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.


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 […]

Who? What? Where?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          May 1, 2017who what where

     Who are we?
          What do we believe?
               Where are we going?

These are things that any organization (or individual for that matter) that wants to be successful should be able to answer. Think about these questions for a moment:

Who are we as an organization? What defines us? How do we see ourselves? How do others see us? Are we really who we think we are? […]

You’re in the Supernova!

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister          –          April 13, 2017

Happy Easter everyone!  We made it through lent!  We have arrived!  The time of the year when, thanks to the Grace of the divine, we are blessed to stop for a moment, notice the crocuses, and remember that resurrection happens and is actually always happening!  Maybe we have a hard time understanding or even believing resurrection because understanding it is like trying to see our own eyes!  Christ’s resurrection is a force in motion, a process we can’t pin down, and a reality in which we live […]

Pushback on Politics

Great Spiritual Migrationby Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          April 1, 2017

I had a wonderful time a few weekends ago at Super Saturday, a major church leadership workshop hosted by the Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut Conferences of the United Church of Christ. We had over 750 people registered with the opportunity to attend nearly 60 different workshops throughout the day. I had the pleasure of attending an informal discussion with Brian McLaren in the morning, who was the key note speaker and is a renowned […]