Touchstones with History: Slavery in Connecticut

12/21/2015

This month marks the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the United States, which ended with the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution on December 6, 1865. Slavery was considered a Southern problem, their "peculiar institution," but it existed in Connecticut for over 200 years, right from early in our beginning.


"We Need Each Other" Theme Drives 2015 Friends of the Conference Appeal

12/7/2015

"As a member of the United Church of Christ, you are part of the church the world needs today," said Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi in making this year's appeal to support the Friends of the Conference campaign. The world needs a church that proclaims a wide welcome to all. The world needs a church bold enough to say, "God is Still ...


Connecticut Conference Calls Ryan Gackenheimer to Silver Lake

11/23/2015

Silver Lake Conference Center's new Executive Director will be the Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer, Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi announced today in a message to leaders around the Conference. "We are convinced that Ryan brings the right combination of gifts, skills, and commitment," he said, "to ensuring that Silver Lake continues to be a ...


Touchstones With History: Communion of Churches

11/20/2015

Our Connecticut Conference has entered into a season of discernment about the possible merger or sharing of ministries with the conferences in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This may seem to be a radical departure from our way of being church, even a threat to independence and autonomy. But that's the way it was in the good old days of the 17th ...


Three Southern New England Conference Boards Call For Year Of Discernment On Federating Or Merging

9/28/2015

The Boards of Directors of the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island Conferences of the United Church of Christ have joined together to consider a future of mutual ministry. In a resolution that hails the benefits Board members from the three conferences met last fall. fits of interdependence, the three boards have all voted to call their ...


In Memoriam: Katherine, Ledell, and Don Mulvaney

9/25/2015

The Silver Lake community and their friends throughout and beyond the Connecticut Conference mourn the passing of three expressive and compassionate souls this month, lives lost due to a horrifying car crash in Yorktown Heights, New York, on August 15, 2015. Don and Ledell Mulvaney co-deaned the God Show conference at Silver Lake Conference Center ...


Silver Lake Joins in Mourning for Ledell and Kat Mulvaney

8/17/2015

On Friday night, the high school age conferees of God Show led worship, rocking Silver Lake Conference Center's social hall with songs of compassion, concern, celebration, and joy. It was to be a triumphant final edition of the long-time conference. Then on Saturday afternoon, a horrifying automobile crash in Yorktown Heights, New York, claimed the...


Meeting High Expectations! Environmental Justice for All

6/5/2015

Thanks to the generous support of the UCC Neighbors in Need offering, the Northeast Center for Environmental Justice at Silver Lake Conference Center hosted the Second Annual Environmental Justice For All! (EJ4A!) Retreat May 29th through 31st. After the great success of last year's inaugural retreat, the Second Annual did not disappoint. Of the ...


Refreshed at Clergy Camp

5/15/2015

The second annual Clergy Camp retreat brought sixteen UCC ministers from around the state to Silver Lake Conference Center for two days of laughter, song, silence, challenges, worship, games, and inspiration. They paddled canoes, played under the rainbow panels of a parachute, scaled tall trees, and reveled in the scents of a Connecticut spring.


Conference Urges Opposition to Casino Expansion in Connecticut

4/8/2015

In a message to church leaders last night, Conference Minister the Rev. Kent J. Siladi and Legislative Advocate Michele Mudrick recommended they reach out to state legislators to oppose licensing for three additional casinos in Connecticut. "We believe that the expansion of casino gambling in Connecticut is the wrong choice for the people of ...


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