What does boldness look like?


The Rev Otis Moss III By Tiffany Vail Associate Conference Minister for Communications What does proclaiming the Kingdom of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ "with all boldness and without hindrance" look like? Raising a new generation of leaders Challenging gun manufacturers. Embracing veterans of war. Coming out to your church. Loving ...

Delegates vote on welcoming immigrants; compensation and budget matters


By Tiffany Vail Associate Conference Minister for Communications Delegates to the Massachusetts Conference's 217th Annual Meeting this weekend (June 17 - 18) voted on welcoming immigrants and on a variety of matters related to clergy compensation and Conference finances. Welcoming Immigrants Delegates voted unanimously in favor of sponsoring a ...

2016 Haystack Award winners honored


The Justice and Witness Council presented two Haystack Awards at the 217th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference, in recognition of exemplary work in the area of justice and charity. One went to a woman who works with homeless families both hands-on and through advocacy; and the other to City Mission of Boston. Here is what the Council has...

Gustafson award presented to Dick and Gay Harter


Richard M. (Dick) Harter and Angelica (Gay) Harter were named co-recipients of the Andy Gustafson Award at the 217th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference on June 18.  This is the second year the award has been presented. It was named for the Associate Conference Minister for Stewardship & Financial Development who died in 2014,and who ...

A Letter to Gun Manufacturer CEOs


For two years, the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, through their Do Not Stand Idly By (DNSIB) initiative, has worked with public officials and gun buyers across the country to leverage buying power intended to persuade the industry to be part of the solution to our nation's gun violence epidemic. As we’ve seen even this week, there is ...

SPOTLIGHT: Greenfield Church Reaches Out to the Community with "Free-Bees"


Lessons in caring for the environment are learned through Beekeeping-inspired Festival This month the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield held its 6th Annual Bee Fest with myriad activities inspired by former pastor Lorenzo Langstroth (pastor of the church, 1843-1848), who is known as the "Father of American Beekeeping."   In 1852 ...

Mass. seminarian part of Orlando response team


Collaborative program By Tiffany Vail Associate Conference Minister for Communications A seminarian who attends Old South Church in Boston went to Orlando, Florida, yesterday as part of a Connecticut Conference program to offer care, support and public witness following the mass shooting that left 50 people dead and 53 wounded, most of them part...

Prayer vigils and services for Orlando shooting victims


Vigils and services in honor of the fallen saints in the Orlando shooting on Sunday. Please email methotk@macucc.org if you have a service to add. Check our Facebook page here for regular updates. The UCC Open and Affirming Coalition is also compiling vigils in Massachusetts and around the country. Access their page here. . Tuesday, June 21 ...

Annual Meeting to be live streamed


Keynote Speaker Otis Moss III The 217th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference - featuring one of the UCC's most dynamic preachers, Otis Moss III - will be live streamed so people at home can watch online. The meeting, taking place June 17 and 18 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will also feature well-known musician and ...

Antal among 16 clergy arrested at pipeline protest


    Jim Antal in handcuffs. Photo used with permission from UniversalHub.com. By Tiffany Vail Associate Conference Minister for Communications Massachusetts Conference Minister and President The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal was one of 16 clergy arrested on Wednesday after entering the construction site of a natural gas pipeline in West Roxbury, halting ...

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