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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 […]

O, Worship the Migrant!

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

“Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt.” (Matthew 2:13-14)

Jesus was a migrant. Like many of the thousands presently standing at our southern border, Jesus, […]

We’re In The Armor

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

(This piece is taken from the report given by Brendan to the 212th Autumnal Meeting of the Rhode Island Conference.)

Friends, to honor our Justice and Witness ministries we engage in as a conference and also to encourage us to speak and work for justice with even greater boldness, I’d like to lift up and share one of St. Paul’s letters to the Ephesians.  In a time of oppression, injustice, and imperial violence St. Paul said to […]

This Will Not Stand

by Cindy Elder, Lay Member          –          November 1, 2018

(Cindy shared this editorial with me on Sunday, October 28, 2018. This was the day after 11 people had been killed in a Pittsburgh Synagogue, and at the end of a particularly challenging hate-filled week in our nation’s history. I was deeply moved by her writing and felt that there was no way I could say it better. She has given me permission to share this with you all. Rev. Dale Azevedo)

Hate is an insidious thing. It masquerades as pride,

God is Gender-Full

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

Every Thursday afternoon, I host community coffee hours at the Coffee Depot in Warren from 3-5pm. Our time together is always exciting as the conversations range from personal updates to faith, spirituality, and even global commentary from lively sojourners! A couple weeks ago, the conversation we were having about toxic expressions of masculinity spilled into a conversation about the importance of using gender inclusive language for God. One of our congregation […]

69 Stones & 28 Hymns

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

28 Hymns

We started our program year off with two pretty cool worship services. Our first service, on Sept. 2, was technically still during our summer schedule, but it was cool nonetheless. We called it “Moved By the Spirit” and allowed the Holy Spirit to guide our worship time that morning. At the start of the service everyone present was given the opportunity to fill out a slip of paper with a hymn and a sermon suggestion. We then randomly selected these slips out of a “hat” at the appropriate time […]

Thoughts and Prayers

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

“But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  -Isaiah 40:31

“Thoughts and Prayers”…

We hear that expression a lot.  As the church, we’re technically in the business of thoughts and prayers.  We offer thoughts and prayers to the world when it’s in pain but what does that mean? How […]

You ARE the church!

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

“The church is not a building,
                                     it is the people!”

Although most of us know this statement and will readily recite it at appropriate times, we still tend to look at “the church” as a thing. We often miss the point that the church is “us”. We are the church. You are the church. Nowhere is this supposed to be more true than […]

Take Your Faith on Vacation!

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

I had a friend once (No, honest, I really did!) who, whenever she went on a trip, would always try to find an opportunity to serve other people. It didn’t matter if she was traveling for business or vacation. If she was out of town, she always looked for an opportunity to make a difference in the community she was visiting.

She said to me, “Everyone who travels always looks to see what they can take from the place they are visiting. […]

A Big THANK YOU!

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          June 18, 2018

Dear Church,

I want to thank you all for how much you supported the mission/service trip this year.  In just one week a group of 11 of us from the church will be off to the Navajo Nation where we will be assisting in land restoration efforts with the Black Mesa Water Coalition.  We will join in cooperative efforts to plant vegetables, fruit trees; dig irrigation […]

Feeling Busy!?!

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

One afternoon, years ago, a church member walked into my office.

“How are you doing, Dale?”

“Busy,” was my tired response.

“That’s a good thing!” he answered with a big ol’ grin on his face. “Life is good when you’re busy!”

As much as I tried, I just couldn’t understand that grin. Bob (not his real name) liked being busy. In fact, he thrived on it. For him, the biggest curse he could face was to have […]

How do you “like” that?

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Assoc. Minister         –          May 17, 2018

“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”-Luke 12:7

Public Service Announcement: 

You are worth infinitely more than the amount of “likes” your picture/post receives on Instagram, or Facebook, or some other social media platform on a glorified calculator.  It might sound like common sense but I think we forget this sometimes.  A wise quote from children’s book author Roald Dahl that […]