Education and Training Programs for Racial Justice Offered

This summer’s protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, by Neo-Nazi, KKK, and other white supremacist groups is a sober reminder that racism is a systemic problem that all Americans need to address. That day in August, along with recent deadly encounters between law enforcement and black men, is a sign that the sin of slavery and racism are still deeply embedded in our national psyche. As a people who embrace Christ’s love as a covenant between us, it is essential that we engage in the work of self-education about the harm that racism does within ourselves, our congregations, and our denomination.

The Rhode Island Conference would like you and your congregations to know about the Racial Justice Ministry, which makes trainers available to lead programs about Sacred Conversations on Race and the Realms of Racism. 

Read more and find out how to bring at trainer to your congregation

Ecumenical YOUTH MUSIC Festival 


“Engage in 3 Great Loves!”

love of children * love of neighbor * love of creation 

rotation workshops * dinner * worship * outside youth concert 

Saturday, October 14, 2017,  4:00-8:00 PM
youth groups’ early arrival starting at 1:00 PM enjoy the grounds, have a picnic, play volleyball, walk the trails!
at Irons Homestead, 
688 Snake Hill Road, Glocester, RI

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Vandalism mars rainbow doors at Cranston church

Intended as a symbol of inclusiveness, the multicolored doors on display at Woodridge Congregational United Church of Christ were damaged before Sunday’s service, but the church’s pastor said the incident offers a chance to explore the concept of forgiveness.
The doors belong to the Newman Congregational Church in Rumford, which designed them to replicate those first created by the Westfield Congregational Church in Danielson, CT.  Newman has loaned them out to other Rhode Island Conference Churches - Amicable Congregational in Tiverton, Chapel Street Congregational in Lincoln and Seekonk Congregational - but this is the first time they have been vandalized.

Upcoming Conference Events

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. Register now by contacting the Conference office.

Super Saturday
Oct. 21, 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM
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. 

Tending the Fire
Nov. 1 - 3, Irons Homestead, RI
Jan. 9 - 11, Framingham, MA
Feb. 27 - Mar 1, Silver Lake, CT

A series of retreats to help clergy “think systems” in their congregations and their personal lives, so they can lead change that lasts.

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

The theme of this year's Autumnal Meeting is Grace in a Time of Change.  Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. Online registration open.



Nursery Care - Lincoln

Toddler Care Provider - Peace Dale


Other Events of Interest

Merciful Conversations on Race: Let’s Talk White Privilege
Mondays, Oct. 2 - 30, Lincoln
Tuesday, Oct. 3 - 31, Newport
Wednesdays, Oct. 4 - Nov. 1, East Greenwich

Sponsored by the Rhode Island Conference of Churches

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.

Preach It!
Nov. 6, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Pilgrim Church, Harwich Port, MA

A One Day Workshop on Thematic Preaching and Worship Planning

(Still) Reforming
Nov. 8 - 10 
Atlanta, GA

A national conference by the Center for Progressive Renewal aimed at empowering church culture, innovation and sustainability.



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