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Synod, Here We Come!

By The Rev. Barbara Libby
Interim Conference Minister

We are quickly coming up on the United Church of Christ’s Synod in Baltimore, Md. which begins this Friday, June 30th and runs through July 4th. Thousands from across the country – both lay and authorized ministers from every Conference as well as the National setting - will gather for General Synod 31.  Together we will undertake a wide variety of business, including resolutions of witness, church structure, and function. Every Synod invites those present to stand up and consider issues that demand our faithful witness. We will also come together many times in exciting and dynamic worship throughout Synod.
Your Interim Conference Minister will drive to Baltimore on Thursday, June 29th – attending a meeting with all of the Conference Ministers from across the UCC on Friday morning.  All the Conference Ministers will then join in with our delegations for opening worship at 2:30 pm Friday afternoon.
Our Rhode Island delegation includes four voting delegates:  Rev. Cleo Graham, Wayne Gage, Pat Safstrom, and Alyssa Browning-Gray (a new Member in Discernment).  Our new Conference President, Frances Munro, and your Interim Conference Minister will attend as non-voting members.  In addition, Linda Hartley, a Member in Discernment from the Newman Congregational Church, will also gather with us.

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"Three Great Loves" Initiative to Launch at Synod

The United Church of Christ will publicly launch it's "Three Great Loves" initiative at General Synod this week.

The 3 Great Loves is the denomination’s opportunity to express how our Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, and Love of Creation work together to address the inequities in our current world. 


VIDEO: Dorhauer Keynote Address Now Online

A video of the full Annual Meeting Keynote Address by UCC General Minister and President The Rev. John C. Dorhauer, including the Question & Answer session is now available online.

Upcoming Conference Events

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.

RI 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.


Elizabeth Evone (Anderson) Barlow, 82, of Lincoln, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017. She was the wife of retired United Church of Christ Pastor A. Ralph Barlow. 

S. Lee Miller, 84, of Barrington, RI, passed away peacefully at home on May 29th, surrounded by his loving family. Lee was an active member of the Barrington Congregational Church for over 45 years, and served for 12 years on the Investment Committee of the Rhode Island Conference of the United Church of Christ.




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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