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 dale@bccucc.org or brendan@bccucc.org. Although you not agree with everything they share, we hope you will find these messages thought provoking and faith enriching.

 

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 […]

Calling all Church School Volunteers! (yes, this means you!)

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

I still remember my church school teacher from when I was 4 years old.  Church school would always begin with Mrs. Flowers teaching us a new song in what we called “The Orange Room.”  She would have us singing hits like “Love is something if you give it away,” “All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Choir,” and “The More we Get Together the Happier We’ll Be!” The warmth she showed to […]

A New Vision for Worship

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

This summer I began researching lectionaries. A lectionary isRCL resource that recommends scripture readings for worship on any given day or week. Christian lectionaries typically prescribe readings based on the Christian liturgical calendar (ie Christmas readings on Christmas, Easter on Easter, etc.). The most common lectionary used in protestant churches is the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), which gained popularity through the late 20th century. The RCL runs on a three-year cycle, meaning that every three years we read […]

The Problem with Anti-White Discrimination

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          Aug 4, 2017

“Let justice roll down like waters,
          and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
                          – Amos 5:24

I’ve been hearing a lot about discrimination against “whites” lately. I heard about it on the Presidential campaign trailracism shirt, read about it in the news, and have even heard about it from my own family. Due to an over-sensitivity to political correctness, whites, […]