Celebration "X" - UCC Women at Portland, ME

WhenFriday, April 6, 2018 to Sunday, April 8, 2018
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WherePortland, ME

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ContactMargie Kreitler

In 1980, at Geneva Point, during the Annual Meeting of the New England Women’s Presidents, a committee was formed for the purpose of establishing a U.C.C. Regional Women’s Event in New England. Carol Seaman from CT, Barbara Bowman from MA, Laura Bailey and Rosalyn Baston from ME, Elinor Burroughs from NH or VT, and Sally Bradley from RI served on that exploratory committee. These women gathered with several others in MA to brainstorm and develop the concept of NEW ENGLAND WOMEN’S CELEBRATIONS.
The purpose was to reach the women in the pews, to involve them in learning about and sharing their Faith beyond the local church and the Conference setting.
Mid-March, mid-Lent was chosen as the time for Celebrations because of the historical reference to Mothering Sunday which was a time when the strict observances of Lent were relaxed for a day so church folks could return to their Mother Church or their roots. The purpose of the celebrations was to reach the women in the pews, to involve them in learning about and sharing their Faith beyond the local church and the Conference setting.  These Founding Mothers had a dream and incredible Faith. They were drawn to Lydia, the weaver of purple cloth. From there it was decided that the gathering would have a special color, purple, and many of the traditions that were used at subsequent Celebrations come from the early researching and deliberations of these representatives from each of our 6 states. WEAVING THE FABRIC OF OUR FAITH was the first theme.
They had no funds, so each state put up some seed money to get them started. They had no idea how many women would come, but they had nearly 1100 show up. And they had money left over, hence the tradition of sending off the excess to a good cause. At the first Celebration in 1982, many women volunteered to do all sorts of work that none of them ever imagined they could do before. Rosalyn Baston from ME was coordinator and she traveled to all the N.E. Conferences to publicize that first event. Rosalyn was the mother of volunteers!
It is now almost 40 years later til the next planned event for 2018 and WE NEED YOUR HELP!  We have a date and a theme, " A Place at the Table". If you have the passion to see this transpire over the next 2 years, please come to a planning meeting on April 9th, 2016 at Greenland, NH church at 10 am. (After rsvp to Margie she can send the directions to the church and we all usually bring a bag lunch.)