Super Saturday 10!

Super Saturday 10!

Super Saturday 10!
When
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM

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Where
Ludlow High School
500 Chapin Street
Ludlow, MA 01056

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Email
logeej@macucc.org

The Massachusetts and Connecticut Conferences of the United Church of Christ are presenting Super Saturday, a day of worship, workshops and networking for lay and clergy leaders.

Rev. Ruben DuranSuper Saturdays have been held twice a year since fall, 2009, making this the tenth Super Saturday. This spring’s event will be the biggest yet, with more workshops than have ever been offered before. Register early to reserve your spot!

The day will feature The Rev. Ruben Duran (left), Program Director for New Congregations for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, who will speak in the morning on Church for the Life of the World. He is responsible for promoting the development of area strategies, local initiatives and emerging models for the multiplication of new communities of faith in the USA and the Caribbean.


Cost: $54 per person or $44 per person in church groups of 5 or more who register at the same time.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Download the brochure.
 

Schedule
8:00 – 9:00 AM: Registration
9:00 – 10:15 AM: Worship
10:30 – Noon: AM Workshops

Noon – 12:45 PM: Lunch A
          Or
12:15 – 12:45 PM: 30 min session

12:45 –1:30 PM: Lunch B
         Or
1:00 – 1:30 P:M 30 min session

1:45 – 3:15 PM: PM Workshops
3:25 – 3:45 PM: Worship

Attendees will be assigned to one lunch period for eating and visiting the marketplace, and the other for attending a 30 minute forum, workshop or discussion group if they so choose.

Workshops

Participants will be able to attend two 90-minute workshops related to various aspects of church life, mission and ministries, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

In addition, participants can attend a 30-minute workshop, forum or discussion group during one of the mid-day lunch periods. See descriptions inside this brochure and register early, as spaces will fill.

Scroll down for descriptions.

Marketplace

A marketplace will give participants a chance to learn about a variety of ministry opportunities and to shop their favorite vendors. 

Marketplace Registration is open.  Please read the registration form carefully. There will be a limited number of tables/space available. Register for a marketplace table.

Be Green!

We encourage attendees to carpool and to bring their own reusable water bottles and/or travel mugs.

 

30-minute Lunchtime Activities

Participants will be assigned to one of two lunch sessions and may register for any of the following activities during the opposite lunch session, or they may take that time to visit the marketplace and network informally with peers.

A. Good News from Samaria
A forum with the day’s Keynote Speaker.
The Rev. Ruben Duran, Program Director for New Congregations for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

B. Growing in God's Backyard: Silver Lake's Leadership Development for Young People
We will share some of the ways we intentionally grow youth into leaders for camp, for our church and for the world! Learn why young people love to come to church camp and how they thrive there as they feel they become their "best selves as campers, counselors and staff.“
Tim Hughes, Executive Director of Silver Lake Conference Center, and Alan Munshower

C. How to Select Resources for the Church
The whole church is its curriculum. It is the course of events, relationships, discoveries, and transformations that we experience along faith's journey. Carefully selected resources and materials may help the local congregation fully experience God, the Bible, and one's faith. We will discuss a simple step by step process to help select the resources that will aid local congregations to run their faithful course. A form for review and evaluation will be shared that can help determine theological themes and teaching approaches of resources so as to match the needs for each ministerial setting alongside the needs and interests of learners.
Elsa Marshall, MACUCC Resource Center Director and Associate for Christian Education and Youth Ministry, MACUCC

D. Learn about the Ministry of the Legislative Advocate of the CT Conference of the UCC
The CT Conference is the only UCC Conference with a Legislative Advocate on staff. Learn about the ministry of the Legislative Advocate of the CT Conference of the UCC. Find out about the bills she is working on at the Connecticut General Assembly and how you can get involved.
Michele Mudrick, Legislative Advocate of the CT Conference of the UCC

E. Income Beyond the Offering Plate
Can we rent out our parsonage? What about an antenna in our steeple? Lease a vacant office? Start an after-school program? Hold a raffle? Sell ads in our newsletter? This workshop will look at the costs and benefits of various sources of church income, along with the legal, insurance, and tax implications.
Rev. Karen McArthur, Congregational Finance LLC and Minister of Stewardship & Finance, First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, UCC, MA

