Together, As One Team Digs Into the Details

By Tiffany Vail
Associate Conference Minister for Communications

       The Together, As One planning team – composed of members of the boards of directors and staff of the three southern New England conferences - met on Sept. 14 and dug deep to begin hashing out details related to the formation of a new, unified conference.

The team agreed on a Vision, Mission and Purpose statement with guiding principles for a new conference that is now being circulated to the full boards of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences. Once the boards have given feedback, this document will be released publicly, along with a conversation guide to assist associations and congregations in becoming familiar with it.

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Read all the updates from the team, and find a list of members, at:

Hurricane Relief: How You Can Help


Newman Congregational Church in Rumford serves as a depot for Church World Service. Disaster relief Clean-Up Kits and Hygiene Kits may be dropped off at Newman UCC until Wednesday, October 18. Please call the church (401-434-4742) for drop off days and times.

Chapel Street Congregational Church in Lincoln is taking donations of checks or cash for animals of all types for the Houston SPCA. Hurricane Harvey has left many animals homeless and hungry. Please make out checks to Houston SPCA and RI SPCA will match the donation. The church will be accepting these donations through October 1st.

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Ecumenical YOUTH MUSIC Festival 


“Engage in 3 Great Loves!”

love of children * love of neighbor * love of creation 

rotation workshops: labyrinth, stone throwing, environmental guest speaker
pizza dinner * worship * outside concert & fire pit 

Saturday, October 14, 2017,  3:30-8:00 PM
at Irons Homestead, 
688 Snake Hill Road, Glocester, RI

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Upcoming Conference Events

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.



Helen Hudson Homeless Programming Coordinator - State Council
The Rhode Island State Council of Churches has combined efforts with the Helen Hudson Foundation to provide meaningful and informative programming to congregations and other organizations regarding the realities of homelessness in our state and country.  As part of that joint effort the RISCC will be hiring a part-time coordinator of that program. 


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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