"We can talk until the cows come home about structure, process and strategy and get stuck in the weeds missing the fundamental nature of what is truly important in supporting something new." —Rev. Ellie Richardson
This is the third in a series of four blog posts looking at the Vision, Mission and Purpose statement drafted for a new, unified Conference. Delegates from the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences will vote on formally creating this new conference at the joint Annual Meeting June 15-16 in Springfield, MA. We UCCers love to listen to the still, small voice of God whispering to us through the chaos of this world; to determine what it is that God would have us do to bring about...
The word that gets me in the proposed vision statement for the new, unified Conference is “unconditionally.” — Max Grant
That questions about structure and other administrative matters will be answered as we go may feel messy, even chaotic, to some of us. Our faith, however, calls us to trust that God has a coherent vision, even if we are unable to discern the details of that cohesion from our current vantage point.
"We do not have to agree on everything, except one: that we are one." —John Hargrave
"I find the merger idea exciting because we don't have to do this, but we are choosing to make a bold change." — Keith Marzilli Ericson
We talk about covenant a lot in the United Church of Christ ... However, many among us spend a lot more time living as if we are not connected to one another
" If we are able to faithfully remember that with God all things are possible, than we will find strength for the journey. And, the journey is really what it’s all about." — Rev. Kurt Walker
"You gotta be there. I mean, you really gotta be there." —Rev. Nancy Taylor
"In the forming of a new conference in New England there is a chance to actually live the theology we stand for." — Kaeley McEvoy