Small is Big Again: Reclaiming Small Church Ministry

The Parish Paper

4/1/2017

Although megachurches garner a great deal of attention, these supersized congregations comprise only a small fraction of all worshiping communities in the U.S. The current estimate is that only about 1,650 megachurches (worship attendance exceeds 2,000) dot the landscape out of a total 330,000 congregations across America. In fact, most churches are small: two out of three Protestant churches attract less than 100 worshipers in a typical week


Earth Day Resources and the April 29 People's Climate March

Jim Antal

3/22/2017

Preserving God’s creation is perhaps the greatest theological madate of our time.  As climate change worsens – as creation offers chaos in place of continuity -  injustice in all its forms is multiplied.  Together with our interfaith partners – as people of faith – as the church -- this is our calling.  It is neither partisan nor political.  The earth is our home.  Our responsibility is at the center of our covenant with God.    Two opportunities to witness will soon be upon us: Earth Day and ...


No More Deaths

John Allen

3/22/2017

In 2012, I spent the month of June working with an organization called No Mas Muertes, No More Deaths. This ministry of the Unitarian Church of Tucson operates humanitarian aid stations in the desert between Nogales and Phoenix. By the time I arrived that summer 128 people had already died in this region, Border Patrol’s Tucson sector, trying to make the crossing into the United States.


What is Possible When People Work Together for a Common Purpose

Ellie Richardson

3/21/2017

This past Saturday over 700 people came together at Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham. We worshiped together, sang together, learned together, shared conversations over lunch, visited with vendors. We were challenged, provoked and inspired by Brian McLaren’s message and 52 other workshops. Those who attended this Super Saturday may not have realized something different was going on behind the scenes. To them I say:   Connecticut and Massachusetts Conference staff working the ...


A New Holiday for the UCC

Sir John Hargrave

3/15/2017

"Like the early American colonists, together we can do amazing things." - John Hargrave


Tornado Season Starts Early

Don Remick

3/8/2017

Tornado season started much earlier than usual and we already set a Massachusetts record for the first tornado in February. Weather forecasters herald this as the deadliest start to tornado season in years.


A Time to Come Together

Sue Foster

3/2/2017

"For a short time, anyway, we will be able to worship and learn, plan and praise. We are setting aside time to be the church, together. " —Rev. Susan Foster


Guide to Good Governance

The Parish Paper

3/1/2017

After months of meetings, the long-range planning committee of Epiphany Church submitted a report to the congregation’s board. The report highlighted three important conclusions: (1) the average age of regular worship attendees is going up while worship attendance overall continues to decline; (2) action steps must be taken immediately; and (3) major changes are needed in ministry priorities. After careful review, the board laid out five possible courses of action. How did Epiphany Church board ...


Contributions Being Accepted for Conway Church Damaged by Tornado

Don Remick

2/27/2017

From the MACUCC Disaster Resource Team Friends, You may have heard and seen pictures of the damage from a tornado that touched down in the Conway region of our Conference.  It was the first tornado ever recorded in February in Massachusetts and it damaged several homes.  Fortunately there was no injury or loss of life reported from this storm.  Our United Church of Christ congregation in Conway (United Congregational) also experienced significant damage to its roof and structure and has ...


Sanctuary: It's More Than a Room

John Allen

2/10/2017

Most of our churches have Sanctuaries already.   They house our worship, our meetings, our choir rehearsals. They are places where some sit alone to find a space for a deep-felt prayer to be heard. Our youths' rushing feet thunder through them in the midst of some game or another. Our children's eyes often widen at the majesty of the space.   Many churches have realized, though, that Sanctuary is more than a room. It's a mission.   It is a mission to be a place of refuge for the vulnerable,...


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