by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          October 15, 2019

I have exciting news! I recently received a “Make a Difference Grant” from the Genesis Fund of the United Church of Christ to support a program I developed to be offered this year for our church as well as the broader community. For your information, “The Genesis Fund, established in 1996 from funds raised through the Make a Difference Campaign, provides seed money for faith-based projects that are innovative or experimental, and/or represent a new initiative in Christian mission.” I am grateful to have received such generous support for what I hope others will find a meaningful endeavor.

You are being offered “Living Water!” This is the name of the program for which I received the grant. The grant will fund the facilitation of the program as well as all the resources and materials we will need. This is a great example of how being part of the United Church of Christ expands the possibilities of our efforts and supports us in our local ministry. We are offering, “Living Water,” this year to bring communities together in dialogue about environmental justice and the sacred as well as provide an opportunity to take creative action together. The program will involve a series of workshops, one to be offered at our church for our UCC faith community, and another in a secular community context. The two communities that participate will be joined in a unifying event centering on U.N. World Water Day in March 2020! This program will be a great opportunity to build bridges and creatively connect communities together in learning about and responding to issues that affect us all! This year, the Church Council adopted, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” as our church’s annual visionary theme. Participating in what will be the connective and transformative process of, “Living Water,” will be a great opportunity for us to put our faith into action and, “Be the Change.”

The first “Living Water Workshop,” will be offered for our local faith community as well as our broader UCC network. It will take place at our Church on Sunday, November 17th from 1-6pm. Refreshments will be provided. All who are 16 years old and older are welcome to participate. Come enjoy a day of retreat, storytelling, learning, sacred activism, and creative renewal. Come to the “living water.” The water’s warm!


You can register for this event by visiting:

Registration deadline is Thursday, November 14th. Registration is free!

Questions? Contact Brendan at