"I find myself looking forward to working with people from our future tri-conference as we get to know each other and begin reaching out with resources shared, offers of help, and collaboration around justice issues that matter to us all." —Karen Methot
A message from Kelly Gallagher, ACM for Justice and Witness, Massachusetts Conference Greetings Ever Flowing Streams readers! It is with great joy that I announce to you that the Massachusetts Ever Flowing Streams newsletter will now be shared with our Together As One colleagues, becoming a justice and witness newsletter for the new tri-conference. From this issue onward, we will seek to let everyone know about the amazing justice work happening in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as...
"God always sees us as sequined, so let’s get out there, sparkle, and get things done! " —Emily McKenna
Youth @ Synod is for young leaders who wish to increase their leadership skills within the workings of the UCC. Registration is open!
"What do we do in this in-between time where the answers are not readily apparent, let alone within reach?" —Debbie Gline Allen
Rev. Mary Nelson reflects on a day spent in support of a long-time Silver Lake friend as she waits at a hospital.
Each congregation has a unique culture, and the process used to transition children into corporate worship will need to be an individualized one.
Happy 2019! May it be a year of dignity, vigorous compassion, and robust declarations of God’s inclusionary vision. You may have your own desires for this new year. So far, no one has wished me a “prosperous New Year.” To be honest, I’m glad for it. Two years ago, my stack of Christmas cards included two that wished me prosperity for the new year, in hand-written notes scrawled by the senders under warm tidings for Christmas happiness, peace, and joy. It was no wonder the word “prosperous” made ...
"As we look to acknowledge that the borders we have created may not be serving God’s call for us as church, it opens our hearts to consider other borders and boundaries that may be standing in the way of God’s light breaking forth." — Rev. Kelly Gallagher
January 2019—Volume 27, Number 1 Copyright @ 2019 by Herb Miller Most pastors, laypersons, and denominational leaders develop a personal theory that says one particular factor is the key to congregational vitality. Each of those theories is correct and incorrect. Each “favorite factor” is important, but church vitality is a result of a long list of factors. What Is the Church’s Macro Mission? Looking at church vitality from the macro direction produces a list of classic, ...