Meet the Pastor

20160528-_DSC5504Rev. Elizabeth Duffy has served as Pastor of Zion United Church of Christ since 2010. She lives in Amherst with her husband and two children.

Pastor Elizabeth has a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology, and a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Lawrence University with a double major in Government and Religious Studies (or as she says, the two things you’re not supposed to talk about).

Pastor Elizabeth received her call to ministry when she was a sophomore at St. Lawrence; it was a powerful moment when God stopped Elizabeth in her tracks and spoke to her, not with an audible voice but with an overwhelming presence, telling Elizabeth that she needed to go to Seminary.

Pastor Elizabeth was raised in the Episcopal Church and the United Church of Christ. She then attended a United Methodist Divinity School and was ordained in the United Church of Christ. She considers herself a liberal-evangelical who is in love with the Lord and welcoming to all.

Want to know more? Come join us for worship or send the pastor an email. We hope to hear from you soon!

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Pastor’s Message

Dear Church,

Do you know that we have an amazing group of Christians that all together make up Zion United Church of Christ?

We have volunteers who every month put on a free community dinner. We have college students who lead youth group when the Pastor has a conflict. We have bakers, letter writers, phone callers, prayer warriors, music makers, Sunday School Teachers, nursery volunteers, Bible studiers, board members, and so much more. And together we are not just serving God, but we’re serving each other and the community.

Last week I went to a Mental Health seminar, and I was reminded by the medical field of the importance faith communities. Too many people are limiting their social interactions today, and as they spend more time in solitude, their psychological well-being decreases. But faith communities are a remedy for this solitude. Not only do we gather together at least once a week (more for those who volunteer and attend Bible Studies and meetings), but we check in on one another and we call, write, and visit. And when a church member asks another member how they’re doing, and that person tells them the actual truth, that member is happy to listen and to support the other. 

Faith communities are becoming EVEN MORE necessary now that there is this epidemic of solitude. Faith communities are not only increasing faith, but we’re increasing liveliness. 

So, if you haven’t already, please invite your friends, neighbors, or even your foes to church. They might need it more than you know. Seek out those who might be lonely, and ask them to be a part of your church family. Your invitation might be the lifeline that they need.

In Christ’s abundant love,
Pastor Elizabeth