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:  Innovate and Create

By Susan Page Townsley, Associate for Innovation, Leadership and Change for the CT Conference, UCC

Churches need to be more innovative.  Clearly, the old way of doing things is not working, as demographic studies will show.  The exact number of churches closing per year is hard to track , but we know from our own United Church of Christ experience that 1105 UCC churches have closed in the past 10 years, and that our UCC membership nationwide has decreased by more than 25%.

The good news is that these facts should give us a new willingness and energy for trying new things, for thinking about how to follow Jesus on newly forged paths, and for thinking about how to be the Body of Christ in radically new paradigms.  Urgency is a friend of change and we need life-giving, Jesus-following change.

But how to cultivate the practices that foster innovation and creativity?

Read the full post for a few tips for clergy and church leaders.

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

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

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.

Pension Boards: Retirement Planning seminar
May 23, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Ethan Allen Hotel, Danbury, CT

All members age 50 or over who have an Annuity Plan account balance are invited to attend.

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

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

2019 Craigville Theological Colloquy
July 8 - 12
Craigville Retreat Center, Craigville, MA

Faith & Science:  The Choices We Make with Dr. Jennifer J. Wiseman and Professor Ron Cole-Turner.  Presentations, biblical reflections, morning prayer, workshops, Taize worship service, small group discussions, singing in the choir, many ways to renew or make new friendships, and free time to enjoy the beach and explore Cape Cod.


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