Recording of New Conference Online Forum Now Available

Leading up to the second Tri-Conference Annual Meeting of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences, Conference leaders have hosted a series of online forums about the upcoming votes to formally create a new, unified conference.

A recording of one of the webinars is now available online for viewing.

There is also one more live webinar remaining tonight, Tuesday, June 12, at 7:00 PM, with Jim Antal, Mass Conference, Barbara Libby, Rhode Island Conference, and Kent Siladi, Connecticut Conference.  Sign up here.

Delegates to the Annual Meeting, to be held June 15 - 16 at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield will be asked to pass a a covenant agreement and a set of bylaws for the new conference and to elect a new Board of Directors.

More information on the new Conference votes can be found here.

More information on the Rhode Island plenary session can be found here

Detailed information on attending the Annual Meeting can be found here



By The Rev. Amy Lignitz Harken is Minister of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church in Mattapoisett, MA
The question tumbled forth and hovered over the empty dinner plates: “How many raviolis can I have?”
I’d just set a steaming vat of ravioli in the middle of the kitchen table. The cat was shooed off a chair; napkins went into laps; a fork clattered to the floor. The usual stuff.
The question came again, louder, in case I missed it the first time. As a newly minted stepmom, it baffled me. How should I know how many raviolis each kid could have? There were five of us and a triple batch of ravioli, plenty for everybody with leftovers for tomorrow. But for those meals that could somehow be counted numerically, the insistence on a fair share — or at least one more than the others — meant there were never leftovers. The boys would make themselves sick first ...
Such is life together. 
In the crucible of a collective — be it a family, a village, or a denomination — we learn who we are. We learn what drives us bonkers and what makes us happy, how we are powerful and how we are vulnerable, how we are alike and how we are different. This is to say, in the company of others, we learn what it means to be human. We learn to be an “I” in the midst of the “we.”
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This is the third in a series of four blog posts looking at the Vision, Mission and Purpose statement drafted for a new, unified Conference. Delegates from the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences will vote on formally creating this new conference at the joint Annual Meeting June 15-16 in Springfield, MA.

Many Voices, One Mission: Beyond The Vote

By The Rev. Ellie Richardson, Associate Conference Minister for Lay and Clergy Leadership Development for the Massachusetts Conference, UCC

As the 2018 Tri-Conference Annual Meeting draws closer, buzz about “the vote” seems to be increasing. Have you heard it? Have you felt it? For some of us this conversation has been going on for what seems forever yet, for others it is fresh and new. One thing is certain though. On June 16th, each of us, as individual conferences, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, will decide whether or not we will pursue a future together, “Living the Love and Justice of Jesus” ...

Perhaps most important in all of this, no matter how the vote goes at Annual Meeting, is that we all need to seriously discern how we relate to each other, not only as Conferences of the United Church of Christ, but as children of God, called upon to further the mission and ministry of Jesus in the world.
We can talk until the cows come home about structure, process and strategy and get stuck in the weeds missing the fundamental nature of what is truly important in supporting something new. 

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Many Voices, One Mission is a regular series highlighting the ministries of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences of the United Church of Christ.

Upcoming Conference Events

Farewell Celebration - Barbara Libby
June 24, 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Beneficent Congregational UCC, Providence, RI

Join Us for an Ice Cream Social and Celebration on the Occasion of the Retirement of The Rev. Barbara Libby. 

3 to 5 PM Reception and Conversation over Ice Cream & Barbara’s Famous Homemade Fudge Sauce

4 PM  Words of Appreciation from Friends and Colleagues

Please RSVP to Michelle Madsen-Bibeau with “Barbara” in the subject line if you would like time on the program to share greetings or make a presentation. This email also may be used to send your favorite photos of Barbara for our retrospective slide show.

Ecclesiastical Council for Chontell Washington
July 1, 3:00 PM
Beneficent Congregational Church, Providence, RI

Eastern Regional Youth Event
July 19 - 22
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.

Installation of Rev. Betsy Aldrich Garland
Sept. 9, 3:00 PM
Moosup Valley Congregational Church, Foster, RI

Other Events of Interest

Fight the Opioid Epidemic and Support Recovery Through Faith
June 18, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Joseph A Doorley Municipal Building, Providence, RI

An introduction to the overdose crisis and community resources with acting Providence Fire Chief Zacharia Kenyon to support your congregants grappling with substance abuse disorder. Presented by New England ATTC, RICARES & Faith Infused Recovery Efforts (FIRE)

National Open and Affirming Gathering
June 27 - 30
Cathedral of Hope,  Dallas, TX

Living Our Covenant Beyond Boundaries. Keynote by the Rev. Justo González II, a leader in the UCC's Sanctuary Movement. Registration now open.

2018 Craigville Theological Colloquy
July 9 - 13
Craigville Retreat Center, Craigville, MA

This year's topic:  Building Bridges:  Immigrants, Refugees, and the Church. Keynote Speaker: Ms. Linda Hartke, President & CEO,, Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service.


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