Friends of the Conference


Innovation!  Experimentation!  Initiative!  Interdependence!

That’s what your gift to the Friends of the Conference supports.  Beyond our plans and budgets, the Friends of the Conference assures that the UCC in Massachusetts can take advantage of opportunities that emerge in the changing landscape of ministry – opportunities to enhance the vitality of the ministry of our congregations.

Look at the initiatives your Friends of the Conference contributions supported this past year:

  • The Mass Conference is now partnering with the CT Conference and the RI Conference as we initiate a Racial Justice Strategic Partnership.  Facilitators have already been trained and more is on the way.
  • Climate Justice Intern Patrick Cage served the Mass Conference for six months in the spring – creating www.climatewitness.org, organizing church green teams, and successfully pushing the Pension Board to offer a new environmentally sensitive fund.
  • We are a lead sponsor of “Still Speaking 2.0” – one of five initiatives launched by our new General Minister and President John Dorhauer (and the Friends of the Conference is giving away copies of John’s new book Beyond Resistance at a variety of Conference gatherings).
  • We are now partners with the national setting of the church and the CT Conference in supporting the Silver Lake Environmental Justice Center.

Join me in continuing to fund these and other innovations.  While half of my 10% personal tithe supports local churches, I’m giving $1,000 to the Friends of the Conference. Together we can create a climate that encourages new ideas and funds adaptive responses to the ever-changing context of ministry.

In the spirit of Advent, may your heart be filled with both hope and joy,

Faithfully,

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Jim Antal, Minister and President

Please use our Online Donation Form to make your gift to Friends of the Conference.