Farewell Reception to be Held

An open house farewell reception for George Weavill, who is leaving the Conference staff after more than 45 years of faithful service, will be held Thursday, Feb. 8, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Conference Office, 8 Summer Street, Pawtucket.

Parking at the Conference office is limited. Please click here for information on where to park.

Meeting of RI, MA & CT Boards of Directors Saturday

By The Rev. Barbara Libby
Interim Conference Minister

Your prayers are requested for a gathering of the three Southern New England (RI, MA, & CT) Boards of Directors this Saturday in Woodstock, CT.  This gathering will bring together the leadership of our three UCC Conferences to consider a large number of documents that have been put together by the Together As One team.  This Together as One Team has been hard at work since the confirming vote on a resolution in Hartford, CT in June, 2017 to “put flesh on the bones” for a New Conference. Many details of this covenantal partnership have come into focus and we anticipate an exciting and energizing conversation about some of these ideas on Saturday.   

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   Two Online Focus Groups Scheduled

In response to requests from those who could not attend one of the 11 recent Together, As One focus groups, two online sessions have been scheduled for Monday, Feb. 5, at 7:00 PM and Thursday, Feb. 8, at 11:00 AM.

The focus group sessions are an opportunity for people in the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences to help envision what a new, unified conference might look like. These sessions will be facilitated by Jim Schnurbusch, of the St. Louis firm OrgStory, who has been engaged as a consultant for this process.

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Upcoming Events


Rhode Island Ministers Association
Feb. 15, 10:00 AM
Mathewson Street Church, Providence, RI

In addition to our usual fellowship time, a nationally known speaker will introduce us to the concept of organizing faith-based wrap-around support teams for people on disability seeking housing. 

Maple Sugar Camp
March 16 - 17
Irons Homestead, Glocester, RI

For High School and Middle School Youth including supper, sliding and outdoor fire and making of maple candy, maple syrup and sugar on snow.

Super Saturday - Registration Now Open!
Mar. 17, 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham, MA

A full-day of worship, workshops and networking. Featuring Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Pastor, activist, preacher, and fierce advocate for racial equality, economic justice, and LGBTQ equality.

Sugar Eat - a Maple Sugar on Snow party
Mar. 18, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Irons Homestead, Glocester, RI

A sweet fundraiser to benefit Outdoor Ministry at Irons Homestead. Adults: $5; Children: $3.

Ordination for Shelly Moses
April 29, 2018
Peace Dale Congregational UCC, Peace Dale, RI

Details TBA

Eastern Regional Youth Event
July 19 - 22, 2018
California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA

The Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Conferences are collaborating to provide bus service to the event, for youth who have completed 6th grade up to 2018 graduates of 12th grade. Indicate your interest now.

Churches Invited to be Livestream Sites

Churches are invited to serve as livestream sites for an upcoming event,  The Courage to Show Up: a conversation with Brené Brown and DeRay McKesson, being held Feb. 1 at The Riverside Church in New York City.

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Other Events of Interest

Suicide: Screening, Prevention and Response
Feb. 7, 12:00 to 3:00 PM
Bradley Learning Exchange, East Providence, RI

Part of a Mental Health Education Series for Faith Community Leaders and Members

Building Resilient Children & Adults
March 6, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
First Unitarian Church, Providence, RI

Part of a Mental Health Education Series for Faith Community Leaders and Members

Leadership and Anxiety in the Church
March 6, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford, CT

This event, sponsored by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, is designed to be beneficial for clergy members and laypersons who seek to understand congregational dynamics better and to learn ways to calm anxiety and heal broken relationships.

Unite to End Racism: Bus Ride to DC
April 4

The Rhode Island State Council of Churches is going on the road to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to rally in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and address the urgency of ending racism in America. Reserve your seat on the bus now.

UCC New England Women's (X) Celebration
April 6 - 8
Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, ME

A celebration to reach women in the pews and to involve them in learning and sharing their faith beyond the local church and Conference setting.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days
April 20 - 23
Washington DC area

This year's event will focus on the uprootedness of our world. Through prayer, worship, advocacy training, and networking, we will seek policy changes that advance hope and overcome the devastating impacts of conflict, climate change and corruption on God’s people. Scholarships available for young adults - application deadline is March 2.


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