New Transitional Minister Is Settling In

The Rev. Marilyn Baugh Kendrix began as the new Transitional Conference Minister for the Rhode Island Conference on July 1 and is in the midst of settling in to this new role.  While fulfilling the duties that have historically been those of the Conference Minister in Rhode Island, Marilyn will also work to help our churches transition into the new Together, As One Conference that the delegates and clergy voted into being at the Joint Tri-Conference Annual Meeting last month in Springfield, MA.  As a member of the Together, As One Planning Team, Marilyn arrives with an understanding of the mission and purpose of the new conference and is perfectly positioned to help the Rhode Island Conference live into this new conference.

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New Location Announced for Conference Offices

After considering several possible sites, the Rhode Island Conference has selected the Edgewood Congregational Church as the new location for the conference offices. The decision to move the conference offices from Pawtucket was made in an effort to reduce costs; the move to Edgewood will significantly lower the cost of renting office space.

While the move was initiated for financial reasons, other factors played into the choice.  Cranston is centrally located within the Rhode Island Conference boundaries, making it a good location for meetings.  

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A Service of Welcomes: Sept. 30

Come to a Service of Welcomes at the Edgewood Congregational Church on Sunday, September 30th at 4:30 PM.  We will welcome our new Transitional Conference Minister, the Rev. Marilyn B. Kendrix, and we will welcome the churches of the conference to the new Conference offices at the Edgewood Church.  Clergy are invited to wear red stoles for this Holy Spirit moment in the life of our conference. 
A reception will follow in the parish hall and tours of the conference offices will also be available. 

40 Depart Together, As One, for Regional Youth Event

Youth from the Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts conferences headed off Together, As One on July 19 on a bus bound for the UCC Eastern Regional Youth Event in Pennsylvania.

More than 40 youth and adults from the following churches and associations made the trip: Greenwich, Salisbury, New Britain, Simsbury, New Haven, and East Woodstock in the Connecticut Conference; Seekonk, Providence, East Providence and Lincoln in the Rhode Island Conference; and Edwards Church Framingham, and the Hampshire Association in the Massachusetts Conference.

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Many Voices, One Mission: Let's Not Keep God Waiting

By the Rev. Kelly Gallagher, Associate Conference Minister for the MA Conference, UCC

“Good afternoon Tri-Conference!”

When Jocelyn Gardner Spencer spoke those words from the podium in Springfield this past June I physically felt the wave of change pass over me. It was like those moments in life that everyone tells you are going to change your life, but there is no way of understanding them until you get to the other side – marriage, birth of a child, death of a parent. There is an existential shift in one’s way of being – commitment, accountability, covenant has happened.
As the staff for Justice and Witness in the Massachusetts Conference, I of course have pondered these last few years how might the Tri-Conference work together to manifest the justice of Jesus in such a time as this. TJ Harper and I have chatted about the future of Racial Justice in the Tri-Conference. I have encouraged our 8 Task Teams to consider this, our Justice and Witness council, and even had coffee with Kent Siladi to toss around thoughts, hopes and dreams. And yet it was all an intellectual exercise for me until now. Now is the time to get at it.

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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

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

Boundary Training
Oct. 11, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Seekonk Congregational UCC, Seekonk, RI

Retired Ministers Luncheon and the Ministerial Assistance Fund Trustees meeting
Oct. 17, 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Newman Congregational Church, Rumford, RI

Super Saturday
Oct. 20, 8:00 AM - 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. 

Other Events Of Interest

General Association 2018: 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.


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