News Briefs

Take Action: Urge Your Governor to Declare Welcome to Refugees


From Church World Service.  On September 26, the White House issued an Executive Order (EO 13888) that could end the resettlement of refugees in 16 states, including Connecticut and Rhode Island.  The EO is already creating chaos and confusion about where refugees can be resettled, and it will lead to family separation for refugee families. ...

LGBT Asylum: Building Bridges of Hope


The LGBT Asylum Task Force hosted its third annual Gala themed "Building Bridges of Hope" on October 5 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.  It was a sold-out event at which 500+ supporters dined, danced, and listened to the remarkable journeys of some of the LGBTQ asylum seekers the Task Force is supporting.   The Gala was an event like none other!...

How to Help the Children at the Border


Our government is detaining asylum-seeking children and adults in squalid conditions across our country. As people of faith, we are full of rage and pain, and want to help. Here are a few ways to stand in solidarity and offer assistance (many of these come from this New York Times editorial:

2019 Stewardship Theme Materials Now Available


The United Church of Christ has prepared coordinated stewardship materials for your congregation's annual stewardship efforts. The 2019 theme is "The Way".  “I am the way, and the truth, and the life..."  - John 14:6 Materials are available for purchase as a digital download (use immediately) or as printed packs of 50 or 100 (will be shipped June...

Call ICE on Behalf of Lucio Perez


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


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


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 ...

Time for Actual Justice in MA Criminal Justice Reform


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


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


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 ...

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