News Briefs


Searfarer's Friend Needs Ship Visitors

3/27/2017

Seafarer's Friend, a ministry that serves the men and women that work and live on the sea, is looking for volunteer ship visitors.  The organization, which has long had ties with the Massachusetts Conference, sent the following statement: "We visit the ships that come into our ports in Boston and Salem, MA, and also in Portsmouth, NH and Portland,...


UCC calling Creation care advocates to the People's Climate March in Washington D.C.

3/27/2017

Jim Antal marching at the 2014 Climate March in NYC By Connie Larkman United Church News Earth care advocates from United Church of Christ congregations around the country will be converging on Washington D.C. next month for the People's Climate March. It's no surprise that the denomination is expecting to field a large contingent at the ...


People of All Faiths Invited to Join Connecticut River Pilgrimage

3/9/2017

An interfaith coalition is inviting people of all faiths to take part in the "River of Life: Connecticut River Pilgrimage" May 31 - July 9. Organizers point out that water is central to life, and living, flowing rivers have played a integral role in ecological, social, economic and spiritual practice worldwide since time immemorial. The ...


UCC Offers Five Steps for Refugee Accompaniment

3/7/2017

From ucc.org: Your commitment to faith-inspired welcoming and advocacy for refugees in the USA is especially important in these uncertain times. Presidential Executive Orders during the past month have put policies into place that destroy the current USA refugee resettlement program. Travel and visa bans affect the safety of some of the most ...


RSVP for March 10 Standing Rock March

2/27/2017

From ucc.org: The Standing Rock Sioux Nation has issued a call for its allies to join them for a march in Washington D.C. on March 10th. As Chairman Dave Archambault II has declared, the struggle to be waged now is with Congress and the Trump administration. In nullifying an environmental impact study in the midst of a public comment period, the ...


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 ...


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