As our conference looks toward the future we are interested in how all members of the conference see who we are, what is important and how we should prioritize goals for our coming journey. With this in mind, your Executive Board has committed to leading “listening sessions” around the conference. Your input gives guidance to the Executive Board and staff for planning next steps.
The Listening Sessions focus on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) of our conference. From the information that you offer, specific goals will be established.
In addition to the In-person Listening Sessions, zoom/conference call sessions will also be available. Those dates, times, and connect information will be available soon! Please watch for updates at www.uccswc.org.
IMPORTANT: Social Justice stands in contrast to criminal justice. It’s the idea that people should work for the good of one another. Christians immediately think of the Beatitudes: “Blessed are the poor .. those who mourn … the meek … those who are persecuted.” Muslims think of Zakat, one of the Five Pillars that requires charity and assistance to the poor. Jews think of Tzedakag and chesed, the obligation to perform charity and deeds of kindness. Social justice can be summed up in the world-wide concept of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The Arizona legislature wants to ban this best of human impulses from all schools and universities.
Welcome Rev. Carol Reynolds to the Southwest Conference UCC
Carol is a Massachusetts native. Prior to this call, she was pastor of First Congregational Church in Millbury, Massachusetts, . Carol received her Master of Divinity degree from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. While in seminary, she interned at both a local church and the memory care unit of a local retirement community. She also studied spiritual direction with the Benedictine sisters of Benet Hill Monastery. Carol is an Ordained Minister with full standing in the United Church of Christ, was ordained on January 10, 2010. In her life before ministry, Carol worked in book publishing for 20 years, holding positions in editorial, inventory management, and warehouse operations at companies in New York City and Boulder, Colorado. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Bethany College in Bethany, WV.