News Briefs


ONA Team Urges Outreach in Support of Transgender People

6/21/2017

The new Trans Still Speaking initiative is launching this month at the Open and Affirming Coalition's National Gathering in Baltimore. The MA Conference ONA Ministry Team distributed Trans Still Speaking postcards last weekend at the Tri-Conference Annual Meeting. This flyer can be printed (in color or black/white) to launch your local outreach in ...


Your Gift to Back Bay Mission Could Be Doubled!

6/6/2017

A generous donor has offered to match up to $10,000 for Back Bay Mission’s client sustainability programs. That means your gift to the Mission could be worth twice as much! Back Bay Mission’s client sustainability programs meet the immediate needs of the poor and marginalized of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and help people begin their journeys out ...


MA Faith Leaders Stand Against Transgender Discrimination

5/18/2017

The following was submitted by The Rev. Tom O’Brien on behalf of Freedom Massachusetts. He is Pastor and Teacher at Memorial Congregational Church UCC in Sudbury. Last week, we were ready to speak out forcefully against any executive order that would have discriminated against LGBT people. In the end, what we got was more insidious—an order that ...


UCC Churches to Focus on Climate Change with Earth Day, People's Climate March

4/18/2017

The focus on creation care will be very evident in many United Church of Christ congregations over the next few weeks, with Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, followed by Earth Day Sunday. The next weekend, on April 29, the People's Climate March in Washington, D.C. and Sister Marches around the country will be drawing environmental advocates from ...


UCC calling Creation care advocates to the People's Climate March in Washington D.C.

4/17/2017

Jim Antal marching at the 2014 Climate March in NYC By Connie Larkman United Church News Earth care advocates from United Church of Christ congregations around the country will be converging on Washington D.C. next month for the People's Climate March. It's no surprise that the denomination is expecting to field a large contingent at the ...


Synod Delegates to Consider Proposed Amendments to UCC Constitution and Bylaws

4/7/2017

Delegates to General Synod 31 in Baltimore June 30 - July 4 -  will be asked to consider amendments to the United Church of Christ Constitution and Bylaws. The detailed amendments to these governing documents along with supplementary guides on the process and amendments themselves are available here on the General Synod 31 website. The amendments ...


Searfarer's Friend Needs Ship Visitors

3/27/2017

Seafarer's Friend, a ministry that serves the men and women that work and live on the sea, is looking for volunteer ship visitors.  The organization, which has long had ties with the Massachusetts Conference, sent the following statement: "We visit the ships that come into our ports in Boston and Salem, MA, and also in Portsmouth, NH and Portland,...


People of All Faiths Invited to Join Connecticut River Pilgrimage

3/9/2017

An interfaith coalition is inviting people of all faiths to take part in the "River of Life: Connecticut River Pilgrimage" May 31 - July 9. Organizers point out that water is central to life, and living, flowing rivers have played a integral role in ecological, social, economic and spiritual practice worldwide since time immemorial. The ...


UCC Offers Five Steps for Refugee Accompaniment

3/7/2017

From ucc.org: Your commitment to faith-inspired welcoming and advocacy for refugees in the USA is especially important in these uncertain times. Presidential Executive Orders during the past month have put policies into place that destroy the current USA refugee resettlement program. Travel and visa bans affect the safety of some of the most ...


RSVP for March 10 Standing Rock March

2/27/2017

From ucc.org: The Standing Rock Sioux Nation has issued a call for its allies to join them for a march in Washington D.C. on March 10th. As Chairman Dave Archambault II has declared, the struggle to be waged now is with Congress and the Trump administration. In nullifying an environmental impact study in the midst of a public comment period, the ...


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