Conference Sunday

Sunday, November 15th is “Conference Sunday.” This is a day on which local churches in the South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ pause to reflect on their connection to the “wider church.” I have not previously been a part of a Conference that has such an observance,...

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Expressions of…

Submitted by Rev. Campbell Lovett, SCC Consulting Conference Minister n the Gospels and Pauline letters, we come to understand how Jesus is an expression of God’s presence, God’s grace, and God’s love. We learn more about God’s compassion and mercy by reading about the word and witness of Jesus. Jesus...

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Faith for Thought

Submitted by Rev. Campbell Lovett, SCC Consulting Conference Minister In 18th century New England, early Congregational preachers shared “Election Day sermons.” Candidates and voters processed to the church for a proclamation that offered a scriptural undergirding of the Common Good, and beseeched the faithful exercise of duties by elected officials and...

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Surely, This Is a Time

Submitted by Rev. Campbell Lovett, SCC Consulting Conference Minister “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”Esther 4:14b This is a familiar verse from the Book of Esther. Esther became a queen, but she was reluctant to speak on behalf...

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For A Time as This

Submitted by Rev. Campbell Lovett, Consulting Conference Minister September 11 is a date that causes a hollow feeling in our stomachs. Images of the collapsing Twin Towers haunt us, as do our personal memories of that morning and how time stood still. It is hard to believe that the attacks...

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Council of Conference Ministers Letter

October 2020 Dear Members of the United Church of Christ: Grace and peace to you in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ. In August the National Setting of the UCC committed to hire a consulting firm to lead them through “an objective racial equity assessment” to hold the national...

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New Church Starts – Pastor Reflections

During the month of September, our new church start pastors will be sharing about their incredible church plant efforts and how things are going in a time of global pandemic. Let’s cheer them along!! Campbell LovettConsulting Conference Minister Just Love UCC, Houston – Rev. Darnell Fennell, Pastor As I write this, potential...

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Hurricane Laura Response

We are seeing the news stories this week. Fifteen years ago, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and Louisiana. 1,800 people died, tens of thousands of people were displaced, and billions of dollars were needed for clean-up and rebuilding. In the midst of the devastation, we can recall the outpouring of...

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Caring For Those Who Serve

The South Central Conference is hosting two important gatherings over the next two weeks. For the first session of Nourishment for the Journey our guest will be the renowned author, Rev. Dr. Kirk Byron Jones. It will be held on Wednesday, August 26th at 3:00 p.m. central time. This session will...

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