Support gathering scheduled for clergy in wake of Marathon bombings


Clergy serving in every setting of the Massachusetts Conference have received an invitation to gather together for worship, prayer and an opportunity to share stories, perspectives and resources in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The event will be held at Plymouth Church in Framingham on April 24 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. An invitation to clergy was emailed Friday morning from Minister and President Jim Antal and the member of the MACUCC Disaster Resource Team, Don Remick, Jim Tilbe and Peter Wells.

"We are all keenly aware of the events and aftermath of the explosions at the Boston Marathon," said the invitation. "In our conversations with clergy over the last few days we have heard many stories. Some had family in the race or at the finish line, many had members of their church that were impacted, and everyone is seeking ways to minister in the midst of all the stories and emotions within them and around them."

Clergy planning to attend should RSVP to Patti Babcock at

Upcoming Days of Covenant will also include time for clergy to come together and reflect, grieve and offer mutual support. Those included:

  • The Andover and Essex Associations Day of Covenant is April 29 at 8:30 AM at the First Church in Danvers. RSVP to the Waltham office at
  • The Western Region Day of Covenant is May 2 at 8:30 AM at the First Congregational Church of Hadley. RSVP to the Ludlow office at
  • The Metropolitan Boston Association Day of Covenant is May 7 at 8:30 AM at the North Congregational Church in Woburn.  RSVP to the Waltham office at
  • A Day of Covenant for those in specialized ministries - including hospital chaplains, who have been so involved in this week's events - is being held May 9 at 5:30 PM at Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Center in Framingham. RSVP to Patti Babcock at


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