A Note from your Area Conference Minister

Beloved, I extend to you Paul’s blessing to the Jesus followers in Rome:                           

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” -Romans 15.13

 Wishing you abundant moments of respite, rejuvenation, and recess these sunny summer months.  I pray that you are so drenched in joy and hope that they come pouring out of you and into the atmosphere.  



Rev. Isaac Lawson (he/him) 
Area Conference Minister, South Central Region   

Regional News and Association Events

What are you up to? Does your Church or Association have events or news that can benefit from being shared - Meetings, Ecclesiastical Councils, Ordinations, etc?  This newsletter space is just waiting to be populated by your activity!  Please send your events and news Roz Hooks to be included in future bi-monthly publications.   The South Central Region of the Southern New England Conference is comprised of:

  • Central CT Association
  • Farmington Valley Association
  • Hartford Association
  • Hartford East Association
  • Middlesex Association
  • New London Association
  • Tolland Association


Andrew (Drew) Scott Page

10/25/69 - 7/27/22


In Loving Memory

'His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master!’ Matthew 25:23


Executive Minister for Strategic Operations Transitioning from Conference

The Rev. Dr. Audrey Price, who has served as the first Executive Minister for Strategic Operations of the Southern New England Conference for the past 18 months, is leaving the staff to accept a new position at a global nonprofit.



Why should I consider a confirmation retreat for my group?

Programs are facilitated by a team of trained leaders with extensive youth ministry experience. You and your chaperones can focus on relationship building with your group.
  • Content helps your youth to explore discipleship and see themselves as part of the larger body of Christ. Curriculum includes options for art, music, and drama activities
  • Retreats are a great opportunity for your group to bond with each other and to make connections with youth from other congregations; perfect for congregations with small classes!
  • Youth can experience God in creation at one of three beautiful outdoor settings, including the SNEUCC Outdoor ministry site at Silver Lake, an environmental learning center.
  • Teens will learn more about the wider church and elements of UCC identity.
  • Each site follows Covid policies to insure health and safety of all participants.
  • Space is limited click the title above for more information.

A New Heaven & New Earth Conference

The WSCF-US Student Leadership Team calls Christian students, young adults, chaplains, and ecumenical leaders to join together across campuses, denominations and national boundaries for a time of worship, prayer, Bible study, social analysis, conversation, and strategic planning to reckon with the moral injustices of our time, including poverty, white supremacy, empire, and ecological devastation; to build community for the journey together toward healing; and to reimagine a new world, a new heaven and earth, and explore our role in bringing about that vision.

 Finding HOPE in the everyday living

 Rev. Dr. Cheryl Caronna from Canterbury will be leading us in a day-long retreat at the Edward's House in Framingham, MA.  This will be a great opportunity to "escape" for a day with other Christian women and learn some ways to navigate in this crazy world.


SNEUCC Leaders: Overturn of Roe v. Wade 'Unjust and Dehumanizing '




 Becoming a WISE conference




Queer Pastoral Residency

The Southern New England Conference and First Church Somerville (MA) begin accepting applications today for the new Queer Pastoral Residency, a pilot initiative that will provide a “first call” opportunity for an LGBTQIA+ (queer) ordination candidate.


Information about Gun Violence from the Insurance Board, Church Mutual Insurance and Brotherhood Mutual



National UCC MID Event Rescheduled:

With gratitude for patience and understanding during a time of illness, we are pleased to share that the Member in Discernment Digital Gathering has been rescheduled to August 26-28. Registration for the rescheduled event is now open. “Our Journey: Shameless Audacity” is a time for MIDs to connect with one another, meet the MESA team and other national leaders, and to grow in their knowledge of ministry in and on behalf of the United Church of Christ. There is no cost to attend, and this event is open to any MID who has not previously attended a national MID gathering.

UCC Clergywomen Leadership Event:

The UCC Clergywomen’s Leadership Event has been postponed at least twice during the pandemic, and we are excited to be offering the event this September 27-29 in Decatur, GA. “For Such a Time: To Confront, Connect, and Create at the Intersection of Race and Gender” is open to authorized clergywomen* in the United Church of Christ.  Registration is now open for the in-person and online gathering. (* This invitation is expansive to include all cis and trans women as well as non-binary people comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women.)


Allowing Others to Use Church Property:  What Churches Need to Know

This year we have received a number of questions about third party use of property—both leasing and one-time or short-term use by individuals and groups.  Earlier in the year I posted Leasing Church Property to a Tenant:  What Churches Need to Know.  Today I have posted Allowing Third Parties to Use Church Property:  What Churches Need to Know.  The first covers leasing and the second covers facilities use.  These should answer some of the basic questions that are filtering up from Local Churches.
Additionally, I’ve recently posted articles on using photos of others in church media, and how to be political but not partisan.  I hope you find these helpful.

Conference Launches Justice Leadership Program

If you feel called to work for justice or are eager to integrate faith and justice work into your life in meaningful and transformative ways, apply now for the Southern New England cohort of the Jubilee programwhich will launch this fall.

Read more about this program here.

Are you called to learn more or take action around Environmental Justice Issues? Visit the SNEUCC's Environmental Ministries web page for ideas and resources.

Green Congregation Challenge

The Green Congregation Challenge is a step-by-step approach that helps churches take small, but consequential, steps towards protecting God’s Creation Learn more about the Green Congregation Challenge.
This month, we celebrate the efforts of the following congregations - and particularly note the first congregations to reach Level 4! Read more about recently-celebrated congregations here.

