News Briefs


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 ...


Help Keep Boston Youth Warm this Winter

10/31/2018

City Mission, along with Citizens Bank, believes that all children in Boston deserve to be warm and safe this winter.  Coat Boston has spent nine years ensuring that children, from toddlers to teens, have the warm winter coats they need. City Mission partners with Boston Public Schools serving low-income families to ensure that all young Bostonians...


Gateways to God: Training in Missional Spiritual Direction

10/29/2018

Dear Friends,   Beginning in February 2019, Rolling Ridge will offer Gateways to God: Training in Missional Spiritual Direction.  Over the course of two years, participants gather with others who sense a call to listen deeply for and respond faithfully to the ways the Spirit is moving in their own lives, in their faith communities and in their ...


1,000 sermons: Clergy Invoke Kids' Case from the Pulpit

10/19/2018

The Rev. Jim Antal (right) has given about 200 sermons on climate change. He's pictured with Bartholomew, the ecumenical patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Antal/Twitter When the Rev. Peter Sawtell gets to the part of his sermon on what older generations owe to the youth, the audience exhales. "There's usually an audible 'ooooof' out of ...


UCC Churches, Conference in Phoenix Offer Hospitality to Migrant Families Released by ICE

10/16/2018

by Connie Larkman UCC News A United Church of Christ congregation in Phoenix that provides a safe space for migrants seeking asylum in the United States has been extremely busy since Monday, offering an extravagant welcome to more than 100 people. Busloads of immigrant families who have been released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ...


Preaching Needed on Youth Climate Trial

9/18/2018

Photo: Our Children's Trust/Robin Loznak (United Church of Christ) Friends, The United Church of Christ is asking that you add your prophetic voice to a sermon campaign that the UCC Council for Climate Justice has spearheaded, with over 20 organizations of different faiths participating. On October 29th, what has been called “the trial of the ...


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