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ConferenceCast 168: 4/10/2014: Video Edition


"Save Us!": Rev. Kent J. Siladi

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Report from Jerusalem -- In the Year 33

JERUSALEM (HARTFORD) -- Tensions have been rising in Jerusalem as the annual Passover celebration draws near. Radical anti-Romans have protested the arrest of Jesus Barabbas this week, while others in the city have cried for help to a Nazarene traveling healer in a parade that evoked royal prophecy. Grim-visaged officials of the Temple and of the Roman Governor have declared their willingness to use all necessary measures to prevent disorder during the festival, which has swelled the local population with thousands of pilgrims. 04/15/2014

Vantage Point: As We Enter Holy Week

HARTFORD -- Conference Minister the Rev. Kent J. Siladi returned to online video today with a Holy Week reflection for the members and friends of the Connecticut Conference. In the six minute reflection, he moves through the stories of the week's events as recounted in the daily Gospel readings of the lectionary. "We are a people who are bound together by a story -- God's story," he told the viewers, and prayed that God would open our hearts and minds to them in the coming week. 04/11/2014

Celebrating Twenty Years of a Trans-Pacific Partnership

HARTFORD and SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA -- This month, a twelve-person delegation will travel to South Korea to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Connecticut Conference's ecumenical partnership with the Kyung-Ki Presbytery in the Republic of Korea. Conference Minister the Rev. Kent J. Siladi will head the delegation and offer a major address to the Presbytery's Annual Meeting at the Gwang-Myoung Church. The group's six clergy will fan out to preach at local churches on Sunday, April 27th, and the delegation as a whole plans to offer a musical tribute to their Korean hosts during the visit. 04/04/2014

Conference Thanks Pledging Churches

HARTFORD -- During a live-streamed video webcast today, Connecticut Conference Minister the Rev. Kent J. Siladi thanked the ninety churches who had submitted their annual giving pledge for 2014 by April 1st. "We are grateful for your pledge and for your support of Our Church's Wider Mission," he told the viewing audience before drawing the names of two churches -- First Church of Christ in New Britain and First Church in Winsted -- to receive special thank-you gifts. 04/02/2014

Are You Invited to Silver Lake? You Are! Believe It!

SHARON -- As the last storm's snow melts and evaporates beneath the April sunshine, Silver Lake Conference Center is preparing for this summer's influx of deans, counselors, and excited conferees. Deans have trained and begun their search for counselors. Several summer staff members have begun their work preparing programs and resources. And the creative minds and hands have been at work making flyers, handouts, and videos to catch the eye. 04/01/2014

New England's Mission 4/1 Earth Has Begun

HARTFORD -- New Englanders may justifiably breathe a sigh of relief at the departure of a wintry March, one which snarled roads in Connecticut with a four inch snowfall on its very last day. For UCC members and friends, however, that breath is also a summons to aid the very same planet whose capricious weather may be a sign of climate change -- as April first marks the beginning of this year's Mission 4/1 Earth effort (and that's no April Fool's prank). 04/01/2014

Touchstones with History: Antidisestablishmentarianism

HARTFORD -- Our theme this month is antidisestablishmentarianism. Yes, that long word in English is part of our heritage. 03/26/2014

Legislative Advocate Hits the Ground Running

HARTFORD -- Michele Mudrick, Legislative Advocate for the Connecticut Conference UCC, had two days to prepare for the start of the 2014 Legislative Session of the General Assembly. The session began on February 5th and will adjourn on May 7th. Through dozens of meetings, public hearings, written testimonies, and a recent trip to the nation's capital, she is fully engaged in the justice issues that concern the Conference. 03/26/2014

A Day for Girls and Their Dolls

COVENTRY -- Girls having a tea party with their dolls is nothing unusual. At Second Congregational Church of Coventry, the party went a bit further. On Saturday, over 50 girls gathered with their dolls for an American Girl Garden Party. These young ladies -- and their dolls of course -- ate snacks, made crafts, and even had a picture taken with "real" American Girls. 03/26/2014

Our Whole Lives Comes to Camp at Silver Lake for Second Year

SHARON -- "Am I normal?" "Is this OK?" "Is it OK to do this?" "What does this mean about me as a spiritual person, and what does God think about these kinds of things?" Gabrielle Joffe and Missy Sturtevant, co-deans of "My So-Called Life" for young people in grades seven through nine, can look forward to these questions and more from their conferees this summer. Their conference is all about the questions and conversations that arise around friendships, dating, personal identity, and power: and creating a safe place to talk about them. 03/25/2014

Giv2 Cooks Up Meals from East to West

WINSTED and WOODSTOCK -- From East to West, Giv2 youth and adults were cooking up meals on Sunday, March 9. In Litchfield County, Giv2 Northwest gathered in Winsted to cook for a local soup kitchen, while in the "quiet corner" of Windham County, Giv2 Northeast members prepared meals for local families in crisis and a Worcester-area program that supports families confronting childhood cancer. 03/18/2014

Silver Lake Deans Prepare for Summer 2014

SHARON -- More than fifty summer camp deans and chaplains gathered at Silver Lake Conference Center on Friday and Saturday for Deans Retreat to prepare for the 2014 Summer Camp Season. Through worship, workshops and planning time, the volunteers turned their thoughts toward creating a week-long camp experience for youth that is safe, fun, and unique. 03/17/2014

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