News Briefs

Take Action: Urge Your Governor to Declare Welcome to Refugees


From Church World Service.  On September 26, the White House issued an Executive Order (EO 13888) that could end the resettlement of refugees in 16 states, including Connecticut and Rhode Island.  The EO is already creating chaos and confusion about where refugees can be resettled, and it will lead to family separation for refugee families. ...

Convergence Leadership Project Accepting Applicants


The Center for Progressive Renewal has opened registration for the next cohort of an online leadership development program called the Convergence Leadership Project. Author and national faith leader Brian McLaren is the director of the program, supported by Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis from Middle Collegiate Church in NY, Diana Butler Bass, Bruce ...

Does Your Church Have to Pay Tax on the Parking Lot?


There is a new tax rule that may require churches that own parking lots to pay income taxes, especially if they reserve parking spaces for staff. Frank and Elaine Sommerville of Church Law & Tax explain how churches can determine whether they are subject to the rule in this article: How to Determine Whether or Not You Pay the ‘Parking Lot Tax  

10-Year Marriage Equality Anniversary Approaching


This November 12 will mark the 10th anniversary of the beginning of marriage equality in Connecticut, a cause that was championed by many United Church of Christ clergy and churches at the time. Anne Stanback of Immanuel Congregational Church UCC in Hartford, who was active in the Love Makes a Family movement 10 years ago, has put out a call ...

$250 Matching Grants for CWS Kits Available from UCC Disaster Ministries


From Church World Service Don’t miss this budget and mission stretcher! There are still 60 UCC Disaster Ministries matching grants available to UCC churches and other UCC groups that raise at least $250 in cash and/or in kind to assemble Church World Service Kits and Cleanup Buckets. Members of the denomination can assist hurricane and other ...

People of Faith Asked to Sign Letter Countering Threats Against Colombia Peacemakers


On Sat., July 14, JUSTAPAZ, an organization of the Mennonite Church of Colombia, was included in a list of social leaders, human rights defenders, organizations and journalists threatened with death by an illegal armed group. JUSTAPAZ has more than 26 years’ experience accompanying Christian churches, community organizations and victims of the ...

Applications Being Accepted for Three CTUCC Scholarships


Applications are due July 27 for three Connecticut Conference scholarships. The Cynthia Wheeler CARR scholarship is designed to aid a person of any age intending to further her/his skills in some aspect of sacred music at institutions of higher education. The Historic African American Church Scholarship is for members of the six Historic African ...

BU School of Theology Invites Congregations into Lilly-funded Project


The Boston University School of Theology (BUSTH) is inviting mainline New England Protestant congregations to apply to become part of "Creative Callings," a project being funded with a $1.5 million Lilly Endowment grant. The project is a five-year grant to create and facilitate an innovation hub aimed to generate fresh reflection and creative ...

Sign up for Connecticut Women’s Newsletter


Get information about Connecticut Women of the UCC delivered right to your inbox!  This includes news about upcoming meetings, retreats and special events, such as the New England Women’s Celebration X in Portland Maine in April. To be added to the list, contact Pam DiDio, secretary to the State Board of Connecticut Women at the Conference by ...

Churches Invited to be Livestream Sites


Churches are invited to serve as livestream sites for an upcoming event,  The Courage to Show Up: a conversation with Brené Brown and DeRay McKesson, being held Feb. 1 at The Riverside Church in New York City. While the event won’t be publicly livestreamed or recorded, the church has secured permission for local congregations to serve as “...

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