A Note from your Area Conference Minister

May 15, 2021

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,

As Pentecost approaches may the power of the Spirit help us to hear and proclaim the Good News so everyone can understand.  Come, Holy Spirit!

Michael Ciba

The Rev. Dr. Michael Ciba  [he/him/his]
Area Conference Minister and Team Leader

Conference Events and Resources


Pentecost Worship Service

The Spirit is always moving among us! On Pentecost, we celebrate that and attune ourselves to its presence. The conference is providing a complete Virtual Pentecost Service that you can use in part or whole. All segments are NOW AVAILABLE for download here.


Boundary Awareness Training 1.0 Foundations

June 3, June 10 and June 17. Suited to pastors who need to complete Boundary Awareness Training 1.0/Foundations.   The training will be completed in three sessions.  All sessions are required as is some pre-session work.  Participants seeking to meet COM requirements* for Boundary Awareness Training must complete both pre-work assignments and participate in all three Zoom meetings.  Click here for event details and for a registration link.

A minimum of 10 participants are needed to hold this training event.  Please spread the word.


Coronavirus Resourse Update:

Silver Lake Sunday Worship Videos Available

The Silver Lake Conference Center has made a complete virtual worship service available for churches that they may use - in whole or in parts - to celebrate their church's participation in outdoor ministry. Click here for more information.

Rev. James D. Ross II, Minister for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Would you like for Rev. James D. Ross II to join your congregation for a Sunday service? Rev. Ross would be thrilled to join you as a guest preacher or participant in other ways.  To arrange, please contact Karen Methot at or Rev. James Ross at

Together We Thrive Affinity Groups beginning June 2021

New Affinity Groups are forming. 

  • Touched by Jesus:  Playing with Prayer
  • Clergy Women Connections: Learning to balance, juggle and breathe
  • The Rainbow Path: Small Group Experience for LGBTQIA+ Clergy
  • Tending the Holy Fires in One Another: Group Spiritual Direction

Visit the TWT web page for more information.

ECM Announces Conference Offices to Remain Shut Through Labor Day

The Rev. Darrell Goodwin, Executive Conference Minister, has announced that the Conference offices in Framingham, MA and Hartford, CT, will remain closed at least through Labor Day.  Click HERE to read more or view a video message about this announcement.

Looking Ahead


Registration is open for in-person camp at Silver Lake Conference Center this summer!  Scholarships are still available. More information can be found here.

Regional Clergy Conversations with Rev. Dr. Michael Ciba

Southwest Regional Clergy will receive email announcements with zoom links, but please consider adding these clergy conversations to your calendar: 

  • May 19 at 3pm
  • June 1 at 3pm
  • June 16 at 11am
  • June 29 at 3pm
  • July 8 at 3pm
  • August 18 at 11am
  • August 31 at 3pm

UCC General Synod 33 - Rooted in Love

Please consider registering and attending this virtual UCC General Synod, July 11 - 18, 2021.  You don't need to be a delegate - you can register as a guest.  This is a great way to experience the richness of the United Church of Christ from your living room.  Registration is now open.  Visit the UCC General Synod web site to learn more about the rich programs and worship that is planned.

Regional News

Do you have events that you'd like to have highlighted here?  Please send your notices to Jill Ford, Program Support Associate, so that the good news of your ministry can be shared with your regional colleagues.

Hartford Seminary is in the midst of rolling out new degree programs, and a new Executive and Professional Education 'arm' with trainings on diversity education and the workplace.  Visit their website for more information.

The Southwest Region of the Southern New England Conference is comprised of:

  • Fairfield East Association
  • Fairfield West Association
  • Litchfield South Association
  • Naugatuck Valley Association
  • New Haven Association
  • New Haven East Consociation

Find out more about Conference and Association activity:  

Please send your events to Jill Ford, Program Support Associate for the Southwest Region so we can highlight your activities with others in this region.

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