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On Sunday, March 3, we will dedicate our worship service to those who have touched our lives but are no longer with us.
During the service there will be an opportunity to speak the names of those you wish to remember, either aloud or in the quiet of your heart. You are invited to bring photos of those who have passed and place them on the communion table for this very special service.
Help fill our sanctuary with special memories.
Our own Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray was featured on the CT Public Radio Show, "Where We Live," on Friday, February 9th, 2024.
He discussed the church's response to the violence in Gaza, among other topics.
On October 22, 2023, the Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray, Jr. was formally installed as the 29th Senior Minister of United Church on the Green. This installation took place following a vibrant service with an inspiring message from the Rev. Traci Blackmon, where we shared a joyous time of fellowship.
Why not visit some Sunday morning and see what all the excitement is about?
In a world where Christianity is too often associated with intolerance, exclusion, and hate, the mission of United Church on the Green is to proclaim Christ through faith, hope, and love. We are a community of many races, ethnic backgrounds, religious experiences, ages, sexual orientations, and gender identities. No matter where you are on your journey of faith, you will have a home here at United Church on the Green.
What to learn more about who we are? Check out this article about Queerness and Christianity that features United Church on the Green.
We will say it again: No matter where you are on your journey of faith, you will have a home here at United Church on the Green.
At United Church on the Green, located in a Blue (Yale) city, in a Blue (Progressive) state, we can sometimes take the fact that we invite, welcome, accept and affirm everyone, no matter who he/she/they are a little for granted. Sadly, the hurricanes of hatred and intolerance that were unleashed by a certain twice indicted former office holder, are still swirling.
On Sunday June 25, a Pride Sunday worship service at Enfield Congregational UCC was interrupted by two individuals intent on disrupting the service and the message of inclusive love. Their intent was undoubtedly not just to disrupt, but to spread their message of hatred and to intimidate by their fundamentalist views, a community of individuals, trans, gay, lesbian, bi, and questioning, who have suffered years of emotional abuse from these corrupters of Christianity. As an Open and Affirming congregation for nearly 35 years, we have an obligation not only to show our love and support for our brothers and sisters in Enfield, but to stand up and state that such hateful behavior cannot be tolerated; to state that when you attack one of our members, you attack us all.
For too many years, young queer kids have grown up believing the hatred that they could not be Christian. Our presence will help destroy that lie. The police are investigating whether to charge the offenders with a hate crime under Connecticut law, in addition to the criminal trespass charges already lodged. Enfield’s Pastor Greg Gray organized the Love Louder Vigil as one way to protect the sanctity of their Meeting House, their safe space, which had been violated.
It is hard to believe that we have to re-fight these battles in 2023. But the forces of evil are persistent and frighteningly well organized. These fundamentalists have targeted equality. They seek to turn the clock back to a time when they could intimidate us, to maintain the illusion of homogeneity over diversity. They seek to scare us into submission just as they did when they burned crosses, bombed churches, assaulted temples, gunned us down at dance clubs and murdered us. They have placed their friends in law enforcement, and on the judicial bench.
We must stand together against this hatred. We cannot afford to be complacent. Make it known in every way you can, that we insist on fundamental equality. We insist on Love.
Al Forino, former Moderator of United Church on the Green, New Have CT
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