217th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference

217th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference

217th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference
When
Friday, June 17, 2016 to Saturday, June 18, 2016

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University of Massachusetts
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01002

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June 17 - 18, 2016
University of Massachusetts
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01002

“Boldness” to Characterize the 217th Annual Meeting!

Be Bold…proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.”  - Acts 28:31

Says one children’s song: “Be Bold, Be Brave, for the Lord our God is with us!”

The Annual Meeting is an opportunity to gather around God’s immense table of grace, to spend some time in a season of discernment concerning our future. It is a time when bold new initiatives are presented, worship is creative and uplifting, networking is possible at every turn, new ideas are introduced, and the people and ministries of the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC shine with the boldness, the cheekiness, the impudence of the audacious good news of Jesus the
Christ. Come celebrate, worship and be joyful together as the Body of Christ!

“[Paul] proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!” [Acts 28:31]. Our Annual Meeting will be an opportunity to focus on our “boldness” in sharing the good news of God’s love and grace as exemplified and made visible through the gathered individuals and in our work together as the Body of Christ.

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Schedule of Events and Livestreaming 

Keynote Speaker and Preacher - Otis Moss III
Worship Leader - Ken Medema
Storytelling
New Delegate Webinar - June 6
Programming for Children
Youth Delegation
Marketplace
Saturday Luncheon Options
Location and hotel reservations
First Church Amherst B & B Lodging option


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PDF Download Advance Materials

PDF Download Delegate Packet

Tentative Schedule

livestream Items marked with this icon will be livestreamed at: http://livestream.com/UMassAmherst/MACUCC2016

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016

2:00 PM: Registration & Marketplace Open
Campus Center, UMass, Amherst

livestream 3:00 – 4:15 PM: Opening Plenary I
Campus Center Auditorium

  • Opening to the Spirit! – 20 lively minutes of scripture and song
  • Introductions, appointments
  • Presentation on the Budget
  • Theological Reflection in Music – Ken Medema

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Stories of Boldness
Campus Center breakout rooms

5:30 PM:  Dinner
Blue Wall Café, Campus Center
Welcome Tables will be available for new delegates

livestream 7:15 PM Plenary II
Campus Center Auditorium

  • Elections
  • Keynote Address/Concert with the Rev. Otis Moss III and Ken Medema

9:15 – 10:30 PM: Reception
Marriott Center, Campus Center, 11th floor
A gathering time for clergy, delegates and friends

The Marketplace will be open until 10:00 PM.

SATURDAY, June 18, 2016

7:00 AM: Blue Wall Café Opens for Breakfast
Campus Center

7:30 AM: New Delegate Breakfast Tables
Blue Wall Café, Campus Center

Registration and Marketplace Open
Campus Center

8:45 – 10:00 AM: Hearings and Forums
Campus Center breakout rooms
Smaller group opportunities for engaging the issues at hand, including:

  • United Church Mission update and Conference Budget
  • Clergy compensation guidelines
  • Forum with the Rev. Otis Moss III
  • Forum/Music with Ken Medema
  • Resolution hearings

livestream 10:15 – 11:30 AM: Plenary III
Campus Center Auditorium

  • Storytelling, Theological Reflection and Song
  • Actions on the Budget
  • Minister and President’s Address
  • Action on Clergy Compensation
  • Guidelines
  • Other business

11:45 AM Luncheons – NEW!
Locations TBD
(pre-registration required)
See luncheon choices above

livestream 1:00 PM Worship and Communion
Campus Center Auditorium
The Rev. Otis Moss III preaching; musical liturgy by Ken Medema

livestream 2:30 – 4:30 PM: Plenary IV
Campus Center Auditorium

  • Storytelling and Song
  • Board Chair report
  • Actions on Resolutions
  • Other actions
  • Closing worship with Ken Medema

Keynote Speaker and Preacher - Otis Moss III

The Rev. Otis Moss III serves as senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL. He is an ordained minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ, carrying dual standing in both denominations. The Rev. Dr. Moss received his Bachelor of Arts in religion and philosophy from Morehouse College and a Master of Divinity from Yale University.

