The Providence Journal:

Women of the cloth:
R.I. clergywomen serve as role models while serving their flocks

Answering God’s call brought these women into a field that has long been dominated by men. Though the number of clergywomen nationwide has increased in recent years, they are still outnumbered by men in most denominations, and facing many of the same challenges encountered by women in secular professions.e

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Many Voices One Mission:
Where Two or Three Are Gathered

By Karen Ziel, Minister of Faith Formation and Leadership for the CT Conference, UCC

It began with an invitation from my long-time friend and colleague, Ms. Debbie Gline Allen, the Consultant for Christian Education and Youth Ministry at the MA Conference, UCC.  Come along, she invited, and join me in creating an event I imagine will offer local church leaders for faith formation an opportunity to “summit”! (I’m aware I have used a verb here.)

The idea of a summit intrigued me. Imagine the possibilities! She explained that she envisioned an opportunity to gather those from our local churches who are committed to Christian formation and education.  We’ll summit for conversation, learning, mutual support and sharing. 

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Many Voices, One Mission: Love Knows No Borders

By The Rev. Kelly Gallagher, Associate Conference Minister for the MA Conference, UCC

The line of 400 or more people walked quietly down the beach, 4 by 4 in a strange and fascinating procession. On a cool December day in San Diego, with signs and birds, in stoles and clergy collars, robes and bright t-shirts, this mixed posada moved slowly and deliberately toward the border between Mexico and the United States. There were people of many races, many colors, many traditions, ages, abilities and backgrounds from all over the US – people of faith gathering at this wall to bring witness and word: Love Knows No Borders.
In that group of so many were people from the Tri-Conference, in San Diego for the Authorizing Ministry for the 21st Century Conference offered every other year for ACMs and Conference Ministers to discuss common issues and best practices around Search and Call, church vitality and such. There was something powerful about sharing this time together in this place – at this border. In Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts we are seeking to break open our borders, to challenge boundaries and walls that have separated us for hundreds of years.

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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.

Upcoming Events

Racial Justice Awareness Youth Program
(for confirmation groups and 7th-12th grade)
Jan. 27, 12:45 PM to 5:00 PM
Seekonk Congregational Church, Seekonk, MA

Youth & Leaders are invited to a full afternoon of a Racial Justice Awareness (RJA) Program for confirmation classes and those in 7th grade-12th grade.  Trained RJA facilitators will offer presentations including videos and guided discussions for youth to develop a strong voice as advocates of the future of change. Snacks provided; Free lunch option available.

Faith Formation Summit
Feb. 2, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Niantic Community Church, Niantic, CT

For Formation Leaders, Christian Education Board Members, Pastors and anyone dedicated to the work of forming disciples!  Join the faith formation staff of the three southern New England Conferences for a time of learning, sharing, strategizing, and conversation designed to enrich our work in forming disciples.

Super Saturday
March 16, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham, MA

A full day of worship, workshops and networking. 

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.


Director or Assoc. Minister for Youth Ministries - Central Congregational Church UCC, Providence, RI 
Non Ordained/ Ordained Opportunity


Other Events of Interest

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. 

Speak Peace Symposium
Feb. 2, 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Beneficent Congregational Church, Providence, RI

Dynamic community speakers unite to reflect and discuss the current state of affairs, and how we can contribute to establishing long-term peace and justice in our world.


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