From the River’s Edge – The Pastors’ Blog

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.


Church Chats with Pastor Dale

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister                     Oct. 15, 2020

I want to connect with you!

For some of you, it has been ages since I have seen you or spoken with you. Even the simple handshake or hug with an exchange of a few sentences after worship or as we walked out of a church meeting felt like enough to stay connected, knowing that if anything serious was going on you could easily whisper something to me and let me know you were […]

What’s In a Translation?

by Rev. Dr. Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term)                   Oct 1, 2020

A week ago, our Confirmands received their Bibles. It was a chilly Saturday along the banks of the Barrington River behind the education building here at the church. The sun was shining, and Fall was definitely in the air. It was part of our Confirmation Celebration (postponed from May) which will be officially celebrated this month during our virtual worship service on October 18th. As is the case with so many […]

Changing Priorities During the Pandemic

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister       

               Sept. 17, 2020

I don’t think any of us expected the pandemic to be going on as long as it has. Initially I thought we would have a few weeks out of church and then back in the pews. Then I thought, “Certainly by summer things will return to normal.” Then, “Well, the fall is the time.” Today I heard that the director of Operation Warp Speed, the White House’s plan to get vaccinations out to the general public as soon […]

Building Community with our Youth – We Need You!

by Rev. Dr. Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term)                   Sept 3, 2020

“And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.” (Acts 3: 7)

This passage from the book of Acts is part of the story of how Peter and John healed a lame man who was asking alms at a gate into the temple. As Peter and John pass by this man, Peter notes that he has no silver or gold, […]

Guest Blog – Follow up: How can we remain connected?

by Nancy Arena, Deacon, Guest Blogger          –         Aug 20, 2020

How do BCCUCC members and friends maintain a sense of community and connectedness during a worldwide pandemic? What creative ideas do you have to build connections and are you called to be the champion for your idea?

In his recent blog Dale initiated a discussion on the importance of community and connection at BCCUCC. He recognized that, in spite of the many efforts to remain connected virtually, many of us miss seeing each other in person and interacting in a basic […]