New Website Resource: Our Faith, Our Vote, Our Voice

Politics is often taken to be a dirty word, but political processes are simply the way communities organize their common life. For people of faith, public policy is never merely politics. It is a way of living out the commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves.

It is fitting for local congregations and church structures across the country to develop nonpartisan programs to help the faith community reflect upon the political order.

Read more about how your church can become more engaged

Charlottesville, One Year Later -
A Liturgy

By The Rev. Kelly Gallagher
Associate Conference Minister

As we approach the anniversary of the events in Charlottesville caused by white supremacy and hatred, let us take a moment to reflect on where we stand today as people of faith. In such a time as this, more than ever, we are called to bring love to the fore, to meet hatred with peace, to stand firm against oppression and white supremacy.

As we anxiously await this weekend, wondering if hatred will win the day or if love can endure beyond vitriol, arrogance and fear, let us take time to pray and commit to working harder to end white supremacy in our midst. Let us work to first see it, in its subtle and powerful presence, to hear it in blatant and nuanced language, to feel it in our hearts as people are marginalized and deported in our midst – then let us work to stop it in the name of our God who seeks to save us from such aimlessness and sin.

Read more, including a letter and liturgy from the leaders in Charlottesville

Many Voices, One Mission:
God Showed Up

By Emily McKenna, Office Manager for the Connecticut Conference, UCC

Have you ever postponed a mildly-important project to focus on a major one?  How about adding another major project on top of the one you have already?  No problem, right?!

That’s what I was thinking in late May when my family and I found a great apartment to move into.  It had plenty of space for us all and even better – it was walking distance from the CT Conference office!  The only wrinkle – we had to move in during our busiest month as a family.  What made this CT Office Manager busy in June?  The Tri-Conference Annual Meeting, of course! 

Read the full post

Many Voices, One Mission is a regular series highlighting the ministries of the CT, MA, and RI Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Eastern Regional Youth Event 2018 Practiced God's Love and Justice

By Debbie Gline Allen, Christian Education & Youth Ministry Consultant

Three hundred twenty-eight participants gathered at the California University of Pennsylvania for the Eastern Regional Youth Event on July 19-22. Youth from our Hampshire Association, Edwards Church in Framingham, and Memorial Congregational Church in Sudbury joined their UCC peers from 10 other eastern UCC conferences, as well as two delegations from sister churches in Germany. Host conference, Penn West, greeted each arrival with warm hospitality and a smiling cookie.

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Confirmation Retreat Registration Open

Each year, the Massachusetts Conference offers a series of Confirmation Retreats for the youth classes of churches in the Massachusetts Conference as well as other NE states.

Retreat dates and locations:
Nov. 16 - 17, Prindle Pond Conference Center, Charlton
Jan. 25 - 26, Craigville Retreat Center, Cape Cod
March 1 - 2, Prindle Pond Conference Center, Charlton
March 8 - 9, Craigville Retreat Center, Cape Cod
March 15 - 16, Craigville Retreat Center, Cape Cod

Get more information and register your group

Conference Events

Super Saturday - Registration Now Open!
Oct. 20, 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM
Keefe Regional Technical High School, Framingham, MA

Join us for a full day of worship, workshops and networking. Keynote address by Dr. David M. Csinos, who writes widely about faith formation, children's ministry, youth ministry, and culture. 

Read more and register now!

Northeast Boundary Awareness Training
Sept. 18 & 19, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
First Congregational Church in Billerica, MA

The Northeast Association is hosting a Boundary Awareness Training for all Clergy and Members In Discernment that have NOT yet participated or need to renew their training. 

Resource for Pastoral Relations Committees
Oct, 2, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
First Congregational Church, Millbury, MA

A workshop covering the purpose, best practices and ways to establish a group. Led by The Rev. Kelly Gallagher, Associate Conference Minister.

New to the Conference Gathering
Oct. 3, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Edwards House Meeting Center, Framingham, MA

All clergy who have joined the conference within the last year, or were unable to attend last year, are invited to meet fellow clergy, become familiar with Conference staff and resources, and help Conference staff learn how we may work together in support of your ministry.

Worhip and Sacraments
Oct. 6, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Centre Congregational Church, Lynnfield, MA

Faith Formation workshop led by Rev. Dr. Mary Luti, long-time seminary educator and pastor, author of Teresa of Avila's Way and numerous articles.

Resource for Pastoral Relations Committees
Oct, 29, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
First Congregational Church of Lee, MA

A workshop covering the purpose, best practices and ways to establish a group. Led by The Rev. Kelly Gallagher, Associate Conference Minister.

Interim Gathering
9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Edwards House Meeting Center, Framingham, MA

We Should Talk: A Primer on the Circle Process presented by Sam Lovett and the Restorative Justice Task Team

Tending the Fire
Nov. 6-8; Jan. 8-10; March 12-14
Framingham, MA & Sharon, CT

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


Free Online Webinars

Q & A: Innovation in Church Stewardship
Aug. 28, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

UCC’s Office of Philanthropy, Technology, Information and Communications (OPTIC) is presenting a free online discussion featuring pastors who share how they are leading their churches toward meeting financial and membership goals.

The following webinars are offered free of charge to members of the Massachusetts Conference through a partnership with Practical Resources for Churches. Click title to register.  Find a complete list here.

Youth Ministry 101
Aug. 9, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Led by Christine V. Hides, who directs both the children’s and youth ministries in the suburbs of Chicago.

Beyond the Offering Plate: Exploring Holistic Stewardship
Aug. 21, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Led by Rev. Adam Copeland, Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Doubts and Questions as Teachers of the Faith
Aug. 23, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Led by Traci Smith, who helps families and congregations nurture healthy faith development from cradle to grave.

Rural Ministry Field Notes
Aug. 28, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

A basic overview of the nuances of rural ministry and several resources for innovative faith formation wherever rural is for you.

Other Events of Interest

Called to Teach Online Course
Sept. 10 - Oct. 1

A three-week course for new Sunday school teachers or experienced teachers who want to grow. Cost is $45.

Commuter Core Godly Play Training
Sept. 8, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
All Saint's Church, Belmont, MA

Module I: Growing as God’s People: Sacred Stories & Supporting the Circle of Children This is part of a series of 3 commuter core training modules. 

Al Filipov Forum Peace & Justice Forum
Sept. 16, 4:30 PM
Trinitarian Congregational Church, Concord, MA

Recognizing UTEC, an organization that helps young people develop skills through paid work experience; social justice and civic engagement are embedded in all programming.

Innovation Association
Sept. 24 - 25
Heritage Hotel & Conference Center. Southbury, CT

An Innovation Hub experience including networking, collaboration and connection, open to anyone from the CT, MA and RI Conferences interested in innovative leadership.

UCC W.I.S.E. Conference for Mental Health
Sept. 29
South Congregational Church, UCC, Andover

Learn about action steps for individuals and congregations to become WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged) about mental health.


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