Friends of the Conference

Friends of the Conference

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"Friends, trust that Jesus is there to hold your hand. Trust that Jesus is truly intent on walking with each and every one of us. Know, church, that Jesus is guiding our feet to the best of our ability with what we know right now."  I shared this message in an August video address to the Southern New England Conference UCC regarding the collective fatigue we have been feeling as we navigate the pandemic.

When I was elected as your Executive Conference Minister I had visions of preaching in your churches, hugging people, and inviting folks into my home. While we may not be there quite yet, I truly feel Jesus’ guidance as we live into our vision more than ever. I see churches welcoming all people unconditionally, as they make disciples of Jesus. I have witnessed the work of those who have a commitment to make God’s love and justice real. I am overwhelmed by the transformative leadership that is bringing new life to our Conference. I am inspired by the covenant partnerships we are making with those who work for the common good. I see you, Friends.

We are doing great work together, including initiatives made possible by Friends of the Conference:

  • Our Faith Formation team making the shift to virtual programming, including the coordination of dozens of educational webinar offerings as well as the creation of Chapel of the Heart.
  • Making God’s Love and Justice real through the celebration of Black History and a commitment to confront anti-Asian bias.
  • The creation of the Center for Transformational Leadership, designed in direct response to you, our clergy, and our lay leaders. You have been asking the conference for resources, guidance, and support to navigate these challenging times and help you transform into a new vision for tomorrow.
  • Forming new covenant partnerships with thought leaders and nonprofits in Southern New England.

We will continue to walk with you, the members of our Southern New England Conference.

We will work together. We will witness together. We will live the Love of Justice and Jesus together.

Please consider a gift to the Friends of the Conference appeal 
so that we can continue to support UCCers and congregations together!

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In gratitude for your generosity and faithfulness,

Rev. Darrell L. Goodwin
Executive Conference Minister
Southern New England Conference United Church of Christ


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