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In Historic Vote, Three Conferences Vote to Move Toward Union

HARTFORD, CT - The Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Conferences of the United Church of Christ voted decisively on Saturday to move ahead toward forming a new combined Conference, so that they may have a stronger voice speaking for justice and may more effectively carry out mission and ministry together.

The votes, taken at the first-ever joint annual meeting of the three bodies, mean that Conference leaders will now develop a formal proposal for a new Conference which will be brought before a second joint Annual Meeting a year from now in Springfield, MA.

"I am proud of you," United Church of Christ General Minister and President The Rev. John Dorhauer told those gathered following the votes. "Your yes today matters, and your yes today casts a vision for the future that was not otherwise available to you. And, my covenant promise to you is that the entire denomination will walk side-by-side with you on whatever journey unfolds."

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Questions & Comments Leading Up to the Vote

Prior to Saturday's votes, those attending the Tri-Conference Annual Meeting had a chance to make comments and ask questions of the Conference Ministers and Board of Directors members. Some questions were asked at the microphones, others on submitted cards.


RICUCC 211th Annual Meeting Focused on Proposed New Conference

HARTFORD, CT - The 211th Annual Meeting of the Rhode Island Conference was held as part of the first-ever Tri-Conference Annual Meeting with the Massachusetts and Connecticut Conferences, and most of the two-hour session was dedicated to discussion about whether to move forward toward joining the other two, larger neighboring Conferences.

The 120 delegates and clergy in attendance voted decisively in favor of the resolution, but not until after a sometimes emotional discussion during which several people expressed concern that the interests of the Rhode Island Conference - with just 30 of the 625 churches that would make up the new Conference - would be overlooked by their larger counterparts.

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Upcoming Conference Events

Great American Camp Out
June 23 - 25
Irons Homestead, Glocester

Free camp-out space in our field by the waterfront. Come alone or bring a crowd. Pitch your tent or sleep under the stars. People all over the US will be camping out that weekend - join the party. Registration required.

General Synod 31
June 30 - July 4
Baltimore, MD

Thousands from across the country will gather to discern resolutions of witness, church structure, and function. 

Free Fun Day at the Homestead
Aug. 20, 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Irons Homestead, Glocester, RI

All churches and individuals of the Conference are invited to picnic and play at Irons Homestead for free.  Boating, Swimming, Volleyball, Soccer, Horseshoes, etc. Grills and tables will be ready for your picnic.

Partners For Safe Environments
2 Opportunities:
Sept. 6, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Sept. 16, 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Newman Congregational Church, Rumford
A workshop for church staff and volunteers working with children and youth, visitations teams, and other church leaders.The presenter is Karen Ziel, Commissioned Minister of Faith Formation and Leadership for the Connecticut Conference, UCC.

Minister's Association
Sept. 25 - 26, 2017
Edwards House Meeting Center, Framingham, MA

Save the date; details to come

Boundary Training
Oct. 5, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Edgewood Congregational Church, Cranston
Each Authorized Minister must be Certified in Boundary Training every three years in order to maintain their standing.


Office Administrator - Cumberland, RI

Worship Musical Arts Leader - Peace Dale, RI


Other Events of Interest

UCC Musicians Association Summer 2017 Conference
July 9 - 12
Simmons College, Boston, MA

This biannual conference seeks to nourish, inspire, and sustain church musicians.

2017 Craigville Theological Colloquy
July 10 - 14
Craigville Retreat Center, Craigville, MA

A full week including presentations, Bible reflections, daily worship services, small group discussions, singing, playing music and Keynote Speaker Professor Lee C. Barrett.

Jazz for the Journey
Sept. 28 - 30
Webster Groves, MO

A three-day national gathering celebrating the Spirit of Jazz in Christian worship and ministry.


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