We're glad you've joined us for the inaugural issue of Living Water, a monthly newsletter of the Northeast Ecumenical Stewardship Council. With this launch the Council hopes to further its mission:  To assist Christian communities and their lay members and clergy to grow faithful stewards in every generation.
Your feedback is most welcome! 

S ave the Date!

Plans are underway for our next stewardship conference on  March 24-25, 2017. Watch this newsletter, our Facebook page and nestewardship.org for updates.
Stewardship in the Changing Church:
New Resources Available

Our 2015 Conference, Stewardship in the Changing Church, featured  inspiring keynotes from Bishop Michael Curry (right) and Ben Stroup, worship and music with Thomas and Ingrid Faniel, and eight "TED" talks, topped off with workshops and opportunities to engage and encourage and excite participants. 
And now you can view  videos of those TED talks and keynoters on our website.
We think these videos, particularly the "TED" Talks, work as a great opening devotional for your leadership group. You could show one of the talks at the beginning of your meeting, have a short discussion, then move on to your other business. These videos have generated some lively and fruitful discussions in many settings!
The Spiritual Practice of Generosity
A Collection of Inspirational Thoughts

Read what spiritual teachers of our times (and earlier) have to say about the value of generosity, in this  feature article by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat.   

Personal Reflections on Stewardship
Faith statements from members of the NESC

" I believe that Christian stewardship is the celebration of the generosity of God by our own generosity.  I believe that such faithful stewardship has its foundation in our gratitude to a gracious God and the awareness of the true power we possess because of this God. I believe that, at its heart, stewardship involves the fearless investment of our gifts on behalf of the Good News of Jesus Christ wherever we discern that God's transformation is most needed in the lives of people and all creation."

Rev. Dr. Jonathan New
Associate Conference Minister for Stewardship
Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ
Member, Northeast Ecumenical Stewardship Council

In Next Month's Issue

Look for updates on our keynote speaker and the location of our next event in the April issue of Living Water!   

Contact Jim Thomas: thomasj@vtcucc.org