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Deeper Understandings Come from Worship Onboard Freedom Schooner Amistad

By Drew Page

On October 21, North Branford Congregational Church took a creative approach to worshipping beyond their walls. Members of the congregation traveled to New Haven to worship on the Freedom Schooner Amistad in New Haven Harbor.
The Freedom Schooner Amistad is a replica of a Baltimore Clipper-style schooner, based on La Amistad, the historic vessel made famous by the 1839 rebellion of African captives who took over the ship, and the trial that took place after the ship was recaptured in the Long Island Sound. 

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420 Turn Out for Super Saturday

The sky may have been overcast, but Super Saturday was beaming with activity: 420 attendees, 46 workshops, worship, marketplace, networking, and keynote speaker Dr. David M Csinos discussing faith formation. 

A video and more information from Dr. Csinos' keynote will be posted.

In the meantime, see a photo album from the day.

It's Not Too Late to Come to Reviving Justice!

Register online by 10 AM Friday for $10, or pay $15 at the door Sunday
Reviving Justice: Inspire / Connect / Act
Oct. 27, 1:00 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 worship led by the Rev. Dr. Damaris D. Whittaker and the following workshops and panels: 
  • Racism Repackaged: The Misconception of Change from the 1960s, led by TJ Harper
  • Community Organizing 101, led by Pat Speer, Mentor / Organizer with Christian Activities Council in Hartford
  • Environmental Racism Panel moderated by Terri Eickel, Executive Director of Inter-Religious Eco Justice Network
  • Immigration Justice Panel moderated by Rev. Edwin Perez, Jr. and Rev. Gini King
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Many Voices One Mission: We Do Jesus Differently

By The Rev. Wendy Vander Hart, Associate Conference Minister for the MA Conference, UCC

Every day begins the same for me- weather permitting. I do a 3 or 4 mile walk which doubles as my prayer/reflection time. When I pay attention, sometimes I receive inspiration, even messages on my trek around the neighborhood. Like the person whose sweatshirt said “we do data.”
I never saw the front of the sweatshirt of that fellow walker, but it was clear what that company was about and what one could expect. O how I pray for such clarity for our churches and the redirection of energy it would free up in our congregations!

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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.

Starting With Scripture: The Power of Words

By The Rev. Kate VanDerzee-Glidden, pastor of First Church of Christ Congregational of Glastonbury, CT

When I was a child, I would get anxious about things beyond my control like if a family member was sick or how we were going to solve the world’s problems of hunger, the destruction of the environment, hatred and inequality. One time when I was visiting my Grandma at her house on Long Island, she shared a poem with me. My Grandma loved poetry – writing it and memorizing it. She found comfort and inspiration in the words and images.

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Starting with Scripture is a weekly devotional written by current and former clergy and church leaders of the Connecticut Conference, UCC. Subscribe to receive the reflection each Monday at:

Upcoming Conference Events

Online Innovation Sessions Being Offered This Fall

Suzi Townsley, Associate Conference Minister for Innovation, Leadership and Change, will be hosting a series of online conversations this fall: Zip Equip sessions on Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 are designed to support church leaders by providing some of the best thinking from the organizational development and change management world; and InnoJazz on Nov. 20 will be 40-minute innovation sessions to foster creative thinking. 

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Meet the UCC's First Ordained Digital Minister
Nov. 1, 4:00 - 4:45 PM
The Rev. Jasmin E. Taylor, Associate Pastor of Digital and Media Ministry at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, will join Connecticut Conference Minister the Rev. Kent J. Siladi LIVE via Zoom and Facebook.

Confirmation Retreat: Discipleship Matters
Nov. 2 - 4
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon, CT

Join us for a great experience with activities, worship, and fellowship appropriate for youth in grades 7-9 during their Confirmation year!

Nov. 2 - 4
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon, CT

An annul event for youth who want to grow their leadership skills.The weekend will include racial justice training as well as favorite camp activities -- low ropes, campfire with s'mores, and a night hike. 

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.

CTUCC Fall Boundary Training
Nov. 13, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Church of Christ, Congregational in Newington

Basic and advanced training for clergy, including a plenary with the Rev. Ron Brown.

Authorized Ministers Luncheon
Dec. 4, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Four Points by Sheraton Meriden

A luncheon to celebrate the 25th and 50th Ordination Anniversaries of 18 CTUCC clergy, featuring keynote speaker Rev. Kaji Spellman Douša, Senior Pastor of The Park Avenue Christian Church in Manhattan “The Park”.


Director of Children and Family Ministries -- West Hartford, CT


Other Events of Interest

Ebony and Ivory Ball
Oct. 27, 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Center Church Church House, Hartford, CT

An evening of music, wine, appetizers, yummy desserts, and dancing, to benefit a scholarship fund to send two youth to UCC General Synod.

Diana Butler Bass at First Church, West Hartford
Oct. 27, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

John P. Webster Library, First Church, West Hartford
The author will discuss Gratitude as Resilience: Why We Need to Be Grateful Now


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