We’re In The Armor

Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness… - Ephesians 6

By The Rev. Brendan Curran, Associate Minister at the Barrington Congregational Church UCC in Barrington, RI

In our current time, speaking out for justice and bearing witness might seem like daunting and overwhelming work, and yet we are called to declare justice boldly.  We must speak.  St. Paul’s words speak to the church today.  Hearing St. Paul’s words we are reminded that as the Body of Christ in the world our legacy, our purpose, and our mission continues to be what he identifies as a holy struggle against oppressive rulers and authorities.  We have nothing to fear.  We have no reason to be afraid or shy or sheepish about speaking out for justice and struggling against the powers of the present darkness because in our ministry of living the love and justice of Jesus, we are dressed in the armor of God and protected by the sword of the spirit which is the word of God.

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This piece is taken from the report given to the 212th Autumnal Meeting of the Rhode Island Conference. 

Many Voices One Mission: It Happens Outside

By Jennifer Kronholm Clark, Program Director at Silver Lake Conference Center

The best days “at the office” in my line of work take me completely out of the office. Outdoor ministry happens outside, and I find myself pulled away from my desk: to the ropes course, to the lake, to the campfire ring.
Silver Lake is a beautiful slice of God’s Creation, and it’s my job to share it with others.
During the summer, the young people who come to Silver Lake get to experience nature unplugged. We have no cell service on site, and we don’t offer WiFi time. I always enjoy reading their end-of-the-week evaluations, where they exclaim, “You CAN live without your phone!”

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Many Voices, One Mission is a regular series highlighting the ministries of the CT, MA, and RI Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Registration Open for RI Ministers' Association Winter Retreat

Join us for the 2019 Winter Retreat, enjoying the beauty of the beach and the peace of Craigville Retreat Center, as we explore “Soul Talk: How to Have the Most Important Conversation of All” with the Rev. Dr. Kirk Bryon Jones.

Jan. 14 - 15, 2019
Craigville Retreat Center
Centerville, MA

To prepare for the retreat, all registrants will receive a FREE copy of his book.  Registration includes the program, book, accommodations and three meals: dinner, breakfast and lunch.  The cost is $150 for a single room or $125 for a shared room. There are 5 single rooms available on a first come first serve basis.
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Edwards House, Framingham, MA

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