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Conference-owned Craigville building sold

2/10/2016

By Tiffany Vail Associate for Communication One of two Massachusetts Conference-owned properties at the Craigville Retreat Center, Minnie’s Seaside Rest, has been sold to a private party for the asking price of $840,000. Annual Meeting last year approved putting up for sale the two Craigville properties owned by the Conference, after the ...


SPOTLIGHT: Mindfulness in Motion and Meditation

2/10/2016

Mindfulness has hit the mainstream, with everyone from corporate CEOs to professional sports teams practicing some form of contemplation or meditation. The Wellesley Congregational Church, known as the Village Church of Wellesley, is leading the way toward practicing mindfulness as part of our Christian faith tradition. The church hosts a prayer ...


Conference welcomes another climate justice intern

2/3/2016

In addition to a full-time climate justice intern, the Conference has taken on board a second part-time intern who is working for course credit. Emma Brewer-Wallin is a sophomore at Wellesley College where she is double-majoring in Peace & Justice Studies and Religion. While at school, she attends Old South Church in Boston, and at home, First ...


UCC publishes study guide for "Spotlight" movie

2/2/2016

By Tiffany Vail Associate for Communication   The United Church of Christ has issued a new discussion guide for use by churches that wish to talk about the movie "Spotlight." The award-winning film tells the story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up in the Boston Archdiocese of the Catholic ...


Marcia McFee returning to the Conference

1/27/2016

In response to those who attended last fall's Super Saturday and said they wanted to hear more from her, Worship Consultant Marcia McFee is coming back to the Massachusetts Conference to present a full day Worship Design Workshop on April 9. “We are extremely pleased to bring Marcia McFee back to the Massachusetts Conference," said Associate ...


Bring the Water of Relief and of Justice to Flint

1/21/2016

The following letter was issued by the leaders of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences. Dear friends,   The 99,000 residents of Flint, Michigan, have suffered a grievous injustice. While under the control of state-appointed "emergency managers" in 2014, the water in the city's taps began flowing from the Flint River rather ...


Craigville Retreat Center under new management

1/13/2016

United Camps, Conferences and Retreats, a non-profit organization with 40 years of experience running retreat centers, took over the operation of the Craigville Retreat Center on Cape Cod on Jan. 1.   The Massachusetts Conference had managed Craigville, owned by the Christian Camp Meeting Association, since 1960. After several years of discussion ...


SPOTLIGHT: Baptismal Waters

1/8/2016

An annual Homecoming celebration, a beloved location, and a “new” twist on an old sacrament combined for a unique and deeply moving occasion for the congregation of Mattapoisett Congregational Church a few months ago, when two boys were baptized in Mattapoisett Harbor. Like most congregational churches, the Mattapoisett church typically baptizes ...


Conference hires new climate justice intern

1/6/2016

The Massachusetts Conference has taken on a new climate justice intern. Alyssa Browning-Gray began on Monday, and will serve the Conference through June, 2016. Browning-Gray is a member of Newman Congregational Church, a Rhode Island UCC congregation. She recently graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental ...


Former climate intern witnesses Paris negotiations

12/17/2015

(At right) MACUCC Climate Intern Patrick Cage with the United States Chief Climate Negotiator Todd Stern on December 11, just hours before Mr. Stern signed the Paris COP21 agreement. After serving the Massachusetts Conference for six months, Patrick continued working on climate with an NGO that brought him to Paris where he monitored the ongoing ...


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