(See his electrifying sermon given during the opening worship of General Synod 27 at left.) 


 

The Rev. Dr. Moss, who is married with two children, is an accomplished author, speaker, and activist who has done extensive research in the areas of African American culture, theology, and youth development. His essays, articles, and poetry have appeared in The African American Pulpit, Sojourners, and Urban Spectrum, and he is the author of Redemption in a Red-Light District (Four-G Press). In 2006, Pastor Moss co-wrote the book, The Gospel Remix: Reaching the Hip Hop Generation (Judson Press).The African American Pulpit named Rev.Moss one of the “Twenty to Watch” ministers under forty who are positively affecting the future of the African American church.

You can follow him on Twitter where he describes himself as: A Jazz influenced Pastor with a Hip-Hop vibe, Saved by Jesus, Inspired by Zora Neale Hurston, Blessed by Howard Thurman & Amazed by August Wilson.

Ken MedemaWorship Leader - Ken Medema

Across the years, Ken has shared his passion for learning and discovery through storytelling and music with an ever-growing circle of followers around the world. Ken has been performing for over 40 years in different venues for groups ranging from 50 to 50,000 people. Though blind from birth, Ken sees and hears with heart and mind, singing stories from his audience and accenting themes and perspectives from speakers and workshop leaders. Ken custom designs every musical moment through improvisation and new composition to bring each event to life.

Storytelling

Have you seen someone proclaim the kingdom of God and teach about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance? Have you done it yourself? Friday afternoon will bring a wonderful celebration of stories
of boldness—boldness in faith, boldness in sharing, boldness in witness, boldness in redemption and salvation. Come and see! Come and share!

New Delegate Webinar

A webinar for new delegates will be held June 6, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.  it will be presented by Moderator Anne Cubbage and Associate Conference Minister Dawn Hammond.

Please register for the webinar by clicking this link and access information will be emailed to you

Programming for Children

The Children’s Program, a Vacation Bible School Model, is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be reserved and paid for in advance by the registration deadline of June 10. The child/teacher ratio will be based on the number of children who have registered. You MUST be pre-registered for the children’s program. Age range: 4-12 (Children must be 4 years old by June 17 to register for the program.)

Go to complete information and children's programming registration

Youth Delegation (Cancelled but look later for information about AM 2017 )

The Council of Lay Development is pleased and excited to announce that a unique program for youth at the 217th Annual Meeting is being offered and facilitated by Rev. Matt Carriker.

The Youth Delegation will have a separate program but will attend both the AM keynote address on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon worship. Saturday meals will be at the UMass Campus. Safe Church Policies and Procedures will be followed at all times.

 

Marketplace

The Marketplace for the 217th  Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ will be located on the 1st and 2nd floor concourses of the Campus Center at UMASS, Amherst. It will be open to delegates and visitors Friday June 17th, from 2:00-10:00 PM and Saturday, June 18th, from 7:30 AM to as late as 5:00 PM.

Those interested in being exhibitors need to submit an application by May 27.  Get complete information and apply for a table here. 

 

Saturday Luncheon Options

NEW! - Networking Luncheon

The Annual meeting is the perfect place for UCC ministers and delegates to meet others with similar passions of faith. This year, we will be introducing a space to do just that! For lunch on Saturday, all are invited to a networking luncheon. Themed tables such as "small church challenges," "music," "lay ministry" and many more, will offer unique opportunities to gather informally and share ideas and contacts. Join us in a buffet-style lunch where each participant will self-select a seat at a table of her or his choice and is free to move between tables of interest. Maximize the time you have in the company of hundreds of people of faith and strengthen relationships that will last long after the meeting convenes.

Recognition Luncheon

The Recognition Luncheon will honor those who have made special contributions to ministry and mission,including 50-year ordinands, Haystack and Green Church award recipients, those who have completed Christian Educator certification, and our Church's Wider Mission Recognition Recipients. In order to attend, you must register for the Recognition Luncheon as part of your Annual Meeting registration process.

