Irons Homestead Fielding a Team for the Compassion Games

September 8 –23, 2018

Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest is a community engagement experience that invites people around the world to inspire one another to reveal and promote acts of compassion that better our lives, our communities, and all life on Earth.

  • To Play When signed up, players receive “Compassion Missions” to inspire and guide acts of compassion each day of the annual games.
  • To Report  After signing up and receiving your mission, report what you have done, using the Irons Homestead team name.  Registered teams are listed on the Compassion Report Map, and their results are displayed on annual games scoreboards.
  • Also, post your acts of Compassion on the Irons Homestead Facebook page to inspire each other to keep playing and sharing compassion.

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Farewell Party Honors Tremblay

RICUCC bid farewell to Sandy Tremblay last week. Sandy had served as office administrator for 8 years.

Photos from her farewell party are on the RICUCC Facebook Page (no account needed to view)

Many Voices, One Mission: Forward Together

By The Rev. Kent Siladi, Conference Minister for the CT Conference, UCC

We did it!  We agreed that God is calling our three Conferences into a new adventure in mission and ministry.  We agreed that our impact on Southern New England can be greater in this new cooperative experiment.  We were compelled by the vision of coming together as one.

This new initiative begins right here, right now.  How exciting is it that we all get to work to create a new Conference of the United Church of Christ?  Creators of things new rejoice!  Sustainers of all that works now, rejoice!  Sharers of best practices – be ready to share!

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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.

Join Kent on Facebook Live: New ideas from churches

Sept. 6, 4 PM – 4:30 PM
Are you trying something new in your congregation? A new ministry, a new partnership, a new governance structure?
Next Thursday, Kent will spend a half hour on Facebook Live asking people to share the new ideas happening in their churches in the comments section of the video stream. You can also email your new ideas to Kent - put “new idea” in the message header - to have it shared as part of this experimental live stream.
Read More and RSVP on Facebook

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

Authorized clergy of the Rhode Island Conference are required to attend Boundary Training every three years in order to maintain their standing. 

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

Bus Trip to Visit 2 Rhode Island Churches
Nov. 8, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Join the Seekonk Congregational Church, UCC Woman's Group and the Rev. Dr. H. Daehler Hayes, RI Conference Minister Emeritus, to visit Central Congregational UCC in Providence and Slatersville Congregational UCC with a stop at Wright's Farm for lunch.


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.

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.

Widening the Welcome
Nov. 1-3
Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara, NY

Workshops and panels; invited speakers include Traci Blackmon, Sarah Lund, Jennifer Brownell, and keynote speaker John C. Dorhauer, UCC General Minister and President.

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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