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Standing for Love in Boston - this Saturday


By Kelly Gallagher Associate Confrence Minister for Justice & Witness Ministries No one is sure what will happen in Boston this Saturday, the 19th. No one was sure what would happen in Charlottesville. What we do know is no matter what happens, there needs to be love in the streets.   There are many organizers and events making plans to stand for ...

A Mess into a Message: Making Mats for the Homeless


Following the many (and intense) town discussions on the controversial plastic bag ban in Shrewsbury, a member of Trinity Church of Northborough decided to move forward in a positive manner.  "I am collecting bags to create woven, waterproof plastic mats for the homeless," said Sabina Terrades. "The Worcester Fellowship is excited by the project ...

Stillspeaking Writers Release Study Guide for 500th Anniversary of the Reformation


The Stillspeaking Writers' Group has released a four-session, small-group study that takes a unique look at the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The guide includes topics such as:  Guess What? You’re a Priest Which Do You Prefer, an Angry God or a Cheap Gospel?  “Total Depravity” Luther’s Sins—and Ours Find out more  

UCC Young Adult Service Program Has Opening in Simsbury, CT


First Church in Simsbury, CT, has one more opening for a young adult intern interested in living in intentional community with other young adults who share a common commitment to mission and justice work, congregational service, spiritual growth, and personal discernment. The church is hosting two to four young adults September 2017 through July ...

UCC Stewardship Theme Materials Available


The 2017 UCC Stewardship Theme Materials and Resources are now available for download.  The $35 cost includes both theme materials and supplemental campaign resources, including bulletin inserts, letterhead, bulletin covers and resources for sermon preparation, small group study, and suggestions for both a short-term fall and longer year-long ...

"Three Great Loves" Initiative to Launch at Synod


The United Church of Christ will publicly launch it's "Three Great Loves" initiative at General Synod this week. The denomination explains the initiative this way: The United Church of Christ has a vision of a just world for all. In this world all are welcomed, everyone is loved and justice is inherent. The 3 Great Loves is the denomination’s ...

ONA Team Urges Outreach in Support of Transgender People


The new Trans Still Speaking initiative is launching this month at the Open and Affirming Coalition's National Gathering in Baltimore. The MA Conference ONA Ministry Team distributed Trans Still Speaking postcards last weekend at the Tri-Conference Annual Meeting. This flyer can be printed (in color or black/white) to launch your local outreach in ...

Your Gift to Back Bay Mission Could Be Doubled!


A generous donor has offered to match up to $10,000 for Back Bay Mission’s client sustainability programs. That means your gift to the Mission could be worth twice as much! Back Bay Mission’s client sustainability programs meet the immediate needs of the poor and marginalized of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and help people begin their journeys out ...

2017 Christian Education Certification Recipients


Amanda Iocco is a Youth Fellowship Adviser and member of the CE Committee at Second Congregational Church in Attleboro, MA which is the church where she was raised.  Having been very active in the Sunday school and youth groups as a child, Amanda became very passionate about these programs and recognized how important they are to the faith ...

MA Faith Leaders Stand Against Transgender Discrimination


The following was submitted by The Rev. Tom O’Brien on behalf of Freedom Massachusetts. He is Pastor and Teacher at Memorial Congregational Church UCC in Sudbury. Last week, we were ready to speak out forcefully against any executive order that would have discriminated against LGBT people. In the end, what we got was more insidious—an order that ...

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