by Michael Ciba
In the 12 years I have been a Connecticut Conference Regional Minister, in the weeks before Conference Annual Meetings, my message has always been: “you really, really, really, should attend this year’s annual meeting and you really, really, really should encourage delegates from your church to attend.” Even if this June’s meeting was just another annual meeting, I would be urging you to attend, and not just because it’s my job. Annual meetings are where we celebrate and renew our covenant with God, with our fellow churches. Annual meetings are where important issues in the life of the church are discussed and sometimes decided. Annual meetings are where we recognize that we are all in it together for the sake of God’s mission in the world today. Why would you want to be anywhere else?
But the 2017 Tri-Conference Annual Meeting on June 16 & 17 is so much more than another Annual Meeting! You really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really need to be there.
For the first time, delegates and authorized ministers from churches in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut will gather together in one place to discern whether God is calling us to establish a closer relationship with one another in order better love God and our neighbors. Great worship and preaching will inspire us, as will the community we will establish by being together. We will have the opportunity to listen, to learn, to speak and to share our perspectives on this proposed vision. We will discern and decide together how we will move forward.
This is a “once-in-three generations” opportunity to discern how God is calling us to be the church in our time. Why would you want to be anywhere else?
See you in Hartford, June 16 & 17.
Read more about the Tri-Conference Annual Meeting June 16 - 17, 2017
Read more about the proposal for the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences to join together in forming a new conference.
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