Journeying to see Jesus –
RI missionaries head to Haiti

Epiphany is the season to celebrate the journey of the magi to see the new born Jesus.  During the upcoming Epiphany season a group from Rhode Island is headed to Haiti to see the face of Jesus in those who are ministering there.  Nine participants will spend January 9-15, 2019 painting the interior and exterior of a school and orphanage.


A total of $1200 needs to be raised to purchase the paint and painting supplies. The paint will be purchased in Haiti but the painting supplies will be purchased here and transported in luggage.  If you would like to make a monetary donation or donate supplies such as rollers, roller covers, paint trays, masking tape, lightweight drop cloths, paint brushes, rags and large suitcases, please contact Jennifer Geary and/or donate here.

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Many Voices One Mission:
Ministry As Art

By Susan Page Townsley, Associate for Innovation, Leadership and Change for the Connecticut Conference, UCC

“Art is a human activity,” wrote Leo Tolstoy, “consisting in this, that one man hands on to others feelings he has lived through.” 
The work of ministry is, to be sure, an art.  In crafting worship we attempt to make space for the breadth of human experience, the joys, the struggles, the vagaries, the hopes.  In pastoral work and mission we connect individuals and groups to share in a common purpose to bring dignity, compassion and justice to the other.
I like the use of the word “art” for ministry.  I think ministry is about one third imagination and two thirds project planning and time management.  Much like the writer who needs to put in the work to get the story in the form of so many well-constructed sentences, or the sculptor who must chisel the stone to match her imagination, the art of ministry needs space for both imagination and for the labor of creation.

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Many VoicesMany Voices, One Mission is a regular series highlighting the ministries of the
CT, MA, and RI Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Super Saturday Workshop Proposals Now Being Accepted

Workshop proposals are now being accepted for the next Super Saturday, being held March 16, 2019, at Minneachaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, MA. 

If you would like to share concepts and practices you’ve developed that are changing your congregation or community’s mission and ministry, we invite you to consider submitting a workshop proposal.  As a workshop leader, your registration will be free.  

Submission deadline is this month - find out more here.

Upcoming Events

Webinar: “Care for Clergy in the Aftermath of Disaster”
Dec. 13, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Join UCC Disaster Ministries and Rev. Beth Goss of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for a 1-hour webinar discussing the unique challenges clergy face in the midst of and in the aftermath of natural disaster, and how we can understand their particular needs and offer appropriate support. 

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. 

Webinar: From Climate Reports to Moral Imperatives
Jan. 9, 1:00 PM

A couple of major climate reports have been released that highlight the impact of climate change on our world. To help faith communities understand the insights of these reports and the moral imperatives that arise from them, we will have three special guests: Katharine Hayhoe, Naomi Oreskes, and Jim Antal. 

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.

Sugar Eat - a Maple Sugar on Snow party
March 17, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Irons Homestead, Glocester, RI

A sweet fundraiser to benefit Outdoor Ministry at Irons Homestead. Delicious hot maple syrup is poured over snow to create an instant candy. Served with dill pickles, plain doughnuts, deviled eggs and a variety of drinks. $5 adults; $3 children under 12.

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