Historic Quad Board Gathering Marks End and Beginning

WOODSTOCK, CT -- There was warmth and humor in shared worship, fellowship and discernment as the members of the Together, As One (TA1) Board of Directors and members of the Boards of Directors from the historic Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences gathered on May 4 to celebrate their work and hear updates on the progress that has been made in the formation of a new conference in southern New England. 

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Several board members wrote reflections:

A Both/ And Moment - The Rev. Lauren Lorincz
"We are waiting for God and running the race.  We are in the already and not yet.  So it’s not either we celebrate what will be, or we grieve what has been.  We can do both, acknowledging that we are all bringing a complexity of thoughts and feelings to these gatherings."
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A Bittersweet Day - The Rev. Timoth Sylvia
"in the midst of it all, I felt the all-too-familiar blend of joy and sorrow, excitement and grief experienced as we birth something new together. The day, surrounded by those whom we have grown to know and admire over these many years, was bittersweet."
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For the Healing of Our World - The Rev. Kari Nicewander
"We live in a world that is in desperate need of healing, of redemption, of repentance, of change ...  And we can only do this work together. We can only become more just, more compassionate, more peaceful, if we support one another on this journey. Because it is not easy, and it is not meant to be easy."
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We've Arrived - The Rev. Maxwell Grant
"This has asked each conference to travel through some unfamiliar country, to be sure.  In its own way, it’s asked us to imagine some major re-routing.  But over the years of these gatherings, both here and in so many other places, I don’t think any of us have heard that dispiriting “clunk” warning us that we have truly lost our way, or the voice urging us to turn back and retrace our steps."
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It’s a New Thing! - The Rev. Cleo Graham
"We waited for the Lord who renewed our strength and kept us dancing with the holy breath that propelled us forward, back and in the middle of our community building exercises. We are more than acquaintances we are spiritual siblings.:
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Job Opening: Caretaker of Irons Homestead - Glocester, RI

Purpose: To carry out the mission of the Conference by maintaining the Outdoor Ministry Site at Irons Homestead and providing for warm hospitality and effective retreat meeting space for guests. 

Nature and Scope: The Caretaker shall provide care and maintenance of the buildings and grounds at the property known as “Irons Homestead”, owned by the Rhode Island Conference of the United Church of Christ (RICUCC) in Glocester, Rhode Island.

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Many Voices One Mission: Extraordinary Things

By Marlene Gasdia-Cochrane, Publications Editor for the MA Conference, UCC

I belong to a monthly book club.  It’s a real book club – not one of those excuses to drink wine clubs – so there are usually insightful, diverse, and lively discussions among the 15-20 people who attend.  This month’s book (which was also a movie) was called “Same Different as Me” – a story that followed the lives and friendship of an international art dealer and a homeless man.

Because of the subject matter of the book, most of the discussion that evening centered on racism, opportunity, evangelism, and homelessness.   However, I brought up an additional insight: the wonderful work one person can do to change the lives of many others ...

As the Spotlight editor, I hear about individuals and church groups doing amazing things every day.

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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

11th Annual Interfaith Poverty Conference
May 8, 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Rhode Island College, Providence, RI

Join faith leaders, congregation members, advocacy and service organizations to learn more about poverty issues in Rhode Island and how you can make a difference!

Faith in Action Advocacy Day
May 21, 2019, 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Providence, RI

Join us as we come together to educate, empower and organize to fight poverty in our state. We will provide an Advocacy 101 training and then head up to the State House for a press conference and time to speak with legislators.

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



Other Events of Interest

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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