"So often, people fail to realize the interconnectedness of our struggle, because individual liberties are mistaken as the liberation of all people." — TJ Harper
by The Rev. Gail Wright Even before I became a member of the Interfaith and Ecumenical Task Force Team, I noticed that some of the most difficult times for Christian witness are when we see our interfaith and ecumenical neighbors attacked or hurt. Sometimes the incidents occur right in our own town: church fires, LGBTQ hate crimes, or painted swastikas. Sometimes the incidents occur far away but still directly or indirectly painfully impact communities of faith in our backyard. In either case ...
Hearing from so many others who view climate change as a worrisome issue was helpful for me personally in recognizing that nobody must face it alone.
"Our most vital churches have a pulse on their neighborhood and are actively serving God’s people..." —Rev. Wendy Vander Hart
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
In the words of Rev. Traci Blackmon, the children at the border "are not well." And we are their keepers.
"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...