2016 Annual Report now available


The Massachusetts Conference 2016 Annual Report, Be Bold, is now available. Printed copies were given to all Annual Meeting attendees, and multiple printed copies will be sent to church leaders later this summer. They can also be requested by contacting Karen Methot at methotk@macucc.org. Or, download a copy here: 2016 Annual Report (PDF) Size: ...

SPOTLIGHT: Church Floats a Message Across Sudbury


Fourth of July fireworks and parades usually generate a lot of noise and attention.  This month Memorial Congregational Church, UCC, Sudbury (MCC) used the opportunity of the town's parade to make some noise and draw attention to the "Be the Church" message.  Church members created a float that was a replica of the church building -- complete ...

Conference to hire Racial Justice Associate


The Massachusetts Conference is seeking to hire a full-time Associate for Racial Justice Ministries. This person will coordinate and guide the work of the Conference staff, clergy and lay leaders in the area of racial justice, support and expand networks of racial justice leaders within the Conference, and increase collaboration between the ...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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From the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network In this 2016 election cycle, with its heightened polarization, partisanship and mean-spiritedness, ...
By Tiffany Vail Associate Conference Minister for Communications Delegates of the 217th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference, UCC voted ...
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