F. The Mannequin Project: Homeless Young People, Invisible and in Your Midst
A thought-provoking initiative as mannequins are set up and on display in various locations around the community. At first glance they are normal teens, dressed in normal 'teen-wear;' at closer examination, they are mannequins portraying young people who are homeless. Messages on their sweatshirts convey their reasons for their situations.
Holly Brauner, Director, Housing Pathways Family Shelter, and a member at First Church in Swampscott and Alison Brauner, Veterans' Ministry Fellow, Cathedral in the Night in Northampton

G. Steadfast Hope
Join the MACUCC Israel Palestine Task Team for a viewing of the DVD Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace, in preparation for the Resolution of Witness on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict coming up for vote at the Massachusetts Conference Annual Meeting in June.

H. My Neighbourhood
Join the MACUCC Israel Palestine Task Team for a viewing of the award-winning documentary My Neighbourhood, which follows the story of a Palestinian boy whose family is displaced by Israeli settlers.

I. Deacons’ Gathering
Sharing best practices and challenges
Rev. Jill Graham, Associate Conference Minister, MACUCC

J. Moderators’ Gathering
Sharing best practices and challenges
Ian Tosh, Moderator, First Church Somerville, MA

Workshops

Due to the size of the classrooms, MOST workshops will be limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis, so please register early. Those registering online can see which workshops have available space; those registering by mail must indicate their three top choices for workshops, so they can be placed according to availability. 

Morning Workshop Choices

 1. Black Lives Matter
The recent deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner are flashpoint events that have sparked protests and national dialogue about race. This will be a facilitated discussion about realms of racism, specifically the institutional structures that protect privilege and create oppression. We will offer tools for church leaders and congregations who wish to engage in advocacy and racial justice training.
Rev. George Harris, Pastor, South Congregational Church, New Britain, CT, and Rev. Bea Manning, Associate Pastor, First Parish of Bolton, MA

2. Things They Didn't Cover In Seminary About Money
It's a long list: budgets, annual giving, capital campaigns, planned giving, endowments. But the most important thing that was not covered is your leadership role. This workshop, for clergy only, will address important ministries that can provide fulfillment for donors and financial viability for congregations, and the active role pastors must play in these ministries.
Charlie Kuchenbrod, Executive Associate Conference Minister, CTUCC

3. Your Writing Ministry Through eBooks
Write an eBook to further your ministry of writing and share your expertise. Ebooks now make up 30% of all book sales as readers turn to tablets and iPads for their books. Learn how to write an eBook, format it, produce a compelling cover, and upload it free for delivery to a global readership.
Rev. John Zehring, retired pastor and author of numerous eBooks

4. Committee Meeting Revival
Tired of long, boring committee meetings? Vote Robert (Rules of Order) off the committee and let the Spirit be your guide. Learn how to facilitate change that leads to shorter, more productive and, most importantly, faith-filled meetings.
Rev. Diann Helen Bailey, Associate Minister, First Church of Christ, Congregational, Suffield, CT

5. The Dream Room
Trendlines are just as influential and pervasive as headlines but tend to happen under the radar, without attention. For example, the sharing culture is a trend in which people participate in shared goods or services to cut costs and conserve resources. This workshop will focus on various cultural trendlines as analogies for how church culture can dream a bright future, offering new possibilities for our work as UCC leaders.
Rev. Da Vita "Day" McCallister, Associate Conference Minister for Leadership and Vitality, CTUCC

6. A Bible Study Resource Progressives Can Love
Believe it or not, everyone should know the Bible. That is the tagline for Exploring the Bible: The Dickinson Series, a new educational resource from the Massachusetts Bible Society. Come learn about this highly acclaimed new series of Bible studies for small groups that can be used in ecumenical and interfaith groups and is welcoming for the "nones" in our communities. Easy to lead, inexpensive to run. All who attend get a free set of course materials.
Rev. Anne Robertson, Executive Director, Massachusetts Bible Society

