RICUCC Office Receiving CWS Cleanup Kits

In response to Hurricane Harvey, the Rhode Island Conference office will be accepting Cleanup Buckets for Church World Service. The Conference will deliver them to the CWS depot in Connecticut.

Please consider putting one or more together and bringing them by the RI Conference Office, 8 Summer Street in Pawtucket, Monday through Thursday between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.

The RI Conference office can receive only completed buckets.

Read more details, including information on matching grants

For the latest on UCC efforts regarding Hurricane Harvey, and to make a financial contribution, visit:

Blog: Synod - A Powerful Experience

The Rev. Cleo Graham reflects on her experience at General Synod, writing:  "Synod is ongoing because I am still thinking about what I experienced and envisioned as a result of my time at Synod ... Many of these quotes and messages are still percolating in my mind and heart. It continues to shape my opinions today."

Read her post

UCC leader expresses outrage at Trump's pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio

Southwest Conference Minister The Rev. William M. Lyons recently wrote a response to President Donald Trump’s decision grant a full pardon to former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was recently found guilty of criminal contempt for defying a judge’s order to stop racial profiling of Latinos in immigration enforcement. 

Read his letter here

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.

Read more and register


Registration Open for Tending the Fire Retreats 

Tending the Fire helps clergy "think systems" in their congregations and their personal lives, so they can lead change that lasts. Participants must attend all three retreats:

Nov. 1-3, 2017, Irons Homestead, Glocester, RI

Jan. 9-11, Edwards House, Framingham, MA

Feb. 27-Mar. 1, Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon, CT

Find out more and register

Upcoming Conference Events

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.

Rhode Island 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. With  Mr. Jonathan Lewis (above), a Senior Level Trainer in Kingian Nonviolence with the Positive Peace Warrior Network.

Merciful Conversations on Race: Let's Talk About White Privilege
Mondays, Oct. 3 - 30, 7 to 9 PM
Chapel Street Congregational Church, Lincoln, RI

An adult education curriculum designed to invite members of the church and the wider community to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive and bold conversations on race

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, 

Save the Date!



Toddler Care Provider - Peace Dale


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.


I want to:
Sign up for Weekly Newsletter       Submit an Event for the Calendar 

Submit a Suggested Article           Submit a Classified Ad 

Looking for helpful links to UCC Programs and Ecumenical Organizations?
 Visit our Helpful Links Page

Rhode Island Conference, United Church of Christ
8 Summer Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
(401) 724-7700