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In Memoriam: the Rev. Dr. Robert Batchelder

WEST HARTFORD -- The Rev. Dr. Robert "Bob" Charles Batchelder, a long-time teacher of ethics and social responsibility, passed away on Sunday, December 14, 2014, at Hebrew Health Care in West Hartford after a prolonged illness. He was 88. 02/27/2015

Moral Monday CT Holds Die-In at Hartford City Hall

HARTFORD -- For four and a half minutes, the marble and glass floors of Hartford's City Hall were strewn with over twenty-five bodies, a silent witness to unarmed men and women of color who have lost their lives at the hands of police across the nation. Bishop John Selders of Amistad UCC in the capital city intoned names from among the deceased before the protesters lay down, while visiting citizens, city staff, and police officers watched. A vendor displaying artwork stood and nodded in the silence as a banner on a balcony above proclaimed, "Black Lives Matter." 02/24/2015

Conference Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for the Leadership Studio

HARTFORD -- In an email message to church leaders today, Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi described a new initiative to support the growth and nurture of lay and clergy ministers alike: a space for meeting in both the real and virtual worlds called The Leadership Studio at United Church Center. Dedicated to bringing people and ideas together to foster engaged, empowered, inspired leaders in the Connecticut Conference, the new resource has already begun to host production of Vantage Point, CTUCC ConferenceCast, and other multi-media communications. To fully realize its promise for interactive learning, Rev. Siladi said, it will need investment of financial support to renovate and equip the space. 02/23/2015

Churches Come Together for Ash Wednesday

HARTFORD -- Last week, many churches came together for joint services to observe Ash Wednesday. They gathered all over the state to worship, to share in the imposition of ashes, to be reminded of our mortality and to be invited to forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ. 02/23/2015

Touchstones with History: Dutch

HARTFORD -- February is the 350th anniversary of the renaming of New Netherland as New York. What does that have to do with Connecticut? Much in every way! 02/23/2015

VIDEO: New Vantage Point -- Salisbury and Bridgeport Churches Minister Together

BRIDGEPORT and SALISBURY -- In a new edition of Vantage Point released today, Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi continues his conversations with local church leaders who have begun to work interdependently with other congregations. The Rev. Diane Monti-Catania, pastor of the Congregational Church of Salisbury UCC, and the Rev. Sara D. Smith, pastor of the United Congregational Church of Bridgeport UCC, began discussing possibilities after a new pastors' group meeting and have guided the two churches to share in outreach ministries, spiritual growth, music, and worship. They have even drafted merged covenants for the two congregations which have been approved and await only an opportunity to gather everyone together to sign them. 02/18/2015

Hartford's Center Church Works with City on Plans for Gold Street Relocation

HARTFORD -- City officials, civil engineers, and leaders of the iQuilt Plan met with members of the First Church of Christ in Hartford UCC (Center Church) last night to learn about the realignment of Gold Street, which runs along the church building's south side and the front of their Church House. The plan, approved by the City of Hartford's Planning and Zoning Commission on February 10th, had had significant input from church leaders, including pastor the Rev. Damaris Whittaker, and addressed nine concerns she brought to planners last fall. 02/18/2015

Rev. John Dorhauer Named Candidate to Become UCC's Ninth General Minister and President

CLEVELAND -- The General Minister and President Search Committee has identified a candidate to become the ninth leader of the United Church of Christ. The Rev. John C. Dorhauer, Conference Minister of the Southwest Conference of the UCC, is the search committee's candidate. Named on Friday, February 13, he has been chosen to lead the nearly 1-million-member denomination into the future. 02/13/2015

Anthem Security Breach May Affect UCC Health Plan Members

NEW YORK CITY, NY -- The Pension Boards of the United Church of Christ notified Conference staff over the weekend that the digital security breach at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield may impact participants in the UCC's Health Insurance program. While medical benefits are administered by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, not Anthem, claims are processed through Anthem in a cooperative arrangement between the two companies. Anthem, Highmark, and the Pension Boards continue to analyze the ramifications of the compromised information systems. 02/10/2015

Farmington's First Church 1652 Organizes Neighborhood Volunteer Day

FARMINGTON -- The Outreach Committee of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652, UCC in Farmington has designated Saturday, March 7th, as Valley Volunteer Day. They seek assistance from church members and anyone from the community who can help their Farmington neighbors in need through any one of three different undertakings. The activities will take place from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, beginning with sign-in at Porter Memorial Hall. 02/05/2015

VIDEO: New Vantage Point Begins Series on Interdependent Ministries

HARTFORD -- In a new edition of Vantage Point released today via the Connecticut Conference's YouTube channel, Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi began a series of conversations with local church leaders engaged in interdependent ministries. In the first installment, four pastors joined Rev. Siladi in the Leadership Studio at United Church Center to briefly describe some of the ways they have shared in God's work with members and ministers of another congregation. 02/04/2015

Rekindling the Flame

SHARON -- How do you notice, name, and nurture youth who have gifts for ministry? Last weekend 14 youth and adult mentors from Bridgeport, Canterbury, Center Church in Hartford, Middlefield, and Woodstock met at Silver Lake Conference Center for the annual retreat of high school youth who are "Thinking About Working for God for a Living." The Connecticut Conference's "TAWFG" signature program aspires to support young people considering authorized ministry as a vocation. 02/04/2015

Allowed: Talking In Church

WOODBURY, EAST HADDAM, NEW HAVEN -- When was the last time you had a theological conversation in church? For many church goers, church is a place where pastors talk about faith and congregations listen. Yet, we are curious beings with questions, opinions, and a burning desire to discuss, debate, and even argue about a wide variety of ideas. So where do we get a chance to discuss ideas in church? 02/04/2015

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Confirmation Retreat Weekend

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Clergy Ethics: A Discussion with Don Clark, UCC General Counsel

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