Mass and RI Conferences to Share Retreat Center Director

Furthering collaboration among the conferences in southern New England, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Conferences will soon share a new staff person. 

Kate Ostertag of Kingston, New Hampshire will begin work on May 28th as Director of Edwards House Meeting and Retreat Center in Framingham, MA and Irons Homestead in Glocester, RI.

Ostertag served for 13 years as Assistant Manager of Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center, where her responsibilities included scheduling, reservations, marketing, data tracking, housekeeping and volunteer development.  She has also worked in food service, and in volunteer development in other non-profit organizations.

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Upcoming Events

Work Day at Irons Homestead
May 25, 2019 at Noon to 3:00 PM
Irons Homestead, Glocester, RI

The Outdoor Ministry Committee welcomes everyone to join us in getting Irons Homestead ready for the season. We have many things to do like put up tents, rake, clean barn gutters and more. Please join us for any part of the day that you can!


Save the Date: The  Annual Meeting of the CT, MA and RI Conferences will be Nov. 1 - 2, 2019, in Worcester, MA

Many Voices One Mission:  Being Open to a New Way

By Martha Goodman, Search & Call Administrator for the MA and RI Conferences, UCC.

One of my tasks as Search & Call Administrator for the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Conferences is to keep updated a document that we call the “Churches Currently Searching List.”  It includes all churches currently in search for a pastor, and all churches that we expect to be entering a pastoral search within the next several months.
This week, for the first time since I started with the Massachusetts Conference almost six and a half years ago, I couldn’t fit all the churches onto a standard 8½ x 11 inch page.  Over the past few months I’ve changed the font, shrunk the font size, and narrowed the margins.  This week, though, it became obvious that I couldn’t squeeze one more bit of text onto that blessed letter-sized page.  Make the print any smaller, and we’d all be whipping out our magnifying glasses to read it.
Clearly, a new way was needed.  The way:  a bigger page.  The list now appears on a legal-sized, 8½ x 14 inch sheet.  Seems simple, right?  Seems obvious.

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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.


Racial Justice Team Leader - Conference Position
To engage every setting of the Conference in the work of unmasking, dismantling and eradicating racism in its personal, inter-personal, institutional and cultural forms, to make God’s love and justice real. 

Caretaker of Irons Homestead - Glocester, RI
: 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.


Other Events of Interest

34th Annual MCCM Karl Barth Summer Session
June 10 - 11
First Church In Dedham, MA

The Massachusetts Convention of Congregational Ministers invites all to this discussion on the first edition of Barth's "Commentary on Romans."

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

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

Clergy Camp
June 26 - 29 
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon CT

Join fellow clergy for reflection, renewal, and worship in the woods.

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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