RI Minister’s Association Fall Retreat

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. “ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

(Mon.) Sept. 25 – (Tues.) Sept.26
Edward’s House Retreat Center
1 Badger Rd, Framingham, MA 01702

Looking for a chance to get away for a few days? Want to deepen relationships with your RI colleagues, just have a little down time, or learn how to be a non-anxious presence in the midst of conflict? Join our Rhode Island Minister's Association fall retreat. 

This year we are welcoming Mr. Jonathan Lewis, a Senior Level Trainer in Kingian Nonviolence with the Positive Peace Warrior Network, as our retreat leader. He, with the aid of our very own Rev. Sharon Key, will guide our workshops over the two days. Don’t worry, we will also make sure we have some free time in our schedule to just relax or hang out with friends.
This retreat is open to all authorized ministers in the RI Conference, UCC. The cost is $130.00 and covers materials, lodging, and meals. Mark your calendars now and keep an eye out in your emails for further registration information. If you don’t get an email soon, be sure to contact our RIMA convener, Rev. Dale Azevedo ( or 401-246-0111).

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Super Saturday Registration Open

The next Super Saturday is October 21, 2017 at Keefe Regional Technical School in Framingham, MA. This full-day event includes morning worship, two workshops, an optional lunch activity, continental breakfast, lunch, marketplace and closing worship. Keynote speaker is The Rev. Noel Andersen, UCC & CWS Grassroots Coordinator for Immigrants' Rights.

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Stillspeaking Writers Release Study Guide for 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

The Stillspeaking Writers' Group has released a four-session, small-group study that takes a unique look at the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

The guide includes topics such as: 

  • Guess What? You’re a Priest
  • Which Do You Prefer, an Angry God or a Cheap Gospel? 
  • “Total Depravity”
  • Luther’s Sins—and Ours

Find out more

Upcoming Conference Events

10th Haiti Hoopla
August 13, 4:00 to 9:00 PM
Greenvale Vineyards,
Portsmouth, RI 

Lots of delicious food, wine, and dancing to benefit the ministries of the RIC-UCC Haiti Task Team.

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.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Aug. 27, 1:00 PM
McCoy Stadium, Pawtucket

Join Hope Church members and friends for an afternoon game at the Paw Sox. Please RSVP.

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, visitation 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 Fall Retreat
Sept. 25 - 26, 2017
Edwards House Meeting Center, Framingham, MA

Deepen relationships with your RI colleagues, have a little down time, and learn how to be a non-anxious presence in the midst of conflict.

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.

The Rhode Island Conference 211th Autumnal Meeting
Nov. 4, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Central Congregational UCC, 

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Vacation Notices

The Rev. Barbara J. Libby, Interim Conference Minister of the Rhode Island Conference, is on vacation July 27- August 14.  The Conference office will be open as usual Monday through Thursdays from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at 401-724-7700. Sandy Tremblay, Office Manager, can be reached at  

The Rhode Island Conference weekly newsletter will suspend publication temporarily for the weeks of August 7, 14, & 21.  Publication of the weekly newsletter will resume August 29.  Church activities and events of interest to the Conference can be added to the Conference website at any time by clicking the "Submit an Event" link at:  Check out the RI Conference website at at any time or like us on Facebook.



Other Events of Interest

Make It Plain: Authorizing Ministry for the 21st Century
Sept. 8 - 9
Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, Framingham, MA

One of four regional events to which Committees on Ministry, authorized ministers, and members of the UCC who are interested in the proposed changes to the UCC Manual on Ministry are invited to take part.

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.

UCC Pension Board Financial Planning Seminar
Oct. 31, 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM
Edwards House Meeting Center, 
Framingham, MA

Planned in collaboration with Ernst & Young Financial Planning Services®, this seminar is designed to provide tools and resources to lay and clergy to make handling their finances and planning for the future easier.


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