Disaster Updates

Letter from the MA Conference Minister: Of Fire, Water, and Wind

By The Rev. Don Remick, Transitional Interim Conference Minister, MA Conference

I am sure you have seen the news from the gas related explosions and fires in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence this past Thursday ... 

As this disaster unfolded in Massachusetts, Hurricane Florence began its slow landfall crawl, damaging our mid Atlantic coast with storm surge, flash flooding rains and powerful winds.  Our UCC is already active directly with churches and clergy and through all of our national partners in disaster relief providing support and preparing for the long road of recovery. 

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UCC Disaster Ministries Fall Webinar
Disaster Preparedness

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Online

Learn about what preparedness materials UCC Disaster Ministries has available and  what you can be sharing with churches to ensure they are prepared for a disaster and are available to help others in their community.

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ONA Workshops Coming to Newman

The Newman Congregational Church, UCC, in Rumford is hosting a series of free workshops led by by Andy Lang, Executive Director of the Open and Affirming Coalition of the UCC:

ONA 101: Why and How? 
Sept. 22, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

A carefully-planned ONA process can build consensus and rekindle a congregation’s passion for the Gospel

ONA and the Bible
Sept. 22, 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

How can the Bible help a church explore the basic values that inform a conversation about human sexuality and gender identity? And how can a congregation understand the few texts that are often cited to condemn same-sex relationships?

ONA 201: Best Practices for ONA Evangelism and Membership Growth
Sept. 23, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

An ONA covenant can help congregations grow in numbers and energy — but only if the church’s commitment to LGBTQ inclusion is public and visible. This workshop shares the experience of growing ONA churches, with tips for marketing, advertising, communications and advocacy.

No fee to attend. Childcare provided. RSVP required by contacting Rev. Timoth Syliva at 401-434-4742 x11, or

Many Voices, One Mission: Face To Face

By Drew Page, News & Media Editor for the CT Conference, UCC.

I usually work alone. Most days, I sit in my office working on projects that almost always require some collaboration or input with others — and I do this with nobody else in the room. When we have meetings, we often do them with video conferencing software. If I need to reach out to someone or respond to a question, I can simply send an email, even when the person is a colleague 3 floors above me.
But often, I choose to walk to their office to talk with them.
This may seem to some like I am inconveniencing my colleagues who have their own work to perform. But I find that face to face communication can save time and improve the clarity of a discussion.

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Many Voices, One Mission is a regular series highlighting the ministries of the CT, MA, and RI Conference 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

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

Visit with Rev. Dr. Gordon Ellis
The Rev. Dr. Gordon Ellis is coming to Seekonk Congregational Church Oct. 13th and 14th! Join the church for a special Dinner and Spiritual Concert by Rev. Dr. Ellis on Saturday evening, October 13th. 
Rev. Dr. Ellis will also be joining us for Sunday Services on Sunday morning, October 14th at 9:00 and 10:30 AM.

Beneficent Congregational Church 275th Anniversary Celebration

  • Gala 275th Anniversary Concert on Saturday, October 20. at 7 PM. Special music provided by the Beneficent Choir with guest choirs, RPM Voices and Providence Gay Men's Chorus and guest musicians.
  • Home Coming Worship Service on Sunday, October 21 at 10 AM.  Special music provided by the Beneficent Choir, Youth Violin Group, RPM Voices, Providence Gay Men's Chorus and guest musician

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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