Conference Leaders Join In Episcopal Statement On Current U.S. Political Climate

3/17/2016

Jim Antal, Barbara Libby and Kent Siladi, the Conference Ministers from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, respectively, sent out the following message to churches, clergy and lay leaders across the three Conferences today:   Grace and peace to you as we approach Holy Week.  Over the decades, this time has been for each of us an ...


Super Saturday Raises Burning Question

3/16/2016

Is this a burning bush moment for the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island conferences? This was the question posed by Connecticut Conference Minister The Rev. Kent Siladi at Super Saturday, during a lunchtime fireside chat where leaders of the three conferences discussed the possibility of a merger.


2016 Summer Deans Plan and Prepare

3/8/2016

God is bigger than any ministry you can do here." This was the reminder from Silver Lake's new Executive Director the Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer as he addressed the deans of the 2016 Silver Lake Summer Conferences on March 4 5.


Conference Renews Call Against Expanded Casino Gambling

3/8/2016

In a message to United Church of Christ leadership around the state today, Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi reasserted the long-standing position of the Conference against casino gambling. With the possibility that the General Assembly may consider a concrete proposal to authorize a commercial casino, says Legislative Advocate Michele ...


UCC General Counsel Issues Guidelines For Church Political Activities

3/3/2016

The UCC's General Counsel is reminding churches that they can endanger their tax exempt status by engaging in "political campaign interventions."


VIDEO: Vantage Point - Welcome, Ryan Gackenheimer!

2/29/2016

The Connecticut Conference released a new edition of the Vantage Point video series today, celebrating the arrival of the Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer as Executive Director of Silver Lake Conference Center. Rev. Gackenheimer spoke with Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi just a couple of weeks of beginning his ministry at the Conference's outdoor ...


Farewell Service for Anderson

2/24/2016

Colleagues, friends, and family of the Rev. Eric Anderson gathered at First Church of Christ UCC in Glastonbury on Sunday to celebrate Anderson's 17 years of service to the Connecticut Conference UCC. The Farewell Service included singing, scriptures, and, appropriately, a great deal of storytelling and humor.


Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut Churches Invited to Participate in Discernment

2/23/2016

The Conference Ministers and Board of Directors leaders of the three UCC Conferences of Southern New England invited the saints of the three states to contribute their ideas and insights about a future of mutual ministry. They provided an online survey, but more importantly, called for conversations in local church Councils and youth groups, in ...


VIDEO: Vantage Point - Casinos in Connecticut

2/22/2016

In a new edition of Vantage Point released today, Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi welcomed former Congressman Robert Steele for a discussion of casino expansion. The costs of casino gambling, said Steele, exceed the economic benefit by as much as three times. Debt, addiction, broken families, crime, and other attendant social costs ...


Southern New England Conferences Call ACM for Communications

2/16/2016

The Conference Ministers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island today announced the appointment of Tiffany Vail as the new Associate Conference Minister for Communications, serving all three of the UCC conferences of Southern New England.


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