Jean grew up in a large Methodist church in Ohio—confirmed there, active as a young adult, and married there. To accept a part-time job at the church, and later to go full-time as the youth director, felt like a natural fit. “But to be on that side of the fence, attending staff meetings, was different,” she said. “I was seeing the magic behind the scenes that I didn’t know about. It was all about numbers. I still needed to be filled spiritually, to learn and to grow, and all of a sudden it was a...
The Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut Conferences will be traveling together. In order to make arrangements for a bus, we invite you to help us by filling out an online pre-registration form.
Here are some updates and helpful resources to aid you in keeping the baptismal vows we make “to love, support, and care for these children as they live and grow in Christ."
Friends, A new policy has been adopted by FEMA that relates to houses of worship. Formerly, when a disaster was declared for a region the federal resources through FEMA focused on individual households with some assistance to businesses. With this new ruling, non-profit houses of worship can access the resources and financial support through FEMA. You can read more about this in an article from FEMA below. Keep this information on file. Don Remick, Associate Conference Minister FEMA today ...
Registration is open for the Massachusetts Conference Education for Effective Youth Ministry (EEYM) program which begins January 20th.
Tim Shapiro, from the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, believes that vibrant congregations exhibit a commitment to increasing congregational capacity. As demands on congregations grow, clergy and laity struggle to “maintain agency over their problems rather than the problems having hold on them.
Those of us in Christian Education work hard to provide our children and youth with information and experiences which we hope will lead them to have a lifelong faith. Yet, we are also recognizing that another important aspect of our ministry is partnering with families in their children’s faith formation. Studies, such as the The importance of parents National Study on Youth and Religion, have found that the single most important social influence on the religious and spiritual lives of ...
Fifty years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King announced the Poor People’s Campaign. Although launched in 1968, this movement continues to be relevant today. A recent Boston Globe series confronted Boston’s most vexing issue -- racism. If you Google the phase “most racist city” Boston pops up more than any other place, time and time again. Racism is played in the delivery of health care, and educational systems, and in employment. There are huge disparities in Boston, where the poverty rate for ...
There is a race to be run right now and it is not the short distance of a 5K.
It is Advent, the days when we remember that Jesus is coming to us, the days when we imagine Mary and Joseph making a long and difficult trek—first, to get to a place where they can find shelter and give birth, and then, to escape the murderous rage of a king. The Jesus we follow was a refugee and an immigrant. After he was born, fearing that King Herod would murder Jesus as they returned to their homeland in Judea, Mary and Joseph fled with their child to Egypt. The story, in Matthew 2, is ...