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.


Spiritual Gifts

by Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term)          –          March 5, 2020

“Then God said, ‘I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt;…So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.’ But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ God said, ‘I will be with you….’” (Ex. 3:7, 10-12a; NRSV)

Most of us recognize our talents, especially if those […]

Make Your Lenten Season More Meaningful

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          February 20, 2020

Dear Friends

As I have walked these last few weeks of February, I’m finding my eyes looking forward to March and my thoughts beginning to look past the cold of winter toward the promise of sunshine and the coming spring: growing warmth, budding flowers, new life springing all around us. It is no mistake the celebration of Easter comes at the very height of this spectacular season. Easter is, after all, the celebration of new life. Yet, before we can run out […]

Introductions and Upcoming Confirmation Opportunities

by Linda Hartley, Assoc. Minister (Designated Term)          –          February 6, 2020

I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of you after worship this past week, however briefly that may have been. I’m looking forward to getting to know more of you and having longer conversations as the weeks progress. As some of you already know, I am a member of the Rhode Island Association of the United Church of Christ and was approved for ordination pending call by our Association in June of […]

When will we learn more about our pastoral changes?

by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          January 9, 2020

When will we learn more about our pastoral changes?

I’m glad you asked! If you read below you will learn all you can right now.

As all of you hopefully know, Brendan has accepted a call to Forest Grove United Church of Christ in Forest Grove, OR. His last day in worship with us will be January 26th. He will then be taking some well needed weeks of vacation in order to get married, pack up the house, move across the country, […]

Waiting for the revolution

by Rev. Brendan Curran, Associate Minister          –          December 16, 2019

Can you feel it?  I can.  The whole Earth seems to be rumbling, preparing to cast off all that which degrades, destroys, and oppresses life.  The human heart rumbles and convulses with her against all that is insulting the heart’s longing for grace.  We know we need change.  We know it’s time for change.  We know it’s time for revolution and for the birth of something new and greater. The waiting and the preparation feel uncomfortable at […]