News Briefs


Is Your Life an Open and Affirming Story?  Maybe it is…

5/22/2019

The Massachusetts Conference ONA Ministry Team is seeking LGBTQ people (including queer youth), people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, and others who are in marginalized groups and have a story to tell that makes the Open and Affirming movement real.  We would like to feature these stories at ONA35, the 35th anniversary of Open and ...


Call ICE on Behalf of Lucio Perez

5/6/2019

A message from the Rev. Vicki Kemper Dear friends, We continue to feel profoundly grateful to each of you and your faith communities for all they ways you lift up and support Lucio Perez and his family in sanctuary.  Our fight against his deportation continues and we again ask your help.  Many of you were part of our Day of Prayer in February.  ...


New York Times Bestselling Author Featured in Webinar

4/16/2019

The featured guest for this month's Creation Justice Webinar recently entered into the New York Times bestseller list. Author adrienne maree brown will focus on the strategies and practices needed to build a vision-based, systemic-change-oriented movement. Brown will draw upon insights gained from years of working within organizations dedicated to ...


UCC Survey: Church Environmental Practices

4/16/2019

On an annual basis, the UCC Environmental Justice Ministry will be conducting a survey of all the churches in the denomination in order to gather data on what churches are doing to care for God's creation. We want to be able to measure and assess our denomination’s activity and growth in these areas. Please take a few minutes to provide us with ...


Clergy Writers

4/11/2019

Clergy writers: Imagine this - having the time and space to write and think and write some more and spend time with colleagues and eat good food and take long walks in a beautiful setting as fall peaks in New England. Can you imagine that?   Imagine digging deeper into your creative life: using the written word to illuminate the Word in your work ...


Time for Actual Justice in MA Criminal Justice Reform

2/14/2019

Following the monumental passage of the omnibus criminal justice bill in Massachusetts in 2018, the mood throughout the commonwealth for continued change remains strong. Our Conference has led the way in passing a “Resolution on a Massachusetts Innocence Commission” in the 211th  Annual Meeting (2010)  followed by the resolution, “Dismantling ...


Convergence Leadership Project Accepting Applicants

1/30/2019

The Center for Progressive Renewal has opened registration for the next cohort of an online leadership development program called the Convergence Leadership Project. Author and national faith leader Brian McLaren is the director of the program, supported by Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis from Middle Collegiate Church in NY, Diana Butler Bass, Bruce ...


Shine the Light on Immigration

12/4/2018

Join the UCC churches of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, as we seek together to learn more about the issues surrounding immigration.   During this Epiphany season, as a congregation, consider a commitment to reading the book Dear America: Notes from an Undocumented Citizen or watching the documentary, "Documented". Both resources are ...


Important News for Local Church Treasurers

11/20/2018

It has come to our attention that some of our Massachusetts Conference churches may not have received important information from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts regarding a new employer filing requirement with a deadline of November 30.   Effective November 2018, any Massachusetts employer with six or more employees (in any of the previous twelve...


Armistice Day: Ringing Bells for World Peace

11/14/2018

First Congregational Church in Rockland's historic bell Last Sunday, November 11, was the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day - a day marking the end of fighting in WWI.  At 11 AM, when the fighting stopped, church bells rang all over the world in celebration and hope for an end to all wars. In commemoration of this special anniversary, the ...


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