7. Ministry to Young Children and Families
The baby care room or nursery are vital ministries of the church. They are often the first point of contact for families with young children. How the church offers this ministry can be a powerful witness about its entire faith formation ministry. This ministry can help establish the concept with parents that parenting is an adventure and sharing faith with those entrusted to them is part of that great adventure. There is no single way to engage children in life and faith, but as part of the church's baptismal vows to children, its baby care and preschoolers’ ministry can help parents with this important task.
Elsa Marshall, MACUCC Resource Center Director and Associate for Christian Education and Youth Ministry, MACUCC

8. Spiritual Practices for Congregational Transformation
Congregations can experience new vitality through a commitment to joining contemplation and action. This workshop describes how congregations can utilize traditional spiritual practices, updated for the 21st century, to deepen a person’s faith, nurture mission, and inspire social concern. Participants will learn how to join spiritual practices with worship, Bible study, choir, youth programs, and mission.
Rev. Bruce Epperly, Ph.D., Pastor, South Congregational Church, Centerville, MA, and Professor of Theology and Spirituality, Wesley Theological Seminary

9. Kids As Peacemakers Mural Program
Looking for a creative way to engage the children in your congregation in a conversation about peace? Want to make a bold statement to your community about the values of your congregation? Join this interactive workshop to learn about a project that combines peace education and community art.
Rev. Christopher Ney, Pastor and Chair of Kids As Peacemakers Board and Linda Seeley, Montessori Teacher Trainer, Central Congregational Newburyport, MA

10. Empowering Youth as Servant Learners and Servant Leaders
Want some new ways to notice, name, and nurture the spirits of the youth in your congregation? This workshop will offer tools to help youth identify their passions and bring purpose to their lives. Learn about some creative programs that are engaging youth in meaningful service learning and challenging them to be transformative agents of change.
Rev. Mia Douglas, Associate Pastor of Faith Congregational Church, Hartford, CT
Debby Kirk, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, CTUCC


11. Next Steps in Mission
Do you wish your church would do more in mission? This interactive workshop looks at what you are doing now and gives concrete suggestions for encouraging the congregation to take next steps. Learn how to move from giving to shared mission and from doing shared mission to social action using language the congregation can understand and buy into.
Rev. Elizabeth M. Magill, Minister, Worcester Fellowship, Worcester, MA

12. Anti-Racism/Open and Affirming Ministries: Can We Talk?
Do you have an Anti-Racism Ministry at your church? An Open and Affirming one? We envision a conversation about intersections among race, sexual orientation, gender identities and gender expressions. "How can we make our churches places where people can bring their whole selves?"
Ivy Tillman and Russ Vernon-Jones, members of First Congregational UCC, Amherst, MA

13. Understanding Homelessness: A Key to Effective Outreach Ministry
Together we will explore homelessness, from young people to families to individuals. We will look at ministries and programs that are working; policies that perhaps could improve and possible responses from each of us in the spirit of Jesus' teachings and example.
Holly Brauner, Director, Housing Pathways Family Shelter, and a member at First Church in Swampscott, MA and  Alison Brauner, Veterans' Ministry Fellow, Cathedral in the Night, Northampton, MA

14. Learn How You Can Help End Mass Incarceration in Massachusetts
The workshop will present the scope and scale of mass incarceration in the Commonwealth. It will introduce the proposed legislation that aims to minimize it. And, it will encourage discussions around ways individuals and their congregations can influence the passage of the legislation as well as address the poverty (i.e., lack of job opportunities) and racism that fuel mass incarceration.
Josh Beardsley, Volunteer, EPOCA-Jobs NOT Jails Campaign and Lillie Williams, Regional Organizer, EPOCA

15. Financial Reporting 101
What are the essential elements of church financial reports that are clear, concise, and complete? What is required of churches? Using case studies, the workshop will present a financial reporting format that is consistent with accounting rules (GAAP) and useful to churches, as presented in the Church Finance Handbook.
Rev. Karen McArthur, Congregational Finance LLC and Minister of Stewardship & Finance, First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, UCC, MA

16. Understanding Mass Incarceration
Jesus tells us in Matthew 25:31-46 that as Christians, we will be judged by how well we care for the hungry, the thirsty, the poor and the imprisoned. In our society, many of the people who fit that description are the 7.3 million people currently under correctional control, 2.3 million of whom are in prison or jail, while the remaining 5 million are kept in permanent poverty by the rules of parole and probation and the legal discrimination against them in housing, employment, and public assistance. There are clear connections between racism, politics, targeted enforcement of the War on Drugs and the intractable poverty that it creates.
Rev. Marilyn B. Kendrix, Associate Pastor, Church of the Redeemer UCC, New Haven, CT

