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Never Alone.

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

“Holy Spirit is Life-giving life.  Invisible life that sustains ALL, I awaken to life in everything.  In every waft of air, the air is life, greening and blossoming.  The waters flow with life.  The sun is lit with life.  The moon, when waning, is again rekindled by the sun, waxing with life once more.  The stars shine, radiating with life-light.  All creation is gifted with the ecstasy of God’s light.”  -St. […]

What does God want from you?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          August 1, 2019

There is something about being on vacation that makes me ponder the future. I ask myself things like “What will next year be like?” or “What do I want to be doing in five years? Or 10 years?” It was while I was pondering these things that an even more powerful question came to me:

What does God want from me?

I know this sounds like a basic question and one that we, as people of faith, ought ask ourselves regularly. But for […]

What Happened at Synod?

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Associate Minister    –     July 18, 2019   

What Happened at Synod?

and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  Micah 6:8

I wanted to take this month’s letter as an opportunity to give a quick update of General Synod 2019.  For those who did not know, I was able to go to the national governing meeting of the UCC at the end of June. (For those who don’t know, the United Church of Christ, […]

Are We a Social Club, a Mission, or a Monastery?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          July 1, 2019

What Is Our Purpose?

What is the purpose of a church in our modern American context? This might sound like an overly simple questions, but it is actually quite challenging. Throughout the ages, the concept of church has adopted any number of meaningful roles in society. Churches have been patrons of the arts, places of sanctuary amid violence and oppression, islands of education and learning, anointers of kings and governments, proclaimers of truth and salvation, and providers of food, shelter, and medicine for […]

2019 General Synod of the United Church of Christ

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister  

Dear BCCUCC,

You might be wondering where I am from June 20th to June 26th.  I will be attending the 32nd General Synod of the United Church of Christ as part of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative.  “What’s General Synod?” some of you might ask… well let me tell you.

General Synod is a meeting of delegates, visitors, and guests from throughout our church, our whole denomination, and it happens […]

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!

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

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. – John 10:10

We can think of “ministry” as being all acts of service. I have heard ministry defined by a member of this church as, “providing what is needed.” We have been sent out as Jesus’s church to do just that… provide what is needed. We are sent out to bring healing for […]

So what is this “Coaching” thing Dale is doing?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          May 1, 2019

“Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

As many of you know, I was away for a week last month, selected to participate in a special clergy training focused on Clergy Coaching. I thought it would be helpful to share a little bit about the experience, what coaching is, and how it will be of benefit to us.

First off, it was an amazing experience that taught me a lot and has given me […]

All things in common…

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

“Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them.” -Acts 4:32-34

Resurrection marks the destination of […]

A Lent – Easter Refresher

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          April 1, 2019

Dear friends,

As we continue our journey through Lent toward our celebration of Easter, I thought it might be helpful to have a “refresher course” on the seasons ahead. Please read and enjoy.

  • Lent – A period of preparation for Easter traditionally lasting 40 weekdays involving fasting, repentance, and prayer. Sundays are excluded because every Sunday is a celebration of Easter (Jesus’ Resurrection). […]

Come to the Water

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

This letter was written for the RI Conference and Brendan is also sharing it here to let us know of a current initiative of the RI conference’s Justice & Witness ministry.

“Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;” -Isaiah 55:1

Beloved Community,

As people of faith we meet our God in all the ways we put love […]

How are you growing this Lent?


by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          March 1, 2019

The season of Lent is almost upon us! For those who may not know, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and runs for the 40 days leading up to Easter (Sundays are not counted as a part of the 40 days as Sundays are considered “little” Easters). Historically, Lent is a time of penitence and preparation. In the earliest days of the church, new converts would take the 40 days […]

Back to Basics

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

Back to basics: How we care for each other and care for the Earth.

“What if Christ is the name of the transcendent within and of every ‘thing’ in the universe? What if Christ is the name for the immense spaciousness of all true Love?” – Richard Rohr OFM

The prophet Isaiah invites the people to come out and find God in the wilderness and in the work for justice..   “Come all you who are […]

Bullying Works…

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          February 1, 2019

I know, it’s a stupid title. Everyone who has ever bullied or been bullied knows that it works. That’s why it remains such a problem in our society. But as obvious as this title is, I have been starkly reminded of its reality this week. As some of you may know, I spent Tuesday evening at the Rhode Island State House this week. I had been asked by the RI Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (RICRF) to testify before the House Judiciary Committee […]

Believe You Are Beloved.

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

I began the year in Arizona with my NGLI cohort. For those who don’t know, I was admitted to the “Next Generation Leadership Initiative.” NGLI is a program of the UCC pension boards. It is described as,

“A program that has emerged to equip, energize, and empower younger UCC local church pastors to build vibrant congregations that change lives and further God’s mission in the world. It seeks to honor and challenge […]

Finding the Light Together

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

“What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” –John 1:2-5

We can’t find it by ourselves.  That’s the beautiful reminder of this season.  Finding, “the light of all people,” for which we wait to be revealed involves everyone coming together.  The nativity scene we wait to see illuminated by starlight reveals […]