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.


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 […]

Are you more committed to addressing problems, or holding onto your solutions?

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

We are solution people. Churches, by their nature, provide solutions. We have solutions for everything! “Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to…anoint you with oil.” (James 5:13-14, MSG) We have no shortage of solutions!

The trouble is, we have lost touch with our problems.

A solution is only as relevant as it is successful at addressing a particular problem. […]

While it was still dark.

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

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.” -John 20:1

In the week following Easter, I traveled to Washington D.C. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was murdered for trying to be a good Christian. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., […]

Leaves for the Healing of the Nations

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

Dear Church,

This year’s mission trip is going to be a wonderful service-learning experience in Navajo Country. As part of our preparation for the journey we have already had several educational meetings as a group. Jean-Luc Pierite is the story-teller for the Tunica-Biloxi Nation and the director of the North American Indian Center of Greater Boston. He recently visited our group to educate us about Native American culture, values, share traditional stories, and offer […]