Make Disciples of Jesus

Make Disciples of Jesus

The March issue of Discipleship Matters includes a new blog from Debbie Gline Allen on the 'transformed congregation,' as well as an update about SNEUCC's recent focus on OWL. Check it out!
We understand that the local church exists to make disciples of Jesus
and we welcome all people unconditionally to share in this calling.

Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Center, Framingham, MA
Fully-equipped meeting space for working gatherings both large and small as well as a warm, intimate setting for small overnight retreats

Irons Homestead Camp & Retreat, Glocester, RI
A sacred space for religious and educational groups to lean into nature and connect more deeply with God and one another.

Pilgrim Day Camp, Framingham, MA
A traditional summer day camp with over 50 years of experience in providing children safe, summer fun emphasizing a warm welcome for each child, care for the natural world, and respect for the differences among us.

Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center, Sharon, CT
With more than 60 acres of wooded land on lakeside shores, Silver Lake offers many opportunities for young people to take risks and try new things with the support of an intentional Christian community. 

Adult Faith Formation resources curated by The Ministry Lab

Adult Faith Formation resources by Practical Resources for Churches

Adult Faith Formation Training Videos - free from Lifelong Faith Associates

Animate: Faith from Sparkhouse
     In each session, your group of adult learners will watch a video featuring a leading voice from the Christian faith,
     spend time on personal reflection and journaling, and share ideas with the group. Presenters include Lillian Daniel,
     Brian McLaren, Will Willimon, Bruce Reyes-Chow, Rachel Held Evans, and 12 others.

Bible Study Resources

The Bible's Big Story
      Written by Dr. Harry Wendt, this is a short course that explores the complete timeline of the Bible through biblical illustrations. It provides a succinct overview of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. The series can be used as an introductory course over eight weeks, or it can be used as the basis for a half-day workshop or retreat. Includes a laminated timeline.

The Bible Project (short videos of Bible stories and Bible/church topics; podcasts and an app are also available)

The Present Word
     Based on the reading and study plan of the long-running Uniform Series, which provides a way to study the Bible over a six-year period, with each quarter focusing on its own theme.

Deus Ex Musica
     A unique musical approach to experiencing the Psalms through learning, discipleship, and spiritual growth. Live and online events allow church communities and individual Christians to engage with sacred music in ways that are valuable for learning and for Christian formation. Listen to a sampling of their projects here.

Books by Diana Butler Bass
Books by Molly Baskette
Books by Bruce Epperly
Books by Rachel Held Evans and Evolving Faith and its podcast
Books by Amy-Jill Lavine
Books by Brian McLaren

J.P. Webster Library
          Housed at the First Church in West Hartford, CT, books, book sets for group study, DVDs. faith formation
          resource materials, and much more may be borrowed.

Justice Ministries
          Southern New England Conference justice ministries
               Disability Ministries
               Environmental Ministries
               Health & Wellness Ministries
               Open & Affirming (gender & sexuality justice)
               Racial Justice
          National United Church of Christ justice ministries
               Disabilities & Mental Health
               Economic Justice
               Environmental Justice
               Global Ministries
               Our Faith Our Vote
               Racial Justice

Lent and Easter Resources

Massachusetts Bible Society
     Excellent small group study resources:
               Exploring the Bible: The Dickinson Series (overviews of the Old and New Testaments)
               Exploring Justice: Priorities (10 Commandments)
     Ask-A-Prof: submit your own question about the Bible and read responses from seminary professors
               to previous questions

Our Whole Lives (OWL)
     Holistic sexuality curriculum materials for all ages that emphasize physical health and healthy attitudes
     toward bodies and human relationships. Click here for information about OWL materials for Adults.

The Pilgrim Press

     Progressive seasonal digital/printable resources

StillSpeaking Writers Group
     Bible studies, resources, devotionals, seasonal materials, and more.

The Thoughtful Christian
     Books, curriculum materials, downloadable studies, and more.

UCC Resources
The UCC's online store

UCC Weekly Seeds
     A Bible study resource based on the readings of the Lectionary

Virtual Pilgrimages from Global Ministries 
     Also Google "virtual pilgrimages" and travel the world with your congregation

The Work of the People (short films for transformation and to spark discussion)

A Sanctified Art
     A team of artists in ministry who create multimedia
     resources for worshiping communities of all shapes
     and sizes - visual art, poetry, liturgy, curriculum,
     worship installation art, coloring pages, graphic design,
     and more.

All Abilities Worship:
           Creative Ideas for Worship with All Abilities by Hazel Bradley & Jim Cargin

Contemplative Practices from The Ministry Lab

Copyright and Licensing

COVID-19 Worship, Music, Copyright, & Faith Formation Guidance from the UCC

Digital Ministry Resources

Intergenerational Worship & Ministry

Lectio Divina: a guide for prayerful reading of scripture

          Revised Common Lectionary
          Narrative Lectionary
          Women's Lectionary

Lectionary & UCC Lectionary Resources:
     Worship Ways
     Sermon Seeds
     Weekly Seeds
     Daily Devotional
     Weekly lectionary resources from our sister denomination, The United Church of Christ of Canada

Lent and Easter Resources for Congregations

Marcia McFee's Worship Design Studio

ONA Sunday Worship Resources (UCC)

Online Worship Content

Spiritual Directors & Retreat Leaders

World Communion Sunday Resources
from Global Ministries

Working Preacher from Luther Seminary
     Timely, compelling and trustworthy content from biblical scholars, theologians, homileticians and pastors
     dedicated to the craft of biblical preaching.

Worship Resources from The Ministry Lab

                     [from left to right]

                    Sean Amato
                    Program Support Associate

                     Debbie Gline Allen
                     Minister of Faith Formation

                     Debby Kirk
                                                                                                                                                                                Faith Formation Team Leader

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