The steeple of the Wellesley Village Church towers over downtown Wellesley as the sun rises.


Weston and Wellesley Churches Both Swiped Right – NESCUCC Article

May 4, 2024

Marlene Gasdia-Cochrane penned an insightful article for the New England Southern Conference United Church of Christ, delving into the recent merger between Wellesley Village Church and the Congregational Church of Weston and the exciting emergence of a new interfaith program. In this article, Rev. Butter explains how this creative solution came about and challenges larger churches to creatively partner with and support smaller congregations, fostering resilience and envisioning transformative possibilities.

“I think that larger churches have a role to play in providing creative leadership and partnerships so that small and vulnerable congregations don’t have closure and sale as their only best last resort…

…I challenge and invite larger churches to take seriously the opportunity to creatively partner with and love the small churches in their neighborhood as their neighbors and see what God could do in that.” Rev. Dr. Sarah Sarchet Butter

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