  • Trinitarian Congregational Church, Concord, MA - completed Level 1
  • Church of Christ Congregational UCC, Norfolk, CT- completed Level 2
  • South Church, Andover, MA - completed Level 4
  • Old South Church in Boston, MA - completed Level 4
  • First Congregational Church, Southington, CT - pledged to begin work on Level 1

A Word about Proportional Giving

You’ve probably heard me say before that what binds us together as a denomination is covenant, not creed or practice or structure but sacred relationship and commitment. I give thanks to God for the strength of our covenantal bonds and partnerships. Every conversation or meeting I have with individual churches or pastors is buttressed by our covenantal bonds and indeed would not be possible without them.
Proportional Giving is one of the key ways we express that covenant. Each church recently received a letter about PR from the Rev. David Cleaver-Bartholomew, Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations. I want to personally thank you for your covenantal commitment to the work of the wider church through PG; it is essential to all the transformative things the conference is able to do. I hope you will make time to prayerfully consider how your church can be in covenant by contributing to Proportional Giving. 



Lunch & Learn for Leaders (2022-2023)


  • Small Church Roundtable Group (REGISTER)
  • Time Capsule Teaser:  A Conversation with Pastor Chris Solimene - Reflecting on the Pandemic (READ MORE HERE)

Save the Date: 2022 Justice Summit

Saturday, September 24, 2022

9AM to 4:30PM - First Church of Christ Congregational - Glastonbury, CT

Register by July 3 for Early-Bird Pricing!

The 2022 Justice Summit is a one-day event hosted by the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ to inform, engage, and offer opportunities for connection among people interested in issues of social justice. This year's Justice Summit will focus on racial justice. Click this link for more information.


Quarterly Racial Justice Training  OPEN TO ALL

The Racial Justice 101 workshop is designed as an overview session, grounded in the articulations of Christian faith and the belief that faithfulness to God mandates that we all work to bring forth justice for all of God’s people. It offers an introduction to racial formation; invites participants to consider the role of our country’s founding documents in constructing and framing U.S. racial realities; explores contemporary issues of racism; and introduces shared language for discussions of white supremacy. Throughout the workshop, participants are urged to use the lens of their faith and current ministry settings as they think about what they are learning. 



Discipleship Opportunities

Faith Formation Leadership Program

The Faith Formation Leadership Program is taking its summer break, but will return in October 2022 with a new slate of exciting educational opportunities. Keep an eye on this space (and FFLP's website) in early June for information on how to register.

Interested in learning more about the 2022-2023 FFLP program year?
Click here!

- Updated!- 

Several of the Faith Formation team's resource pages/lists have been updated with new and current material. These updated resources include Safe Conduct and Church SafetyTalking with Children and Teens about Tough Issues (including the war in Ukraine), and Vacation Bible School.

God's World in Community: a new resources from PA's GenOn Ministries that emphasizes intergenerational gathering and activities based on the Book of Acts. Fully available online!

ReNew: The Green VBS: A product of Spark House, this 5-day curriculum based around Christ's Parable of the Sower. Intended for younger VBS-goers (pre-K through sixth grade).

Under Your WingParents, grandparents, and caregivers of younger children: are you looking for a way to talk about bodily safety and physical development with your 5-7-year olds? If so, check out this video series from the UCC/UUA's Our Whole Lives (OWL) program. Afterward, you're welcome to explore the OWL K-1 Books and Media Recommendations for additional resources.

Look for more helpful materials and curated links under Make Disciples on

Outdoor Ministries

The Southern New England Conference engages in Outdoor & Retreat Ministry with the following sites:

Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Center, Framingham, MA
Edwards House offers fully-equipped meeting space for working gatherings both large and small as well as a warm, intimate setting for small overnight retreats.

Irons Homestead, Glocester, RI
Nestled in the northwest corner of Rhode Island and where you can still see the stars at night.

Pilgrim Day Camp, Framingham, MA
This is a traditional summer day camp with over 50 years of experience in providing children safe, summer fun. 

Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon, CT
Share the ministry of Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center with your community!  To help you get the word out about Silver Lake’s exciting programs, visit for a collection of materials and resources.  Read more about the exciting things happening and coming up at Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center.

- Save the Date for the 2022 Silver Lake Golf Tournament -


Celebrations, Transitions and Obituaries

Here we recognize and celebrate Ordination Anniversaries listed from 5 years forward in increments of 5 years, as well as milestone church anniversaries.

2022 Milestone Church Anniversaries

325 Years
First Church of Christ, Simsbury
300 Years
Church of Christ Congregational, Newington
United Congregational Church of Tolland

275 Years
First Congregational Church of Bristol
Congregational Church of Marlborough

South Congregational Church of Middletown
150 Years
South Congregational Church of Granby
(Please contact Roz Hooks if we have missed your anniversary 
or if you have a specific date to share.)

Transitions within the Southern New England Conference can be found here.

Obituaries within the Southern New England Conference can be found here.


A full list of classified postings can be found here on the SNE website.  Some examples include: Church Administrator, Digital Minister, Organist/Choir Director, Director of Faith Formation as well as items for sale or free.  Visit our classifieds web page for details of each listing.   Church administrators are welcome to use the online template to submit information.

Temporary Ministerial Coverage/Pulpit Supply

Please send an to email Roz Hooks at for an updated copy of the regional pulpit supply/temporary minister list. 

If you are interested in being included on the South Central Region temporary ministerial coverage/pulpit supply/temporary list please contact be in touch with Jill Ford via email: for further details.

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