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.

 

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,