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Pilgrim Day Camp Will Not Open This Summer

For more than 50 years, Pilgrim Day Camp has operated on the Framingham, MA, campus of the Southern New England Conference. For the first time in it's history, the camp will not be held this summer due to COVID-19.  Following is the letter announcing the camp's closure ...

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Survey: Clergy are Tired, But Embracing Innovation

The Conference recently conducted a wide-ranging survey of churches, in which 260 churches participated. This is the second article in a series looking at the results, and focuses on how clergy are doing during this time. The first article looked at the financial ...

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A Book Club for Stewardship Enthusiasts!

Hearing a young attorney speak of the faith-based reasons for which he had just made a substantial monetary gift to a community youth center, Clif Christopher asked the speaker if he would consider making a similar contribution to the congregation of which he was an ...

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Tax Laws and Giving to Your Church

Recent tax law changes provide people an opportunity to make tax-free charitable contributions to your church from your IRA. This may be of special interest to those who must take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) annually from a traditional IRA.* The tax law now ...

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Interim Regional Minister Comes Onboard - Remotely

The Rev. Holly MillerShank began serving this week as the Interim Associate Conference Minister for the Metropolitan Boston and Northeast Associations - albeit, from her current home in Cleveland, Ohio. "Working remotely is par for the course for our little family," ...

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Important Information About Summer at Silver Lake

The Bridge Conference Ministers and the Silver Lake Staff announced on May 1 that they have made the decision to cancel in-person summer camp ministry for 2020.  Please read and/or watch the announcement below: Dear Friends, At Silver Lake, we teach our conferees to ...

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Edwards House Food Put to Good Use

The freezers at Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Center were full of food when the Coronavirus hit Massachusetts, forcing the facility - part of the Southern New England Conference's Framingham property - to stop hosting gatherings.  But thanks to the Edwards House ...

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Small Church Makes Big Effort on RIP Medical Debt

In West Woodstock, Connecticut, a small village in the town of Woodstock in the northeast corner of the state is the equally small church, the Church of the Good Shepherd. Their pastor, The Rev. Alice O'Donovan, says the average attendance in worship is between 20-25 ...

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Clergy in Need Urged to Seek Aid

The Bridge Conference Ministers are urging any authorized ministers in the Conference who find themselves in need of assistance to reach out to one of the ministerial aid associations in the region. "We are now 2 months into this pandemic and many of us have been in ...

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Mashpee Wampanoag Solidarity: Actions

Social Media Actions Earth Day April, 22: Post this picture on social media calling for the protection of Mashpee lands on Earth Day, with this message: "Happy Earth Day! The protection of Indigenous rights = the protection of Mother Earth. Join the good fight in ...

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Interested in Stewardship? Here's Your Group!

David Cleaver-Bartholomew, Transitional ACM for Stewardship and Financial Development, is interested in starting a colleague group for anyone involved and/or interested in stewardship and stewardship formation in their church. The group's purpose is to be a safe space ...

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Actions You Can Take on the 50th Earth Day

Greetings and peace to you in this Season of Eastertide:   During a recent webinar addressing both the pandemic and climate change, an online viewer asked the panelists, “People are so overwhelmed, how can we possibly talk about the environment now?”  Pastor, professor,...

SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL It all Started With Toilet Paper
SPOTLIGHT: It all Started With Toilet Paper

N. Dartmouth Church Helps Feed Hundreds During Pandemic When Scott Stubbs, moderator of Smith Mills Christian Congregational Church in N. Dartmouth, MA, realized that the church had just received two cases of toilet paper that they wouldn’t be...

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Help for Pastors: Contributions During COVID-19

The challenge of the Coronavirus pandemic requires many of us to learn new skills and ways of doing ministry. I’m deeply encouraged by the creativity and ingenuity I see across our congregations. And with so many virtual services, I’ve enjoyed stopping in...

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Who's Got the Best PJs? Siladi or Dorhauer?

Two denominational leaders, popping up on Facebook in their PJs?  Yup. Starting April 13, The Rev. Kent Siladi, Bridge Conference Minister, and Rev. John Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the UCC, will be sharing pictures of themselves in their pajamas on ...

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Easter Worship Service Videos Now Available

It's Here!  The Conference's Easter Worship is now posted online, and churches are encouraged and invited to use it in whatever way works in their settings. NOTE: PLEASE do NOT share these videos publicly BEFORE Easter!  We are posting them early to aid you in planning ...

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Mass. Churches Asked to Fill Out MEMA Survey

This week the Southern New England Conference received a request from MEMA (the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency) asking for input from ALL Massachusetts Churches on 2 questions: Are you providing food or meals or vital services programs in your community? Do ...

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Conference Annual Meeting Postponed

The Executive Committee of the Southern New England Conference Board, at the recommendation of the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, has decided to postpone the Annual Meeting previously scheduled for June 20th at Bryant College in Smithfield, RI. “With our staff and ...

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Conference Cancels Events; Shuts Offices

Out of concern for the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, the Bridge Conference Ministers have instructed staff to cancel Conference sponsored events and gatherings for the next 30 days, or to move them online.   "The risk of the spread of the virus to participants or...

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