Dismantling Racism: Begin With These Resources

TJ Harper


Check out the revamped MACUCC Racial Justice Website: macucc.org/racejustice!  Most importantly, we have a Racial Justice Rubric that helps congregations discern what stage of racial justice engagement the church is in. Please use this resource to get the ball rolling. Then: Click on "Schedule a Meeting with TJ" to do so; this will be updated on a monthly basis.  Click on "White Privilege" for recommended tracks and resources about the UCC White Privilege Curriculum. Click the red button for ...

Letter from Alex

John Allen


Dear President Obama, Remember the boy who was picked up by the ambulance in Syria? Can you please go get him and bring him to [my home]? Park in the driveway or on the street and we will be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers, and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother. Catherine, my little sister, will be collecting butterflies and fireflies for him. In my school, I have a friend from Syria, Omar, and I will introduce him to Omar. We can all play together. We can ...

Hurricane Matthew touches us all

Don Remick


It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Category 5 hurricane.  And unless you’ve been there you really can’t imagine what 150+ mile an hour winds can do.  Haiti can tell you.  And Florida.  And the many islands and lives in between. And, though as of this writing it looks like Matthew won’t make landfall in New England, it doesn’t mean this storm won’t impact us. It already does, as we see the devastation of a day’s worth of rainfall that surpasses two feet. It does as we see flattened buildings, ...

Youth choosing worship over Disney? Yes!

Holly Norwick


The 2016 United Church of Christ National Youth Event (NYE) was a life-changing experience for our youth as well as our congregation!

Love and Partnership has Knit us All into One Family

John Castricum


Bedford and Plymouth churches partner together to supply fresh, clean water to thousands of people in Pomerini.

Keeping UP with the Pastor's Pay: Trends Behind Clergy Wages

The Parish Paper


October 2016—Volume 24, Number 10                  Copyright @ 2016 by Cynthia Woolever Forces large and small affect how best to answer the question: “What should we pay the pastor?” Failure to keep track of inflation and replacement costs associated with current staff could make a church’s clergy compensation package uncompetitive. Sadly, the pastor feels no choice but to seek to move.   What Makes up a Pastor’s Pay? Governing boards and personnel committee members must think about the pastor’...

Hurricane Hermine strikes

Don Remick


As we woke up this morning (Friday, September 2nd) Hurricane Hermine has come ashore it Florida and made its way across the state. It is hard to believe that this is the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in over a decade. Fortunately, to date, there are no reports of loss of life.

Filling Your Spiritual Lunchbox

Patricia Berry


It’s back to school time of year. It is a great time of year to pause and think about your child’s Spiritual Lunchbox much like you prepare for back to school. Let’s open it up and fill it with the Holy Spirit.

What Keeps Congregations from Implementing New Ideas?

The Parish Paper


September 2016—Volume 24, Number 9               Copyright @ 2016 by Cynthia Woolever All individuals and organizations struggle with change. Implementing new ideas always means accepting that change comes as part of the package. Congregations hear about dozens of new ideas and gain new knowledge from denominational leaders, books, and workshops. Yet that news too rarely becomes part of a practical, local-church strategy. Why? There is often a big gap between what we know and what we do.[1]   ...

UCC Disaster Response Depends on Wider Mission Giving

Don Remick


Friends, A half dozen years ago New England had two back-to-back storms each of which dumped a foot of rain into our area. We became familiar with the work of helping families recover from flooded basements, homes, streets and lives. It was a long road as we partnered with other denominations and non-profits to clean out mud, reverse the growth of mold and return homes to livable condition.  As we watch the news of the floods in Louisiana, even with our memory of the impact here, it is hard to...

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