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 dale@bccucc.org or brendan@bccucc.org. Although you not agree with everything they share, we hope you will find these messages thought provoking and faith enriching.

 

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 […]