News Briefs

News Briefs

Survey from the Women's Table

The Women’s Table of the United Church of Christ asks female laity and clergy to complete a brief survey to gather information about issues and concerns affecting them in this time. Please complete by December 11.

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Youth Voices Project

Our SNEUCC youth are wonderfully wise and creative! We want to hear their thoughts on Discipleship and faith and amplify those voices. Pastors, Youth Leaders and Parents, please share this opportunity with youth and young adults (ages 14-29) in your circles. Pieces that...

LGBT Asylum: Building Bridges of Hope

The LGBT Asylum Task Force hosted its third annual Gala themed "Building Bridges of Hope" on October 5 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.  It was a sold-out event at which 500+ supporters dined, danced, and listened to the remarkable journeys of some of the LGBTQ ...

How to Help the Children at the Border

Our government is detaining asylum-seeking children and adults in squalid conditions across our country. As people of faith, we are full of rage and pain, and want to help. Here are a few ways to stand in solidarity and offer assistance (many of these come from this New...

Call ICE on Behalf of Lucio Perez

A message from the Rev. Vicki Kemper Dear friends, We continue to feel profoundly grateful to each of you and your faith communities for all they ways you lift up and support Lucio Perez and his family in sanctuary.  Our fight against his deportation continues and we ...

UCC Survey: Church Environmental Practices

On an annual basis, the UCC Environmental Justice Ministry will be conducting a survey of all the churches in the denomination in order to gather data on what churches are doing to care for God's creation. We want to be able to measure and assess our denomination’s ...

Peer-To-Peer Recovery Course Supports Success

NAMI-RI is offering a Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Course eight Tuesday afternoons in February and March for people experiencing a mental health challenge who would like some assistance.   This course is designed to encourage personal growth, encourage healing and ...

Shine the Light on Immigration

Join the UCC churches of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, as we seek together to learn more about the issues surrounding immigration.   During this Epiphany season, as a congregation, consider a commitment to reading the book Dear America: Notes from an ...

Important News for Local Church Treasurers

It has come to our attention that some of our Massachusetts Conference churches may not have received important information from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts regarding a new employer filing requirement with a deadline of November 30.   Effective November 2018, any ...

Armistice Day: Ringing Bells for World Peace

First Congregational Church in Rockland's historic bell Last Sunday, November 11, was the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day - a day marking the end of fighting in WWI.  At 11 AM, when the fighting stopped, church bells rang all over the world in celebration and hope...

Help Keep Boston Youth Warm this Winter

City Mission, along with Citizens Bank, believes that all children in Boston deserve to be warm and safe this winter.  Coat Boston has spent nine years ensuring that children, from toddlers to teens, have the warm winter coats they need. City Mission partners with ...

Preaching Needed on Youth Climate Trial

The United Church of Christ is asking that you add your prophetic voice to a sermon campaign that the UCC Council for Climate Justice has spearheaded, with over 20 organizations of different faiths participating. On October 29th, what has been called “the trial of the ...

10-Year Marriage Equality Anniversary Approaching

This November 12 will mark the 10th anniversary of the beginning of marriage equality in Connecticut, a cause that was championed by many United Church of Christ clergy and churches at the time. Anne Stanback of Immanuel Congregational Church UCC in Hartford, who was ...

Supplying Help at the Border

Has your church been looking for a way to help in the crisis at the US / Mexico border? Here are two collections of supplies that your church can contribute to now. Our fellow UCC churches are doing the work at the border directly with both the children and adults who ...

Clergy: Sign on to Keep Families Together

The Immigration and Refugee Task Team urges clergy of all faiths to sign on to this petition in support of immigrant families and an end to separating parents from their children. Read the document and sign here.  Questions? Contact Rev. Noel Andersen, Church World ...

Conference Seeks Racial Justice Training Leaders

The Massachusetts Conference, UCC is seeking additional facilitators to present racial justice trainings to local churches. If you have completed a Racial Justice Level I Training through the Conference and feel called to this work, you are invited to join the team.   ...

