Congregational growth, clergy and lay leadership development, justice-based ministries, new and vital partnerships with local churches, the Conference and local communities – these all add up to Hispanic Ministries in the Massachusetts Conference. Hispanic Ministries have been a part of the Massachusetts Conference for more than 25 years, and today a renewed vision for inclusive, participatory and relational models of ministry between our churches is producing a vibrant cross fertilization in worship and witness. And Hispanic UCC churches have opened or are re-emerging: there are current communities of faith in Jamaica Plain, Lowell and Worcester, and ministries are continuing to evolve in Everett, Southbridge and Salem. These represent wonderful opportunities for border-crossing with neighbors from South and Central America and the Caribbean who are a part of the dynamic demographic changes being witnessed throughout our country and in our state. In Massachusetts, the Hispanic population has grown by more than 51.6% in the last seven years. Hundreds of lives are being touched by the Massachusetts Conference Hispanic Ministries. Will your church consider making a commitment to the vitality and future of Hispanic Ministries in the Massachusetts Conference?
With your donations, the United Church of Christ can respond quickly to disaster emergencies, working with local churches, conferences, and global partners to assess emergency needs and then stay on, committed to long-term support and planning. Remember that 100% of your donation to the UCC disaster ministry goes directly to assist victims. Following a disaster – whether in Massachusetts where tornadoes destroyed homes in 2011, in the U.S. where tornadoes in Oklahoma and damage from Hurricane Sandy impacted thousands, or across the globe, where Typhoon Haiyan, civil war in Syria and earthquakes in Haiti and Chile destroyed homes and lives – the UCC can promptly contribute food packages, emergency shelters and other provisions, as well as providing One Great Hour of Sharing solidarity grants to churches in need and psychosocial support and health care for those affected. Through National Disaster Ministries, each UCC conference has local disaster resource coordinators in place. These coordinators develop preparedness measures, support and resource local pastors and churches in the communities impacted by the disaster, participate in long-term recovery efforts, and serve as witnesses of hope. Jim Tilbe and Fred Meade are the Disaster Resource Coordinators for the MACUCC. Visit the Conference disaster response page for more information.