Board, Treasurer Reports Posted in Preparation for Annual Meeting

In preparation for the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Southern New England Conference on Saturday, reports by the Conference President and Treasurer are now available online.

In her report, President Rev. Angela Menke Ballou talks about the work that has been done to get the new Conference up and running during the past year. And in his report, Treasurer Calvin Price talks about the Conference's budget deficit, and efforts to address it.

Find the reports here 

Registration for the meeting is now closed. News reports and recordings will be posted next week.




What Word(s) Shall We Use?

Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations The Rev. Dr. David Cleaver-Bartholomew writes:

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….” I was introduced to a new way of referring to what we typically call a budget in a local church, Association, or Conference setting. The person introducing the budget used the phrase mission spending plan and challenged us to do similarly in our own settings.
One reason for encouraging us to make this switch is that words matter. As we all know, words play a crucial role in framing the way we view and think about things. The term budget is a term borrowed primarily, but not exclusively, from the business world. It basically refers to an estimate of income and expenses for a given period. As such, the term budget by itself neither denotes nor connotes any special aspect regarding the income and expenses it sets forth.
In a church, Association, or Conference setting this is both regrettable and does us, its users, a disservice.  Our income and expenses do possess a special nature, namely, they are to serve the specific purpose of fulfilling God’s mission in and to the world, both within and outside of the congregation, Association, or Conference.

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Announcing Environmental Justice Youth Retreats and New Environmental Justice Intern

Rev. Emma Brewer-Wallin, Minister for Environmental and Economic Justice, writes: 

When I talk with local church pastors and lay leaders about their engagement with environmental issues, I often hear about the concerns coming from their youth. The existential threat of climate change is one of many anxiety-inducing burdens young people face.

Nature & Neighbors is an environmental justice retreat for youth, a shared program of the Southern New England Conference justice team, Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center, and Irons Homestead Camp & Retreat. There are four sessions (beginning in October) of this one-day retreat to choose from, and middle and high school groups of any size are welcome to sign up.

And I’m very excited to welcome Lillian Steinmeyer as our Environmental Justice Intern for the coming year, where she will take the lead in developing and facilitating these retreats. 

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UCC Pastoral Letter, Toolkit Urge Church to Speak Out for Trans, Nonbinary People

The Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ is calling on congregations to defend transgender and gender nonbinary individuals as states pass laws and enact administrative policies that limit freedom and attack civil liberties.

"It is urgent that we act now," said Rev. James D. Ross II, SNEUCC Minister for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. "Our prayers are necessary, and I believe our prayers also represent a commitment to act. We must use our voices, our bodies, our money and whatever else we have to insist on justice for our colleagues, friends, family members, and neighbors."


Upcoming Events

Registration Open for Faith Formation Program

Debbie Gline Allen, Minister of Faith Formation, writes: Post-pandemic faith formation ministries require a greater focus on supporting parents/grandparents/caregivers with faith conversations with their children at home, as well as with more ministry in intergenerational settings. This is not only due to the availability of fewer volunteers, but because faith formation in the church has always been substantially more effective with all ages present.

Registration is now open for The SNEUCC Faith Formation Leadership Program classes, which are open to all and provide tools and resources to assist both clergy and lay leaders in shifting to these more effective faith formation models.

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Other Upcoming Events

Lunch & Learn for Leaders: Conflict & Community
June 16, 12:00 to 12:50 PM

This workshop explores how to better “navigate the nonsense” in churches and avoid bad habits that break down communication instead of building it up.

Juneteenth Webinar - #Realtalk for White Folx
June 20, 5:00 PM

Join Revs. Susie Hayward and Dan Smith in conversation about principles and resources that will help white people avoid doing harm to Persons of Color, even and especially those with whom we are working together for racial justice and collective liberation.

Paying Royalties for Singing Negro Spirituals
June 23, 4:00 PM

Learn more about how this works, what has been learned, and suggested principles and practices for congregations seeking to enact a similar initiative.

Re-Imagining Faith Formation: A Holistic Vision and Approach
June 23, 7:00 PM

Come and hear how one church overcame roadblocks, embraced the opportunities presented by the pandemic, and re-imagined a holistic vision for faith formation. 

Clergy Camp
June 29 - July 2
Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center, Sharon, CT

Join fellow clergy for reflection, renewal, and worship in the woods.

2022 Justice Summit
Sept. 24, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
First Church of Christ Congregational, Glastonbury, CT

Register by July 3 for early-bird pricing! 
A one-day gathering focused on devising strategies to confront racial inequity in local congregations and communities, with Rev. Dr. Diane Schmitz and Bishop Yvette Flunder.

Events by our Partners

PRC - How Churches Can Help Alleviate Mental Health Stigmas and Support Those in Need
June 23, 2:00 to 3:00 PM

Swords to Plowshares: Transforming Guns into Garden Tools
June 25, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Gardner Memorial AME Zion Church, Springfield, MA

A demonstration and hands-on participation at forge and anvil, creating gardening tools and jewelry from guns voluntarily turned in.

All events: www.sneucc.org/events

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