News Briefs

Music for Mali


Pastor Lisa Durkee of the First Congregational Church of West Brookfield, UCC has organized Music for Mali, slated for Saturday, April 6, at the Radisson Hotel, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA (NOTE: This is a change in venue!) Mali, families have been fleeing violence, instability, and food insecurity, seeking refuge in neighboring ...

Youth delegation heads to Chile


In February, these eight youth and two adult leaders will spend 10 days in Chile, worshiping and working with teens from the Pentecostal Church of Chile, and helping to build Centro Shalom - a Christian environmental center. Front row - Sharon Kimball, chaperone - Lunenburg, Katie Brigham - Sheffield, Dorsey Hill - Lunenburg; Second row - ...

Join Mission 4/1 Earth: 50 Great Days


Join your sisters and brothers in the Massachusetts Conference and the entire United Church of Christ on a shared resurrection witness for Planet Earth during 50 great days of greening up, powering down and shouting out for the environment! "Mission 4/1 Earth: 50 Great Days" is about living boldly Jesus' let-your-light-shine proclamation in the ...

Churches invited to ring bells in celebration of Emancipation Proclamation Anniversary


A group of churches in the Pioneer Valley, including the Haydenville Congregational Church, are inviting congregations around the Commonwealth to join them in ringing their bells at 2:00 PM on Jan. 1, 2013, in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the moment the Emancipation Proclamation was signed and became effective.  On September 22, 1862, ...

National UCC leaders speak on the recent escalation of violence between Israelis and Gazan Palestinians


Read a November 20, 2012 Global Ministries editorial on the recent escalation of violence between Israelis and Gazan Palestinians, by UCC General Minister and President Rev. Geoffrey Black.

UCC joins Christian leaders in letter to Congress outlining human-rights violations in the Middle East


Friends, On October 5, 2012, national leaders of the United Church of Christ joined other Christian leaders representing U.S. churches and religious organizations in a two-page letter to Congress, asking that Israel be held accountable for potential human-rights violations through its use of U.S. military aid. The ecumenical leaders write that both...

Conference announces 2012 Haystack Award winners


The Massachusetts Conference honored eight Haystack Award winners at the 213th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference on June 15,2012. Below is information about those honorees:­­­­­­­­­­­ Mission & Justice Awards Presented by the Commission for Mission and Justice Ministries: Africa Mission Group ~ Plymouth Church in Framingham The Africa ...

ONA Task Team supports petition to Stop Exporting Hate


In response to the slaying of Ugandan gay rights activitst David Kat, Open and Affirming Task Team Chair Kathie Carpenter is asking supporters to sign on to a "Stop Exporting Hate" petition by the Human Rights Campaign. The petition's introduction states: "A Ugandan gay rights advocate was bludgeoned to death in his home this week. His name had ...

Prayers urged in response to events in Egypt, Uganda


The Massachusetts Conference's Commission on Ecumenism is encouraging churches to join in prayer to seek God's presence amid the upheavals in Egypt. while the Conference's Open and Affirming Task Force is urging prayer and advocacy in response to a murdered Ugandan activist. The Commission on Ecumenism is encouraging congregations to support ...

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