Registration Open for Autumnal Meeting

Nov. 4, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Central Congregational UCC, 

The theme of the 211th Rhode Island Conference Autumnal Meeting is Grace in a Time of Change, from the Scripture Romans 5:1-5:

1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boasting our hope of sharing the glory of God.  3 And not only that, but we also boast  in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

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RI Council of Churches Holding Race Conversations Around State

The Rhode Island Council of Churches is sponsoring a series of 5 two-hour session based on Merciful Conversations on Race: Let’s Talk White Privilegematerial developed by the United Church of Christ.
The Rhode Island State Council of Churches developed a facilitator guide and has trained our first group of facilitators. 

This series is for people who are serious about looking into their own souls and ask themselves hard questions.

Each five-session series can accommodate 20 people. They begin the week of Oct. 2 and are being held Monday nights in Lincoln, Tuesday nights in Newport, Wednesday nights in East Greenwich and another session is to be announced. 

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Urgent Appeal for CWS Cleanup Kits 

With Hurricanes Harvey and Irma having cut a swatch of destruction through the Caribbean, Florida and Texas, Church World Service has issued an urgent appeal for Cleanup Buckets.

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. 

Read more details, including information on matching grants

For the latest on UCC efforts to respond, and to make a financial contribution, visit:

Looking back at 10 significant moments at General Synod 2017

The closing gavel came down on the 31st General Synod of the United Church of Christ in the afternoon on July 4, capping five days in which the denomination deliberated subjects from climate care to gun violence, came together for a series of worship events that merged themes of justice and peace, and celebrated the election of a new justice leader.

Remembering those events and several others from Baltimore, read this article and watch the highlights video of 10 significant moments from General Synod 31.

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.

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! 

Super Saturday
October 21
Keefe Regional Technical School, Framingham, MA

A full day of worship, workshops, continental breakfast, lunch, marketplace and closing worship. Keynote speaker is The Rev. Noel Andersen, UCC & CWS Grassroots Coordinator for Immigrants' Rights.

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. 



Nursery Care - Lincoln

Toddler Care Provider - Peace Dale


Other Events of Interest

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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