Third Annual Meeting Coverage

For the third time, due to the pandemic, the Conference Annual Meeting was held online June 18th. The meeting, attended by almost 400 people, opened and closed with worship, and in between included a keynote address by the Rev. Patrick Duggan, speakouts, reports from the Treasurer and from the President, and updates from staff.  (Pictured: Moderator Persephone Hall)

Find all the videos, reports and materials in one place 


Annual Meeting Speakers Encourage Churches to Embrace Who They Are Today

The Third Annual Meeting of the Southern New England Conference focused on how the churches of the Conference might build on the foundation of their forebears by embracing who they are in these new times, finding relevance in their communities in ways that are transforming and transformative.

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Annual Meeting Video Showcase

Go to this Vimeo showcase for downloadable captioned recordings from the meeting, including the keynote and sermons and all the recorded segments of worship. Churches may download any of the worship elements for their own use, but music must be streamed under the congregation's own license.

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Drew Page Stepping Down From Staff

Drew Page, who has served the Southern New England Conference and the historic Connecticut Conference staff for more than 12 years, is stepping down on Friday, June 24, due to health issues.

Drew was diagnosed with cancer in 2020, and for the past 2.5 years has undergone various treatments and surgeries, but the disease persists.

“I’m grateful for the 12 ½ years working for the UCC in Connecticut and in the Southern New England Conference,” Page said. “My work as Media and Data Manager gave me an outlet to be creative, solve technical problems, and to assist incredible people with a passion for making the world a better place. Now it’s time for me to focus all my energy on my family and my health.”

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Building a Legacy: Completing Ministries Faithfully and Well

Charlie Kuchenbrod, Minister of Legacy and Threshold Churches, writes: 

A church that completes its ministry well, a church that completes its ministry faithfully, does not fail.  Indeed, a church that completes its ministry faithfully and well becomes a participant in the resurrected Body of Christ.

What does it mean to complete a ministry faithfully and well? 

  • It means extending compassion to members as they grieve the completion of the ministry and embark on a new stage of their faith journey.
  • It means extending compassion to your pastor – pastors are members, too – and any other staff.  This includes unpaid staff – volunteers in key roles.
  • It means redeploying the assets of the congregation, including property and buildings, furnishings and possessions, and financial assets, in ways that will continue to serve God and the world.

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Video: God Talks with Rev. Goodwin Featuring Debby Kirk

In his latest God Talks video interview, Executive Conference Minister the Rev. Darrell Goodwin sat down with Debby Kirk,
SNEUCC Faith Formation Team Leader.

Watch 29 Min View



Upcoming Events

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.

Cross-Pollination Gathering: Environmental Ministries
July 18, 6:30 PM

A new series of gatherings, to be held on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 PM, where local church leaders involved in environmental ministries can exchange ideas.

Clergy Boundary Awareness Training: Clergy Health and Wellness
July 26, 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Framed through the lens of clergy health and wellness, join in for a not-so-typical clergy boundary training.

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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