News Briefs

News Briefs

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.   ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

City Mission Offers Youth Immersion Program

Did you know that the average age of a person experiencing homelessness in the state of Massachusetts is 8? What would happen if more people—especially youth—knew this, and even more about homelessness in their own neighborhoods? City Mission is excited to offer two new...

Searfarer's Friend Needs Ship Visitors

Seafarer's Friend, a ministry that serves the men and women that work and live on the sea, is looking for volunteer ship visitors.  The organization, which has long had ties with the Massachusetts Conference, sent the following statement: "We visit the ships that come ...

Sacred Conversations on Immigration

Is your church interested in learning more about immigration? Does your congregation understand the difference between refugees and asylum seekers? Do they want more information on the sanctuary process? Invite the Immigration and Refugee Task Team of the Massachusetts...

Resources for Fighting Hate and Speaking Up

As a people of faith focused on wholistic health within our UCC churches and the communities we serve, some of our health promotion interventions must be broadened this year beyond the physical and mental health challenges we have addressed in the past. The following ...

Baby Jesus: Refugee?

Submitted by the Immigration and Refugee Task Team The Christmas season has ended, but the Christmas story has not. If we imagine that the Magi indeed did visit the Holy Family on January 6th, the Day of Epiphany, then is today the day that Joseph, Mary, and Jesus fled...

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