LGBT Asylum Task Force Thanks National UCC for Support

Karen Methot


Hadwen Park Congregational Church of Worcester honored the national UCC Justice and Witness Ministries last month with a certificate of appreciation for its support of the LGBT Asylum Seeker Task Force. The task force, which supports LGBT individuals seeking political asylum from violence in their countries, is a ministry of Hadwen Park Church.

Local Church Votes to Move Money from Bank of America to Local Bank

Katie Tolles


The First Congregational Church in Amherst UCC has decided to move all its money and financial transactions from the Bank of America to a local bank. The vote represents a concern of the members of the church that Bank of America and other big banks do not operate in a way that is consistent with the church’s faith values.

Covenant is God's glue that keeps us together

Martha Cook


One of the many ways the Massachusetts Conference seeks to nurture the covenant among our churches is through making available many opportunities for clergy and laity to come together for worship, learning and networking. 

Rising tides fail those with no boats

Peter Wells


By the Rev. Peter Wells Associate Conference Minister I am sure you have heard that “a rising tide raises all boats.” But many of God’s children don’t even have a boat.

Advent Message and Coming Conference Transitions

James Antal


Each year, we are given the opportunity to learn again the lean lessons of Advent: watchful waiting, sustained hope, untempered joy, limitless love, and passionate peace. All are ongoing mysteries. Just as Advent is a time of “coming” – we are quickly approaching a time of Conference staff transition. Since last May, when I first shared with you the plans for these transitions, the Conference staff, Commissions and Board along with the leaders in many of our Associations have been preparing. I ...

Board looks at structure, funding

Dawn Hammond


The Board of Directors looks at the Conference volunteer structure, funding questions and their own mode of governance.

Blessed to Be a Blessing!

Dale Hempen


By The Rev. Dale A. Hempen Associate Conference Minister I have tried to live the ministry of encouragement, hope and gratitude… giving to others what I have been given!

Churches must have clarity of mission and purpose

Wendy Vander Hart


By The Rev. Wendy Vander Hart Associate Conference Minister My mantra in preaching this season has focused on clarity of mission and purpose. In a Twitter world our churches need to be able to sum up their mission and purpose in the 140 characters of a tweet!  

Trauma and compassion

James Antal


A pastoral letter to the Conference regarding all those whose lives have been upended by an unprecedented series of extreme weather events.

Our Beliefs, Our Bodies, Our Wallets

James Antal


By the Rev. Dr. Jim Antal Minister and President, Massachusetts Conference, UCC Bodies make the difference - for economic justice, for the environment and for the hungry.

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