From the River’s Edge – The Pastors’ Blog

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Welcome to “From the River’s Edge,” the official blog for the ministers on staff here at BCCUCC. Reverends Dale and Brendan will periodically share their thoughts on our church, faith, community, and larger world issues. At this point, we don’t have a “Comments” section up and running, but we may start that up at some point. In the meantime, they are both willing to talk and share in person with you about any of the points they raise. Feel free to email either of them at or Although you not agree with everything they share, we hope you will find these messages thought provoking and faith enriching.


Why so gloomy?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          Dec. 1, 2017

A handful of people left last year’s Christmas Eve candlelight service a bit unsettled and confused. “Why,” one of them later asked me, “did you include the reading of the fall of Adam and Eve on Christmas? All the other readings were so upbeat and happy. That one just doesn’t fit.” I must admit, I was as confused by the question as the inquisitor was by the inclusion of that passage. Didn’t all services of lessons and carols begin with […]

Be Not Afraid

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          Nov 20, 2017

Dear good-hearted people,

It happened again. This time it happened in a church.  No sooner did we finish praying for Las Vegas than we heard of yet another atrocity in Texas.  It’s hard to process isn’t it?  I, like I imagine many of you are, am also experiencing a complicated mix of feelings.  In the wake of the recent church shooting several of us gathered with candles for prayer, song, and discussion.  The concerns […]

Rules for Children in the Worship Service

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          Nov. 1, 2017

We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog for an important word from another source. Sometimes someone else can say something far more eloquently than you can. Therefore I present to you new rules for children attending church at BCCUCC:

Rules for children in the worship service:

One. If you find that you’re sitting in front of […]

Be Still and Know

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          Oct 17, 2017

“Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
-Luke 17:21

So what’s all this talk about, “mindfulness?” I feel like we hear it everywhere. It would seem that meditation has become part of the mainstream. Programs in mindfulness based stress reduction are being applied in a variety of public spaces like hospitals, libraries, rehabilitation facilities, and schools. Corporations encourage their employees to […]

I don’t want to write this…

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          Sept. 29, 2017

Let’s get one thing clear right off the bat…I don’t want to write this blog post. I have fought writing this blog all week and tried to write on three other topics, but none of them felt right. I would much rather be writing on personal spiritual growth or loving our neighbor than this issue, but I cannot. Apparently, God will not let me. Since the President continues to force black athlete’s protests to the forefront of public […]