Church Leaders Address Injustice Following Charlottesville
More than 30 Conference staff and church leaders gathered together in Hartford Tuesday, August 15, in a conversation about racism and the current states of our church and our nation. Many of the participants who joined the meeting were looking for ways to respond to the injustices witnessed in Charlottesville over the weekend.

UCC National News
The Urgency of Our Times

In an exceptional show of solidarity, theologians and spiritual leaders of the United Church of Christ's seven seminaries and their colleagues are uniting as signatories on this call to action, denouncing "the profound moral evil of white supremacy" and urging all Christians to make concrete change to end the benefit of white privilege.
Spirit Calendar: Beloved Community

Debby Kirk writes: "As we practice holy living together, the fruits of God’s spirit-- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control--are harvested in abundance."

Spirit Calendar:   Who Does Your Community Say You Are?

Tiffany Vail writes: "If people in your community don’t have a clear sense of what your congregation is about – ask yourself why." 

Spirited Wednesday:  Both Sides of the Jungle Gym

The Rev. Jeff Gallagher writes:  "An insulting reminder that we are never abandoned on the playgrounds of life."

Spirited Wednesday:  Love One Another

The Rev. Zack Mabe writes:  "How we respond might be the most important task we complete in our lives."

Upcoming Conference Events
August 26, 11 AM to 5 PM
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon
A cookout lunch will be provided, as well as time to participate in traditional Silver Lake activities, explore on your own, take a group decade photo, and join in worship. 
The Interim & Transitional Ministers Meeting and Luncheon Scheduled for Aug. 29
Sept. 25 to 26
Heritage Hotel & Conference Center, Southbury, CT
Annual Clergy gathering with the theme: What the heck IS the future of the Church?  with   Rev. Dr. Sarah Drummond, Dean of Faculty at Andover Newton Theological School.
Sept. 29 to 30
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon
Connecticut Women of the UCC annual fall retreat open to women of all conferences.  

October 13 & 14, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Spring Glen, UCC, Hamden
Join us for prayer, praise, testimony, and music that will lift your spirits.  Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith preaching.
Oct. 21, 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM  
Keefe Regional Technical School, Framingham
This full-day event includes morning worship, two workshops, an optional lunch activity, continental breakfast, lunch, marketplace and closing worship. Keynote speaker is The Rev. Noel Andersen, UCC & CWS Grassroots Coordinator for Immigrants' Rights.
Oct. 22, 2:00 PM
The Bushnell Center of the Performing Arts,
Hartford, CT
Salisbury Sinfonietta & the Conference invite  Connecticut & Regional Church Choirs   to participate in a event for Remembering the Reformation Quincentennial, and Celebrating Unity Today. A pre-concert talk titled: Luther talks with Pope Leo X  will also be part of the day.
October 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
First Church of Christ, Simsbury
Come spend the day with author Paul Nixon to explore "Changing Ministry in a Hyper-Gutenberg World." Featuring: breakout sessions looking at various models of the church that are thriving; a panel of UCC leaders who are doing innovative ministry here in Southern New England; a panel of "Nones" and "Dones" finding meaning in the secular realm beyond the church.
October 27 & 28, 2017
First Church of Christ, Farmington
First Church has partnered with the Farmington Valley American Muslim Center on a new Farmington Valley Interfaith Initiative which will include individuals and houses of worship from a range of faith traditions. Internationally known speakers from both faiths will key-note the gathering, with workshops on specific topics providing opportunity for conversation and learning among Christians and Muslims.
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Other Events of Interest
Sept. 8 - 9
Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center, Framingham, MA
One of four regional events to which Committees on Ministry, authorized ministers, and members of the UCC who are interested in the proposed changes to the UCC Manual on Ministry are invited to take part.
Oct. 31, 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM
Edwards House Meeting Center, Framingham, MA
Planned in collaboration with Ernst & Young Financial Planning Services®, this seminar is designed to provide tools and resources to lay and clergy to make handling their finances and planning for the future easier.
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