17. Social Justice, Faith-Based Organizing and the Ministry of the Legislative Advocate of the CT Conference of the UCC
Come learn about faith-based community organizing, its combination of prayer and action and why we do these together. Find out how you can put your faith in action by learning about the Ministry of the Legislative Advocate of the CT Conference of the UCC.
Patrick Carolan, Executive Director of the Franciscan Action Network and Michele Mudrick, Legislative Advocate of the CT Conference of the UCC

19. eChurch: Creating and Cultivating an Online Presence for Pastors and Churches
Having a relevant and engaging online presence is as important as having a sign in front of your church or business cards in your pocket. Getting started with websites, blogs and social media can be intimidating and confusing. In this workshop we will explore easy and cost efficient ways to create online and social media presences for you church and for yourself (online presence is now a part of the new UCC ministerial profile).
Rev. Eric C. Fistler, Pastor, West Suffield Congregational Church, CT

20. Do You Want to Raise a Lot of Money?
Capital campaigns are one way to raise significant money for important projects around your church. More importantly, a campaign can also deepen the faith of members, improve the spirit of a local congregation and provide energy for the future. Come and learn about the basics of planning for a successful campaign.
Rev. Dr. Jay M . Terbush, Interim Pastor, First Congregational Church, Longmeadow, MA, and Rev. Dr. Jonathan New, Temporary Associate Conference Minister for Stewardship and Financial Development, MACUCC

21. Bi-Vocational Ministry: What Does it Mean for Clergy and Congregations?
Paul went to see them, and, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together – by trade they were tentmakers. (Acts 18:2-3) The trend towards part-time ministry will increase as financial pressures on congregations increase. This workshop will address tentmaking ministries for clergy and their impact upon congregations.
Rev. Quentin Chin, interim pastor, teacher and chaplain, and Rev. Cynthia Crosson-Harrington, pastor, teacher and writer

22. CANCELLED Myths and Realities of the Latino/a American Experience in the UCC
A presentation and discussion of the rich and vast diversity found in the Latin@ communities which offers opportunities for the UCC. The Latin@ communities are the fastest growing demographic in MA.
Robert Ochoa, Interim Pastor, Lake View Congregational Church, UCC, Worcester, MA

23. Who Is Our Neighbor and How Can We Be Good News to Them?
The first three churches that sign up for this workshop will receive an advance Mission Insite report and become the focus of the workshop. We will work with the mosaic groups produced through Mission Insite of these three churches as we look at how demographic data can give direction to our ministries. In this way we will resource each other's ministries, gain new perspectives, and live out our covenant!
Rev. Wendy Vander Hart, Associate Conference Minister, MACUCC

24. Harnessing Creative Energies: Transforming Conflict in Congregations
Conflict is ubiquitous, but it does not have to be disruptive. In this workshop we'll unpack the pastor's toolbox and explore the tools to encourage congregations to embody the ministry of reconciliation.
Rev. Steven T. Savides, Pastor, First Church of Christ, Congregational, Farmington, CT

25. Forming Developing World Partnerships
Drawing from the experience of forming a partnership with the Ecumenical Council of Guatemala, Bill Ragan will offer an example of how to establish a meaningful partnership with an organization in the developing world and encourage the group to share similar experiences.
Rev. William Ragan, Ministerial Associate, Payson Park Church, Belmont, MA

26. Association Share-a-Thon
Share your Association's best practices. In the spirit of interdependence, let's learn from each other. How can our Associations better serve our church members?
Bill Peltz, Treasurer, Fairfield West Association, CTUCC

27. Be Thou My Vision: Telling Our Stories of Faith Visually
Visual worship is more than video screens and projectors! Explore creative ways to tell the stories of our faith with arresting visuals throughout the year. This practical workshop will offer the theology of visual worship, practical ways to engage your congregation around the topic, examples of altarscapes you can create, and a time for hearing your own ideas.
Rev. Jonathan Chapman, Pastor, Westfield Congregational Church, Danielson, CT

