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A Call to Solidarity with Muslims
By Wendy Vander Hart
Associate Conference Minister

Maybe you, like me, are looking for ways to put our faith in action in these days. 
There is much to consider in these days and as one of our former colleagues quoted a parishioner - "this is not a sprint. And it's not a marathon either. It's a relay. And we'll spell each other."

In that spirit, I relay this to you from a clergy colleague: potential actions you yourself could take as an interfaith partner and that you could invite your congregation or partners in ministry to consider undertaking.

Registration open for Youth@Synod
Registration is now open for the joint Connecticut-Massachusetts-Rhode Island Conferences youth delegation to General Synod in July.

"This is a fabulous opportunity for our youth to experience, and be part of, the wider church at work and worship," said Associate Conference Minister Ellie Richardson.

Each Conference has space for 15 youth and 3 adults on this trip.

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Upcoming Conference events

Feb. 25, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Centre Congregational Church, Lynnfield
Mar. 25, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Edwards Church,  Northampton
An opportunity to focus on four foundational theories of religious education while creating one's own personal theory for use in the church setting, and acquiring the tools for adapting, revising, and using these theories in local church programming, community life, and for forming the faith. Part of the CE Certification Program, this workshop is open to all.

March 3 - 5
Craigville Retreat Center, Craigville
Teens grade 6-12 are invited to join us for a weekend retreat as we journey to the heart of Lent.  Through art, music, writing, and movement, we'll explore how we can use this season to grow in love for ourselves, our loved ones, our enemies, the earth, and God.
Confirmation Retreat: "Not That Kind of Christian: Re-articulating Faith for a New Generation"
Mar. 10 - 11, Prindle Pond, Charlton
These retreats, offered for confirmation classes and their leaders, still have space.  

March 11, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
April 8, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Edwards House Meeting Center, Framingham
An opportunity to network and share experiences with MACUCC colleagues. No fee but advance registration is required.
Registration Now Open!
Brian McLaren
Super Saturday!
March 18, 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham, MA
A full day of workshops and networking. Keynote speaker will be author, storyteller, and theologian.Brian McLaren.

March 29, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Edwards House Meeting Center, Framingham
A day of covenant for those clergy engaged in specialized ministries.
Human and Faith Development
Apr. 1, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Centre Congregational Church, Lynnfield
Apr. 22, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Edwards Church,  Northampton
A seminar in the Christian Education Certification program focused on the relationship with God as God becomes known to us.  Open to all.  
Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry Step Two: The Work of the Congregation
April 3 - 7
Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Center, Framingham
For those who have taken step one of the Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry Training, this five day course emphasizes the work of the congregation. Led by The Rev. Dr. Norman B. Bendroth and the Rev. Ineke Mitchell. Registration Deadline is March 24.

Boundary Awareness Training
April 27 - 28
First Congregational Church of Billerica
Two-day boundary awareness training for clergy.

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The deadline for submitting resolutions to the 2017 Annual Meeting is Feb. 16, 2017. Resolutions may be related to procedure, courtesy, structure and organization, or issues of conviction. The Annual Meeting is being held June 16 - 17, 2017, at the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT
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Effective: Feb. 5, 2017

Other Events of Interest
Sustainable House of Worship Workshop
Feb. 12, 1:30 PM
South Church in Andover
Attend this informative, hands-on workshop conducted by Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light to evaluate the essential areas of energy use and costs in your House Of Worship.

All faiths welcome!  Clergy, lay leaders, building & creation care committee members encouraged to attend. Cost is $20.
The Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