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.


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, […]

Brendan’s Voyage

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          July 15, 2017

Did you know that there was a 5th century Irish monk and saint named Brendan who sailed Brendan's voyageacross the Atlantic Ocean in a boat made out of seaweed on a wild quest to find heaven on earth? I grew up hearing this popular story that most Irish folks know as, “Brendan’s voyage.” This blog post is titled, “Brendan’s Voyage” but I actually want to tell you about MY voyage, not the saint’s. […]

A Quick View From General Synod

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          July 3, 2017

Baltimore has been great! No, General Synod 2017 isn’t overGeneral-Synod. That won’t happen until late tomorrow, but I wanted to take a few moments and share some of my experiences with you. There is a lot going on here and I am only going to cover a very small portion of what is happening. So please feel free to check out the UCC’s official General Synod website to keep up (or catch up) with all the […]

Where in the World is Dale Azevedo?

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

Actually, depending on when you are reading this, I’m likely right here in Barrington, RI. However, if you come around the church in late June or early July, you might notice I am gone. I have a whirlwind four weeks coming up that will keep me away from BCCUCC, but in the end, bring me right back here to stay. Here’s what’s going on:

June 18th will be my last Sungraduationday in the pulpit until mid-July. Brendan will be taking […]

Flowers on the Water

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          May 25, 2017

As we come to the end of our Easter season we move into Pentecost!  resistance flower.phpPentecost marks the birth of the church.  At Pentecost we as people of faith are named, “Ekklesia,” or, “the ones called out.”  Pentecost marks the calling out of the original disciples into the world, on fire with the Holy Spirit, to proclaim the good news.  They are called out into a world of hunger to proclaim news of […]