Let’s Talk: About the Wednesday Problem

By Conference Minister Diane Weible If you attended a week-long camp as a child (or, have served as a counselor or director at one as an adult), you know what I mean when I talk about “the Wednesday problem.”   I remember this especially in relation to my favorite church camp growing up—Camp Aurora. We arrived on Sunday afternoon, filled with anticipation—there was so much to do to keep us busy and so much to experience. We discovered new friends and old friends we had not seen in a year.  By Wednesday, however, we were tired and a little bit homesick. The week suddenly felt long, and we wondered…
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Let’s Talk: About Naming Microaggression

By: Associate Conference Minister Daniel Ross-Jones I don’t remember why I was called to the principal’s office in first grade, but I still clearly remember part of the encounter. One of the administrative workers came on the classroom intercom loudspeaker to ask my teacher to send Daniel Jones to the office. I remember my teacher pausing for a few moments. She knew there wasn’t a student by that name in her class. But the mental wheels turned for her to respond that he’d be coming right away, and she told me to go see why they needed me in the…
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Let’s Talk: About Post-Election United States

By Conference Minister Diane Weible I write this the day after the election when the final results are not yet determined. By the time you read this, you may likely know who is projected to have won the Presidential race. I’m glad I am writing this before the results are known because what is on my mind and heart really has nothing to do with who will be the next President of the United States.    What is on my heart and mind is how painful this time is. I’m hurting because I never thought in my lifetime I would reach…
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Let’s Talk: About What We Did

By Conference Minister Diane Weible Thank you to everyone who participated in Annual Gathering last Saturday. I left that meeting so grateful for the many ways Spirit was present.   We entered into brave conversations and deep discernment around four resolutions that will guide our justice work in this Conference. We made commitments to living out what it means to be anti-racist.   I received many emails in the last few days from members of our Conference saying how energized, proud, and encouraged they are about the work of Annual Gathering. I am excited that we passed resolutions that will focus on…
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Let’s Talk: About Voting

By Conference Minister Diane Weible The one sermon I memorized from all that I have heard and all that I have preached in my lifetime is the one my minister gave when I was 14. It was Cantata Sunday. In the church I grew up in, the minister doesn’t give a sermon on Cantata Sunday. But this minister wanted to. He climbed into the pulpit, prepared his notes, looked out at the congregation and said, “God is love.” Then he turned around, climbed back down and took his seat. I still remember it. Sometimes, there is no need to say…
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Lets Talk: Domestic Violence

By Rev. Davena Jones Domestic violence is an unfortunate reality that occurs with in every class, age group, race, and religion. It happens in families, friendships, and intimate relationships. Intimate partner violence happens within same and different sex partnerships; it happens whether people are married, living together, or dating. Approximately one in four women has been a victim of domestic violence. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month - a time established to draw attention to this unspeakable crime and continue efforts to raise awareness and stop the violence. Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in…
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Let’s Talk: About RBG 

By Conference Minister Diane Weible  I was raised to believe that there wasn’t anything I couldn’t do. My parents, having raised three daughters, instilled in us a sense that we could be anything and do anything and nothing or no one could or would stop us.    The other day I was reminded of the first glimpse of my call to ordained ministry. Funny story—it came from my grandfather who actually stopped going to church when their UCC congregation called a woman minister. It was a weekend in October 1986. I was home from college for the weekend. My cousin and…
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Let’s Talk: About Fires

By Conference Minister Diane Weible This past week I have received emails and phone calls from our church family throughout the United Church of Christ, offering support and love to all of our communities affected by wildfires. I have received emails and phone calls from your siblings in Christ in this Conference asking what our communities need at this time and how can they help. Everyone has told me they are praying. I am praying. We all are praying. While a few areas of the Bay Area have received a respite from the smoke, at least for a few days,…
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Let’s Talk: About Witness

By Conference Minister Diane Weible This past weekend, one of our ministers reported vandalism to the Pray Their Names heart installation that has been traveling among the churches in our Conference. Created in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, Pray Their Names offers both the hosting church and the community a stunning appeal for attention to lives lost to police violence. The creators of the installation are working on a new heart along with a response to the vandalism. When I learned about what happened and also of the response that is being prepared, I was reminded again of…
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Let’s Talk: About Discernment

By Conference Minister Diane Weible Discernment is a funny thing. We all do it. We listen for the movement of the Holy Spirit and we try to understand how and where our gifts and our talents can best be used.   Our Conference leaders are asking all of our churches to enter into a time of discernment. What do you need the Conference to be? What are the resources our churches and pastors need? How do you need your Conference staff to show up? What do we need to do as a Conference to make sure that the beliefs and teachings…
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