Conference Disaster Coordinators Gather

Conference Disaster Coordinators at their Annual Meeting The Rev. Estelle Margarones, co-chair of the MACUCC Disaster Resource & Response Team and Barbara Gregory, Rhode Island Conference Disaster Coordinator, recently attended the UCC Conference Disaster Coordinators...

ONA Updates

Annual Meeting Resolution on Bullying for MA and CT Conferences Be sure to look out for a proposed resolution at the MA and CT Annual Meetings this June.  The CT Conference ONA Ministry Team created the resolution and graciously shared it with the MA Conference ONA ...

Conference Looking for Green Congregations

The Massachusetts Conference is looking to hear from churches that have completed a Level in the Green Congregation challenge, to they may be recognized at the Annual Meeting Recognition Lunch on Saturday, June 16, 2018.   The Green Congregation awards include a framed...

Rhode Island Black Film Festival April 14 - 16

A festival of feature, short and documentary films and panelists will be shown April 14-16 at Beneficent Meeting House, RISD Museum and the Cable Car Cinema.  The Rhode Island Black Film Festival celebrates the Black Experience in Film.  The Festival provides a ...

Springfield Pastor Chosen For Oral History Archive

Louis Mitchell, associate minister of South Congregational Church in Springfield, was recently selected for an in-depth interview by the LGBT Religious Archives Network as part of their Oral History Collection.  Mitchell is a pioneering "intentional man", known around ...

Sign up for Connecticut Women’s Newsletter

Get information about Connecticut Women of the UCC delivered right to your inbox!  This includes news about upcoming meetings, retreats and special events, such as the New England Women’s Celebration X in Portland Maine in April. To be added to the list, contact Pam ...

News from the Open and Affirming Ministry Team

Massachusetts Anti-Transgender Ballot Measure “In 2018 Massachusetts will vote for fairness” says the banner on the website of Freedom Massachusetts.  Next November, Massachusetts will vote on a ballot measure that would roll back the hard-won rights in Massachusetts ...

Churches Invited to be Livestream Sites

Churches are invited to serve as livestream sites for an upcoming event,  The Courage to Show Up: a conversation with Brené Brown and DeRay McKesson, being held Feb. 1 at The Riverside Church in New York City. While the event won’t be publicly livestreamed or recorded,...

Ride the Bus to Celebration X in Maine

Connecticut Women of the UCC are hiring a bus to take Celebration X participants from Connecticut to Maine for the April 6-8, 2018, event.  Anyone traveling from Connecticut is encouraged to sign up for the bus!  The cost is $75 round trip (including tip to bus driver)....

Update on Clergy Housing Allowance

United Church of Christ Attorney Heather Kimmel sent the following notice to Conference Ministers just before Christmas, 2017: “Many of you have been watching with interest the housing allowance case in the Western District of Wisconsin.  As you know, the judge ...

Public Safety Forums for Churches

The Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice and Commonwealth of Massachusetts are offering "A Forum of Learning on Public Safety Crises" to houses of worship and faith communities, in several locations throughout Massachusetts. ​ Dec. 4 - Amherst     ...

Anti-Casino Coalition Plans Bridgeport Gathering

The Coalition Against Casino Expansion in CT is encouraging church members to come to a panel discussion on a proposed casino in Bridgeport - and to invite their legislators to come as well. The free luncheon meeting, being held Thursday Dec. 7, from noon to 1:30 PM at...

Silver Lake Looking To Hire Administrator

Silver Lake Conference Center is looking to hire an Administrator, The Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer, Executive Director, announced Friday, Nov. 3. "This person will be key to Silver Lake's committment to radical hospitality," Gackenheimer said. "They will be the first face ...

Churches Invited to Join The Fight for 15

Conference churches are invited to participate in the signature-gathering campaigns to qualify referenda for the ballot for the "Fight for $15" and "Paid Family and Medical Leave" ballot initiatives.   By participating with Essex County Community Organization and ...

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