UCC Members/Clergy Join Protest of ICE Policy
HARTFORD – Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building and Courthouse on Monday demanding the Trump administration reunite children who’ve been separated from their migrant parents in recent months. Others called for and end to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. Thirty five protesters were arrested, including two UCC pastors.
Rev. Stephen Camp, pastor of Faith Congregational Church, was the first to be arrested, charged with breach of peace and trespassing after he stood blocking the entrance to the building.
“The church really does have a voice in the intersection between the church and the state and this is one place where that voice is important,” said Camp after he was released with a summons on Monday.

Annual Meeting Wrap-Up

Articles, documents, videos and pictures from the joint Annual Meeting held June 15 & 16 can be found at: ctucc.org/TriConAm
Applications Being Accepted for Three CTUCC Scholarships
Applications are due July 27 for three Connecticut Conference scholarships:
The  Cynthia Wheeler CARR scholarship  is designed to aid a person of any age intending to further her/his skills in some aspect of sacred music at institutions of higher education.

The  Historic African American Church Scholarship  is for members of the six Historic African American UCC churches in the CT Conference who have graduated from an accredited CT high school and will be attending, or planning to attend in 2018, an accredited college (4 yr. or 2 yr.), are encouraged to apply.

The  Member in Discernment Scholarship  is for Members in Discernment of a CT Conference Association who are, or will be, attending an accredited college or seminary.

Visit  ctucc.org/scholarshipsandgrants  for detailed information and applications for these scholarships.
Many Voices, One Mission: The Road Toward Justice
TJ Harper is the Racial Justice Associate for the MA & CT Conference, UCC.

As three distinct conferences of the United Church of Christ, we were traveling down the road of justice and hit the proverbial fork in the road. Do we ignore the current racial undertones of our country, or do we go down the path where few have traveled, where we become staunch advocates of racial justice?

At the Tri-Conference Annual Meeting, the Connecticut and Rhode Island Conferences voted in favor of requiring clergy to partake in racial justice training every few years. The Massachusetts Conference is currently in the process of developing a racial justice roadmap that congregations can look to for guidance. 

Many Voices, One Mission  is a new regular series highlighting the ministries of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences of the United Church of Christ.
Starting With Scripture:
And They Took Offense

By The Rev. Robert LaRochelle, serving as Acting Pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church (ECLA) in Wethersfield.

A simple fact about Jesus is one that often gets lost in the world of institutional religion. The fact is that Jesus really bothered some people. It is clear that there was something about the things that he said that challenged so many of their notions of what ‘religion’ is supposed to be.
Quite honestly, as seen so clearly in the words of our Attorney General recently, an interpretation of Christian Scripture which could be and has been used to justify slavery, segregation and many varieties of evil, those of us who claim to be followers of Jesus need to do what Jesus did. WE must challenge interpretations of Christian teaching which contradict the core of what Jesus taught and what He lived!

 Starting with Scripture is a weekly devotional written by current and former clergy and church leaders of the Connecticut Conference, UCC. Subscribe to receive the reflection each Monday at: ctucc.org/subscribe .
Clergy Transitions

The following ministerial changes were reported to the Connecticut Conference in June 2018:

Jane Moran called as Assoc. Pastor at Redding First.
Rev. Brenda Pelc-Fascza called as Pastor at Canton Center First.
Rev. Christa Swenson called as Senior Pastor at Mystic.
Rev. Katrina Manzi installed as Pastor at Middlebury.
Rev. Will Sencabaugh began his term as Pastor at Lebanon First.
Rev. Douglas Clark began his term as Bridge Pastor at Guilford First.
Rev. Joseph Blotz began his term as Pastor at Mansfield First.
Rev. Dr. David Fountain began his term as Interim Pastor at Somers.
Rev. Megan Cullip ended her term as Associate Pastor at Green’s Farms.
Rev. Charles Ericson began his term as Interim Regional Minister for the Eastern Region.
Rev. Rhonda Myers began her term as Sabbatical Minister for the Northwest Central Region.
Rev. Jon Zappulla ended his term as Supply Pastor at Hartland First.
Rev. Marilyn Kendrix ended her term as Interim Pastor at Naugatuck.
Jordan Rebholz began her term as Bridge Pastor at Naugatuck.
Rev. Lisabeth Gustafson ended her term as Pastor at Winsted First.
Rev. Ann Plumley, retired from Mansfield First.
Rev. Thomas Clough, retired from the Eastern Region, CT Conference.
Rev. Sidat Balgobin, retired pastor, died June 21.

Upcoming Conference Events
July 14
First Congregational Church of Essex
This "From Tolerance to Unity" training is an eight-hour session where we unmask racism, create a common language around issues of racism, and inspire people to do more work to eradicate racism.
July 19 - 22
California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA
The Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Conferences are collaborating to provide bus service to the event, for youth who have completed 6th grade up to 2018 graduates of 12th grade.
Find a complete list of Conference events at: www.ctucc.org/events
It's not too late to register for summer camp at Silver Lake Conference Center!
Other Events of Interest
July 8 - 12
Camden, ME
Four days of rest, relaxation, and renewal led by Rev. Sue Foster, pastor of the East Woodstock Congregational.
July 9 - 13
Craigville Retreat Center, Craigville, MA
This year's topic: Building Bridges: Immigrants, Refugees, and the Church. Keynote Speaker: Ms. Linda Hartke, President & CEO, lirs.org, Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service.
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