A Place to Call Home

By Karen Methot

Community – that basic human impulse to be part of a group, particularly one that understands your struggles and offers support and friendship. The LGBT Asylum Task Force of Hadwen Park Congregational Church (UCC) in Worcester understands the need for community, which is behind our dream to purchase a multi-family dwelling that will house half of the asylum seekers we assist at any given time.

Following our annual Gala on Oct. 27 at the DCU Center (theme: “A Place to Call Home”) the task force is close to realizing that dream. After the dust settled and all donations were counted, we learned earlier this week that we had in fact surpassed our goal and raised $150,032. Because these funds qualify for the financial match offered by a generous donor earlier this year, we now have $300,032 with which to purchase a 3-decker in Worcester. A Neighbors in Need grant received last December will provide welcome extra funds toward the purchase.

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The Parish Paper: How to Develop Habits for Well-Being

Seminaries and social work programs often ask their students to create a self-care plan. Not only does this send a message about self-care while pursuing a degree, ordination, or certification, it also makes clear that self-care is a life-long commitment for those who serve the church and others.
High demands and weak support systems can foster a toxic environment for clergy health. Therefore, some experts see a problem with the idea of self-care, which suggests that responsibility for clergy well-being falls entirely on the pastor. Clergy health and well-being involve three systems: the individual pastor’s lifestyle, family and friends, and the congregation or denomination. Although all three systems share responsibility, this issue focuses on the role of clergy.

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Many Voices One Mission: Actions Matter, Now

By Pam Arifian, Director of UCC Northeast Environmental Justice Center.

It might seem daunting to imagine how are world might function with the necessary changes in fossil fuel consumption, but we’ve only powered our economy with fossil fuels since the Industrial Revolution. We know better now that our actions are creating great suffering across God’s Creation, and most devastatingly to those who have contributed least to the problem. It is beyond time to be revolutionary again.

The good news is that the innovative human spirit and the technology exists to support this revolution, now. What a time to be alive! 

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

Disaster Preparedness should include an Emergency Pet Form

By Kim Murphy, a member of the MACUCC Disaster Resource Team

When we are faced with an emergency or weather event that mandates the evacuation from our homes, we often have very little to no time in which to gather and pack the items needed to make our stay in a shelter or the home of a family member or friend as manageable and stress-free as possible. That is why every member of the family is encouraged to have a “go kit” ready to, well, go.

Just as people should have “go kits,” our pets need “go kits,” as well.

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Conference Events

Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification
Nov. 8, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
The Salvation Army, Canton

Pastors, Christian Educators, Youth Group Directors, and those who interact with adolescents will appreciate this course.

Ring Church Bells on Armistice Day
Nov. 11, 11:00 AM

Veterans for Peace is calling on churches to ring their bells at 11 AM in recognition of the futility of war and to show our commitment to world peace. Please RSVP to the Conference!

How Does a Christian Manage a Bully?
Nov. 17, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Edwards House, Framingham

Claire Bamberg will present case studies throughout the presentation, and participants are welcome to come with their own in mind, ready to offer for discussion.

Transgender Day of Remembrance and Resilience
Nov. 19, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
First Parish in Needham, MA

The Needham Interfaith Transgender Day of Remembrance and Resilience annual observance honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence

Faith Formation Summit
Dec. 1, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Edwards House, Framingham, MA

Struggling to keep your Sunday School program alive?  Wondering how to address the needs of today’s youth? Join other faith leaders to share ideas!

Community of Practice for Christian Educators and Youth Leaders
Dec. 8, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Edwards House, Framingham, MA

Network and share experiences with your MACUCC colleagues.  



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

Meet the Author: My Favorite Color Is Blue, Sometimes
Nov. 14, 7:00 – 7:30 PM

Join author Roger Hutchison as he talks about his book

Picture Book Theology
Nov. 15, 7:00 – 7:30 PM

In this informative and fun webinar, Hanna Schock, creator of Picture Book Theology, talks about how to use her website where she connects about 700 books to scripture. 

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Church Administrator - Newburyport, MA

Interim Organist/Choir Director - Harvard, MA

Leader for Faith Formation - Lunenburg, MA

Music Director/Organist - Andover, MA



Other Events of Interest

Better Angels "Listening Across the Political Divide"
Nov. 10, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Park Avenue Congregational Church UCC, Arlington, MA

A Skills Workshop.
Calling on Nuclear Abolitionists
Dec. 5, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Edwards House, Framingham, MA

informational session on a new national and world-wide effort to abolish all nuclear weapons.

The Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ

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