Silver Lake 60th Celebration Approaching

Silver Lake Conference Center will celebrate 60 years of outdoor ministry on August 26 from 11am – 5pm. The celebration will feature a cookout, activities for children, music, worship, and a chance for people to visit the camp and see what has changed, what has remained, and what the future holds for the Connecticut Conference's outdoor ministry site.

UCC National News
UCC President's Response Frames Synod Remarks

The Rev. John Dorhauer offers a public apology for language used during a presentation that caused a listener to be hurt by it.


While at Synod, I had an opportunity to address the gathered body, as well as many others who were following us on our live stream. 

I am copying here a portion of my remarks. The context here is I am messaging aloud for the first time to the denomination our mission initiative: Three Great Loves. 

Reflections
Spirit Calendar: Rest For The Weary

Rev. Tamara Moreland writes: "Resting well is living well."


Spirited Wednesday:  To Teach The Elders Wisdom...

The Rev. SaraJane Munshower
writes:
 "We fear aging on an almost psychotic level. Hopefully, that is changing."

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. 
Aug. 29, 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Conference Office, Hartford, CT
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.
Find a complete list of Conference events at: www.ctucc.org/events
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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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