Church Leaders Address Sexual and Domestic Violence
With sexual abuse and assault dominating the news, more than 40 church leaders attended a presentation and panel discussion on sexual and domestic violence at Spring Glen Church in Hamden on Nov. 16.
The presentation portion of the day was led by The Rev. Sharon Ellis Davis, Co-founder and Senior Pastor of God Can Ministries, United Church of Christ, in Chicago Heights, IL and a trainer for the Faith Trust Institute.
Ruth Tyrol Honored at Fancy Camp Fundraiser
Southern New England's outdoor ministry glitterati were at their most sparkly on the evening of Nov 18 at Fancy Camp, a gala to benefit Silver Lake Conference Center.
More than 80 people were in attendance at Wallingford Country Club to honor Ruth Tyrol, the winner of the inaugural Silver Lake Award. The Silver Lake award recognizes someone who has been shaped by Silver Lake's core values and has used those values in the world beyond camp.

In his remarks introducing the award, Connecticut Conference Minister The Rev. Kent Siladi noted that Ruth Tyrol, in her service to Silver Lake from 1964-1994, actually helped shape Silver Lake's core values. 

Transgender Remembrance Vigil Held
The Connecticut Conference Open and Affirming Ministry Team hosted a Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil at the Connecticut Conference Office.

Transgender Day of Remembrance is held each year on November 20th to remember those trans individuals who have been killed as a result of their gender expression. 

Annual Meeting voters last June passed a resolution recommending churches mark the day.

The Leadership Council of the Connecticut Conference invites you to support Racial Justice Ministries on #GivingTuesday  this Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017.

Super Saturday Workshop Proposals Now Being Accepted
Clergy and laity who would like to share concepts and practices that are changing their congregation or community's mission and ministry are invited to submit a workshop proposal for Super Saturday.
Workshops that may be of particular interest include:  creative worship, church vitality in the 21st century, church leadership, faith formation/christian education, youth ministry, spiritual practices, care & wellness, community ministries, social media, and outreach.
Super Saturday is being held March 17, 2018 , at Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, MA. Keynote speaker will be The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, host of Just Faith, an program, and Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church, a 900-member multiracial, welcoming, and inclusive congregation in New York City. 
As a workshop leader, your registration will be free. The submission deadline is Dec. 20, 2017.

Spirit Calendar: Needy and Needed

Rev. Dr. Michael Ciba writes: " Even when we are blessed to be in the presence of God’s love, protected by God’s strength, we must never be content and complacent."

Spirited Wednesday: Feed them Justice, sin vergüenza…

Rev. Elivette (Elly) Mendez Angulo writes: "The call for justice is sounding loudly."

Upcoming Conference Events
Nov. 28, 10:00 AM - Noon
Rocky Hill Congregational Church
A gathering of those engaged in Interim and Transitional Ministry, facilitated by Jay Terbush and Tom Clough.
Dec. 1 - 3
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon
Two retreats: one for 4th - 6th graders and one for 7th and 8th graders. Celebrate Christmas, Silver Lake-style! Experience the hope of the Christmas promise with new friends and old as we create blessed community
Dec. 7, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Catholic Center, Bridgeport
A discussion on the economic and social impacts of the proposed casino in Bridgeport.
Jan. 26-28,
Feb. 23-25,
Mar. 9-11 
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon, CT
A great experience with activities, worship and fellowship appropriate for youth in grades 7 - 9 during their Confirmation year!
Feb. 6, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
North Stamford Congregational Church
Part of the “Food for the Journey” program started in 2013 to help women ministers prepare for the season of Lent.
Find a complete list of Conference events at:
The Rev. Betsy Grace Reed Blomfield , a long-time minister to children and youth, died peacefully at her home in Westport on Monday, November 13, 2017. She was 76.

The Rev. Blomfield served as Youth Minister at Olivet Congregational Church in Bridgeport from 1981 to 1988; Minister of Christian Education at Lordship Community Church in Stratford from 1978 to 1981; Minister of Christian Education at the United Congregational Church in Tolland in 1973 and 1974; and Minister of Christian Education at First Congregational Church in Vernon from 1966 to 1971.

The Rev. Hugh B. Penne y , longtime pastor of South Church in New Britain and a pastor to other retired clergy, died Nov. 12, 2017, at his home in Cromwell, CT. He was 91.

The Rev. Penney was ordained in 1953 and served churches in West Auburn, Maine; Chicago, Illinois; Andover and Holden, Massachusetts; before coming to New Britain, where he served South Church from 1964 to 1991. He was named Pastor Emeritus of South Church.

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