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What Might We Do Together?

I'm excited by the proposed merger that would create a new Southern New England UCC conference. It a chance to experiment and find out what kind of structures are best able to support the work of the church.
 
The  landscape of ministry is changing . There are radical shifts in how people perceive the role of faith communities. The ways in which companies and schools are organized are changing as well. The way we organize ourselves in the local and wider church serves a purpose: to help us live out our faith together, following in the Way of Jesus ...

I find the merger idea exciting because we don't have to do this, but we are choosing to make a bold change. I wonder, what else might it inspire in the way of experimentation? 



Read more about the Together, As One proposal 
Super Saturday Workshop Proposals Being Accepted
Workshop Proposals are now being accepted for the October 21 Super Saturday event at Keefe  Technical Regional High School in Framingham.

If you would like to share concepts and practices you've developed that are changing your congregation or community's mission and ministry, we invite you to consider submitting a workshop proposal.  As a workshop leader, your registration will be free.  

Proposals are due by May 31.

Bulletin Inserts Available to Publicize Historic Meeting
The Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences are making available bulletin inserts for churches to use to let members know about the historic  Tri-Conference Annual Meeting  taking place June 16 - 17 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT.

This Annual Meeting marks the first time the three conferences will hold annual meetings Together, As One. And it is the first time since the United Church of Christ was formed in 1957 that delegates will be asked to endorse the idea of joining together to form a new conference.

Bulletin inserts can be downloaded, or bundles of pre-printed inserts can be requested for free.

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From the National Setting
Pilot project promotes partnership between UCC climate justice teams and 350.org

Building on the momentum of the People's Climate March, the United Church of Christ is endeavoring to build a partnership centered on climate justice with the like-minded people of  350.org

"By partnering with 350.org, church green teams will discover new passion rooted in activism and engagement," said Massachusetts Conference Minister & President Jim Antal. "While churches often recognize God's call for the church to have a voice in the public square, partnering with 350.org will provide occasions for speaking truth to power."

Featured Event
June 7 - 8
Miramar Retreat Center, Duxbury

This overnight  retreat, led by Matt Carriker and Susie Allen, is intended for people in all stages on the spiritual path (clergy and lay).  Whether you feel like a beginner, or a long-time traveler, you will find nourishment here for your soul. 
Upcoming Conference events
May 21, 4:00 PM
An online forum open to anyone who would like to join a discussion about the proposal to form a new Conference. With Kent Siladi (Connecticut Conference Minister), Jim Antal (Massachusetts Conference Minister & President) and Dale Azevedo (Rhode Island Conference)
 
Together, As One Online Forum
June 7, 7:00 PM
An online forum open to anyone who would like to join a discussion about the proposal to form a new Conference. With Kent Siladi (Connecticut Conference Minister), Vard Johnson (Massachusetts Conference Board member), and Barbara Libby (Interim Rhode Island Conference Minister)

June 8, 1:00 PM
An online forum open to anyone who would like to join a discussion about the proposal to form a new Conference. With Jocelyn Gardner Spencer (Connecticut Conference Board member), Corey Sanderson (Massachusetts Conference Board member), and George Peters (Rhode Island Conference President)

June 8, 7:00 PM
An online forum open to anyone who would like to join a discussion about the proposal to form a new Conference.
with Kent Siladi (Connecticut Conference Minister), Corey Sanderson (Massachusetts Conference Board member), and Barbara Libby (Interim Rhode Island Conference Minister)

Authorized Ministry Luncheon
June 16, 12:00 to 3:00 PM
Hartford Marriott Downtown

This luncheon, a pre-meeting event to the Tri-Conference Annual Meeting, is an opportunity for authorized ministers, lay leaders and others to gather and share time in community with UCC General Minister & President John Dorhauer.

June 16 - 17
Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT 
The historic first joint Annual Meeting of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences. With UCC General Minister & President John Dorhauer as keynote speaker.
June 21, 2017 at 5:30 to 9:00 PM
Edwards House Meeting Center, Framingham
Beverly Weinhold will offer a presentation from a nationally recognized, evidence,informed sexual abuse prevention curriculum created by Darkness to Light.


June 30 - July 5
Baltimore, MD
Join with thousands of faithful members of the United Church of Christ for formal church witness, inspirational worship, and fellowship 

Application deadline: Sat., June 10
Event: 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.

See more at: macucc.org/events
Local Buzz
Rev. Pamela McGrath first female senior pastor at Longmeadow church

The First Church of Christ here has been celebrating its 300th anniversary, and the United Church of Christ congregation recently added another historic marker to that timeline - it will have for the first time a settled senior pastor who is a woman - the Rev. Pamela Woodall McGrath.

Transitions
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Other Events of Interest
July 9 - 12 
Simmons College, Boston
This biannual conference seeks to nourish, inspire, and sustain church musicians.  Attendees have the opportunity to sing in choir and play hand bells with incredible conductors; to worship in a variety of styles with our dedicated clergy partners; to learn in master classes, workshops, and reading sessions; and to be energized by concerts and fellowship with peers. 
May 20, 12:00 PM 
Riverway Lobster House, South Yarmouth

May 25, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
South Congregational Church, Springfield

June 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Congregation B'nai Israel, Northampton

June 11 - 13
Craigville Retreat Center
June 12 - 13
First Church and Parish, Dedham

June 30 - July 4
The First Church, Nashua, NH

July 10 - 14
Craigville Retreat Center, Craigville, MA

The Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ
508-875-5233
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