Annual Meeting 2016 Told Revival Lies In Justice Work

6/14/2016

Attendees to the 149th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Conference June 10 ? 11 were called upon to revitalize their churches by working for justice.


Annual Meeting Speaks Out On Restrooms, Minimum Wage, Greenhouse Gases

6/14/2016

Delegates to the 149th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Conference called on churches to provide gender neutral restrooms, support a $15 an hour minimum wage and take action to reduce greenhouse gases. They also voted to increase the per capita rate paid by churches to the Conference setting from $8 to $10 in 2017.


Conference Sends Teams to Orlando to Offer Support, Witness

6/14/2016

The Connecticut Conference is sending two teams of first responders to Orlando, Florida, to offer care, support and public witness following the mass shooting that left 50 people dead and 53 wounded, most of them part of the gay Latino/a community.


SLCC Gets New Website

6/1/2016

The Silver Lake Conference Center has a brand new website at silverlakect.org.


Transforming Minds: 3rd Annual EJ4All Retreat

5/31/2016

On Friday, May 20th, eleven youth and three counselors joined me for the 3rd Annual Environmental Justice For All! Retreat at Silver Lake Conference Center. A signature program of the UCC Northeast Environmental Justice Center, this EJ4A! Retreat delivered another extraordinary weekend of learning, building faithful and justice-minded community, ...


Black Lives Matter Banner Defaced at SLCC

5/25/2016

Conference leaders are calling for a renewed focus on combatting racism following an incident at the Silver Lake Conference Center, where a Black Lives Matter banner was intentionally defaced by an individual attending a weekend retreat.


Three CTUCC Churches Protect Shoreline

5/11/2016

On a sunny April afternoon, Hammonasset State Park was bustling with activity. Folks dusted off their beach chairs and sat with faces turned toward the sun, children rode bikes along sandy paths, and couples strolled along the shoreline. Kids with fishing poles scampered out on the jetty and a group of teens played touch football.


Touchstones With History: Native Americans

5/3/2016

The theme of our Historians Workshop this year is the Native Americans and the Congregationalists. Where does this story all begin? We all know that the Dutch bought Manhattan for $24 in 1626. They also bought land from the natives in what is now known as Hartford in the early 1630s- what is known as Dutch Point. By the early 1630s it is estimated ...


UCC Head Praises Merger Talks

5/3/2016

At the Rhode Island Conference Annual Meeting April 30, United Church of Christ General Minister and President The Rev. John Dorhauer praised the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences for undertaking a discernment process to consider cooperating more fully in ministry or merging.


A Meeting of Harts and Hearts

4/29/2016

Pastor Janine Baryza-Ly of First Church in Hartland, Congregational and Jana Russo-Priestley, Director of Faith Formation for First Church of Christ in Hartford had a chance encounter at the UCC General Synod last summer. As they browsed the Our Whole Lives display at the Cleveland Convention Center and engaged in casual conversation, they parted ...


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