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Registration is now open!
Click on Convocation 2018 below to register.
 
Save the Date: April 20-22, 2018
 
Convocation 2018
Growing by Half: 
"Part-time Pastors, Full-time Churches"
 
Co-sponsored by 
the Maine Conference, United Church of Christ
& The BTS Center
Friday and Sunday at Mariner's Church in the Portland Old Port. Saturday at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. 
 
The future is arguably brightest for those that can re-imagine part-time pastorates 
as signs of emergent opportunities, not emblems of failure and imminent death.
-- G. Jeffery MacDonald
 
Convocation 2018  will provide an opportunity for you to name what's been lost - reflecting on the shrinking professional class of full-time, ordained clergy. You'll have more time to consider what's been found - learning about mainline congregations experiencing heightened vitality through part-time pastoral leadership. Lay leaders
and pastors in part-time settings
will share how their communities are re-imagining once familiar roles, and how they are seeing creative energies being unleashed for vital ministries. Workshops will offer deeper dives into mindset, method, and motivation to help release your communities potential. Registration is open, click on Convocation 2018 above to register.
 
Convocation 2018 Presenter:
The Rev. G. Jeffery MacDonald   is an award-winning journalist and the author of Thieves in the Temple: The Christian Church and the Selling of the American Soul. He is also the pastor of First Parish Church of Newbury, UCC in Newbury, Massachusetts. The BTS Center awarded Jeff a  2016 Innovation Incubator Compass Grant to support his research on vitality in churches with part-time clergy.
 
Housing For Convocation
The Maine Conference is in the process of recruiting guest housing in the greater Portland area for those who would like to attend the BTS Center Convocation April 20-22, but for whom the cost of a hotel room would be prohibitively expensive. If you would require such guest housing in order to attend Convocation, contact the Conference Office either by email: 
conference@maineucc.org or telephone:
1-800-244-0937, and a guest housing request form will be e-mailed to you. If you have questions about this offer please contact Annette Mott at   mottengler@yahoo.com.  
Pilgrim Lodge Registration is NOW OPEN!  
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Pilgrim Lodge is raising money to help bring LGBTQ+ high schoolers to camp!

Camp Pride is a week-long residential camp for high school age youth who identify as LGBTQ+ and supportive allies.

Because we believe Camp Pride is one of the only LGBTQ+ youth outdoor ministry programs of its kind, we are actively seeking participants from far beyond Maine. In order to remove as many barriers to participation as possible, we are seeking funding to cover both the camp fees and travel cost for any campers who wish to attend but could not otherwise afford the expense.

For more information about Camp Pride visit:
 
Job opportunities listed below.
2018 Boundary Awareness Training
Opportunities Sponsored by the
Maine Conference UCC
 
"Boundary Awareness Training in the Digital Age" with Rev. Darren Morgan. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Connect people together and are tools to enhance ministry, but in a world where knowledge and information at your fingertips, what are the boundaries? This training will help clergy understand the importance of healthy digital boundaries in ministry ad to critically discern their complexities in pastoral relationships.  Church lay-leaders are welcome to attend.  10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ First Congregational UCC, 28 High St. Wiscasset $25 
Annual Meeting 2018
Sacred Stories Annual Meeting
Oct. 26-27, 2018
We are absolutely thrilled to announce the work for planning our 2018 ME Conference Annual Meeting is underway! We'd like to invite you to prayerfully consider sharing your gifts and talents into crafting this fabulous vision. Please contact AbbyLynn Haskell
abby@broadreachministries.com if you are feeling the nudge to share your gifts!
Maine's Faith-based Organizations Can Help in the Fight Against Elder Abuse
  Learn more>> 
Events
Spring Association Meeting Dates
Oxford Union Association Meeting Sunday,
April 22nd 2pm - North Waterford.

Cumberland Association Meeting Workshops
Part 1- Saturday, April 28th 9:30am
at Westbrook-Warren UCC. Topic: Funding the Faith: Creating and Nurturing a Culture of Giving with Rev. Alyssa Lodewick.
Part 2 - Saturday, May 12th 9:30 am at First Congregational-Christian Church in New Gloucester. Topic: Bearing Each Ither's Burdens: Sharing the Work of Caring for God's People with
Rev. Dr. Leslie Foley. Learn More>>

Sunrise Association Meeting Saturday,
May 5th 9am - Northeast Harbor.

