News Briefs


Sacred Conversations on Immigration

2/21/2017

Is your church interested in learning more about immigration? Does your congregation understand the difference between refugees and asylum seekers? Do they want more information on the sanctuary process? Invite the Immigration and Refugee Task Team of the Massachusetts Conference to partner with you in planning an educational experience to begin ...


Bullitt-Jonas Named Winner of EcoPreacher Contest

2/15/2017

The Massachusetts Conference Missioner for Creation Care, The Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, has been named the winner of the 2016 EcoPreacher Contest. EcoPreacher is a website that features sermons, essays, movie and book reviews, creative writing and ecotheological reflections. It is run by The Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, PhD, Author of Creation-Crisis ...


Clergy to be Invited to Take Wellness Survey

1/31/2017

The United Church of Christ will be participating in the Flourishing in Ministry project, a national study on clergy wellness. This longitudinal study is designed and implemented by Dr. Matthew Bloom of the University of Notre Dame and is funded by the Lilly Endowment. Using surveys and daily life studies, as well as conducting a limited number of...


Yale Offering Free Lenten Online Course on the Journey of the Universe

1/24/2017

Yale University is offering three six-week online courses that can be audited for free under the theme of "Journey of the Universe: A Story for our Times." Two  courses are on Journey of the Universe and one is on the Worldview Of Thomas Berry. Take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity.  These courses center on eco-theologian Thomas Berry ...


Baby Jesus: Refugee?

1/11/2017

Submitted by the Immigration and Refugee Task Team The Christmas season has ended, but the Christmas story has not. If we imagine that the Magi indeed did visit the Holy Family on January 6th, the Day of Epiphany, then is today the day that Joseph, Mary, and Jesus fled to Egypt? Is this the day that they quickly packed their meager belongings and ...


The Time is Now – Seven Ways to Jump-Start Your Advocacy in 2017

1/11/2017

“The time is always right to do what is right.”  Martin Luther King, Jr. The words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoken decades ago, are as true today as they ever were. Moving into a new year, one that holds tremendous challenges and opportunities, your faithful advocacy is now more important than ever.  The United Church of Christ is here to...


Back Bay Mission Accepting Applications for the 2017 Shari Prestemon Social Justice Internship

1/4/2017

Back Bay Mission is now accepting applications for the 2017 Shari Prestemon Social Justice Internship! The Shari Prestemon Social Justice Internship provides people between the ages of 19 and 35 with a unique opportunity to participate in a 10-week summer program tailored to their interests. Drawing on the Mission's long experience in community ...


Back Bay Mission Opens 2018 Mission Trip Calendar

1/4/2017

Back Bay Mission's 2018 mission trip calendar opened at midnight central time on January 1, 2017. You can reserve your mission trip week by emailing the Mission's volunteer coordinator at volunteercoordinator@thebackbaymission.org. The Mission accepts reservation requests only through email. The 2018 calendar is available on the Mission's website. ...


UCC contingents to take part in Women's Marches in DC, Boston, Greenfield

1/4/2017

Why I March  Reflections from those marching on why they feel called by their faith to take part can be found at:  macucc.org/whyimarch   People from all over the Massachusetts Conference are planning to take part in the upcoming Women's March on Washington, as well as in sister marches in Boston and Greenfield. The Women's March is ...


Advent Web Chat for Clergy Now Online

11/18/2016

Knowing how difficult it can be for clergy to take time out to drive to gatherings, the Clergy Development Council held its first "web chat" on Nov. 9. The chat was hosted by Revs. Sarah Weaver and Jennie Barret Siegal, and was focused on Advent Worship Planning. Nine people participated, including one person from California another from New ...


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