"There is no one way or best way to achieve racial justice; instead, it is our collective differences and our united goal that will one day allow us to be successful in achieving equity for all God's people." —TJ Harper
New and updated resources now available: "Seeking a Christian Educator or Youth Ministry Leader" and "Youth Ministry Handbook"
Three recent storms caused major disruptions all over Massachusetts. The extreme weather highlights the need for emergency preparedness plans and relationships with disaster service providers. Your Mass Conference Disaster Resource and Response Team offers you the opportunity to get to know these local agencies and hear about post-traumatic growth on April 12. "Help and Hope: Faith Based Connections for Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery" is a gathering of those who work and volunteer...
"Our congregations and our wider church need to look outward and shout to the world that Jesus Christ is Sovereign without being judgmental or formulating value judgments regarding the worth of others."—Rev. Kent Salad
The Parkland shootings have once again brought the issue of gun safety to the front of our national dialogue. This time, however, our young people are being listened to as they respond to the tragedy of gun deaths in this country. I am reminded of Jesus’ attention to the children in the Gospel, how he called them to him, used them as examples to his disciples as to how to be in this world, and warned all of us of the consequences of causing any one of them to stumble. As the young people of this...
This past weekend a winter storm ('Riley' by name) exploded into a hurricane force Nor'Easter. Wind recordings topped out at nearly 100 MPH in some areas. That wind drove tidal surges accompanied by flooding rains to heights rivaling the most historic of storms in recorded history. (Yes, we are in that new norm of storms that come with 'Greater Frequency and Greater Intensity'.) Many folks ended up without power for days. In fact, at the time of this writing, nearly 75,000 are still without ...
March 2018—Volume 26, Number 3 Copyright @ 2018 by Cynthia Woolever Imagine a company with more than 300,000 small retail outlets, which are locally owned and supported. Their presence is so evenly distributed geographically that every county in the U.S. has one or more outlets—in some cases, even dozens of outlets. Almost all own their facilities and attract millions of volunteers. If such an enterprise existed, it would be widely recognized as a success story of unmatched...
One in a series of blogs on spiritual practices. Meditation takes many forms with many names.
One in a series of blogs on spiritual practices. In the coming months I am hoping we can resource each other with spiritual practices which we have experienced and used that have deepened our ‘Doing Justice, Loving Kindness, and Humbly Walking with God.'
How are we doing with conflict? …as communities? …as faith communities? The MACUCC 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 a conflict to address needs, in order to make healing possible. In the US, restorative justice has been associated with the criminal justice system— in faith communities, it can open up opportunities for healing and growth and ...