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.


How can we remain connected?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –         Aug 6, 2020

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Cor 12:27)

It struck me the week after I returned from vacation. Here I was returning to work, to my church family, and I wasn’t going to get to see any of you. What kind of homecoming is that?

That was the first time it really hit me that I miss you all. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve missed seeing you all, laughing, teaching, sharing, hugging, […]


by Rev. Dr. Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term)                   July 23, 2020

It’s the middle of July. The heat and humidity of summer are definitely upon us. So, in these “dog days” of summer, what does one blog about? How about laughter? We could probably all use a good laugh, and experts tell us that laughter is really good for us. Checking out the medical benefits of laughter this week, I came across some specifics from the medical experts at the Mayo Clinic. […]

Is the Bible still Relevant?

by Rev. Dr. Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term)                   July 9, 2020

“The Lord your God is indeed God in heaven above and on earth below.” Rahab (Joshua 2:11)

Every now and then, the question arises as to whether the Bible, particularly the Old Testament or the Hebrew Bible, has anything to say to us today. Even among those who look to Jesus for guidance and love the stories of his healings and ministry, may question the relevance of studying the stories of the Ancestors. After […]

Worshiping Together…

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –         June 25, 2020

The latest gathering of the BCCUCC Moving Forward Team wrapped up at 2:11 on Thursday afternoon (June 25, 2020). This was the fifth consecutive week we have met (beginning May 26) to discuss how and when we could begin resuming in-person ministries and worship at BCCUCC. This was another productive meeting. What was most helpful about this session is that we had recently received the results from our church-wide survey. The data was fascinating and provides us with an invaluable tool as […]

Open My Eyes

by Rev. Dr. Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term)                   June 10, 2020

“Open my eyes, so that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” Psalm 119:18

Over the past few weeks, voices advocating for racial justice have grown and expanded to include individuals from all walks of life and from every racial and ethnic group. We have stood shoulder to shoulder, white and black and brown skinned individuals, bearing witness to the inequality and the pain in our society, and calling for change. And […]