by Jim Antal
Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
Below you will find several distinct items.
Since its adoption in 2005 the MA Conference mission statement “nurturing local church vitality and the covenant among our churches” has guided the ministry of the Board of Directors and staff. With the adoption of the mission statement, the programming, resourcing and prayers of the Conference have been focused on strong local churches, excellent pastors and faithful leaders. Making covenantal connections between churches, leaders and pastors has served to share best practices and build community in Christ.
Even as the fruits of the mission statement were becoming more evident, a sense lingered that the statement would be stronger if we could clarify “to what end?” were we seeking to nurture vitality and covenant. In September 2010, the Board of Directors added the phrase, “to make God’s love and justice real” to the mission statement. So the efforts of the Board, commissions, committees and staff are all to the end of making God’s love and justice real. Nurturing local church vitality and covenant are not ends in themselves but are meant to embody and incarnate God’s love and justice.
This is now reflected on our new Conference web site Who We Are page.
Please join me in signing this important petition -- "Clergy Against Bullets"
A Time to Sow: Crafting Environmental Ministries of Spirituality and Justice
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Boston University School of Theology, Room 324
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
Earns 1/2 Continuing Education Credit for Clergy
Registration: $25 (free to students); includes light breakfast and a lunch; please make checks out to BU School of Theology Student Association
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register; please indicate any dietary restrictions.
9:00 - 9:30am Gather and Welcome
9:30 - 10:30 am Session 1: The Basics of Environmentalism and Ecological Justice
10:30 - 11:30 am Session 2: Christian Ecological Theology and Ethics
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Session 3: Greening the Life of the Church: Preaching, Worship, Bible Study and Beyond
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Session 4: The Nuts and Bolts of Greening Buildings and Lifestyles
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Session 5: Plugging In to our Communities: Strategies for Church
3:30 - 4:00 pm Closing Remarks and Discussion
Interfaith Power & Light is inviting faith leaders to give sermons and reflections on global warming the weekend of February 11-13, 2011. As the date approaches, IPL will be offering a variety of resources, including sample sermons, reflections, devotionals and discussion activity ideas for diverse faith traditions to those who have registered.
The Mass Conference Environmental Ministries group, in conjunction with our counterparts in the five other New England UCC Conferences, will soon complete plans for a Lenten Carbon Fast. In early February you’ll receive a Pastoral Letter inviting you to email it out to everyone in your congregation. Those who choose to participate will receive daily emails during Lent with the day’s suggested carbon-reducing activity – which (when possible) will include a quantitative measure of the carbon reduction which the activity will have. Each daily email will also have a section re: what a congregation can do/focus on.
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