Author: First Congregational UCC

21
Oct

When Will It Be Over?

In July I was able to travel back to Charlottesville, Virginia, where I had lived for six years before moving to Arizona, and witness the Confederate statues finally come down. It was a long time coming, five years since then-15-year-old Zyhanna Bryant called for their removal, four years after the 2017 summer of hate in

15
Oct

UCC minister: It’s go time. Citizenship now!

A young woman calls on Congress to keep families together and pass a pathway to citizenship for immigrants brought to the United States as children. How do you define home, your casa? We talk about casa and familia, family, on a regular basis but what does it really mean for you and in your ministries? Stuart

15
Oct

History inspires UCC-related seminary’s new name

Hartford Seminary has a new name, partly inspired by an old one. To be sure, the new name — Hartford International University for Religion and Peace — is forward-looking. It will “better reflect the expanded, international scope of our rigorous academic programs, research and partnerships,” said university President Joel N. Lohr in an Oct. 13

14
Oct

Into the Mystic: The Healing Power of Music

Listen to the podcast Read the transcript How you ever been moved to tears by a piece of music? Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, that hypnotic quietude dripping slowly into the ear and melting the heart.  Deep meaning, righteous rage, defiance in the face of suffering all manifest as Holly Near sings “We Are a Gentle, Angry