UCC Declares a New Moral Era

By The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal
Massachusetts Conference Minister & President

It was a big claim: “Imperatives for a New Moral Era.” 
It was a big ask: to “resist all expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure and demand new sources of renewable energy that are accessible to all communities” and to write a new story for America – “a story that is not dependent on fossil fuel or on wealth for the few and misery for the many.”
It demands that the church itself “bear witness.”  Unlike so many resolutions passed at Church gatherings, instead of criticizing the injustice of others, this resolution is directed to the church and its members, asking them to "prayerfully engage" three imperatives by taking action. 
Nevertheless, on July 3, 2017 the national Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) voted not only to declare a new moral era, but to name the current climate crisis as “an opportunity for which the church was born.”

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This action by the United Church of Christ has garnered press coverage. Find links, and the full text of the resolution, at:

Synod Wrap-Up

A dozen people from the Rhode Island Conference attended the United Church of Christ General Synod June 30 - July 4 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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.


Director of Christian Education - Hope Church, East Providence, RI


Other Events of Interest

Training on Immigrants Rights
July 12, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Jewish Community Center,

A workshop for those who work with immigrants and refugees.

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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