News Briefs

Springfield Pastor Chosen For Oral History Archive


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


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 and sign the pledge to ...

Churches Invited to be Livestream Sites


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!


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


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...

Public Safety Forums for Churches


The Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice and Commonwealth of Massachusetts are offering "A Forum of Learning on Public Safety Crises" to houses of worship and faith communities, in several locations throughout Massachusetts. ​ Dec. 4 - Amherst     Dec. 6 - Paxton     Jan. 11 - Taunton     Jan. 19 - Reading  

BU School of Theology Announces Two New Denominational Learning Communities


The Boston University School of Theology (BUSTH) announced on Nov. 9 that it has formed two new denominational learning communities, in collaboration with the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC). The mission of each learning community is to form a community of students, faculty, ...

Churches Invited to Join The Fight for 15


Conference churches are invited to participate in the signature-gathering campaigns to qualify referenda for the ballot for the "Fight for $15" and "Paid Family and Medical Leave" ballot initiatives.   By participating with Essex County Community Organization and its coalition of grass-roots state-wide partners (the faith based group MCAN and...

18-month Soul of Leadership Program Offered


For those who seek to lead in a more grounded, heart-centered way, the Shalem Institute is presenting an 18-month program:  The Soul of Leadership. This program recognizes that leaders today face particularly difficult challenges. The commitment to inspire others while also increasing productivity and balancing the needs of the organization can ...

Updated MACUCC Cleanup Kit Collection


IN THE AFTERMATH OF 2017 HURRICANES Church World Service has nearly run out of cleanup kits because of the demand this past year and month. When a flood of water filled with mud, disease and chemicals invades your home you can get lost in despair and the sheer overwhelm of it.  A clean up kit is a simple tangible way to share your compassion and ...

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