Conference Welcomes New Administrative Assistant

HARTFORD - The Connecticut Conference has a new administrative assistant on board who will be working with the regional ministers, the racial justice ministry team, and the financial ministries team. 

Abby Charamut is a member of Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, and has experience working in both the nonprofit and small business sectors.  She has deep roots in the United Church of Christ in Connecticut.

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2018 Year End Report Now Available

The Connecticut Conference has published "2018 Ministries of the Connecticut Conference UCC," a two-page document designed to be inserted into local church annual reports. The report features easy-to-read statistics and colorful photos. 

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Siladi and Ringen Discuss Health Ministry

Connecticut Conference Minister The Rev. Kent Siladi recently did a live video interview with Deborah Ringen, an experienced Parish Nurse from the First Church of Chrst, Congregational in Old Saybrook, CT. 

They discussed ways in which local congregations can offer health ministry and wellness programs in their settings. 

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Many Voices, One Mission: Sequined and Ready To Serve

By Emily McKenna, Office Manager for the CT Conference, UCC

There is always someone waiting for you to do something.  Whether a family member is holding out for you to finish that chore they despise doing themselves, or your accountant is waiting for you to submit those last tax papers, there is someone out there waiting for you to make a move and get it done. 

It’s easy for me to feel like I’m leaving people waiting with what I do at work.  I’m fortunate to be woven into each department, providing support for the office in various ways. If I am updating a registration page for our faith formation team, I’m not working on updating the calendar for the building.  If I am inputting data for our financial team, I am not accounting for the inventory of supplies we need.  I truly enjoy wearing many hats, so much so that my ministry with youth is my second job away from the buzz of my full-time job at the office.  At times, I struggle with which hat to put on when.  Occasionally, I let people down who are waiting for me to finish something. 

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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: Martin Luther King Jr. Reflections



Editor's Note: On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we break from the traditional devotion to repost the reflections of 4 pastors who recently traveled to Alabama as past of the 2019 Interfaith Freedom and Justice Ride.

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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:

Super Saturday Registration Open

Registration is now open for Super Saturday, taking place March 16 at Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, MA

Each participant attending Super Saturday can take part in morning worship, two workshops, an optional lunch activity, continental breakfast, lunch, marketplace and closing worship.

The main speaker will be Rebekah Anderson, who has presented on disability theology at the National Church Leadership Institute, Eastern Regional Youth Event, and Super Saturday. She is an alum of the Thinking About Working for God Apprenticeship of the Connecticut Conference, and the Young Adult Service Communities program of the UCC. She is in her first year at Union Theological Seminary.

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Upcoming Conference Events 

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.

TAWFG Apprenticeship Deadline
Feb. 15

Middle and high school youth, and college age young adults, are invited to apply for this job-shadow program.

Conference Wide Youth Racial Justice Program
Feb. 15 - 16
Congregational Church in South Glastonbury, CT

The focus & goal of this program is to unmask the covert forms of racism that live within our country, and shed light on information that is commonly unknown in the younger generation

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.


Program Coordinator - Conference Staff Position
The Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ, in collaboration with the Connecticut Conference, seeks a talented, entrepreneurial and experienced authorized minister to join our team as we implement Together We Thrive: Nurturing Pastoral Leadership projects funded through a five year grant received from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.  


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. 

Truth Decay: The Gravity of the Cavity in Our Veracity
Feb. 21, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
John P Webster Library, West Hartford, CT

Humorist, author, and local radio-show host Colin McEnroe will discuss how our ability, as a society, to agree on the differences between truth and falsehood has been steadily degraded.


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