Together, As One Team Engages with Consultant

Jim Schnurbusch

Leaders from the three southern New England Conferences met with a consultant last week who will help guide them in developing a proposal to form a new, single Conference. 

The Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences have engaged Jim Schnurbusch, of the St. Louis firm OrgStory, to help develop the plan. Annual Meeting voters in June overwhelmingly voted in support of pursuing a unified Conference.

Schnurbusch has worked with other settings of the denomination, including with the national setting of the UCC in developing its purpose, vision and mission statements. His firm works exclusively with nonprofit organizations.

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Read updates from the Together, As One, team here

Urgent Appeal for CWS Cleanup Kits 

With Hurricane Harvey having brought record flooding to Texas and Louisiana, and Hurricane Irma roaring through the Caribbean on its way to Florida, Church World Service has issued an urgent appeal for Cleanup Buckets.

As of Sept. 3, CWS was already filling requests for 56,687 CWS Hygiene Kits, Emergency Cleanup Buckets and Blankets.

Newman Congregational Church in Rumford, RI has agreed to take in these buckets through the end of the month, at which point a truck will pick them up for delivery. 

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

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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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
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.

Ecumenical YOUTH MUSIC Festival
Oct. 14, 4 PM to 8 PM
Irons Homestead, Glocester

Youth 7th to 12th grade are invited for a day with theme workshops and adventure at the waterfront, along the wooded pathways and within the buildings on site. Participate in a final closing outside YOUTH concert! 

Interims - Racial Justice Training
Nov. 1, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Edwards House Meeting Center, Framingham, MA

Racial Justice Training day just for interims to become familiar with the insights and concepts and how they might help in interim ministry. 

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

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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.


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