims and Christian Together - Inviting Conversations

Jane Smith


"It’s not us inviting them, or them inviting us but Muslims and Christians together inviting people from all over Connecticut to listen to and participate in our conversations." - Jane Smith

The Power to Protest - and Speak Out

TJ Harper


When Frederick Douglass was asked to speak about the “celebration of America’s independence” he delivered: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Opposing Hate with Spirit

Paul Kix


On the morning of November 9th, 2016, my wife and I woke up and, over coffee, decided to live our lives in opposition to the hate we saw around us. Neither of us had voted for Donald Trump, but neither of us believed he was the disease that had infected so much of American discourse and life. He was more a symptom of it. We knew, because we worked in the media, that its fractured landscape meant an increased focus on a political identity for a great many websites and news networks. We suspected,...

March for Justice in Boston: Answering the Call

TJ Harper


To see 40,000 people gathered in Boston to counter-protest 30 or 40 Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists was remarkable. Even if some of our political leaders refused to call the heinous acts of Charlottesville domestic terrorism and truly condemn them, 40,000 people in Boston were ready to demonstrate their beliefs.

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