Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones is a series of mini-courses for leaders who shape faith and who want to energize or refresh their ministry. These workshops explore faith formation topics, best practices and creative ideas in the many areas of effective formation for children, youth and adults. Whether you are a pastor, director, superintendent, youth leader or Christian education committee or board member, these workshops are for you!

Come to the table and dine, network and learn!                                Discover exciting practices to deepen discipleship.

Stepping Stones is co-sponsored by The Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ and CAUCE (The CT Association of United Church Educators). This year's limited series will take place at the First Congregational Church in Southington, CT. Those who have participated in previous Stepping Stones workshops have expressed an appreciation for these opportunities to network and for the warm fellowship too!


Join us for two important workshops. One will explore strategies to support the LGBT youth in our communities (see below). Later in March, join SNEUCC Racial Justice Team Leader Ms. Donique McIntosh as we explore strategies for racial justice ministry with children, youth and families.  This 2020 series that will enable leaders to deepen their capacities to "Live the Love and Justice of Jesus"!

Current Course Offering:

Supporting LGBT Youth- Identities, language, and safety. 

Join presenter Ms. Lauren Dube as we work to understand the different spectrums that our gender and sexual identities exist within, and use this as the foundation to define queer terminology. We'll explore different ways to support LGBT kids and youth in various settings of the church.

Ms. Lauren Dube is the Director of Children and Family Ministries at the First Church in West Hartford.

She studied Sociology and Religion at Central Connecticut State University. Here she formed an informal bible study for LGBT Christians to process and heal from strained relationships with religion. At her home church, the First Church in Windsor, Lauren taught Sunday school for 9 years, which shaped her commitment to Faith Formation. Lauren has volunteered at True Colors, and will be presenting at the 2020 True Colors Conference. She proudly identifies as a queer, non-binary Christian and works regularly to create safe spaces in church. 

Program Schedule:

Light Supper begins at 6:00 p.m.
Instruction: (and dialogue) from 6:45 - 8:15 p.m.
Q&A: 8:15-8:30 p.m.

There is a $20.00 fee for each course.
Groups of three or more from any church pay only $55.00
*CAUCE Membership discount - $10.00 off two or more courses.

Questions? Contact Karen E. ZielMinister of Faith Formation and Leadership, 860-761-7104.