Together, As One Efforts Moving Forward

Ever since the historic June vote by Annual Meeting delegates from the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences to join together in forming a new conference, the new Together, As One board and staff members have been working to build relationships, share information, align ministries and attend to all the details the transition requires.

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Many Voices One Mission: Doing Our Homework

By Martha Goodman, Administrative Assistant for the Southeast Area of the MA Conference, UCC.

It’s been many years since homework, in the going-to-school sense, has factored into my daily life.  And I confess that, back in those days, I wasn’t very diligent in its completion.  I thought of it as unimportant busywork, and therefore not to be taken seriously.  (In all honesty, much of it was busywork.  But still.)  There were always more interesting pastimes, like reading a book or helping my mother bake cookies.  Homework was to be avoided when possible, rushed through with a “good enough” attitude when unavoidable. 
In the course of administering the search and call process for the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Conferences, I correspond every day with ministers who would like their Ministerial Profile sent to a church or churches seeking a pastor ... Preparing a profile certainly is a formidable task.  Candidates strive to write engaging, informative text that fits the limited space allowed.  “Good enough” isn’t good enough—their next pastoral call is at stake—so most candidates take this homework very seriously indeed.

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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.

Conference Events

Advent Adventures (3rd-8th grade)
Dec. 2, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Woodridge Church, Cranston, RI

Gather together with youth from our RI Churches to prepare for the Season of Advent.  Youth will travel in groups to 4 different centers: snack, discussion, games and craft.  Special parts include a "Human Christmas Tree Contest", snowman popcorn and melting crayons!  Fee $4 each  PLEASE RSVP Kristin Putney 774-991-1555

RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty
11th Annual Vigil at the State House

Jan. 8, 2019, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
RI Statehouse Rotunda,  Providence, RI

Join us as we gather on the 55th anniversary of President Johnson's War on Poverty to remind our elected officials of their responsibility to those living in poverty. 

RI Ministers' Association Winter Retreat
Jan. 14 - 15, 2019
Craigville Retreat Center
Centerville, MA

Join us as we explore “Soul Talk: How to Have the Most Important Conversation of All” with the Rev. Dr. Kirk Bryon Jones. To prepare for the retreat, all registrants will receive a FREE copy of his book.  Registration includes the program, book, accommodations and three meals: dinner, breakfast and lunch.  The cost is $150 for a single room or $125 for a shared room. There are 5 single rooms available on a first come first serve basis.

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