Farewell Party in Honor of Sandy Tremblay

Thursday, August 30, 2018
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
394 New Meadow Road, Barrington, RI

Please join us for a Farewell Party in honor of Sandy Tremblay, who is leaving the Rhode Island Conference staff.  Special thanks to Kathy Henry, who is opening up her home for this event.

Please RSVP to Kathy Henry at

Many Voices, One Mission: Strangers At Our Doors

By Karen Methot, Administrative Assistant for Stewardship, Church Development and Justice and Witness, Massachusetts Conference, UCC

Farouk - a gay man recently escaped from Uganda where being ‘out’ can mean losing your family, violence, torture, imprisonment, and worse – showed up at the door of Hadwen Park Congregational Church, UCC in Worcester one day when the church office was closed. This was the address he’d been given while still in Uganda, with assurances he would find help and safety there. Not knowing what else to do, he knocked on the neighbor’s door. The neighbor, who knew about the church’s LGBT Asylum Task Force ministry, invited this stranger in, fed him, and allowed him to spend the night. The next morning he was taken in by Hadwen Park church where he was given a place to live, food, friendship.

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Many Voices, One Mission: God Showed Up

By Emily McKenna, Office Manager for the CT Conference, UCC

Have you ever postponed a mildly-important project to focus on a major one?  How about adding another major project on top of the one you have already?  No problem, right?!

That’s what I was thinking in late May when my family and I found a great apartment to move into.  It had plenty of space for us all and even better – it was walking distance from the CT Conference office!  The only wrinkle – we had to move in during our busiest month as a family.  What made this CT Office Manager busy in June?  The Tri-Conference Annual Meeting, of course! 

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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.

The Offices Have Moved!

The Rhode Island Conference has moved to the Edgewood Congregational Church, 1788 Broad St., Cranston, RI 02905

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Upcoming Conference Events

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

A Service of Welcomes
Sept. 30, 4:30 PM
Edgewood Congregational Church

Come welcome new Transitional Conference Minister, the Rev. Marilyn B. Kendrix, and let the Conference welcome you to the new Conference offices at the Edgewood Church.

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

Autumn Youth Event: Music & More!
Oct. 12, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Seekonk Congregational UCC, Seekonk, RI
Youth (6th-12th grade) are invited to an evening of Faith, Food, Fun and Friends! There will be pizza, a pumpkin project,  a youth concert and a special guest speaker on teen anxiety & stress,  Fee $5

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. 

Rhode Island Conference Autumnal Meeting 2018
Nov. 3, 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM
First Congregational Church UCC, Bristol, RI

Other Events Of Interest

Q & A: Innovation in Church Stewardship
Aug. 28, 7:00 to 8:00 PM

Free online webinar offered by the UCC’s Office of Philanthropy, Technology, Information and Communications (OPTIC). Featuring pastors who share how they are leading their churches toward meeting financial and membership goals.

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.

UCC W.I.S.E. Conference for Mental Health
Sept. 29
South Congregational Church, UCC, Andover, MA

Learn about action steps for individuals and congregations to become WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged) about mental health.

Tending the Fire
Nov. 6-8; Jan. 8-10; March 12-14
Framingham, MA & Sharon, CT
This series of retreats helps clergy “think systems” in their congregations and their personal lives, so they can lead change that lasts.


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