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Our Faith is at Odds With Our Culture

By The Rev. Timoth Sylvia, Senior Minister at Newman Congregational Church UCC in Rumford, RI

In light of recent events in our nation and in response to a concern raised that the #MeToo movement is becoming a permission-giving movement where false accusations can be spread with intent to harm, I share this:

No movement, #MeToo or otherwise, dare I say no behavior, should EVER be lived with an intent to cause another person harm. And the #MeToo movement, in its creation, was not developed to give people permission to cause such harm. It is meant to bring people together with similar trauma histories in order to remind them that they are not alone and to remind the rest of us that our nation, our world, is in need of significant change in order to bring us to a place where we truly love one another as God intends… which sadly is not the experience of many in our nation today.

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Registration Open for 212th Autumnal Meeting

Authorized Ministers, Delegates, Conference Board and Committee members and all inter are invited to join for worship and the business of the Conference at the 212th Autumnal Meeting:

Nov. 3, 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM
First Congregational Church UCC
Bristol, RI

We will come together as the Community of Christ. Celebrating our Rhode Island Conference Ministries. This event is accessible to all and daycare is provided. The cost is $10 per person.

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Many Voices One Mission: Cultivating Collaboration

By Debby Kirk, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the CT Conference, UCC.

The Together As One Values Statement includes a sentence about forming ‘covenant partnerships’ as a way to build up God’s realm.  What might this process involve?  What obstacles might be encountered? What are the blessings of forming partnerships?   I believe this goal can be achieved with inspiration, imagination, invitation, and intersection. 

The upcoming Reviving Justice event on October 27th is an excellent opportunity to build partnerships with justice leaders.

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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. 

Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer to Preach at Newman UCC
Oct. 28, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Newman Congregational Church, UCC, Rumford

The United Church of Christ General Minister & President will be preaching as part of the church's 375th anniversary celebration. 

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

Reviving Justice: Inspire / Connect / Act
Oct. 27, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
First Church of Christ in Simsbury, CT

Gather for worship, networking, and workshops. Connect with faith and community leaders who are working for environmental, economic, and racial justice. With preaching by The Rev. Dr. Damaris D. Whittaker.

Beneficent Congregational Church 275th Anniversary Celebration
Oct. 20, 7:00 PM: Gala Anniversary Concert
Oct. 21, 10:00 AM: Home Coming Worship Service
Beneficent Congregational Church, Providence

Both will include special music by guests such as RPM Voices and the Providence Gay Men's Chorus.

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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