the weekly emailing
Together, As One Team Digs Into the Details
By Tiffany Vail
Associate Conference Minister for Communications

The  Together, As One  planning team - composed of members of the boards of directors and staff of the three southern New England conferences - met on Sept. 14 and dug deep to begin hashing out details related to the formation of a new, unified conference.

The team agreed on a Vision, Mission and Purpose  statement with guiding principles for a new conference that is now being circulated to the full boards of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences. Once the boards have given feedback, this document will be released publicly, along with a conversation guide to assist associations and congregations in becoming familiar with it.

The Power to Protest - and Speak Out

By TJ Harper
Associate for Racial Justice Ministries 
Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you. ~ Deuteronomy 16:20

In 1852, Frederick Douglass was invited to deliver an address at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, New York. Douglass was asked to speak about the "celebration of America's independence" from Great Britain. However, as many of you know, Douglass went on to deliver one of his most famous speeches, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"  Although Douglass had been invited to talk about the freedom of white Americans, he could not do so with a clear conscience; he felt the need to illustrate the hypocrisy of this event, as those people who were enslaved were not celebrating Independence Day. 

On September 1, 2016, Colin Kaepernick, former NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, kneeled during the National Anthem of a football game for the first time, which caused national frustration and curiosity ... It is challenging for me to not view Kaepernick's actions in a similar light to the actions of Frederick Douglass.

Join Me - Fridays at the State House

Jim Antal
By The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal
Conference Minister & President

Every Friday beginning October 6, I will lead a UCC witness at the State House inviting Gov. Charlie Baker to issue an Executive Order halting the construction of or plans for any new fossil fuel infrastructure in the Commonwealth.
Do you have an hour at lunchtime on a Friday between October 6 and November 10?  

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Resolution Proposal Deadline Set

The Annual Meeting Business Committee has announced that the deadline for submitting resolutions to the 219th Annual Meeting is Feb. 15, 2018.

Resolutions may be related to procedure, courtesy, structure and organization, or issues of conviction.  Annual Meeting is being held June 15 - 16, 2018, in Springfield, MA.

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Resources for Your Faith Formation,
Christian Education, & Youth Ministries
By Debbie Gline Allen
Christian Education & Youth Ministry Consultant

There are now 3 ways to access education resources for your congregation:
  1. Visit the Massachusetts Conference's Faith Formation, Christian Education, Youth Ministry webpage to locate the resources you need for your programs. You will find webinars, networking opportunities, retreats, resource recommendations, and more!
  2. Contact the Massachusetts Conference's new Christian Education and Youth Ministry Consultant, Debbie Gline Allen, if you have a specific question or need some guidance in navigating the world of Christian education resources. You may reach her at or call 508-603-6601.
  3. Massachusetts Conference churches and their members now have free access to a series of webinars and a library of books, articles, videos and CDs through a new partnership with Practical Resources for Churches, a New York based online church resource center. The PRC's live webinars and previously recorded webinars are offered at no cost.
Upcoming Conference Events
Sept. 30, 9:00 AM
Edwards Church, Framingham
Level II Racial Justice training. Participants must have successfully completed Level I to be eligible for this 8-hour course. The focus is Track A - Deep Dive of Institutional & Cultural Racism.

Churches Alive! Introductory Gathering
Oct. 4, 7:00 PM
Edwards House Meeting Center, Framingham
Come learn more about this year-long program, in which churches will work together to deepen the spiritual lives of their congregations, gain a clear picture of your church's potential and come alive in discovering your church's passion and vocation.

Oct. 14, 10:00 AM to Noon
Edwards House Meeting Center, 
An opportunity to network and share experiences with your MACUCC colleagues.

Oct. 21, 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Keefe Regional Technical School, 
Registration is now open. The full-day event includes morning worship, two workshops, an optional lunch activity, continental breakfast, lunch, marketplace and closing worship. Speaker is Noel Anderson of Church World Service.
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.

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.

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Events Especially for Clergy
Oct. 4 - 5
Pakachoag Church, Auburn
Level 1 Boundary Awareness Training (BAT) for anyone that needs to complete this requirement.  

Registration Deadline: Sept. 29
What Works, What Doesn't

Oct. 5, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Edwards House Meeting Center, Framingham
A Disaster Resource workshop for clergy to discuss ways in which productive trauma responses are informed by particular interventions.
Interim Gathering - Making it Real Program
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. 

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:

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The Rev. Ms. Jill Small leaving Park Avenue Congregational Church, UCC, Arlington as Interim Pastor
Effective:  Aug. 26, 2017

The Rev. Ms. Janet Wallace called to First Congregational of Marion as Long Term Designated Term Pastor
Effective: Aug. 21, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Sheila Rubdi leaving First Congregational of Marion as Pastor
Effective Aug. 20, 2017

The Rev. Ms. Barbara E. Turner Delisle retiring from First Congregational Church, UCC, Montague as Pastor
Effective July 30, 2017

The Rev. Mr. Fred Hayes called to North Community Church, Marshfield Hills as Interim Minister
Effective July 10, 2017

The Rev. Mr. Ernest Farrar called to United Parish of Lunenburg as Pastor
Effective July 1, 2017

Other Events of Interest
An Evening with Rev. Traci Blackmon
Oct. 28, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
United Church in Walpole
Join The Rev. Traci Blackmon, Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries of The United Church of Christ, for an evening of inspiration and deep learning surrounding social justice issues in our nation.  T here is no charge to attend this event, but tickets are required, and there is an opportunity to donate to Justice Ministries when signing up.

Oct. 7, 10:00 AM
Agape Community, Hardwick, MA
Co-sponsored by the MACUCC Justice and Witness Council.

Sustainable House Of Worship (SHOW) Workshop
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. 

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