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Get Involved: New Web Pages Highlight Resources
A new section of the Massachusetts Conference website features a wealth of information on how to "get involved' with sections looking at hands-on mission trips, justice advocacy opportunities and ways to be involved in responding to humanitarian crises around the world.

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Called to preach: Sermons for a time such as this
 
Kelly Gallaghe
Associate Conference Minister Kelly Gallagher recently wrote: "We at the Justice and Witness Council realize the difficult task placed upon our clergy to preach week in and week out in a time when we are, more than ever, called to be 'the guide and critic of the state.'

"And we recognize the challenge to hear what the Holy Spirit may be saying through our clergy when emotions are high, fear is real and the culture is at odds with one another.

"We invite clergy in this time to submit sermons that they feel speak to this moment through the lens of the Gospel."

Sacred Conversations on Immigration
 
Is your church interested in learning more about immigration? Does your congregation understand the difference between refugees and asylum seekers? Do they want more information on the sanctuary process?

Invite the Immigration and Refugee Task Team of the Massachusetts Conference to partner with you in planning an educational experience to begin to explore and answer your congregation's questions.
Featured Event
 
Application deadline: Sat., June 10
 
Writer's Workshop - Writing to Change the World: A Week with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Nov. 13 - 19
Warren Conference Center, Ashland
Join author Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove in a writing workshop focused on both the craft of writing and the vocation of tending to words for the sake of faithful social change.

Upcoming Conference events

Feb. 25, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Centre Congregational Church, Lynnfield
and
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.

March 18, 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham, MA   
Brian McLaren
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.

Spiritual Resilience and Resistance In a Time of Climate Change
 April 1, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Trinity Church, Boston

The Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas
Free retreat to explore a framework for the heart to help us become healers filled with compassion, energy, and hope. This retreat will include presentations, guided meditation, silence, and conversation. 
 
Human and Faith Development
Apr. 1, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Centre Congregational Church, Lynnfield
and
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.
 
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.  Registration now open!

See more at: macucc.org/events
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Veterans Benefit from the Event

WICKED LOCAL: Thrifty shopping: Finding treasures at Waquoit Congregational

The basement of the Waquoit Congregational Church is home not only to an antique lover's paradise but also the oldest bookstore in Falmouth.
 
Transitions

Ms. Kathryn Light c
alled to Elm Street Congregational Church, Southbridge as Settled Pastor
Effective: Feb. 5, 2017 

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Early Bird Registration ends Feb. 28!
  Embracing Stewardship: 2017 NESC Conference
March 24 - 25
Holiday Inn, Boxborough

How to Put Stewardship at the Heart of Your Congregation's Life.   An Ecumenical Conference for Churches. Keynote Presenters at this two-day conference are Charles R. (Chick) Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy. Chick and Grace provide two distinct but complementary voices, each supporting their shared conviction that stewardship belongs at the heart of each individual and congregation.

March 12, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
March 12, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton
March 29, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

March 17, 8:30 AM
Salem State University
The Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ
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