News Briefs


UCC's 'Podcast for a Just World' connects faith, justice and community building

12/5/2017

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

11/21/2017

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

11/9/2017

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

10/20/2017

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

9/29/2017

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 ...


Resolution Proposal Deadline Set

9/25/2017

Resolve to Get your Resolution In Early! The Annual Meeting Business Committee has announced that the deadline for submitting resolutions to the 219th Annual Meeting is Feb. 15, 2018. Resolutions may be related to procedure, courtesy, structure and organization, or issues of conviction. Resolutions adopted by an Annual Meeting are formal ...


Updated MACUCC Cleanup Kit Collection

9/11/2017

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

8/30/2017

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

8/22/2017

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

8/22/2017

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 ...


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