by ivy tillman “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captive and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free.” (Luke 4:18) i am often ashamed that i do not know more about the racial history of this country. i think i know enough, and i have, until lately, been very fond of saying, “i am no expert.” i have understood, on an intellectual level, the statistics that reveal black and ...
This past weekend, I traveled from New York City to Framingham, Massachusetts to give my second-ever presentation at Super Saturday. Its purpose: answering God’s call for the United Church of Christ to be an inclusive church where LGBTQ+ folks can belong and to dismantle homophobic interpretations of the Hebrew Bible and Second Testament. After walking into the building and registering at the presenter’s check-in table, I found the high school classroom where I would lead this workshop. I ...
Twenty-three youth from five Southern New England UCC churches and their leaders gathered for a Youth Program at the Super Saturday event on October 5th ready to put their faith into action.
Walking alongside someone in a time of need can be vastly reassuring. The ministry of “accompaniment,” often provided by churches in support for immigrants facing deportation, takes the metaphor of “walking alongside” to mean a commitment to be present and bear witness to the struggle for fair treatment. With a little imagination, the accompaniment model could be stretched to include a ministry of presence to anyone who struggles, whether due to immigration woes, poverty, or addiction. ...
I’ve never felt particularly called to focus my activism on climate change. I’ve tried to be mindful of my use of resources, but the movement itself, while obviously necessary, isn’t where I’ve put my energy. Truth be told, I hadn’t really been following the climate crisis movement at all when I signed up for the UCC Creation Justice Webinar about the climate strike, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect during that hour. As I listened to the panelists in the webinar explain how we as adults ...
Associate Conference Minister Ellie Richardson reflects on the difference between change and transformation and asks which is happening for the Southern New England conferences.
I started my ministry as the Racial Justice Team Leader with the soon-to-be Southern New England Conference just six weeks ago...
In the very midst of their destruction, the prophet Isaiah empowers the people of God. The people in exile feel abandoned by God because they have been severed from the land. Isaiah comforts them in their hopelessness, saying, Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings, lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem … Lift it up, do not fear. - Isaiah 40:9 We, as humans, are currently being severed from the land and the Earth by ecological devastation. Facing and ...
Youth groups, confirmation classes, and their adult leaders will lead all Super Saturday participants in a Church World Service mission project.
Rev. Cleo Graham commemorates the 400-year anniversary of African slaves first coming to America by sharing stories about her own ancestors.