News Briefs

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 ...

City Mission Offers Youth Immersion Program


Did you know that the average age of a person experiencing homelessness in the state of Massachusetts is 8? What would happen if more people—especially youth—knew this, and even more about homelessness in their own neighborhoods? City Mission is excited to offer two new styles of opportunities to get plugged into the important work of preventing ...

Faith Leaders: Sign On, We Are With Dreamers


A message from Church World Service:   The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects nearly 800,000 young people from deportation and provides them work authorization, is under immediate and existential attack. Ten attorneys general are threatening to sue President Trump if he doesn’t end DACA by September 5th. We're ...

Meet Jon Kirby of Pilgrim Day Camp, Framingham


The following is from an interview in The Boston Voyage with Jon Kirby, long-time Director of Pilgrim Day Camp, which is owned and operated by the Massachusetts Conference, UCC. Today we’d like to introduce you to Jon Kirby. Jon, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today? I started at Pilgrim Day Camp in 1975 as the ...

Pilgrim Day Camp Receives 2017 Best of Framingham Award


Pilgrim Day Camp, owned and operated by the Massachusetts Conference UCC and located on its campus, has been selected for the 2017 Best of Framingham Award in the Camp Category by the Framingham Award Program. Each year, the Framingham Award Program identifies companies that are believed to have achieved exceptional marketing success in their ...

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