Revolutionary Love Project Founder to Keynote Annual Meeting

Valarie Kaur, founder of the Revolutionary Love Project, will be the keynote speaker at the first Annual Meeting of the new Together As One Conference, to be held Nov. 1 and 2 in Worcester, MA.

Kaur is a Sikh racial justice activist, civil rights lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator and author of Revolutionary Love. Kaur sees love as a public ethic and shared practice to be used in the fight for social justice. She believes “the way we make change is just as important as the change we make.”

The Annual Meeting will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2, at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.  This will be the first Annual Meeting of the new Together As One Conference, assuming its formation is approved by the UCC’s national gathering in June.

 Read more and watch Kaur's Ted Talk

Two Passion of Christ Retreats Taking Place at Irons Homestead

Sunday, April 14 -
Tuesday, April 16
(For High School Youth Groups)

Thursday, April 18 -
Saturday, April 20

These two experiential retreats begin with a relaxed, multi-course meal. After dinner we will retire to the garden for prayer and then around the fire to hear about and remember the night of trial.

The next day is spent considering the last hours of Jesus' life through a variety of media including an interactive Way of the Cross on the meditation trail. That evening will include a discussion of Jesus' time in Hell. Several spiritual practices including but not limited to art, music, meditation, movement, silence and sharing will be offered.

The retreat concludes with breakfast on the final day.

Find out more and register for the high school retreat

Find out more and register for the April 18 - 20 retreat

Responding to the R.I. Opioid Crisis with Hope and Healing Part 3

Third in a series from Peggy Matteson, UCC-RI Health Ministry Consultant.

Addiction is a disease. People recover. Treatment is effective

When addiction is understood as a treatable, chronic, medical condition - and not a personal or moral failing - prejudice and shame will be replaced by a spirit of compassion and hope that opens doors, hearts, and resources to those suffering with a substance-use disorder.  We can minister to others by opening doors and hearts with accurate information.

Click here for a list of free resources you can use to educate people of all ages about addiction

Registration Now Open for Spring Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the Rhode Island Conference Spring Annual Meeting being held Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM, at the Edgewood Congregational Church UCC in Cranston.

The Preacher for this meeting will be The Rev. David Pierce, Pastor of the Four Corners Chapel in Cumberland, RI (top). The main meeting speaker will be The Rev. Don Remick, Transitional Conference Minister of the Massachusetts Conference, UCC. 

The day will start with a Continental Breakfast at 8:30 followed by the worship, meeting and communion beginning at 9:00 AM.

Registration is $10.  Read more and register

We Are Not Facing the Big Issues Alone

By Grace O’Connor, An Intern with the Connecticut Conference, UCC

At the recent Super Saturday, I chose to go to the Climate Change Resonance Circle Workshop, which focused on addressing the difficulties and concerns that many of us carry as we face the crisis of global warming ...

Hearing from so many others who view climate change as a worrisome issue was helpful for me personally in recognizing that nobody must face it alone.  The passion that was voiced for creating a safe and clean planet for us all and for future generations was a refreshing reminder that there are many people who believe things need to change.  I found this a much-need reassurance not to give up hope that this problem is solvable and to continue doing my part in the fight for climate justice.

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Many Voices One Mission: The Backbone of Silver Lake

By The Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer, Executive Director of Silver Lake Conference Center, Home of the Outdoor Ministries of the Connecticut Conference

Silver Lake, like many of our United Church of Christ Summer Camp programs have a unique model of staffing our Counselor positions. It is very common in the UCC to have Volunteer Counselors come for one week and a new group of counselors to be working with the campers every week of the summer. They minister alongside the summer staff who work at Silver Lake through the entire summer.

One of the amazing aspects of this model is that through the course of each summer we have over 100 counselors caring for, playing alongside, growing in faith, developing as leaders, and having fun with our campers. Each of these counselors brings their own unique gifts and skills, their favorite songs, unique games and stories, and ways of connecting with campers.

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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 Trainings
The Rhode Island State Council of Churches is facilitating these trainings, which meet the training requirement for clergy .

  • Tuesdays, May 7 - June 4, 10 AM to Noon
    Peace Dale Congregational Church< peace Dale, RI
  • Thursdays, May 2 - 30, 7 to 9 PM
    Chapel Street Congregational Church, Lincoln, RI
  • Friday and Saturday, May 17 - 18 plus one other Saturday morning, June 1 or June 8
    Beneficent Congregational Church, Providence, RI

Registration and details are here.


Water is Life Vigil
April 6 & 13
North Scituate Public Library, North Scituate, RI

Join in opposition to bills that would privatize the ownership of water in Rhode Island. 

April 30 - May 2
Pilgrim Pines Retreat Center, Swanzey, NH

The New England Association Of United Church Educators (NEAUCE) is inviting all Christian Educators and pastors to a 3 day retreat with workshops to relax and renew. 

Shine- Youth at Synod 2019
June 21 - 25
Milwaukee, WI

Youth at Synod is for young leaders ages 13 to 18 who want to experience the vibrant diversity of the wider church.

Save the Date: The first Annual Meeting of the new Together, As One Conference will be Nov. 1 - 2, 2019, in Worcester, MA


Meeting and Retreat Center Director - Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ - Framingham, MA


Other Events of Interest

"Generosity Transformed" Conference
April 30 - May 3
Indianapolis, IN

Need to energize and revitalize your church’s strategies for faithful generosity? Does your church find it hard to talk about money? UCC Church Building & Loan Fund would like to make you aware of this ecumenical stewardship conference.

9th Annual CTUCC Youth Revival
May 5, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

First Congregational Church in Bloomfield, CT
All youth in grades 5 and up and their pastors, parents, or adult leaders are invited to this dynamic worship service that will your renew your spirit.  Come and lift your praises, celebrate vitality, and embrace diversity! 

CTUCC Spring Boundary Training
May 7, 2019 at 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Church of Christ, Congregational in Newington, CT

Morning Plenary with Rev. Ron Brown. Basic and Advanced Training for Clergy.

Environmental Justice for All! Retreat
May 17 - 19
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon CT

For youth in grades 8 - 12 to explore how faith and justice intersect, learn about current issues in environmental justice and find their talents to make change.

UCC Musicians Association National Conference
June 25 - 28
First Congregational UCC, Madison, WI

Three days of worship, workshops, marketplace, and networking.


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