What’s the Buzz?

Perched on the porch at The Hive, looking down Main Street as Chester comes to life early this morning, I hear the whisper of the breeze through the trees, the hum of construction in the distance, the steady murmur of exchanged greetings as the sidewalk fills with people and the warm whoosh of water feeding and fertilizing the flagpole garden.  Few things are as delectable as a summer morning.
You may have heard of, and perhaps even read, Bill McKibben.  He is the writer of a number of books about the environment, lecturer at Middlebury College, and occasional collaborator with my former Conference Minister (and close friend) Jim Antal.  Bill is also a person of deep faith, and last year penned a piece in The New Yorker titled “The Unlikely Rebound of Mainline Protestantism.”  He describes a rather surprising trend in American religion:  the decline of adherents of the evangelical movement and their drift toward some of the more traditional church expressions, like the Methodists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians and yes, Congregationalists.  Make no mistake, church affiliation remains in decline across the board, but with the progression of a generation, many are rejecting the notion of Christian exclusivism and turning to more justice- (and Jesus-) oriented expressions.  It turns out that notions of justice, inclusion, equality, care for creation and lifting up those on society’s margins are of vital importance to a new generation of church-goers.  It’s a fascinating article, one that will inform our conversation this Sunday; if you’d like to read the entire piece you may find it here: https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-unlikely-rebound-of-mainline-protestantism
Here are the links to Sunday’s bulletin and service:

Sunday August 1, 2021 Communion Bulletin
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