News Briefs

Supplying Help at the Border


Has your church been looking for a way to help in the crisis at the US / Mexico border? Here are two collections of supplies that your church can contribute to know. Our fellow UCC churches are doing the work at the border directly with both the children and adults who are coming across the border, being detained, and being released.  This is a ...

Clergy: Sign on to Keep Families Together


The Immigration and Refugee Task Team urges clergy of all faiths to sign on to this petition in support of immigrant families and an end to separating parents from their children. Read the document and sign here.  Questions? Contact Rev. Noel Andersen, Church World Service National Grassroots Coordinator, at

2018 Stewardship Theme Materials


The United Church of Christ 2018 stewardship materials and supplemental campaign resources - with the theme, "What Shall we Bring?" - are now available for download. For one price, you can access bulletin inserts, letterhead, commitment cards, sample letters, worship resources, and more!  Go to the national website to see all the material ...

Bullying Resolution, Transgender Rights, and an ONA Milestone


Bullying Resolutions Discussed in MA and CT Conference Annual Meetings On June 15, 2018, a joint hearing was held for Massachusetts and Connecticut Conference members to consider resolutions on bullying. The CT Conference adopted their resolution on June 16. The MA Conference will spend a year in education and vote at the 2019 annual meeting. The ...

Prevent Summer Learning Loss with CUBS


SUMMER CUBS (Comprehension and Understanding Brings Success) is a collaboration between Worcester Area Mission Society (WAMS), Clark University, Worcester Public Schools and the faith and civic community.   Objective#1: Prevent summer learning loss during the early elementary school years in order to promote the likelihood graduating from ...

Conference Seeks Racial Justice Training Leaders


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


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


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


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


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, ...

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