Bring New Life as Agents of Change

SNEUCC Leadership Training Events:

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. 


Tech Deacons Roundtable - Morning Meetup
Sept. 19, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
 • Online (Repeats every other Tues.) 
Tech Deacons Roundtable - Evening Meetup
Sept. 26, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
 • Online (Repeats every other Tues.) 
An arena for churches to support one another by sharing ideas, bringing questions, and identifying new trends and opportunities in digital ministry

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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 you 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.

Advent Worship Planning Webinar
Sept. 20, 2:30 to 5:00 PM
 • Online
Music that Makes Community offers their annual webinar offering worship ideas, preaching/planning prompts, and suggested congregational songs and choral music from varied musical traditions.

The Historical Directory of the Christian Denomination and Afro-Christian Churches
Sept. 27, 1:00 to 2:00 PM
  • Online
A Congregational Library virtual discussion with author Richard H. Taylor about this important new resource.

Music That Makes Community Workshop
Sept.30, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Pilgrim United Church of Christ, New Bedford, MA

Singing, learning, and fellowship, with a focus on singing as a practice that can enliven congregational worship and strengthen our commitments to welcome all people.

Practical Resources for Churches Webinars

PRC Webinar - Two Small-Church Worship Strengths: Contact & Conversation
Sept. 19, 2:00 to 3:00 PM
 • Online
Learn to shift worship from observation to collaboration with two powerful practices: worshiping with conversation, and contact. 

PRC Webinar - Two More Small-Church Worship Strengths: Co-Creator Gifts & Widening the Word
Sept. 26, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
 • Online
Learn how to diagnose your local gifts and curate lavish worship with them. In this webinar, you’ll learn to deepen worship with and for your community.

PRC Webinar - Dementia Friendly Congregations
Oct. 3, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM  • Online

We’ll delve into how your congregation can support people with dementia and their caregivers, and create a welcoming environment.

PRC - Making the Best of Our Third Thirty
Oct. 5, 2:00 to 3:00 PM  • Online

The webinar will discuss how we can Pray, Plan and Prepare for our own aging journey so that the last chapters of our lives can be the best possible, both for us and our loved ones. 

United Church of Christ Stewardship Webinars

UCC Webinar: 5 Ways to Make an Impact: Understanding the Hopes of Our Donors to Create Change
Sept. 27, 7:30 PM  • Online
Once a upon a time, donors gave out of a sense of obligation and loyalty. Today, most donors care about the impact they make in the world. We will discuss ways to discuss your congregation's impact on your community.

Form Covenant Partnerships

New to the Conference Clergy Event
Sept. 28, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Center, Framingham, MA

An opportunity for authorized ministers who has moved to SNEUCC in the last 3 years to connect with the Conference staff and with colleagues.

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. 

Make Disciples of Jesus

SNEUCC Faith Formation & Outdoor Ministries Events:

Faith Formation Round Table: Intergenerational Worship
Oct. 5, 11 AM to Noon • Online

We will offer a brief presentation on creating and articulating a theology of inclusion that engages all ages. Then we will share some resources on paperless singing and embodied prayer.  

2023 Our Whole Lives (OWL) Facilitator Training at Edwards House
Oct 6 to 8
Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Center, Framingham, MA

Training for facilitators for Middle and High School Grades, which covers curriculum for two levels; Grades 7-9 and 10-12. 

2023 Fall Weekend Women's Yoga Retreat at Silver Lake
Oct. 13, 6:00 PM to Oct. 15, Noon.
Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center, Sharon, CT

Whether you’re a yoga devotee or a novice, a seasoned singer or shy about your voice, we have a special place for you in our circle!

Engaging Our Sacred Scripture's Story - a Faith Formation Leadership Program Class
Oct. 14, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

An overview of the formation, contents, structure, and flow of the Bible. Led by Rev. Don Remick.

Exploring Curriculum & Digital Resources - a Faith Formation Leadership Program Class
Oct. 21, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM  • Live Online

How to evaluate, select, and adapt curriculum materials based on the appropriateness for the congregation’s needs and mission.

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Young Adults: What Brings Them to Church & Why They Stay
Sept. 26, 7:00 PM
The First Congregational Church of Hatfield, MA

Rev. Shannon Farrand-Bernardin, Student Care Coordinator of Amherst College, will share reflections about what brings young adults to churches, why they continue attending (or don't), and offer suggestions for creating vibrant and welcoming faith communities that are hospitable to teens, college students, and young adults. 

Yale YMI - Handing Down the Faith: Parents, Congregations, and Religious Socialization
Oct. 4, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM  • Online

Author Dr. Amy Adamczyk discusses how parents view the role of congregations and how they feel that their own experiences growing up shaped their perspectives on childrearing and religious socialization.

Make God's Love and Justice Real

SNEUCC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Events:

Changing Justice from the Ground Up
Sept. 18, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM  • Online
A webinar focused on addressing urban violence and its root causes using the principles and values of restorative justice.

LGBTQ+ series 104: Being a Good Ally
Sept. 24, 10:30 AM
Niantic Community Church, Niantic, CT

Led by Rev. Dr. James Ross, SNEUCC Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

100% ONA: Living a Successful ONA Ministry
Oct. 5, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
 • Online
Join ONA Ministry Team co-leader Kathie Carpenter for the first Justice Lunch & Learn program.

Transformation: A Live Storytelling Event
Oct. 6, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Democracy Brewing Company, Boston, MA

The night before the SNEUCC’s 2023 Justice Summit, which centers Trans and Nonbinary belonging in the church, we gather to hear stories of transformation.

2023 Justice Summit: Trans and Nonbinary Belonging in the Church
Oct. 7, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Old South Church, Boston, MA and Online

This full-day event will include worship and preaching, workshops, relationship-building and connection.

Ongoing Gatherings:

Cross-Pollination Gathering: Environmental Ministries
Sept. 18, 6:30 PM • Online (Monthly on the third Monday)

Sept. focus: How do we connect our environmental efforts with other social justice commitments?

Racial Justice Cross-Pollination Gathering
Sept. 25, 6:30 PM  • Online (Monthly on the fourth Monday)

Sept. focus: How do we bring new people into our church's racial justice work?

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LGBT Asylum Task Force Gala
Sept. 30, 5:30 to 10:30 PM
DCU Center, Worcester, MA

Fundraiser for support of LGBTQ people escaping the 67 countries where being gay is grounds for imprisonment, beatings, discrimination, and worse.

Andover Newton Seminary's 2023 Simpson-Hewett Lecture
Oct. 11, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Spring Glen United Church of Christ, Hamen, CT and online

The Rev. Dr. Yvonne V. Delk will be presenting on her new edited volume: Afro-Christian Convention | The Fifth Stream of the United Church of Christ. 

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