New Haven Churches Fight Against Prison Torture
By  Drew Page

NEW HAVEN – Three New Haven UCC churches have collaborated with community and collegiate partners to fight the use of torture in prisons by bringing a solitary confinement cell replica to New Haven.

Shalom United Church of Christ, United Church on the Green, and Church of the Redeemer have been working with the  National Religious Campaign Against Torture  (NRCAT) to organize a three-week display of the replica cell in the New Haven area in February.

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Interfaith Climate Vigils happening in
Salisbury, Fairfield, New Haven, Bloomfield

In response to a call from national leaders for 100 Vigils in the first 100 Hours of America's new administration, the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network will be co-hosting three vigils in Salisbury, Fairfield, and New Haven on January 22.

In addition, First Congregational Church of Bloomfield is hosting their own "Vigil for the Earth" on January 24.


Get details

Read more about these vigils in this blog post by Pam Arifian, Director of the Northeast Regional Environmental Justice Center at Silver Lake,

CTUCC Year End Report Coming

The Connecticut Conference office has received numerous requests for the CTUCC Year-End Report, to be inserted into local church reports.

This document will be available for download by Friday at: ctucc.org.

We apologize for the delay and thank you for your patience.

- Tiffany Vail, Associate Conference Minister for Communications
 

New UCC Video Emphasizes Interfaith Unity

The National setting of the United Church of Christ today released a video,  and accompanying study guides, that "aim to shine a light on religious bigotry in a unique way— by depicting religious leaders of different faiths experiencing the power of walking in one another’s shoes – and into one another’s houses of worship."

Read more and see the video
 

Blogs

A Journey into History

By Charlene Corbett
Associate Pastor at First Church in Windsor, UCC

For me, this journey is about coming to terms with the realization that sometimes history isn’t what we’ve been told. It’s also about what’s intentionally, and conveniently, not told.

Indeed, I’ve come to realize, late in life (and embarrassingly so), that most of what I’ve learned about American history, its native peoples and the land has been white-washed, quite literally. 

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Reflections
Spirit Calendar:   There Is A Plan

Isaac Monts writes: ""It’s very easy for us to get afraid, it’s very easy for us to become worried, and it’s very easy for us to become anxious."


Spirited Wednesday: Who Do You Trust

The Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals writes: "We are called to leave behind our skepticism, our world-wariness, and our cynicism." 

Upcoming Conference Events
Jan. 20-22
Feb. 3-5
Mar. 10-12 (FULL)
Silver Lake Conference Center
The Conference sponsors four confirmation retreats each program year for youth who may benefit from a retreat experience as they prepare for the rite of Confirmation.
Jan. 22, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Connecticut Conference Office, Hartford
Orientation meeting for people interested in going on a service trip for adults to the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. representative from Simply Smiles will present an overview and answer questions.   
Jan. 29, 3 - 6 PM
First Church in Middletown
High School youth and their leaders are invited to a "No Bake-Bake Off contest." Test your cooking skills and build bridges with Muslim and Jewish youth in a time of fellowship and conversation.  
Jan. 31,11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford
The second meeting of the Coalition against Casino Expansion in CT. Get updated on the issue and learn how to write a testimony for a bill in the CT State Legislature. 
Stepping Stones Workshop-Rotation 2.0
Feb. 1, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
First Congregational Church of Guilford
Is your Sunday school program stuck in a rut? Rotate your thinking  Join us as we explore new ways of creating a Rotational Model that works for you. Come for dinner, for great engagement and learning!
Stepping Stones Workshop- Praying and Worshiping with Your Youth Group
Feb. 16, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
First Congregational Church of Simsbury
Dodgeball and bowling are great fun, but would you like to spend more time praying and worship with your youth group? Come for dinner and to explore this important aspect of our ministry with our young people.
March 3 - 5
Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon
Join us for a three-day interview and training session and become one of the future leaders of Silver Lake!  
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 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 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.
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
Other Events of Interest
Jan. 29, 3:00 to 5:00 PM
First Church of Christ, Congregational, 
Glastonbury

The Rev. Gordon Bates will speak about his recently released book, The Connecticut Prison Association and The Search for Reformatory Justice. The Rev. Bates draws upon his three decades of work with the Connecticut Prison Association (CPA) to describe the evolution of the police, courts and prisons in Connecticut. 
Jan. 29, 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Avon Congregational Church
An experiential workshop about the history behind, and benefits of, Sound Healing. Two practitioners with different perspectives will lead. All are welcome • Free Admission.  
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