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Conference Calls Michelle Hughes as Associate Conference Minister for Transitions

HARTFORD -- In a message to church leaders around the state today, Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi announced that the Rev. Michelle Hughes of Chicago, Illinois, has been called as the first Associate Conference Minister for Transitions, to support and collaborate with local congregations during leadership transitions. "We believe that many of our churches will reap rich harvests from the assistance and training she will be able to bring to them," he said. 01/23/2015

in Memoriam: the Rev. Dr. Donald Herbert Ketcham

UNIONVILLE -- The Reverend Dr. Donald Herbert Ketcham of Unionville, pastor emeritus of the West Avon Congregational Church UCC, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 22. He was 72. 01/23/2015

Sunset: the Christian Conference of Connecticut Concludes its Ministry

HARTFORD -- With a single candle flickering at the front of the chapel in the Asylum Hill Congregational Church UCC in Hartford, friends, supporters, and admirers of the Christian Conference of Connecticut honored the ecumenical agency's ministry in worship on Thursday evening, January 15th, as it concluded. Board Secretary the Rev. Bruce Steinway reflected, "To follow Jesus is to make one's way to the cross -- but the cross is not the last word." 01/21/2015

Connecticut Honors King Amidst Realization that the Dream Remains Unfulfilled

HARTFORD -- Churches and civic organizations across the state celebrated the commitments and accomplishments of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., last weekend, even as new civil rights movements such as #BlackLivesMatter move their feet and raise their voices across the nation. "We have some unfinished business to attend to, Church," declared the Rev. Vertie Powers at Faith Congregational Church UCC in Hartford. "The future awaits us, and so we throw open the doors. Let us set the agenda. Let us focus the conversation." 01/21/2015

In Memoriam: Mary Emmons

ORLEANS, MA -- Mary Eleanor (Speers) Emmons, who gave so much to the ministry of the Ingraham House Retreat Center, died peacefully on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was 95. 01/16/2015

VIDEO: Silver Lake Introduces New Tiered Pricing

SHARON -- Fourteen hours after Silver Lake opened registration for 2015, over fifty young people had claimed their place in God's Back Yard (or an offsite conference) this summer. The first registration -- for the offsite service conference "Hammer and a Nail" -- came in just four minutes after the online site opened at midnight, with others waiting until the hours just after dawn to make sure they'd be at Silver Lake. They're the first to choose among three new tiered pricing options, and today Silver Lake released a video to explain the program. 01/15/2015

In Memoriam: the Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Porter

AMERICUS, GA -- The Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Porter D.D., former pastor of the Whitneyville Congregational Church UCC in Hamden and the First Congregational Church UCC of Ledyard, passed away on January 3rd, entering the Realm of God in the care of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was 92. 01/15/2015

Silver Lake Summer Registration Opens This Week!

SHARON -- Today, the surface of the Lake bears a bright, slick coat of ice. The leafless limbs bow beneath a burden of snow. For much of the week, a calm silence lies over the empty cabins of Silver Lake Conference Center. But in just over six months, the woods will echo the shouts of "scream races" on the ball field, the lake will leap with the fountains of "cannonball" dives, and the trees will cast their shade over drum circles and tie-dyers. Registration for summer conferences opens on January 15th! 01/13/2015

CTUCC Racial Justice Ministry Opens Training to Clergy and Congregations This Year

HARTFORD -- As new cries for justice arise from people of color across the nation, epitomized in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the Sacred Conversations on Race Ministry has taken a new name to better describe its mission: the Racial Justice Ministry of the Connecticut Conference United Church of Christ. As some wonder how it came to be that race remains a source of tension in 2015 America, Associate Conference Minister for Leadership and Vitality the Rev. Da Vita D. McCallister says, "We are saddened that this is the state of affairs, that these questions must still be confronted: but we are resolved that we will unmask, dismantle, and eradicate racism in our lifetime." 01/13/2015

Slavery Exists

TOLLAND -- We do not want to admit it -- and certainly do not want to come to terms with the realization -- that there are more slaves in today's world then during the Civil War and before Emancipation. In fact, it is one of the leading criminal activities in the world: second only to drug trafficking. At the United Congregational Church UCC of Tolland, members are educating themselves on the causes and prevention of slavery in today's world. 01/12/2015

Conference Publishes 2014 Ministries Document for Local Church Reports

HARTFORD -- The Connecticut Conference published "2014 Ministries of the Connecticut Conference UCC" today, a two-page document designed to be inserted into local church annual reports. In a departure from previous years, the new resources sparkles with color and photographs, with the text limited to headlines, lists, and highlights. 01/08/2015

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