Clothing and Book Drive to Benefit Irons Homestead

New Farm House Stove

The Rhode Island Conference Division of Outdoor Ministry has done a tremendous amount of facilities work at Irons Homestead this year, and is now asking churches to help defray the costs by participating in a clothing and book drive.

Churches are encouraged to collect donations of clothing and books at their churches and then have delegates bring them to the Conference's Autumnal Meeting at Central Congregational Church in Providence on Nov. 4. A truck will be waiting there to receive donations (they will be accepted at the meeting only.)  Cash donations will also be welcome.

Read more about the work at Irons and the fundraising effort

Registration Now Open for Autumnal Meeting

Online registration is now open for the 211th Autumnal Meeting of the Rhode Island Conference, being held Nov. 4, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, at the Central Congregational UCC, in Providence.

The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Lee Barrett, the Mary B. and Henry P. Stager Professor of Theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he has taught since September 1993. 

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

Learn more and register

Upcoming Conference Events

RI Minister's Association Meeting
Oct. 19, 10:00 AM to 12:00
Seekonk Congregational UCC

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.



Nursery Care - Lincoln


Other Events of Interest

The Baha’is of Providence and Rhode Island - OPEN HOUSE
Oct. 22, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
International House, Providence

The event will include displays, short videos, children’s activities, and refreshments.

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

CTUCC Fall Boundary Training
Nov. 7, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Church of Christ, Congregational in Newington

Includes basic and advanced training for clergy.
(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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