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.


Are you calm yet?

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          February 15, 2018

The Barrington Congregational Church (UCC) wants you to know about our new community meditation room!  Thanks to the donations and support of both congregation members and friends in the community, BCCUCC now has a room in our education building dedicated to being a calm, quiet space for meditation and reflection.  The room offers a calming aesthetic, comfortable meditation cushions and mats, bells, relaxation sound tracks, and a tea shelf.  We offer the space […]

An Invitation for Lent…

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          Feb 1, 2018

“Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
     Christians have always observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection. It became the custom of the church to prepare for Easter by a season of penitence, fasting and prayer. This season of forty days provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for baptism in to the body of Christ. It is also a time when those who had […]

We Are All in the Same Boat

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          January 19, 2018

Jesus did not sit on a throne.  He did not occupy public office.  He spent very little of his time ministering in the temple. Jesus joined the people.  I imagine Jesus was barely noticeable by those in power for most of his ministry of reaching out to people and inviting them to embrace the possibilities of his vision of the reign of God.  The living Christ today makes their thrown the human heart […]

Celebrating Beloved Community

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          Jan 3, 2018

The concept of Beloved Community first came to the American consciousness in the latter part of the 19th century. However, it was Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who popularized the concept during his dramatic work for racial justice in the 1950’s and 60’s.

The King Center writes:

For Dr. King, The Beloved Community was not a lofty utopian goal to be confused with the rapturous image of the Peaceable Kingdom, in which lions and lambs coexist […]

Walking the Welcome Talk

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

In the sermon I preached recently I talked a little bit about how showing up for others and offering our whole presence is no small gift.  Showing genuine interest and concern for strangers has real power.  In my sermon, I referenced a Sept. 2017 article from the Atlantic, “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” that talks about how social media has changed our lives.  The research shows that from 2007 on, since the invention […]