Informal Lunch (unprogrammed), Blue Wall Café

Location and hotel reservations

There were rave reviews concerning our new site at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. After a few glitches
and a steep learning curve, the Annual Meeting Committee has reserved room blocks at several Amherst area hotels for the night of June 17th. Dorms are also available again this year.  The Hotel options are below and reservations are now open.  When you register for the Annual Meeting you may again indicate if you want to be placed in a dorm room or if you have made/will be making your own reservation at one of the hotels below.

Hotel UMass, Campus Center 877-822-2110
1 King, Queen or Double bed or 2 Double beds $130; continental breakfast included
Group Code: UCC16C
Release Date: 5/20/2016

University Lodge345 North Pleasant St., Amherst, 413-256-8111
2 Double beds, $125; free coffee available
Group code: Indicate affiliation with the Mass Conference of the UCC
Release Date: 5/03/2016

Econo Lodge, 329 Russell St., Hadley, 413-582-7077
1 King bed or 2 Double beds $130; continental breakfast included
Group code: Indicate affiliation with the Mass Conference of the UCC
Release Date: 5/18/2016

Howard Johnson Express Inn, 401 Russel St., Hadley, 413-586-0114
1 King bed or 2 Double beds $134; continental breakfast included
Group code: Indicate affiliation with the Mass Conference of the UCC
Release Date: 5/18/2016

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 400 Russell St, Hadley, 413-582-0002
1 King bed $178, 2 Queen beds $186; continental breakfast included
Group code: Indicate affiliation with the Mass Conference of the UCC
Release Date: 5/18/2016

First Church Amherst B & B

Members of First Church, Amherst, are offering 10 Bed & Breakfast spaces to Annual Meeting attendees, in the homes of members for $100 each.  These spaces are available to singles or couples, and is being offered both as a gesture of hospitality and as a fundraiser for the church.

Interested people should contact Ruth Morse, the church's administrative assistant, at 413-253-3456.

Tentative Schedule

livestream Items marked with this icon will be livestreamed at: http://livestream.com/UMassAmherst/MACUCC2016

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016

2:00 PM: Registration & Marketplace Open
Campus Center, UMass, Amherst

livestream 3:00 – 4:15 PM: Opening Plenary I
Campus Center Auditorium

  • Opening to the Spirit! – 20 lively minutes of scripture and song
  • Introductions, appointments
  • Presentation on the Budget
  • Theological Reflection in Music – Ken Medema

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Stories of Boldness
Campus Center breakout rooms

5:30 PM:  Dinner
Blue Wall Café, Campus Center
Welcome Tables will be available for new delegates

livestream 7:15 PM Plenary II
Campus Center Auditorium

  • Elections
  • Keynote Address/Concert with the Rev. Otis Moss III and Ken Medema

9:15 – 10:30 PM: Reception
Marriott Center, Campus Center, 11th floor
A gathering time for clergy, delegates and friends

The Marketplace will be open until 10:00 PM.

SATURDAY, June 18, 2016

7:00 AM: Blue Wall Café Opens for Breakfast
Campus Center

7:30 AM: New Delegate Breakfast Tables
Blue Wall Café, Campus Center

Registration and Marketplace Open
Campus Center

8:45 – 10:00 AM: Hearings and Forums
Campus Center breakout rooms
Smaller group opportunities for engaging the issues at hand, including:

  • United Church Mission update and Conference Budget
  • Clergy compensation guidelines
  • Forum with the Rev. Otis Moss III
  • Forum/Music with Ken Medema
  • Resolution hearings

livestream 10:15 – 11:30 AM: Plenary III
Campus Center Auditorium

  • Storytelling, Theological Reflection and Song
  • Actions on the Budget
  • Minister and President’s Address
  • Action on Clergy Compensation
  • Guidelines
  • Other business

11:45 AM Luncheons – NEW!
Locations TBD
(pre-registration required)
See luncheon choices above

livestream 1:00 PM Worship and Communion
Campus Center Auditorium
The Rev. Otis Moss III preaching; musical liturgy by Ken Medema

livestream 2:30 – 4:30 PM: Plenary IV
Campus Center Auditorium

  • Storytelling and Song
  • Board Chair report
  • Actions on Resolutions
  • Other actions
  • Closing worship with Ken Medema

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