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ConferenceCast 189: 12/22/2014: Video Edition

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VIDEO: Vantage Point #8 -- Christmas Blessings

HARTFORD -- In a new edition of Vantage Point released last night on the Connecticut Conference's YouTube channel, staff members join Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi in offering their greetings and blessings to members and friends across the state and the world. "So as we prepare for the coming of Christ anew into our hearts," Rev. Siladi said, "I bring greetings on behalf of my family and our Conference staff that you might experience God's deepest love expressed in the Christ child. Merry Christmas to you and to yours." 12/19/2014

A Christmas Greeting from the United Church of Christ

CLEVELAND -- The United Church of Christ offers Christmas blessings in a brief video available via the denomination's YouTube channel. In just under two minutes, the video shows UCC members and partners engaged in significant ministries of peace, justice, food, shelter, medical care, engagement, relationship, compassion, love, and inspiration. "The light shines in the darkness..." (John 1:5) 12/16/2014

Join Youth at General Synod!

HARTFORD -- The United Church of Christ General Synod will take place in Cleveland June 24-30, 2015, and the Connecticut Conference is sponsoring a trip for Youth at Synod. This program runs parallel to Synod and lets young people between the ages of 13 and 18 experience the vibrant diversity of the wider church. "This trip is perfect for youth who are leaders in your congregation, such as Giv2 participants or those who are Thinking About Working for God," said Debby Kirk, a member of the Conference's Youth and Young Adult Ministry Team. "I hope you will identify a candidate and share this exciting information today." 12/11/2014

Touchstones with History: The Hartford Convention

HARTFORD -- "Connecticut Secedes from the United States!" Sound far-fetched? But that was a possibility in 1814. During the War of 1812, delegates from the five New England states gathered in Hartford to discuss their grievances and seek redress. 12/10/2014

An Open Letter to the United Church of Christ

SAVANNAH, GA -- As leaders of the United Church of Christ, we gathered in Savannah, Georgia, to envision Authorizing Ministry for the Twenty-First Century. We were 140 women and men serving the church as associate conference ministers, conference ministers, national partners, national staff, and elected national officers. As we gathered in the midst of the Advent Season, our hearts were broken as we heard the news of the miscarriage of justice. We lament when those entrusted to protect us are shielded from accountability. 12/09/2014

Fellowship at the Table: Moravian Love Feast

WILLIMANTIC -- "We'll eat with anyone." These were the words of welcome from the Rev. Richard Haverly, senior pastor of the First Congregational Church of Willimantic on Sunday evening at the church's Moravian Love Feast. Calling on an ancient tradition, over 100 people gathered in Willimantic to pray, sings, and eat together. 12/08/2014

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HARTFORD -- Help us cultivate and strengthen leadership in our churches. Join us in finding ways to increase vital ministries of word and deed in our communities, our state, our nation and in our world. Become a Friend of the Conference: Your gift will make a difference! Every gift counts! 12/08/2014

VIDEO: Making Connections to Foster Faith

WEST HARTFORD -- They took the classic plastic building blocks in their hands, and felt the smooth sides, the small raised cylinders on top, and the circular holes underneath which would lock them together. Members of the Connecticut Association of United Church Educators joined together on November 15th for their annual gathering of learning and renewal, seeking new ways to make connections with new generations and with all God's people. 12/03/2014

VIDEO: CTUCC's Rev. McCallister Describes the Hope and the Ministry in Ferguson

HARTFORD -- In a live streamed conversation with Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi, the Rev. Da Vita McCallister affirmed the hope and the commitment she experienced in a visit to Ferguson, Missouri, this past week. She heard the cries, "Black Lives Matter," and joined in a chant that affirmed the just society envisioned by a suffering community. 12/01/2014

CTUCC Churches Open for Conversation, Inspiration, and Prayer after Ferguson Grand Jury

HARTFORD -- In company with houses of worship around the nation, many of Connecticut's United Church of Christ congregations hosted special gatherings in the wake of a Saint Louis County grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who fatally shot an unarmed eighteen year old African-American in August. Voices were raised in protest and in prayer, summoning those present to commit themselves to a new, more just America. 11/26/2014

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