The Rev. Yvette Flunder, Presiding Bishop of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries and SNEUCC Theologian-in-Virtual-Residence will be the guest preacher at two Clergy Revivals this Fall. The Revivals are open to all authorized ministers in the UCC and other denominations, including Members in Discernment.
“As a conference, we see that so many of our clergy are feeling drained from the pace and scope of ministry over the past few years,” said Rev. Alexander Shea Will, Area Conference Minister for the Northeast Region. “We hope these revivals, one part of a larger focus on clergy wellness, feel like a gift to all those who attend.”
The theme of the Clergy Revivals is Mourning into Dancing, based on Psalm 30 and will be held:
- Tuesday, October 25, 7:00pm ̶ First Congregational Church of Milton, 495 Canton Ave, Milton, MA 02186 [THIS REVIVAL IS IN-PERSON ONLY]
- Thursday, October 27, 7:00pm ̶ Faith Congregational Church, 2030 Main St, Hartford, CT 06120 [THIS REVIVAL WILL BE IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAMED]
“We decided on the theme “Mourning into Dancing” because we all have sorrow and exhaustion that we’ve been carrying, and if we’re truly going to invite God to revive our spirits, then first we have some things to lay down. So, come worship with us. Lay down all that God is longing to unburden from you, and let your spirit be lifted through word, song, prayer, and ritual,” said Shea Will.
The service will be led by the Area Conference Minister Team and other ministers on staff of the SNEUCC.
“Collectively we have been through some turbulent times, struggling to get a firm footing in what seems like constantly shifting sand. Therefore, I look forward to these soul revivals,” said Rev. Isaac Lawson, South Central Area Conference Minister. “The cherry on the top is the invitation to our Members in Discernment (MIDs). What a wonderful way to help them frame from the start ministry rooted in communal wellbeing and worship!”
Marlene Gasdia-Cochrane is the Storyteller for the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ, and a member of Tewksbury Congregational Church UCC.