28. Building Healthy Church Relationships
Drawn from the Walking in the Way of Peace program of conflict transformation for communities of faith, we  will explore what happens within a congregation when relationships break down, and offer several effective approaches for keeping communications flowing in healthy ways so that disagreements and differences become opportunities for creativity, healing and growth. Skills for deep listening, creating relational covenants, and other resources will be included.
Rev. Dr. Peter Wells, Justice LED Organizer, Justice and Witness Ministry, UCC

Afternoon Workshop Choices

 29. Black Lives Matter (repeat of morning workshop)
The recent deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner are flashpoint events that have sparked protests and national dialogue about race. This workshop will be a facilitated discussion about realms of racism, specifically the institutional structures that protect privilege and create oppression. We will offer tools for church leaders and local congregations who wish to engage in advocacy and racial justice training.
Rev. George Harris, Pastor, South Congregational Church New Britain CT and Rev. Bea Manning, Associate Pastor, First Parish of Bolton, MA

30. Church Financial Management: Dollars and Sense
Practical advice for treasurers, trustees and other folks responsible for budgeting, accounting, and stewardship of assets. A "greatest hits" collection based on over ten years of working with congregations. Pitfalls to avoid. Good resources to know about.
Charlie Kuchenbrod, Executive Associate Conference Minister, CTUCC

31. Considering Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Resolution of Witness Proposed for Vote, June 2015
Join us for a program of reasoned consideration and deep listening about the MACUCC’s Resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict coming up for vote at our June Annual Meeting.  There are diverse positions for and against this kind of action in the peace process.  How may this impact the complex work of seeking peace in the Holy Land?  How may this impact our relationships with Jewish colleagues and friends?  What other actions might we take to advocate for real progress in this protracted conflict? We'll share resources and options on having faithful conversations with interfaith neighbors in your home town. 
Members of the MACUCC Israel Palestine Task Team with the MACUCC Task Force on Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations

32.  Good News for Everyone! Preaching That Reaches All Ages
How might our preaching engage and captivate children, teenagers and adults? We'll look at preaching techniques and at various ways to structure the 'sermonic moment' - including use of dialogue, drama, multi-media and multi-sensory reflections - that bring the Word alive. Together, we'll consider how ministers and lay people, young people and adults can proclaim the Good News in worship for all ages.
Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton, Pastor, Saugatuck Congregational Church, UCC , Westport CT 

33. Joy in the Moment
A workshop to equip clergy and pastoral visitors to offer meaningful ministry to those affected by dementia.
Rev. Fran Ruthven, Interim Pastor, South Congregational Church, UCC, Amherst, MA

34. Going Green: From Simple to Solar
UCC Congregations are challenged to become Green Justice Congregations. We will review both the Action Steps you can take now to become recognized as a Green Congregation, and the planning required for a photo-voltaic solar panel installation. Most of the seminar will be devoted to reviewing the engineering, legal, insurance, regulatory, and financial issues involved in a solar project, based on our own experience.
Earl Brazeal and Bruce Lyman, Trustees, First Congregational Church of Woodstock, CT

35. Storytelling and Preaching
Do you want to bring storytelling into your preaching? Come to hear the importance of storytelling in preaching, learn how to tell stories in sermons, and practice telling a story and polishing it for the pulpit.
Rev. Cindy Maybeck, Biblical storyteller

36. The Dream Room (repeat of the morning workshop)
Trendlines are just as influential and pervasive as headlines but tend to happen under the radar, without attention. For example, the sharing culture is a trend in which people participate in shared goods or services to cut costs and conserve resources. This workshop will focus on various cultural trendlines as analogies for how church culture can dream a bright future, offering new possibilities for our work as UCC leaders.
Rev. Da Vita "Day" McCallister, Associate Conference Minister for Leadership and Vitality, CTUCC

37. A Valuable Conversation: Advance Directives
Written Advanced Directives allow us to make decisions about medical care for when we are no longer able to communicate our wishes. Navigating the many choices is a spiritual and medical experience based upon values and goals. This workshop will explore the types of directives, some helpful tools and how to initiate this challenging topic with loved ones and a congregation.
The Rev. Donna Vuilleumier, Spiritual Counselor for Gentiva Hospice

