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East Haven's Food Ministry Helps Ease the StrainEAST HAVEN -- "A few years ago, I learned about a food ministry that anyone could participate in," writes Katherine Mallory. She tells the story bringing low-cost groceries to families in East Haven, first through one service, and then making connections with another. 03/05/2014
"Creation as Theology and Ecology" -- Craigville Colloquy 2014CENTERVILLE, MA -- This summer's gathering of theologians, pastors, and people concerned with the difficult questions of the faith will confront an urgent challenge: the peril posed to the entire Earth by changing climate. Keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Executive Minister and President of the Massachusetts Conference UCC will bring his deep concern and energetic passion for the environment to the assembly, where the lovely setting of Cape Cod will offer its own reminder of what is at stake. 03/05/2014
Vantage Point: Lent, "the Gentle and Demanding Time" (VIDEO)HARTFORD -- In a new installment of Vantage Point, Conference Minister the Rev. Kent J. Siladi takes up different facets of Lent, the season of earnest preparation for the Easter season which begins today, Ash Wednesday. Quoting the thoughtful priest and writer Henri Nouwen, Siladi called Lent a "gentle and demanding time," one in which to "deepen our relationship with God... some in writing, some in reflection, some in prayer, some in giving alms... making contributions to those who are in need of some support." 03/05/2014
Amistad Remembrance ServiceFARMINGTON -- On Sunday, March 2, worshippers gathered at First Church of Christ in Farmington for the Amistad Remembrance Service. Clergy and members from several area churches attended the worship to celebrate a shared history and thank God for the faithful courage shown by those who fought for the freedom of the Amistad survivors. 03/05/2014
Inspired to the Point of Tweetlessness -- Super Saturday Rocked!LUDLOW, MA -- The Twitterverse offers a snapshot of the Super Saturday experience last weekend: "Inspiring." "Amazing." "Diana Butler Bass left me tweetless -- didn't want to miss a word." And it didn't hurt that the keynote speaker herself declared, "Thanks, Mass & CT UCC. YOU ROCK!" 03/04/2014
Wilton Play Fosters Sacred Conversation on RaceWILTON -- What would the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., say to Nation of Islam founder Malcolm X should these two influential men meet? In Wilton, members of the Wilton Congregational Church UCC were treated to a glimpse of what might have occurred in a play called The Meeting. 02/26/2014
Touchstones with History: The Underground RailroadHARTFORD -- For Black History Month we'll explore the Underground Railroad in Connecticut. The Amistad event of 1839 and the freeing of those Mendi captives was a major impetus in this movement. The church and town of Farmington housed the freed captives for several years. Afterwards, Farmington became a central station in this "underground railroad," as this term began to be used in the 1840s. Several homes are recognized as being stations along the way; in fact, Horatio Strothers called Farmington the "Grand Central station" of the railroad. 02/26/2014
Pray, Learn, and Act on Gun Violence Prevention Weekend March 13-16NEWTOWN -- Mass shootings such as those which took so many lives in Aurora, Colorado; Washington, DC; and the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, are mercifully rare. But deaths and injuries due to firearms are tragically far more common. "Sandy Hook happens every week in America," wrote the Rev. Matthew Crebbin, senior minister of the Newtown Congregational Church UCC, in an invitation to join the 2014 Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath. "In fact, it happens several times over." 02/26/2014
43rd Annual NEAUCE Conference to Feature Dr. Chap Clark, Co-Author of Sticky FaithCENTERVILLE, MA -- You know the old joke, the one about the church with bats in the belfry: How did they clear out the bats? Why, they baptized and confirmed them and never saw them again... Through six years of research, youth ministry experts Kara Powell and Chap Clark sought to discover what seemed to work in keeping youth solid in the faith, and what did not. Chap will be joining the New England Association of United Church Educators (NEAUCE) at its annual conference in May. 02/25/2014
New England Conference Ministers Issue Call to the Lenten Carbon FastFRAMINGHAM, MA -- For the fourth consecutive year, the United Church of Christ's Conference Ministers in New England have summoned their churches and members to participate in the Ecumenical Carbon Fast, a discipline that both raises awareness of the risks of human-generated climate change and seeks to reduce humanity's harmful influence on the planet. "People of every Christian perspective -- and people who are not Christians," they write, "have benefitted from this opportunity to become more conscious and conscientious in their daily lives." 02/21/2014
Conference Issues Response to Dunn VerdictHARTFORD -- Connecticut Conference Minister the Rev. Kent J. Siladi and the members of the Sacred Conversations on Race Ministry Team have issued a faith response statement in the wake of a mistrial in the prosecution of Michael David Dunn for the murder of Jordan Davis. "The murder of Jordan Davis in Florida and the murders of others in our country that are fueled by racial hatred," they wrote, "cause us to rise up and say, 'No more'!" 02/20/2014
Spirited Wednesdays Coming Your Way This LentHARTFORD -- Every Monday, a member of the Connecticut Conference staff shares a spiritual meditation and prayer with subscribers to the Spirit Calendar. As Lent begins this year, the Conference will issue a second weekly devotional to those subscribers, authored by clergy and lay people, actively serving or retired, from around the state. Spirited Wednesday will premiere on Ash Wednesday, March 5th, with a reflection by the Rev. Maxwell Grant, senior minister of Second Congregational Church UCC in Greenwich. 02/19/2014
Connecticut UCC Youth Invited on a Sacred Journey to KoreaHARTFORD -- The "Sacred Journey" is a two-week exchange between high school youth in the United States and South Korea which takes place every other summer. In 2014 the Connecticut Conference will send American youth to Korea. They will stay with host families from partner churches, attend a summer camp, and do some touring of the country. The group is limited to thirteen young people and two chaperones. 01/23/2014
Celebrate Silver Lake Sunday!SHARON -- As Silver Lake Conference Center prepares to accept the first registrations for the 2014 summer season, co-Directors Anne and Tim Hughes invite local churches to celebrate the Connecticut Conference's Outdoor Ministry by designating a Silver Lake Sunday sometime in the next months. "Join other churches," they say, in celebrating, "right in your own church, the gift of participation in the Outdoor Ministry of Silver Lake!" 01/13/2014
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Confirmation Retreat - FULLMar. 7 - 9 -- The purpose of these retreats is not to teach confirmation...
Conversations via the Web: Children's Ministry in the Way of JesusSessions begin Mar. 10, 1:30 - 2:30 pm -- You're invited to come along and join in a journey...
Stepping Stones -- Pastoral Care of YouthMar. 19, 6:00 - 8:30 pm -- Pastoral care for youth presents specific challenges and opportunities? what...
Maple Sugaring at Silver LakeMar. 21 - 23 -- From tap to table, experience nature's renewal and its sweet...
Stepping Stones -- Sacred Dance WorkshopMar. 25, 6:00 - 8:30 pm -- "That which is sacred may often make us scared." --Karla...
UCC New England Women's Celebration IXMar. 28-30, 2014 -- Worship - Keynote speakers – Music - Workshops & Forums...
Fossil Fuel Divestment and Environmentally Conscious ReinvestmentMar. 29, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm -- Climate activists in the United Church of Christ and across...
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