Rising tides fail those with no boats

Peter Wells

1/19/2012

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

12/13/2011

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

12/7/2011

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

12/6/2011

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

11/28/2011

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

11/11/2011

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

11/10/2011

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.


Pastors: How involved are you in educational ministries?

Susan Dickerman

10/26/2011

  By Susan Dickerman Associate Conference Minister for Leadership Development   Educational ministry in the local church is essential for growth and vitality, and I strongly believe that laity should be called, equipped and affirmed as partners in that ministry. But I wonder if challenging pastors to be more directly involved in this ministry is ALSO essential.


Opportunities for Environmental Stewardship and Witness

James Antal

10/24/2011

Jim Antal invites your congregation to engage in these activities: Lenten Carbon Fast 2012 – Plan  now for a weekly Lenten discussion around the Carbon Fast and sign up now via facebook How Green is my Church? – See where you stand in our Green Congregations assessment and plan how you will become more green Surround the White House on November 6 to urge President Obama to “say no” to the tar sands pipeline Do It In Durban February 12, 2012 – National Environmental “preach in” Who is your ...


Church leaders today need to be authentic and transparent

Tiffany Vail

10/18/2011

By Tiffany Vail Associate for Communication In a social media world, being in a so-called position of authority is not enough. Today, people will not choose to hear your voice over the cacophony simply because of your title.


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