Conference staff

Many Voices One Mission: From the Inside

Charles Ericson

6/12/2019

"There is an easy, sometimes playful energy of collegiality among us that can escalate into laughter or occasionally bring forth a tear. "— Rev. Chuck Ericson


At Such a Time as This

Donald Remick

7/2/2018

Friends,  On July 1st I stepped into a new role as your Transitional Interim Conference Minister.  It was only one day after many of you had participated in rallies that echoed across the country calling out for compassion and justice for children. It was only a couple of weeks after many of you were part of an overwhelming vote to bring three conferences in southern New England into closer connection and collaboration. At such a time as this, we have a lot of work to do. Fortunately, we also ...


Faith Awakenings: Prayer in Motion

Donald Remick

3/28/2018

Not all prayer happens in sitting positions  There are traditions that focus on stillness in motion.  If you have ever paced to contemplate or resolve and problem you have touched on the edge of this.  But prayer in motion is more than just moving prayer. Martial arts are based on this concept. As is their origin in Tai Chi. Yoga builds on this. In Buddhism there is a concept known as kinhin or walking meditation.  Wikipedia describes it here.  You can also learn more here.   In the last few ...


Safe and Secure

Donald Remick

1/30/2018

Psychologists will tell us that one of the most basic drivers of human behavior is the need to find safety and stability.  And churches are perceived as sanctuaries because they have been infused with the belief that they are safe havens for the soul of the sinner and the saint.  And while churches are a place of spiritual refuge to encounter our God is who is our strength and our salvation, that very present help in times of trouble, human behavior has reminded us that tragedy knows no ...


A Living Hope

Wendy Vander Hart

1/19/2018

The meeting began with the passing around of a relic- a button from the Poor Peoples Campaign march in 1968.  Fingers grasped the round blue button with the picture of Martin Luther King Jr. in its center as it moved from hand to hand.  We were meeting about the Poor People’s Campaign to plan, plot and praise a moral imperative drawn from the past but still inspiring future action.   Wikipedia notes that a relic can be a term for something that has survived the passage of time, especially an ...


Can Flames Compete with Tweets?

Donald Remick

10/17/2017

Overwhelm: It seems to be a common word these days. News is full of stories that tap deeply into our compassion and concern.  But they are so full of emotion that it becomes hard to keep going.  One more tweet in the daily barrage from the White House sends news media spinning and our Facebook echo chamber buzzing.  As flames consume homes and lives, one more news report of the devastation of a disaster, and our senses are on overload…again.    That tendency to just turn it all off and deal with...


The Power to Protest - and Speak Out

TJ Harper

9/27/2017

When Frederick Douglass was asked to speak about the “celebration of America’s independence” he delivered: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”


March for Justice in Boston: Answering the Call

TJ Harper

8/23/2017

To see 40,000 people gathered in Boston to counter-protest 30 or 40 Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists was remarkable. Even if some of our political leaders refused to call the heinous acts of Charlottesville domestic terrorism and truly condemn them, 40,000 people in Boston were ready to demonstrate their beliefs.