Associate Conference Minister for Communications
The Massachusetts Conference Board of Directors announced today that The Rev. Don Remick will serve as the Transitional Interim Minister and President upon the Rev. Dr. Jim Antal's retirement July 1, 2018.
The Board also voted to create an Associate Conference Minster Search Committee to seek a half-time ACM to minister "to the ministries of Jesus Christ in and through the churches of the Southeast Area" where Remick focuses part of his full-time ministry.
Remick will be coming into this position following the vote at the June Annual Meeting regarding the formation of a new Conference in unity with the Connecticut and Rhode Island conferences.
"I’m thrilled by this decision of the Board," Antal said. "Anyone who has worked with Don knows that in addition to bringing familiarity and continuity to the lead position in the Conference, Don brings innovation and vision, driven by his attentive listening to the ever-new call of our Still Speaking God."
Remick said of his new role in part: "I am grateful for the faithfulness that exists in the hearts of our clergy and congregations across our Conference. I look forward to ministering to the ministries of Jesus Christ together."
Read below the letter from the Board, as well as Remick's complete statement:
Dear members and friends of the Mass Conference UCC:
Grace and peace to you!
Just as our congregations are transitioning from the summer, the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Conference has news to share about the transition associated with Jim Antal’s planned retirement on June 30, 2018 from his position as our Conference Minister and President.
We are very pleased to let you know the unanimous decision of the Board to declare its intention to appoint the Rev. Don Remick as Transitional Interim Minister and President as of July 1, 2018. The Board also voted to create an Associate Conference Minister (ACM) Search Committee to seek a half-time ACM who will minister to the ministries of Jesus Christ in and through the churches of the Southeast Area. The Board made its decision at our first fall meeting last Saturday, in order to allow sufficient time for this ACM search.
Don has served as an ACM, first in the northeast, and currently in the southeast and throughout the Conference, for eight years. He has guided scores of churches on the path of increased vitality as they have clarified their vision and mission. His leadership and insight are prized not only in our own Conference but throughout the UCC.
We anticipate that Don will serve in his new capacity for at least a year, and that this appointment will not preclude him from serving either in an executive position or as an ACM in a newly configured Conference.
Many months ago, Don made plans to go on an eight day silent retreat beginning tomorrow, September 19, so he will not be responding to phone or email messages in the immediate future. If you have any questions about this announcement, please feel free to contact either of us, or Jim Antal (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are thrilled to know that the leadership of our Conference will continue to be in excellent hands following Jim’s retirement. Thanks be to God!
Rev. Corey C Sanderson, Chair
MACUCC Board of Directors
Rev. Lynne M. Dolan, Vice Chair
MACUCC Board of Directors
For nearly 40 years I have had the pleasure of serving here in our MACUCC in a variety of settings. In those years I have had the honor of meeting and working with many different pastors, churches and MACUCC staff members. Those relationships and ministries have been a highlight of my life. I have learned much from each person and setting along the way. And I know I still have a lot to learn. Change seems to be one of the few constants in our lives and ministries this day. And I have tried to pay attention to a lesson that God keeps pointing out to me: God is encountered more fully and honestly in the wilderness than either the slavery to the past of Egypt or the promise of possibilities in the Promised Land. The wilderness teaches us the lessons of fundamental trust and humility before God. We are all in transition as churches and people in this country and changing landscape of ministry. And our conversations of deeper connections and collaborations among our 3 Conferences is another manifestation of transition. It is a transition that no one can lead us through without each other and God. I am grateful to continue to work with such a gifted and caring staff. And I am grateful for the faithfulness that exists in the hearts of our clergy and congregations across our Conference. I look forward to ministering to the ministries of Jesus Christ together.