38. Many Names for God: Exploring Gendered Language
Are you interested in expanding the gendered language used in your congregation for the Trinity and for humanity? This workshop will explore a variety of available options (including examples from Scripture and tradition) as well as tools to help you introduce new language in your congregations.
Elizabeth Sweeny, member of First Congregational Somerville, MA

39. Clergy Compensation: Understanding the Massachusetts Guidelines
What is fair compensation for clergy AND the church? This workshop will help clergy and churches understand the components of a clergy compensation package and its function in a strong clergy-congregation covenant.
Rev. Quentin Chin, Interim Pastor and Teacher, First Congregational Church, Dalton, MA

40. Testing Your Congregation's Vital Signs
How do we take the pulse of the church? How strong is it? Can we tell whether the congregation has what it needs to survive and thrive in a changing world? This workshop will give you an understanding of what makes for a church that is healthy, faithful and effective in this changing landscape of religion in our culture. We'll look at tools to assess the vitality and potential of your congregation. These will help you discern what resources and direction your church needs to flourish in the service of God.
Rev. Don Remick, Associate Conference Minister, MACUCC

41. Grow Your Church in 30 Minutes a Day
Blogs, articles, books, and websites devoted to church growth have flooded the market leaving pastors and laity overwhelmed and feeling as if church growth is complicated and unattainable. But church growth is neither esoteric nor difficult. This workshop, directed to both pastors and lay people, teaches immediate and manageable steps that will result in the transformative and dynamic growth of your church.
Rev. Jane A. Willan, Pastor, and Peter G. Dennis, member, Congregational Church of Grafton, MA; co-authors of Jump Start This Church!

42. Ministry in Times of Trauma
One of the greatest challenges any pastor or caregiver can face is ministry to those who are caught in the midst of disaster, large or small. The loss of loved ones, homes, belongings or the threat of physical harm that comes in tragic situations can have profound and long-lasting effects. This workshop is an introduction to the initial care that can be given to those who have found their world turned upside down.
Rev. James Tilbe and Rev. Fred Meade, Coordinators of MACUCC Disaster Resource Team

43. Becoming a Restorative Justice Congregation
Begin implementing the Biblical process of Shalom in your congregation and community. Learn the steps for engaging in the study and certification process to become a Restorative Justice Congregation. You've attended RJ 101 and experienced a Restorative Justice Circle. Find out what's next.
Noelle Dattilo, Facilitator of Communities for Restorative Justice and Mike Rich, Chairperson, MACUCC Restorative Justice Task Team

44. Ministering Without Walls: Taking Ministry to the Streets
Ministering outdoors has its appeal and its challenges. Cathedral In The Night of Northampton, MA, has become an important ministry for homeless and under-homed veterans, students, social justice folks, and Christians for whom open air worship is meaningful. Learn about successful street worship, and explore ways your church and you can make a difference by getting involved in an outdoor worship scene and discovering worship as it was in the days of the Gospel. This will be an interactive workshop.
Lance Humphrey, UCC Licensed Minister

45. Curriculum and Resources
This workshop is open to all but is required for those enrolled in the MACUCC CE Certification Program. We will share and discuss curricula, resources and the "how to's" for their selection.
Elsa Marshall, MACUCC Resource Center Director and Associate for Christian Education and Youth Ministry, MACUCC

46. How Church Bible Study Can Change Your Life
Bible study boring, stodgy, or soporific? Perish the thought! Church Bible study can be a joyful, engaging experience that stretches spirits, challenges secular values, changes lives, and perhaps even the world.
Rev. Amy Lignitz Harken, Pastor, and Patricia Berry, Director of Christian Education, Mattapoisett Congregational Church, MA

47. United Church Mission – Guidance for Church Discussion & Decision-Making
The Massachusetts Conference is in the midst of transitioning to United Church Mission (UCM), a wider church funding approach that will, in time, replace Fellowship Dues and OCWM Basic Support for those churches that opt in. Though dozens of churches have now opted in, some church leaders are wondering how best to have a conversation about UCM in their congregations. Come to learn more about the many reasons why your church might want to make this change, to review available UCM resources, and to receive guidance to help facilitate UCM decision-making in your church.
Rev. Dr. Jonathan New, Temporary Associate Conference Minister for Stewardship & Financial Development,  and members of the MACUCC Finance Committee

