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We Are the Church

We don’t just go to church. We are the church. We are the children of God called together by the Holy Spirit for the support and encouragement we need to continue our journeys of faith in the light of God’s everlasting love. Commitment, trust, openness, and sacrifice are the standards that guide our life together. Our long-term relationships are formed across age, socio-economic, and political boundaries. We care for one another as equally loved and worthy children of a generous and forgiving God.

 

We were raised Catholic, Baptist, Unitarian, Episcopalian, Congregational, and without any religious affiliation. As Congregational Christians, we covenant to  walk together as equal partners acknowledging Jesus Christ as the Head of our church. We believe the Holy Spirit works and speaks through each one of us, and so we discern God’s will through prayer and by listening to each other in committee and congregational meetings. We believe in liberty of conscience and freedom in scriptural interpretation. Decisions about the direction and governance of our church are made by us under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We call ministers and elect officers to serve and lead the church, but the work of being the church belongs to the congregation. 

 

We don’t just go to church. We are the church.

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Meet our Minister:

Reverend Nancy Lois

Rev. Nancy Lois began as our settled minister on December 1, 2019, after having served as our interim the previous year. She has previously served as Pastor of Berkshire Community Church in Richmond, MA, Director of the Library for Andover Newton Theological School, and contract minister for Mohegan Congregational Church in Uncasville, CT. Ministry is Nancy’s second career. Her first was as a librarian in public and academic libraries. She was ordained in 2012 through the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches; she is active with the Northeast Fellowship of Congregational Christian Churches; and she is committed to the Congregational Way. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School, a Master of Library Science degree from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College. Nancy is the mother of two adult children. She enjoys preaching, leading Bible study, visiting church members, hiking, poetry, and travel. She believes that a life formed and informed by scripture is grounded in profound truth and the ancient stories have much wisdom to impart about the meaning and purpose of being human today.