Rhode Island Conference Holds Last Annual Meeting as Conference

The Rhode Island Conference held its last Annual Meeting as a Conference on April 27, and the nearly 100 in attendance were challenged to consider new ways to jump into the deep end when thinking about what it means to be the church when the landscape of ministry is changing.

Assuming it is approved by General Synod in June, the Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut conferences will cease to exist as ecclesial entities, as they join together to form one new conference. The Rhode Island Conference has been functioning as both a Conference and an Association; in the future it will be an Association of the new conference.

Read highlights from the meeting

See a photo gallery from the meeting

Workshop Proposals Being Accepted for October Super Saturday

Super Saturday - October 5, 2019
Keefe Regional Technical High School, Framingham, MA

Share concepts and practices you’ve developed that are changing your congregation or community’s mission and ministry by submitting a workshop proposal. As a workshop leader, your registration will be free. Submission deadline:  May 2019

Submit your proposal here

Many Voices One Mission:
Common Bond

By Jennifer Kronholm Clark, Program Director at Silver Lake Conference Center

I love to use Ubuntu cards to warm up groups that are coming together for the first time. The Ubuntu deck consists of 54 cards covered in images of common items. The unique thing about these cards is that each card has at least one image in common with every other card. The tag line on the box is, “There exists a common bond between us all…”
I use these cards to get people talking to each other. Everyone gets a card, and then moves around the space comparing their cards with the others. Once a pair identifies the common bond on their cards, they share with each other to discover a common bond between themselves.

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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.

Spring Interim Gathering
June 18, 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Congregational Church of Westborough, MA

Agenda for the Day: Together As One General Information, interim life in the new conference, Don Remick presentation: "Powerful Questions Can Change Your Church."

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


Director of Music Ministry - Peace Dale, RI


Other Events of Interest

Facing Your Church's Uncertain Future Webinar
May 2, 3:30 PM to 4:50 PM

Facing Your Church’s Uncertain Future is a NEW resource that offers good practices for discerning, discussing, and making decisions that concern a church’s future. Pastors and congregational leaders are invited to join this online Zoom webinar presenting theological, liturgical and helpful insights for discussing future options, including closure and legacy. 

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.

Confidentiality & Mandatory Reporting/ Lightening the Load
May 23, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
First Congregational Church of Brimfield, MA

Two Workshops: Attend one or both

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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