By: Rev. Marisa Brown Ludwig
September 1, 2019
Dear Friends and Members of First Church,
This sunny cool morning I am thinking about the challenging issues of our time, and what it means to me to be a part of this First Church Community, in the United Church of Christ. Not just any community, but our community. Especially when times are tough, I look to my faith for direction, guidance, and discernment – for moral compass and a way forward!
Our headlines are full of justice issues screaming for attention and you no doubt have some you care very much about. If you are like me, you may feel overwhelmed by trying to sort out how we can work together as a greater community to work for change we believe is right, or maybe to fight things from being changed because we feel like they were on a just path before now: Immigration, Climate Change, Reproductive Justice, Gun violence, health care, poverty, homelessness, the opioid crisis . . . How can so many needs be cared for, one person at a time?
Well, we belong to one of the most active denominations of Christianity with an extensive history of justice work in our country. We gather at local (Association), regional (Southern New England Conference UCC – new!) and national level UCC regularly to discern together on issues of conscience and vote to put out Resolutions of Witness. We are clear that these statements speak to but not for all member churches – but we also agree to listen to and engage deeply with these Resolutions in our local areas. Here are some of the issues we are speaking to currently: https://www.macucc.org/changingourworld. So we are not alone working on these things – we are part of a greater web of justice action.…