Silver Lake Registration Opens Jan. 15

SHARON – Registration for the 2019 Summer Camp Session at Silver Lake Conference Center opens Jan. 15, and those registering by Jan. 31st can receive a $50 discount on their registration.

Summer enrollment at Silver Lake has increased by 130 campers over the last two years, following an increased outreach effort by Silver Lake and Conference staff.  The staff is working to continue that upward trend this season.

The summer theme this year is Peace Works: Empowering the Next Generation of Peacemakers. All conferences will offer some programming that promotes peacemaking in everyday life, and some conferences will go deeper in exploring how to create peace in the world.

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Nominations Open for 2019 Silver Lake Award

By Brian Lapis

It's a new year, and time for you to help select a new Silver Lake Award honoree! Nominations are now open for the 2019 Silver Lake Award.

This an opportunity to lift up a member of the Silver Lake community, who in addition to being shaped by their time at the Lake, has given back time, treasure, and talent to Silver Lake, and has made a significant and sustainable contribution to this ministry. The Silver Lake Award recognizes a “Silver Laker” who lives their life and faith in a way that reflects the formative experiences they have had at Silver Lake Conference Center. 

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Many Voices, One Mission: Community

By The Rev. Mary Nelson, South Central Regional Minister for the CT Conference, UCC

Silver Lake Conference Center is famous all over the United Church of Christ. It truly is a remarkable ministry, and I often feel like a broken record on the topic – I’ve probably written about SLCC before, I’ll probably write about it again. It’s great. Send your kids. Send yourself. Registration for summer opens on January 15; Clergy Camp is June 26-29.
BUT! I don’t want to write about the ministry that happens at Silver Lake this week. Instead, I want to write about a Silver Lake ministry that happens outside of the camp: the actual, genuine friendships that form and continue beyond one week in the summer, or one weekend-long retreat.

On the morning I was all set to write my blog reflection (about something else entirely, I swear!), I pulled my car into the parking lot of the CTUCC office in Hartford just as my phone buzzed: it was a text from a woman I’d gotten to know through SLCC events like Spring Action and the Fancy Camp fundraisers. She asked me to pray for her mom, who was right-now undergoing a risky surgery at Hartford Hospital.

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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: Entering The Mess

By The Rev. Deborah Rundlet, pastor of Ridgebury Congregational Church

Have you ever wondered why Jesus chose to enter the mess?  He didn’t have to.  He could have kept his distance, looking down from afar upon the crowd who had flocked out to John seeking forgiveness for their sins.  He who was without sin could have stood at a distance, not getting caught up in the chaos.  Yet on that riverbank, he makes the conscious choice to enter the fullness of our condition.
It is in that precise moment that God’s pleasure can no longer be contained: “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 2:22).  Take note of the Creator’s joy as the Son throws away his separateness to enter into our brokenness.

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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

Webinar: Acting on Faith: Climate Action in 2019
Jan. 11, 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Join Connecticut Conference Minister The Rev. Kent Siladi live online as he talks to Pam Arifian, Director of the Northeast Environmental Justice Center at Silver Lake. 

Webinar: Conversation on Parish Health Ministry
Jan. 18, 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Join Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi as he interviews Deborah Ringen, an experienced Parish Nurse from the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Old Saybrook, CT.  This webinar is intended to share information with local churches about how they might initiate a health ministry  wellness program in their local church. 


Tools for a Sustainable Ministry
Jan. 24, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
First Congregational Church of Southington, CT

Come and explore suggested best practices offered by the folks at Ministry Architects.  Join colleagues and peers for dinner, fellowship, learning and sharing!

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

The Faith Formation staff of the three southern New England Conferences invite you to join peers and colleagues to "summit" together on this all important work of our congregations, making disciples.

2019 Women Clergy Event: Food for the Journey
Feb. 5, 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
South Congregational Church, 
East Hartford, CT

Clergy women are invited to a day of relaxation and prayer. Explore the indoor labyrinth, relax with kinetic sand and soulful music, find time to create in the art space or find silence in the prayer corner.

CTUCC Confirmation Retreats
Feb. 8 - 10
March 1 - 3
April 5 - 7

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.

Conference Wide Racial Justice Training
Feb. 11, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Middlefield Federated Church

This "From Tolerance to Unity" training is an eight-hour day where we seek to unmask racism, create a common language around issues of racism, and inspire people to do more work to eradicate racism.

Celebrating Faith Milestones: Connecting Generations in Joy
Feb. 28, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
First Congregational Church of Southington, CT

Come and explore ways to incorporate this meaningful faith formation activity into your ministry.

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

A full day of worship, workshops and networking.

Interfaith Exploration
March 31, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT

An exploration of the three Abrahamic Religions - Christianity, Islam and Judaism - designed for confirmation classes and youth groups

2019 Special Meeting of the CT Conference
May 18, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
First Church of Christ Congregational in West Hartford

We will gather together as a historic Connecticut Conference in this transition year to worship together, receive reports from the Board and staff, to consider resolutions that might come before the gathering, and to celebrate the Living Waters award, before the potential formation of our new Conference and its first Annual meeting on
Nov. 1 and 2, 2019.



Other Events of Interest

Non-Directive Coaching Skills Basics for Busy Pastors
Jan. 29, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Edwards House Meeting Center, Framingham, MA

Led by Rev. Todd Weir and Rev. Jim Latimer, who teach how to listen powerfully and not give advice. 


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