48. Video 101: How to Make, Distribute, and Live Stream Video
Bob Craigue has 30 years of broadcasting experience with WBZ-TV. For the past six years he has been developing best practices of video use for churches. It is essential in today’s online environment that the ministers and vestry of our churches know what to expect from a vendor or volunteer who will connect your church to the world.
Bob Craigue, Director of the Media Center at Andover Newton Theological School

49. The Discipleship Church
This workshop will look at some of the changes that have been taking place in our society, and how your church can grow and prosper by focusing on growing disciples instead of placating members.
Rev. Paul Sangree, Senior Pastor, The Congregational Church of Westborough, MA

50. CANCELLED Latino/a Worship and Praise
An invitation to a vibrant Latino/a Worship and Praise… through song, dance, and Word. Knowledge of Spanish not required - All Are Welcomed!
Members of the Hispanic Ministry Working Team.

51. Using Rituals for Creative Worship
We used to think rituals (often referred to as "empty rituals") were too Catholic. We have learned a lot in the past 50 years about how worship actually works. How can these insights help us craft rituals appropriate to our own settings in ways to enliven our worship? This interactive workshop will involve both: 1. Teaching about how meaningful worship does what it does; 2. Open discussion of applications in our settings.
Rev. Dr. Sara E. Penn-Strah, member, Second Congregational Church UCC, Greenfield

52. Open My Eyes: Transforming Your Worship Space
Transforming your worship space can create a wealth of meaning for worshippers. We'll explore the challenges and successes of visual worship on a large scale while sharing ideas you can use in your own congregation.
Rev. Jonathan Chapman, Pastor, Westfield Congregational Church, Danielson, CT

53. Called to Preach on Climate Change – Practical Advice Religious Leaders Need
Climate change is the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced.  As with the abolitionist movement and the civil rights movement, preaching must offer hope, engage imagination, and inspire action.  This workshop will prepare pastors to preach on climate change in anticipation of the Paris Climate Talks that will be held in the late fall.
Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, MACUCC Minister and President and national leader in the climate change movement, will share what he has learned from the sermons he has preached on climate change to hundreds of congregations.

54. How to Care for Your People
Care Teams: How to organize, recruit, manage, and evaluate person to person caring with meals, cards, calls, prayer and visits.
Rev. Lynn Dolan, Rena Mayberry Care Team captain, Anne Cairns,and Elaine Shaw First Congregational, Shrewsbury, MA

55. I'm a Church Delegate...now what?
What does it mean to be a local church delegate? Whether you are new to the role or have been a delegate for years, sometimes it's not clear what this important role entails. Together we will discuss the various expectations, responsibilities and yes, the blessings attached to the role of local church delegate.
Rev. Jill Graham, Associate Conference Minister, MACUCC

56. Cousins in Faith:  UCC and Unitarian Universalist Dialogue
Explore the theology and polity of our "congregational way."  We'll share stories about how our UCC and UU branches grew in different directions from the same tree, and lift up opportunities for strengthening both traditions through collaboration and dialogue.
Rev. Kelly Gallagher, Associate Conference Minister, MACUCC

57. Stirring Up Healthy Ministry
Looking for some training for the pastoral relations committee, best practices, and ways to be proactive in establishing a group?  This workshop will cover purpose and practices for this vital link in fulfilling a church's mission and vision.
Rev. Wendy Vander Hart, Associate Conference Minister, MACUCC

58. Why Chile? Why the Pentecostal Church?
What do New England Congregationalists and South American Pentecostals have to teach each other about the church? For more than 30 years the Massachusetts Conference and the Pentecostal Church of Chile have been joined in an ecumenical partnership. Join us for a conversation about the history and current activities of this long-standing relationship.
Rev. Christopher Ney, Pastor and Chair of the Chile Mission Partnership Committee and Terry and Wally Hall, members of the Chile Mission Partnership Committee

59. Feeling Called to Ministry as a Second Career?
This might just be your first step. We will explore how to discern a call to ministry, what are your ministry pathway options and what are some of the joys and concerns that arise as an older seminary student.
Rev. Diann Helen Bailey, First Church of Christ, Congregational, Suffield, CT


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