"It’s never easy to admit you don’t have the answers." —Tiffany Vail
The MACUCC Restorative Justice Task Team advocates for restorative practices in all areas of our community life, whether within the criminal legal system, in communities of faith, in schools or beyond. We take the approach that the essence of restorative practice is to build human connections between people and to seek to repair those connections when they have been damaged. Listening and seeing the humanity of one another is at the core of restorative practices. We want to be mindful that ...
Recent advances in media technology have brought sweeping changes to many aspects of everyday life, including church. In 2012, 35% of US congregations were using video projection equipment, a number that has surely increased since that time. Using technology to enhance the ministry and message of your congregation takes practice, but with some planning and intentional effort, you can reap great benefits.
"John the Baptist may be the right patron for 'Together as One.' " —Rev. Michael Ciba
Dear Friends, How are we doing with social and racial justice? …as communities? …as churches? The UCC Restorative Justice Task Team is grappling with this question; we’re thinking about how restorative justice can help. Restorative justice practices bring together people affected by conflict and harm to build community and address needs, in order to make healing possible. In the US, restorative justice has been associated with the criminal justice system— in churches, it can open up ...
"One of the fundamental lessons of that road is liminal space. It is learning how to become comfortable with having more questions than answers." —Rev. Don Remick
Here are 7 key ways that can ensure your congregation will receive the best from its faith formation staff person.
"Through all this advanced communication – this collaboration – stuff gets done." — Drew Page
Recently Rev. Marisa Brown Ludwig, pastor of First Church of Christ in Longmeadow, MA and long-time member of the Interfaith and Ecumenical Task Team of the MA Conference, had the pleasure of attending the installation of Fr. Derrick Fetz as Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, NY. Here is Marisa’s reflection of her work with Fr. Fetz. There is a rich history of ecumenical collaboration between First Church of Christ in Longmeadow and St. Andrews Episcopal Church, not only together as two ...