Registration Open for Historic
Tri-Conference Meeting

Registration is now open for the joint Annual Meeting of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Conferences, taking place June 16 - 17 at the Hartford Convention Center. 

At this historic, first-of-its-kind meeting, delegates and guests will:

  • Worship and share communion with New England neighbors
  • Explore the future of our church with UCC General Minister & President John Dorhauer
  • Discern whether to endorse a new conference and move forward: Together, As One.

Watch a greeting in anticipation of the meeting by John Dorhauer. 

Get information and register at: macucc.org/TriConAM

Applications Being Accepted for
Transformative Youth Program
HARTFORD – The Connecticut Conference is now accepting applications for the Joseph Clemmons Job Training Program (JCT), a transformative program for youth of color.

 A new video highlights the impact of the program through the words of previous participants.


Casino Opposition Focuses on East Windsor
EAST WINDSOR — The Coalition Against Casino Expansion in Connecticut is mobilizing in East Windsor after the state's Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes selected the town on January 24 for a potential new casino. Residents opposed to a new casino have joined with the Coalition to request a public referendum where voters can voice their opinion on the development.

Mudrick and the Coalition are not done fighting.
   
"If there is a referendum, and the vote comes out that the residents of East Windsor do not want the casino, it will be much more difficult to get the CT Legislature to approve [the new casino]," said Mudrick.

Register for Super Saturday by March 6
to Avoid Late Fee

After Monday, March 6, the registration fee increases from $54 to $64 a person.  

Super Saturday
March 18
Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham
 

Super Saturday is a full-day of skill building offering numerous workshops, a keynote address, worship, a marketplace of vendors and ideas and an opportunity for everyone to network with one another.  This spring's Super Saturday is being co-hosted by the Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island Conferences of the UCC. 

Register Now!
Reflections
Prayers from Women Clergy Retreat

By Michelle Hughes
Associate Conference Minister for Transitions

The CT Women hosted a retreat for Women Clergy in the CT Conference at Mt. Carmel Congregational Church in Hamden, CT recently.  The theme of the gathering was “Companions on the Journey”.  It was a time of great fellowship and connection. We shared our stories and the stories of women who formed us.  We offered prayers.  We had wonderful food. We reflected upon a story about the perils of giving oneself away.  

As the retreat facilitator, I would like to offer the prayers that were composed that day as a gift to all.


Spirit Calendar: Temptation

Sioux Wilusz writes: "In order to overcome temptation, instead of letting it overcome us, we must regularly devote time to planning our spiritual growth."


Spirited Wednesday: More Ashes Please

The Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton writes:  "Somehow that small smudge on my forehead – the one I can't even see – never feels like enough." 

Upcoming Conference Events
March 7, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
First Congregational Church of Bloomfield
The Hartford Association invites the churches in the Farmington Valley, Hartford East, Windham, Litchfield North and Central Associations to participate in a workshop on Stewardship led by Charlie Kuchenbrod, Executive Associate Conference Minister of the CT Conference.
Registration Now Open!
Super Saturday!
March 18, 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Minnechaug Regional High School,  Wilbraham, MA
A full day of workshops, networking and a keynote address by author, storyteller, and theologian  Brian McLaren.
March 23, March 30, and April 6
2:00 - 3:00 PM
An online book study of Eboo Patel's   Sacred Ground . For pastors, youth leaders, and lay leaders who wish to explore new models for Interfaith dialogue. Try on this unique Lenten practice as a way to grow in understanding of Muslim neighbors.  
March 24 - 26
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon
Whether you’re a yoga devotee or a novice, a seasoned singer or shy about your voice, we have a special place for you in our circle! A weekend of exploration and restoration, rather than performance and perfectionism.
March 24 - 26
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon
For youth in grades 6 - 8, experience nature’s renewal and its sweet gifts.
April 29, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
UCC Southbury
This event will present a timely gathering of speakers:  Chris George, Executive Director of IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services); Megan Miller from Church World Service; Aida Mansoor, President of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut and others. 
April 30, 3:00 - 5:30 PM
First Church of Christ Congregational, West Hartford
A dynamic worship service that will renew your spirit. All youth in grades 5 and up and their pastors, parents, or adult leaders are invited.
May 5 - 7
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon
From chopping wood to repairing buildings, moving picnic tables to raking leaves, there’s a project for everyone, high schoolers through adult. 
May 19 - 21
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon
Environmental justice and leadership training for youth in grades 9-12 who care about the health of their communities
June 30 - July 5
Baltimore, MD
This event is for young leaders ages 13 to 18 who want to experience the vibrant diversity of the wider church.   Participation is limited to 18 from the Connecticut Conference - registration now open.


Find a complete list of Conference events at: www.ctucc.org/events
Classifieds
Other Events of Interest

Activism Teach-In
March 4, 11:30 AM
Hadlyme Public Hall, Hadlyme, CT
CTUCC Legislative Advocate Michele Mudrick will be one of the speakers at this event, sponsored by Together We Rise CT.

Embracing Stewardship: 2017 Northeast Ecumenical Stewardship Council Conference
March 24 - 25

Holiday Inn, Boxborough

How to Put Stewardship at the Heart of Your Congregation's Life. An Ecumenical Conference for Churches.  Keynote Presenters at this two-day conference are Charles R. (Chick) Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy. Chick and Grace provide two distinct but complementary voices, each supporting their shared conviction that stewardship belongs at the heart of each individual and congregation.

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