Author Archives: Brigit Stevens

Rev. Brigit Stevens’ Response to New Zealand Mosque Shooting

As a sign of solidarity, the ministerial staff of the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota UCC Conferences are reaching out to all of the mosques in our three states. We hope and pray that these small, but intentional acts are … Continue reading

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A Year in the Life of TCM: Learnings, Surprises, Challenges, Joys and Hopes

Just over a year has passed since Rev. Brigit Stevens began as executive conference minister of the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota Conferences UCC and the experiment of a shared staffing model for the Tri-Conference Ministries began. Here’s Rev. Stevens’ … Continue reading

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With Gratitude

Thanksgiving means so many things to so many people. For some, it may be cause for joyous celebrations around favorite foods at family tables. For others, especially LGBTQ persons, it may be a reminder of difficult relationships and estrangements from … Continue reading

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Be A Beacon of Hope

Dear Friends and Colleagues,  I am holding you all in my prayers. As clergy and faith leaders in our communities, you are called to an incredible responsibility. There are days and weeks when that responsibility also carries with it great … Continue reading

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Care of a child

If I were alone in a desert and feeling afraid, I would want a child to be with me. For then my fear would disappear and I would be made strong. This is what life in itself can do because … Continue reading

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“They” are “us”

Just like much of America, my heart is broken this week with the events of last Sunday where a man opened fire inside a house of worship, killing 26 people and injuring 27 others, at First Baptist Church in Sutherland … Continue reading

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New for “y’all”

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11   Jeremiah 29:11 is a popular verse. You can … Continue reading

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Who do you choose to be?

For the next few weeks I am on sabbatical. It’s hard for me to be on sabbatical. There’s a lot to be done! Sabbath is hard for me. Resting, slowing down, being less than productive, is hard for me.   … Continue reading

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Meet: Flat Jesus!

Wednesday, June 21st was the longest day of our year, Summer Solstice! The way the sun and the moon and the earth and the stars, and all that are within them, move and cycle are in the hands of our … Continue reading

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Fear – what will I learn?

Last week I had the opportunity to travel with a delegation of members from Plymouth UCC-Des Moines to visit Ebenezer Baptist Church in Havana, Cuba for eight days. The purpose of the trip was to continue to grow and to … Continue reading

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