Retreat Brings Staff Members From Three Conferences Together

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Twenty-five members of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences spent 23 hours on retreat together Sunday and Monday, exploring with one another the distinct cultures of their conferences and envisioning what a brand new, unified conference might look like.

The retreat was facilitated by Barb Lemmel, the Director of the Tending the Fire program and a United Methodist pastor and consultant. It was held at the Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Center, which is part of the Massachusetts Conference property.

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Church: Alive & Thriving

4 Great Workshops in 2 locations over 2 days!

Rev. Chris Davies from the national UCC office, along with other leaders from southern New England, is coming to Rhode Island to lead four exciting workshops and talk about exciting ministries in RI and beyond. These workshops are intended for both clergy and laity. The cost is $15 for one day or $25 for both, lunch included.

Friday, April 13, 10 AM - 3 PM: Seekonk Congregational Church, UCC
Saturday, April 14, 10 AM - 3 PM: Barrington Congregational UCC


Be the Church today, and Vision Tomorrow!
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Ecumenical Carbon Fast Begins Today

Sign up to receive daily emails through Lent, each suggesting one action you can take to reduce your carbon footprint.

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Super Saturday Registration Open

Super Saturday
March 17, 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham, MA

A great day including morning worship, 2 workshops, an optional lunch activity, continental breakfast, lunch, marketplace and closing worship. Featuring Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Pastor, activist, preacher, and fierce advocate for racial equality, economic justice, and LGBTQ equality.

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.

Sugar Eat - a Maple Sugar on Snow party
March 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, 2:00 PM
Peace Dale Congregational UCC, Peace Dale, RI

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.


Other Events of Interest

Kingian Non-Violence Training
March 2 - 3
United Congregational Church of Westerly, UCC, Pawcatuck, RI

Learn how reconciliation is possible in the midst of conflict with trainer the Rev. Sharon Key.

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

Early Bird Registration Deadline: Feb. 20
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.

Early Bird Registration Deadline: Feb. 15
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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