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. If you don’t know Woodstock, CT, which is tucked into the upper right hand pocket of Connecticut where Rhode Island and Massachusetts meet, then it is helpful to know that it appears sort of magically out of a series of winding, tree-lined roads. One minute, you’...
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"Once a pair identifies the common bond on their cards, they share with each other to discover a common bond between themselves." — Jennifer Kronholm Clark
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"In the midst of an occupation by a repressive foreign power, where religious authorities were collaborators, where the economic system was unjust and income inequality extreme, where women and many others were harshly discriminated against, in the midst of all this, Jesus preached that the kingdom of God is at hand." — Charlie Kuchenbrod
Since coming to the Rhode Island Conference in July, I have traveled around the state, visiting with RICUCC churches, meeting folks and sometimes preaching the Word. Honestly, this is my favorite part of this call as Rhode Island’s Transitional Conference Minister. And of course, I spend a good deal of time talking about our new Together, As One Conference because this is also work that I am passionate about. That we are in the midst of birthing a new conference is both exciting and daunting ...
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In the midst of this season of Lent there is a calling to pause, listen and watch for the movement of the Spirit and breathe deeply the presence of God. In those moments my reflections wander to the movement of God’s Spirit in the last weeks and months. When I visited each Association Fall Meeting I talked about the current moment in the evolution and journey towards coming together into a new Conference: Together As One (TA1). I spoke of the need in this early phase to build relationships...