News Briefs


Conference Seeks Racial Justice Training Leaders

5/4/2018

The Massachusetts Conference, UCC is seeking additional facilitators to present racial justice trainings to local churches. If you have completed a Racial Justice Level I Training through the Conference and feel called to this work, you are invited to join the team.   Facilitator training will take place from June 28-30. There will be a fee to ...


Conference Disaster Coordinators Gather

5/2/2018

Conference Disaster Coordinators at their Annual Meeting The Rev. Estelle Margarones, co-chair of the MACUCC Disaster Resource & Response Team and Barbara Gregory, Rhode Island Conference Disaster Coordinator, recently attended the UCC Conference Disaster Coordinators annual meeting (April 4-7) in Oakland, California. The event is always held in ...


BU School of Theology Invites Congregations into Lilly-funded Project

4/25/2018

The Boston University School of Theology (BUSTH) is inviting mainline New England Protestant congregations to apply to become part of "Creative Callings," a project being funded with a $1.5 million Lilly Endowment grant. The project is a five-year grant to create and facilitate an innovation hub aimed to generate fresh reflection and creative ...


ONA Updates

4/20/2018

Annual Meeting Resolution on Bullying for MA and CT Conferences Be sure to look out for a proposed resolution at the MA and CT Annual Meetings this June.  The CT Conference ONA Ministry Team created the resolution and graciously shared it with the MA Conference ONA Ministry Team for its consideration.  The MA Team decided to propose it, adding ...


Conference Looking for Green Congregations

4/11/2018

The Massachusetts Conference is looking to hear from churches that have completed a Level in the Green Congregation challenge, to they may be recognized at the Annual Meeting Recognition Lunch on Saturday, June 16, 2018.   The Green Congregation awards include a framed certificate for each Level; the gift of a stole for your church for Level 1, ...


Springfield Pastor Chosen For Oral History Archive

2/28/2018

Louis Mitchell, associate minister of South Congregational Church in Springfield, was recently selected for an in-depth interview by the LGBT Religious Archives Network as part of their Oral History Collection.  Mitchell is a pioneering "intentional man", known around the country and abroad as an elder, advocate, teacher, student, minister, parent ...


News from the Open and Affirming Ministry Team

1/24/2018

Massachusetts Anti-Transgender Ballot Measure “In 2018 Massachusetts will vote for fairness” says the banner on the website of Freedom Massachusetts.  Next November, Massachusetts will vote on a ballot measure that would roll back the hard-won rights in Massachusetts for transgender people.  Go to freedommassachusetts.org and sign the pledge to ...


Churches Invited to be Livestream Sites

1/18/2018

Churches are invited to serve as livestream sites for an upcoming event,  The Courage to Show Up: a conversation with Brené Brown and DeRay McKesson, being held Feb. 1 at The Riverside Church in New York City. While the event won’t be publicly livestreamed or recorded, the church has secured permission for local congregations to serve as “...


Haystack Award for Justice - Nominations Welcome!

1/9/2018

The Justice & Witness Council is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Haystack Awards. The Haystack Award of the Massachusetts Conference UCC was created to encourage participation in charitable and social justice ministry. Churches are inspired to engage in local and global mission in a variety of ways. Our aim is to recognize these exemplary ...


UCC's 'Podcast for a Just World' connects faith, justice and community building

12/5/2017

Another tool for UCC clergy, community activists, and people who want to find a way to promote justice and deepen their faith debuted last week, in the form of a new podcast from the UCC's Congregational and Community Engagement ministry. 'Podcast for a Just World', a weekly 20 to 30 minute podcast released on Tuesdays, will be bringing the weekly...


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