Anti Nuclear Arms Resolution approved for Synod this June in Milwaukee

Peter Kakos

5/22/2019

The Synod Selection Committee has accepted our resolution “Calling for the U.S. to pull ‘Back From the Brink’ and Prevent Nuclear War.” It all began in the fall of 2017, after I attended an address at our church, First, Northampton, by the co-founder of the Physicians For Social Responsibility, Dr. Ira Helfand, of Northampton. His analysis proved that even a limited conflict of 100, or so, modern warheads, could put into motion a radioactive cloud encircling our latitude so toxic that two to ...


Many Voices, One Mission: A Community of Colleagues – and Colleagues in Community

Mary Nelson

5/22/2019

"Sure, I can connect with *more* people online than I can in person, but these connections aren’t very high quality." — Rev. Mary Nelson


Many Voices One Mission: Being Open to a New Way

Martha Goodman

5/15/2019

"I don’t know about you, but the simpler way isn’t always obvious to me." — Martha Goodman


U.S. Religious Leaders Issue “Religious Declaration of Unprecedented Human Emergency”

Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

5/10/2019

...The fossil fuel industry has spent millions of dollars trying to make the climate emergency as “unforeseen” as possible, for as long as possible, to as many people as possible. But the clock has run out. The time of reckoning is at hand. Foreseen or unforeseen, the climate crisis is upon us and it calls for immediate action.


Creating a House of Refuge for Trans Asylum Seekers

Liza Neal

5/8/2019

“The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” (Lev 19:34) Scripture is very clear on our responsibility to the immigrant and the refugee. God’s command is straightforward: treat the alien as a citizen. “You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Deut 10:19) Not only to those without documentation or legal status, but to each ...


Many Voices One Mission: Innovate and Create

Susan Townsley

5/8/2019

"Churches need to be more innovative. Clearly, the old way of doing things is not working, as demographic studies will show." — Susan Page Townsley


For the Healing of Our World

Kari Nicewander

5/7/2019

This is one of a series of reflections on the joint gathering of the board members of Together, As One Board with the members of the boards of the historic Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences.  Find them all here. Two weeks ago today, my husband got hit by a car. He was commuting to work on his scooter, going straight down the road he travels every day, when a driver turned left, and struck him. And in that moment, things changed in our household. The good news is that Joel...


It’s a New Thing!

Cleo Graham

5/7/2019

This is one of a series of reflections on the joint gathering of the board members of Together, As One Board with the members of the boards of the historic Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences.  Find them all here. "I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:19.   On May 4, 2019, three Conferences or four Boards gathered to worship and build, to break bread and share, to...


A Bittersweet Day

Timoth Sylvia

5/6/2019

This is one of a series of reflections on the joint gathering of the board members of Together, As One Board with the members of the boards of the historic Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences.  Find them all here. To gather with the other members of our three Boards of Directors from the historic conferences alongside those now representing us as the Together As One Board proved to be both an educational opportunity as well as quite inspirational. Over the past few years as ...


A Both/ And Moment

Lauren Lorincz

5/6/2019

This is one of a series of reflections on the joint gathering of the board members of Together, As One Board with the members of the boards of the historic Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences.  Find them all here. What struck me about the day is that it felt like a both/and moment.  What I mean by that is that we are in this moment of celebrating what will be and grieving what has been.  We are waiting for God and running the race.  We are in the already and not yet.  So it’...


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