10 Days Left to Register for Justice Summit

In a recent video, Rev. Noah Brewer-Wallin, Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, talked about the panelists who will be a part of the Justice Summit on Oct. 7, sharing their experiences.

"I know sometimes learning about transgender identities and what it means to transition and how to get people's pronouns right can feel very confusing and theoretical," he said. "That's why we'll have a panel of four different trans and nonbinary people to share their stories and to put a face and a name to an issue that can otherwise feel obscure."

The deadline to register for the summit is Sept. 16. It is being held online and in-person at Old South Church in Boston, MA, on Oct. 7.

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Clergy Connection

This quarter's Clergy Connection newsletter includes a message from Executive Minister Rev. Liz Garrigan-Byerly, invitations to a variety of clergy wellness events and orientations, links to important denominational and Conference resources and a list of some inspiring articles. 

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Time to Visit Your Church Dashboard

Tiffany Vail, Director of Media & Communications, writes:

When is the last time you logged into your church's dashboard on the Conference website? 

The Southern New England Conference staff is dedicated to providing information, resources, training and networking opportunities to local church leaders to enhance their abilities to carry out their ministries.  But these resources are only effective if the people who would benefit from them are aware of them. 

You can make sure we are reaching key leaders in your church by having your church’s administrator or someone on the pastoral staff visit the Church Dashboard on our website. 

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UCC Stewardship Materials Aim to Help Churches Change Lives

With fall arriving soon, many United Church of Christ congregations are beginning to roll out stewardship campaigns and begin fundraising to sustain ministries in the coming months. This year’s United Church of Christ materials, with the theme “Because of You, Our Church Changes Lives,” are available for purchase as a digital download.

The materials include eight complete worship services, hymn suggestions, sermon starters from eight different authors; plus additional faith formation sessions for children, youth and adults.

The materials also provide practical tools such as logos, commitment cards, bulletin inserts and letters. Campaign guidance for every step of a year-round or seasonal effort help leaders make the best use of these robust materials for their specific context and size.

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Upcoming Events

Money and Beyond: Practical Ideas for Stewardship in 2023
Sept. 16, 10:00 AM to Noon
  • Online
Grace Pomroy will talk about best practices to incorporate into fall stewardship campaigns, exploring what stewardship is, how to talk about giving with Millennials and Gen Z, how to make "the ask" during your fall stewardship campaign, and what the future of church funding might look like. 

Lunch & Learn: Revising Your Church's Bylaws
Sept. 21, 12:00 to 1:00 PM  • Online

When the timing is right, the purpose is clear, and a plan is in place, revising a set of bylaws can breathe new life into a congregation. 

2023 Grief Retreat at Silver Lake - Taking care of ME while Remembering YOU
Sept. 22 - 24

Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center, Sharon, CT
Whether it has been recent or more than a decade since your loved one died, learning to live again can be a challenging journey.

Partner Events

Mapping Your Leadership Development Journey w/ Sarah Drummond
Three sessions, Sept. 18, 25 and Oct. 2, 12:15 to 1:15 PM
 • Online
This lunch-hour workshop will equip participants with knowledge, models, and peer support that will help them map out a plan for their ongoing leadership development. 

What’s in a Collection: The Creation and Publication of an Inventory List
Sept. 20, 1:00 to 2:00 PM
 • Online
Congregational Library Archivists will walk through how to create an inventory list, what tools can be used to create the inventory, and how to make that inventory accessible for those wishing to view the archive.

Southern New England Women's Connection Fall Retreat
Barrington Congregational UCC, Barrington, RI
Sept. 30, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Fall Rejuvenating and Relaxation Retreat with various activities centered around prayer, fellowship, embracing nature, small healing and wellness groups, plant-based education and communion. 


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