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Responding to the Las Vegas Shootings
Prayer from UCC General Minister & President
By The Rev. John C. Dorhauer
UCC General Minister and President

Every lost life is a name, a history, a hope, a story - an unfulfilled future. Every lost life leaves behind loved ones who mourn and grieve and piece together a future of their own torn asunder by matters we cannot comprehend. I can't find words to capture this pain, this collective grief and anger. I cannot reach deep enough into my soul to express fully the pain, the anger, the rage, the confusion, the anxiety, the emptiness. When will it end?


By The Rev. Don Remick
Associate Conference Minister

I am shaken.

There are times when words are not adequate. There are times when emotions run so deep and painful that any attempt to express them with words could unleash an uncontrollable flood. I am shaken.  I do not know how to contain the feelings of sorrow, trauma, anger (rage) that come as news and images flood the screen from the shootings at the Las Vegas concert. And tears flow  I might have a little more resilience if I hadn't also been watching the devastation and emerging agony and frustration of those in Puerto Rico, and Mexico, and Houston, and Florida and Barbuda and Antigua and Dominica and...

A Word in Response to the Mass Shooting in Las Vegas

By The Rev. Matthew Crebbin
Senior Minister, Newtown Congregaitonal Church, UCC, Newtown, CT

First...DO PRAY...I know that many within and beyond the faith community will say that thoughts and prayers are not enough and this is true. But prayer will be needed for the journey ahead. It's been nearly five years since the horror at Sandy Hook School and I would not have come this far without prayer.

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It is up to US to stop gun violence

By The Rev. Traci Blackmon
Executive Minister for Justice and Witness Ministries, UCC

"The worst mass shooting in modern American history."

We've heard these words before. We've heard them far too often only to have the next mass shooting supersede the former. 
What we do already know, even if we refuse to admit it, is that this lone gunman was able to execute at least 59 people, and wound over 500 more, because our nation's absolute refusal to enact responsible gun legislation provides easy access to high-powered assault weapons used to kill human beings.

Go to a Resource Page, which includes Resources for Families with Children and a Prayer
What on Earth is Happening?
By The Rev. Don Remick
Associate Conference Minister
Storm-produced disasters will come with greater frequency and intensity.  The 'never before' has become the weekly news.  Get used to it.  Get ready for it.  The Earth has overdosed on gases.  It's seeking a new balance.  Dry will be drier.  Wet will be wetter.  Winds will blow stronger.  Hot will be hotter and cold will be colder. Our planet is trying to adapt.  It is creating a new normal.  And it may not be hospitable or inhabitable for life as we know it.  
Featured event:
Super Saturday
Oct. 21, 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM
Keefe Regional Technical School, Framingham, MA

A full day of worship, workshops, continental breakfast, lunch, marketplace and closing worship. The keynote speaker is The Rev. Noel Andersen, UCC & CWS Grassroots Coordinator for Immigrants' Rights.

Upcoming Conference events
Oct. 12,  9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Edwards House Meeting Center, Framingham
This day will begin with a morning focus on the Making It Real program in Massachusetts. The afternoon will focus on the new UCC Local Church profile and some of our growing insights and best practices for filling it out. 
Community of Practice for Christian Educators and Youth Leaders
Oct. 14, 10:00 AM to Noon
Edwards House Meeting Center, 
An opportunity to network and share experiences with your MACUCC colleagues.

Oct. 25, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Are you ready for Advent and Christmas?  Let the Clergy Development Council assist with your planning. Join this facilitated discussion about plans for Advent, Christmas and New Year's Day. 

Oct. 31, 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM
Edwards House, Framingham 
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.
Interims - Racial Justice Training
Nov. 1, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Edwards House Meeting Center, Framingham
A Racial Justice Training day just for interims to become familiar with the insights and concepts and how they might help in interim ministry.
Tending the Fire
Nov. 1-3, Glocester, RI
Jan. 9-11, Framingham, MA
Feb. 27-Mar. 1, Sharon, CT
Tending the Fire helps clergy "think systems" in their congregations and their personal lives, so they can lead change that lasts. Participants must attend all three retreats:

Youth Retreat: You are the Hands and Feet of Christ
Nov. 9-11
Craigville Retreat Center
Nothing planned for the Veteran's Day break? Teens grade 6-12 are invited to join us for this 2-day retreat as we live into being the hands and feet of Christ.

Nov. 16, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Edwards House Meeting Center, 
Morning session ifor all clergy.  Afternoon session, Preparing for the Search & Call Process, focuses on Members-in-Discernment or others who interested in learning about the search & call process in the UCC.

Local Buzz
Old South Church has put a price on sunlight: $19 million. That's how much the historic Copley Square church wants developer Boston Properties to pay as compensation for shadows a planned tower at Back Bay Station would cast on the 142-year-old church.

Nearly three dozen red buckets stuffed with sponges, laundry detergent, vinyl gloves and other cleaning supplies are headed to hurricane victims in the U.S. and Caribbean thanks to the Church on the Hill.

Correction: The Rev. Ms. Janet Wallace  was called to First Congregational of Marion as Bridge Interim Pastor. It was incorrectly reported last week that she was a long-term interim.

The Rev. Ms. Jane E. Wilson c alled to First Congregational Church of Milford, UCC as Settled Pastor
Effective: 10/1/2017

Mr. Sloan Timothy Letman c alled to Second Congregational, UCC, Pittsfield as Part-Time Pastor
Effective: 10/1/2017

Other Events of Interest
Oct. 7, 10:00 AM
Agape Community, Hardwick, MA
Co-sponsored by the MACUCC Justice and Witness Council.
Oct. 15, 1:30 to 5:30 PM 
First Church of Christ in Longmeadow 
Sponsored by Mass. Interfaith Power & Light
Oct. 19, 7:00 PM
Trinity Church, Boston
Join Co-Convenors Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis for a Mass Meeting for the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival to learn about the inspiration, vision and strategy of the PPC. 

April 6 - 8, 2018
Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, ME
The New England Women's Celebration takes place every 4 years to reach women in the pews and to involve them in learning and sharing their faith beyond the local church and Conference setting.
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