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Farmington First Hosts Halloween Against Hunger

FARMINGTON -- On Halloween night, the youth of First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652 UCC in Farmington will play host to ghouls and ghosts in the annual Halloween Against Hunger Haunted Meeting House, which collects donations for the Farmington Food Pantry. This year's theme is "Slightly Creepy Characters of the Bible." 10/29/2014

VIDEO -- Mary Luti: "Go to Bible Study; the World Could Change"

CHESHIRE -- The Rev. Dr. J. Mary Luti thanked the assembled ministers and delegates of the Connecticut Conference for their songs of faith during her closing reflection at the 147th Annual Meeting. "All singing is done against the odds. It's always an act of faith," she told them, and urged them to continue. "Sing until the day when the only sound that's heard in the whole universe will be the sound of the alleluia of God's mercy and God's justice. So sing your hearts out!" 10/27/2014

VIDEO: "This is Miraculous" -- Gathering is an Extraordinary Thing

CHESHIRE -- Addressing the Connecticut Conference's ministers and delegates as Friday evening closed during the CTUCC Annual Meeting, the Rev. Dr. J. Mary Luti brought her signature humor and insight to the task of Theological Reflector. She urged them not to take the fact of meeting for granted. Raised in a tradition which does not vest governing power in the people, she told the assembly, "this is miraculous" -- and to her, it never gets old. 10/27/2014

VIDEO: There is a Better Way

CHESHIRE -- "Friends, I believe there is a better way," announced Conference Preacher the Rev. Stephen Camp as he took the pulpit at closing worship at the Conference's Annual Meeting. Recalling the Apostle Paul's image of the Church as the Body of Christ, he declared, "Our part -- the collective we -- whether permanent or behind the scenes is valued and loved, and a treasured part of the body itself." 10/27/2014

VIDEO: New Hampshire Streams Historic Gathering of UCC Leaders

CONCORD, NH -- A week after Connecticut Conference clergy and delegates stood to applaud a vision of interdependence and shared ministry, the New Hampshire Conference UCC held a panel discussion on collaborative mission with a first-time assembly of United Church of Christ leaders. General Minister and President the Rev. Geoffrey Black joined in conversation with all six of New England's Conference Ministers as they responded to prepared questions from the assembly. 10/27/2014

In Memoriam: the Rev. Dr. E. Lamar Kincaid

SAVANNAH, GA -- The Rev. Dr. E. Lamar Kincaid, former pastor of the United Congregational Church UCC of Norwich and the First Congregational Church UCC in Stratford, died on September 16, 2014, at Hospice House in Savannah, Georgia. He was 90. 10/27/2014

VIDEO - Annual Meeting 2014 Highlights

CHESHIRE -- Resolutions and worship. A new vision and unpacking our bags. The 2014 Annual Meeting centered on the interdependent ministry which Conference Minister the Rev. Kent J. Siladi hopes will shape the work of the Conference and its congregations over the next few years. The fact that UCC members come together to worship, renew, and decide, is a significant reality, said Theological Reflector the Rev. Dr. J. Mary Luti. "This is miraculous," she told the assembly at Cheshire High School. 10/24/2014

VIDEO - Our Conference Vision: Can't Make It Without You

CHESHIRE -- In this complete video of his address, Conference Minister the Rev. Kent J. Siladi presents a vision of interdependence, collaboration, growth, and common mission to ministers and delegates of the Connecticut Conference, United Church of Christ, during the Annual Meeting on October 18, 2014. "So I would invite us to journey together. I would invite us to be bearers of the fruits of community, compassion, love, and justice. We can't make it without each other." 10/24/2014

Annual Meeting 2014 - We Need to Practice a Pronoun Shift from I to We

CHESHIRE -- Conference Minister the Rev. Kent J. Siladi had promised to share a guiding vision for the Connecticut Conference since shortly after his ministry began in June 2013. At the 147th Annual Meeting on October 18th, he summoned the Conference's leaders -- lay, ordained, and staff -- to a renewed commitment to ministries of covenant, ministries that recognize and celebrate that all God's creation lives in interdependence. "What would it look like," he asked, "if we agreed as the Connecticut Conference that the Spirit of God is calling us in these days to... Believe we need to practice a 'pronoun' shift: from 'Me, myself and I' to 'We, ourselves and us'?" 10/22/2014

Conference Resolutions Seek to End Injustices Locally and Overseas

CHESHIRE -- Delegates to the 147th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Conference UCC considered and approved two resolutions on current issues on Friday evening, October 17th. The first calls for new steps toward ending the occupation of Palestinian territories by the state of Israel, including divestment from companies who profit from that occupation. The second urges revision of Federal and state laws, particularly around drug possession and sales, which have filled America's prisons with non-violent offenders. 10/22/2014

Telling the Climate Story

WEST HARTFORD -- Those who gathered for the Second Climate Stewardship Summit on October 12th may have been forgiven for having certain expectations. Ecological justice conferences tend to feature a keynote speaker or two, plus an assortment of workshops. Instead, those assembled at Congregation Beth Israel found themselves embraced by the creative arts, including drama, music, dance, filmmaking, and photography. 10/14/2014

Harmonies for Racial Harmony: the Connecticut Conference Choir Sings to End Racism

NORWALK -- Even as marchers took to the streets in and around Ferguson, Missouri, singers from around Connecticut Conference churches raised their voices to help bring American racism to an end. As protestors participated in Hands Up Sabbath demonstrations, said co-convener Anne Hughes, "We will have an Open Up of hearts and minds as we sing." 10/13/2014

Tolland Takes the SNAP Challenge

TOLLAND -- One hundred people took the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Challenge at the United Congregational Church UCC of Tolland in recognition of Foodshare's Hunger Action Month. Participants pledge to spend only $4.15 a day on food and drink without relying on gifts from friends and family -- and to eat as healthily as possible. 10/06/2014

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