Summer Wraps Up at Silver Lake

Silver Lake Conference Center, the Connecticut Conference's outdoor ministry site, hosted 901 campers this summer. Here are some camp headlines:

Silver Lake Award Celebration To Honor Two Long-Time Deans.  The Oct. 5 celebration, at Brewport in Bridgeport, will honor Rev. Susie and Brad Craig. 
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Silver Lake Hosts Campers from China.  The experience of two convening cultures had an impact on both the Chinese students and the American campers and staff.
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Goodbye. Chancellur Dixon shares lyrics from a song he created about the inclusive community that is fostered at Silver Lake.
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Also: Sept. 30 Golf Tournament to benefit Silver Lake.
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Facing the Rising Sun

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of slaves entering America, Rev. Cleo Graham, Associate Minister of Beneficent Congregational Church in Providence, RI, wrote a series of posts about her ancestors who were slaves in America. She writes:

"Researching my slave ancestors has been a very emotional journey filled with tears, sorrow, and joy. I am proud to bear witness as a slave descendant. It’s a testament to one’s faith, strength, and resilience. African Americans have spent more years enslaved than free. Our history of slavery in America needs to be taught in schools throughout our nation."

Read her series, Facing the Rising Sun, here.



7 Spotlights Involving Growth and Vitality

Many local churches who are attaining (or trying to attain) growth and vitality are focusing on less traditional ways of outreach and worship. These Spotlight stories show some of the ways churches can welcome an ‘uncomfortable-ness’ in their own church in order to make others feel more comfortable.  Read


The Spotlight E-Newsletter, which started in the Massachusetts Conference, will expand to cover Connecticut and Rhode Island this fall.  Subscribe here


Event of the Week:

Super Saturday
October 5, 2019, 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM
Keefe Regional Technical High School, Framingham, MA

A full day of worship, workshops and networking with address by Bishop Dwayne D. Royster.
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Social Media Share of the Week

From the UCC Facebook Page this and other graphics can be used for churches to promote Just Peace Sunday on Sept. 15. Download them from here.

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