Second Tri-Conference Annual Meeting
June 15 - 16, 2018
Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA
“Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”
~ Romans 5:5.
These are indeed times filled with hope as we – the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island Conferences – consider voting to form a new, united conference with the hope of making our region a more just, loving, and compassionate place.
Why, you ask?
Our united covenant: Living the Love and Justice of Jesus.
We declare these values essential to our shared ministry together:
We understand the local church exists to make disciples of Jesus
We strive and commit to making God’s love and justice real
We believe God is calling us to bring new life as agents of change
We encourage the solidifying of current covenantal partnerships and the creation of new ones
Didn’t we already do this?
Last year’s historic first-ever joint meeting of our three conferences got the ball rolling when each conference voted in favor of pursuing the idea of joining together. Conference leaders have been working on the details ever since, and now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty.
At this meeting, delegates of the three conferences will be asked to officially create the new conference by approving a set of new bylaws, establishing a unified Board of Directors, electing officers, and making minor changes to their existing bylaws. They will meet separately but simultaneously to conduct this and other business.
Details about these votes are still being worked out, but they will be publicized well in advance of the meeting and numerous opportunities to discuss them will be scheduled. By registering for the meeting, you will be sure to receive updates in your email inbox.
Help us put a face on Southern New England UCC Ministry by sending us three photographs of your community. These images should give us a window into how you share God's unconditional welcome and live the love and justice of Jesus together. They will be shared at this meeting. Please send pictures to RevHannahWCUC@gmail.com by April 15th. Questions? Please Contact Rev. Hannah C Brown.
Keynote and Worship?
In addition to the business to be conducted at the meeting, there will be dynamic worship and a keynote address by the Rev. Traci Blackmon, the Executive Minister of Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ, and Senior Pastor of Christ The King UCC in Florissant, Missouri. She is a featured voice with many regional, national and international media outlets and a frequent contributor to print publications.
The Rev. Blackmon co-authored the newly-released White Privilege curriculum through the United Church of Christ and has received several awards and recognitions. Initially ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Rev. Blackmon served in various ministry capacities for nine years prior to becoming ordained in the United Church of Christ and installed as the first woman and 18th pastor in the 159-year history of Christ The King United Church of Christ. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Birmingham - Southern College (1985), and a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary (2009).
As pastor, the Rev. Blackmon leads Christ The King in an expanded understanding of church as a sacred launching pad of community engagement and change. This ethos has led to a tripling of both membership and worship attendance over the last seven years.
The Rev. Blackmon currently resides in both St. Louis, MO and Cleveland, OH and is the proud mother of three adult children.
Friday, June 15
2:00 - 3:00 PM: New Delegate Orientation
2:30 - 7:30 PM: Registration Open
2:30 - 10:00 PM: Commons Open
3:30 - 4:45 PM: Hearings
5:00 - 7:00 PM: Dinner on your own
7:15 - 9:00 PM: Welcome, Opening Worship, Keynoter
9:00 - 10:30 PM: Reception to honor Barbara Libby and Jim Antal
Saturday, June 16
Breakfast on your own
7:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Registration Open
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM: Commons Open
8:30 - 10:00 AM: Tri-Conference Plenary Session
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM: Individual Conference Plenary Sessions
12:30 - 2:00 PM: Lunch (Choices: Informal, Networking or MACUCC Recognition)
2:15 - 2:45 PM: Tri-Conference Plenary Session
3:00 - 4:15 PM: Tri-Conference Listening Sessions
4:30 - 5:00 PM: Regathering; Closing Worship
Children’s Programming at Annual Meeting
Once again, the Annual Meeting Committee will offer a program for children ages 4-10. Based upon a Vacation Bible School model, the program will be led by experienced MACUCC Certified Christian Educators and will feature Bible story activities such as games, crafts, music, snacks, and a service project.
Safe Conduct Policies will be followed at all times.
Programming will be offered during hearings, plenary sessions, worship, and breakout meeting times on both Friday and Saturday. Programming will not be offered during meal periods. Parents will be expected to bring their children with them to all meals.
Note Location: Due to space restrictions, the Children’s Program will be held offsite from Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Hotel.
Costs: While child care costs will be subsidized by the overall Annual Meeting budget there will also be a cost to parents as follows: Friday afternoon and evening: $30 per child; Saturday: $30 per child; Full meeting (Friday and Saturday): $60 per child. We regret that we are unable to offer discounts for partial days.
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel
1 Monarch Place, Springfield, MA 01144
(413) 233-9161 – Reference UCC
Hotel is within walking distance (.2 miles) of MassMutual Center
Reserve by May 15, 2018
Hampton Inn West Springfield
1011 Riverdale St.,
West Springfield, MA 01089
(800) 426-7866 – Code: UCC
$145.06 (includes taxes and fees)
No Parking fee
No reservation deadline
Saturday Luncheon Choices
All luncheons will take place at the MassMutual Center. Lunch will be a cold buffet of salads, soup, and
sandwiches. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options will be available as part of the buffet. Please help us to plan by indicating these dietary needs on your registration form.
Our second-annual tri-conference Annual Meeting is the perfect place for UCC ministers and delegates to meet others with similar passions of faith. For lunch on Saturday, all are invited to a networking luncheon. Themed tables will offer unique opportunities to gather informally and share ideas and contacts. Maximize the time you have in the company of hundreds of people of faith and strengthen relationships that will last long after the meeting convenes. Select your table topic when registering. Register soon, space is limited! Youth delegates are encouraged to attend this lunch!
MACUCC Recognition Luncheon
The Recognition Luncheon will honor those in the Massachusetts Conference who have made special
contributions to ministry and mission, including those celebrating 50 years of ordination, Haystack and Green
Church award recipients, those who have completed Christian Education certification, and Our Church’s Wider Mission Recognition recipients. In order to attend, you must select the MACUCC Recognition Luncheon as your lunch option when registering for the meeting.
Informal Community-Building Luncheon
This will be an unstructured time to converse and relax with clergy and delegates from all three conferences,
catching up with old friends or making new ones. Please indicate this preference when you register.