Posts from September 2015

History of the Massachusetts Conference

The churches of the Massachusetts Conference represent the oldest and largest Protestant denomination in the Bay State. Most of our churches are of the Congregational tradition, and direct descendants of the churches founded by the Pilgrims of Plymouth and the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Forty of our churches were organized before 1699, and another 150 before 1799. Until 1833, the…

Syrian Refugee Crisis Surrounds the Middle East

The news has been filled this first week of September with chaotic scenes. 3-year old Alyan Kurdi, along with his brother Galip, their mother, and nine other Syrian refugees drowned during an attempt to pass the Aegean Sea in hopes of finding safety (over 2500 others have been lost in recent months attempting similar escape). Outside of the Hungarian capital of Budapest,…

From the Pastor’s Pen:

Will Willimon tells the story of a high school commencement speaker he once heard. This person was giving a rather conventional address. “It is important for you, as you go forth,” he said, “to have a great dream. Dream big things, great things.” Willimon describes his response to the speaker’s message: “The speaker didn’t quote any Scripture, but I immediately thought of…