York Association Meeting Sunday, May 6th
3pm - West Newfield Church.


Katahdin Association Meeting Saturday, May 12th - Lincoln - 10:00am

Living Water Association Meeting Sunday,
May 20
th 2pm - Waterville. 
   
200th Anniversary Celebrations   
First Congregational Church in Wilton
continues to celebrate.
Learn more about it>>

First Church in Belfast UCC is celebrating the 200th Anniversary of building their sanctuary.
Schedule of events.  
History Presentation
Organ Recital Series 

Partnering to Address Domestic Violence will take place Thursday, April 12th from 9am to 4pm at First United Methodist Church of Bangor.
Learn more>> Programs at the Alcyon Center Transforming Communities, Healing Veterans
April 16 & 17 Learn More

Inner Path of Dying
June1 & 2 Learn more  

Blue Point Congregational UCC 
will host a Public Bean Supper on Saturday, April 28th, from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at 236 Pine Point Road in Scarborough. Meal includes: 2 kinds of beans cooked in a bean hole, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, biscuit, hot dog, home made desserts and drink.
FMI: please call 883-6540

First Congregational UCC in South Portland's  Meeting House Concert Series will present David Mallett, Maine singer, songwriter, for a return performance on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
FMI: Elinor Redmond 207-650-8579 or email
eredmond@maine.rr.com 
Help Wanted/Classifieds
Pilgrim Lodge is looking for Nurses! If you, or someone you know, is a nurse and would like to spend a week at Pilgrim Lodge, Please contact Karen at the PL office by email: karen@pilgrimlodge.org or by phone: 207-724-3200

State Street UCC is looking for a Christian Education Coordinator Learn more>>

Blue Point Congregational UCC
just minutes away from beautiful Pine Point Beach in Scarborough is a growing church seeking a
part-time music director/organist. Learn More

First Congregational UCC
in South Portland is looking for someone to fill a part-time Multi-Ministry Position covering member visitation, youth ministries and adult lifelong learning.
Learn more>>
 
Open Positions at the National Offices
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Quick Links
Beyond Our Borders
Free Webinars
The Insurance Board has free webinars available. Click the image above to learn more or to register.
A new toolkit from Shoulder to Shoulder on Faith mobilization to support American Muslims in this era, complete with resources for both short-term and long-term work to address anti-Muslim bigotry in our nation and in our communities.
  View the toolkit here
Boston University School of Theology is pleased to announce that it has formed two new denominational learning communities. Click the logo to read more. 
Events
"The Potency of Hope" 
Register now for the 2018 UCC Clergywomen Leadership Event
, which will be held May 1-3, 2018 at the Carefree Resort and Conference Center in Carefree, AZ. This event is open to all authorized clergywomen in the United Church of Christ: the schedule and registration information can be found here. Registration deadline is April 5th.

2018 MID Event
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Regional Theological Education Consortium Event April 30 - May 2, 2018
in Oberlin, Ohio. For more information contact Kathy Clark clark@ucc.org

Please hold the dates of December 12-15th, 2018 for the national Authorizing Ministry in the 21st Century (AM21) Event.
We will meet in San Diego, California.

IRCA Quadrennial Conference 2018
The International Rural Churches Association will gather April 15-21, 2018 in Lincoln, New Zealand.
Learn More
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
Psalm 139:14

Registration is Open!
The New England Association of United Church Educators have announced the dates for NEAUCE 2018. The event will be held May 1-3 at
Pilgrim Pines in Swanzey, NH. Keynotes: Dr. Pam Shellberg and Rev. Day McCallister. 
Click on the image above to register or  click here for more info. 
The Faith Formation Resource Team of the Maine Conference offers a $50 scholarship to individuals from any Maine UCC church attending the event.
 
Lombard Mennonite
Peace Center Sponsored Event
Mediation Skill Training for Church Leaders
Sponsored by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center in Lombard, Illinois. There is an event in Hartford, Connecticut
May 7-11, 2018
Learn More>
Clergy Day 2018: "Preaching Beyond Black History Month"
This is an annual opportunity for authorized ministers (ordained, licensed, commissioned, currently serving and retired) to gather together. This all day event will be on May 23rd. Brought to you by the New Hampshire Conference.
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Maine Conference United Church of Christ
One Weston Court, STE 104
Augusta, ME 04330