Justice and Witness

Being In Conflict - In a Good Way

Brenda Nolan

10/17/2019

The MA Conference UCC Restorative Justice Task Team, in collaboration with Unity Circles, is bringing Lauren Abramson to Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, on Saturday, November 16.   In U.S. culture, with its rugged individualism, we can forget that we are profoundly interconnected and need each other to survive. Community is essential to our survival and restorative approaches to justice. Unity Circles is a grassroots, community-based organization in Boston that is ...


Getting Personal - A Devotional on Race

ivy tillman

10/16/2019

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 ...


Let's Take a Walk: The Ministry of Accompaniment

The Parish Paper

10/1/2019

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. ...


Get Up High!

Brendan Curran

9/18/2019

    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 ...


Facing the Rising Sun Part 3: Slave, Midwife, and Legacy

Cleo Graham

8/29/2019

Rev. Cleo Graham commemorates the 400-year anniversary of African slaves first coming to America by sharing stories about her own ancestors.


Facing the Rising Sun Part 2: Searching for Milo

Cleo Graham

8/12/2019

Rev. Cleo Graham commemorates the 400-year anniversary of African slaves first coming to America by sharing stories about her own ancestors.


Facing the Rising Sun Part 1

Cleo Graham

8/1/2019

Rev. Cleo Graham commemorates the 400-year anniversary of African slaves first coming to America by sharing stories about her own ancestors who were slaves in America. This is one of those stories.


LGBT Asylum Seeker at the Border Released to UCC Church

Judy Hanlon

7/30/2019

In the middle of May, I received an email from Paralegal Erin Anderson from Al Otro Lago, an agency that works at the border to free folks in detention and provide lawyers for that purpose. She said there was a 47-year-old man in detention there, from Honduras - and gay. He had walked for five months from Honduras to the Mexican border to seek asylum. Instead he was arrested and placed in a removal (deportation) process in an overcrowded detention center in San Diego. After suffering an assault ...


Value Our Families: Reuniting Families Act

Carla Dietz

7/16/2019

Rev. Carla Dietz shares her recent experience in Washington D.C. advocating for new immigration policy.


Celebration and Pride

Kathie Carpenter

7/11/2019

Celebrate, Agitate, Activate - ONA35 On June 15, supporters of Open and Affirming gathered from around the Mass Conference to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first-ever Open and Affirming resolution.


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