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Preparing a True Welcome HomeDANBURY -- "The United States Army is the best in the world at getting troops ready for deployment," said Major David Nutt, State Support Chaplain for the Connecticut National Guard. "What we're not too good at is spinning people down." Major Nutt, a United Church of Christ minister, was addressing a group of religious leaders from a range of faiths, called together at Western Connecticut State University on November 13 to understand how to support veterans returning from overseas. The program, developed by WCSU and the First Congregational Church UCC of Danbury, aims to help congregations become Veteran-Friendly Houses of Worship. 11/21/2014
VIDEO: Vantage Point #7 -- Interdependent Ministry and ThanksgivingHARTFORD -- The Rev. Kent Siladi welcomed Conference Moderator the Rev. Damaris Whittaker, pastor of the First Church of Christ UCC in Hartford (Center Church) to a new episode of Vantage Point released today. Rev. Whittaker spoke of the partnerships that her church enjoys which enable their powerful ministries in the capital city. 11/21/2014
Clergy and Lay Leaders Learn to Take ActionMERIDEN -- As Advent approaches, the call for generosity grows louder with requests for food, coats, blankets, or money for those in need. These constant pleas ring out during the announcements at Sunday services. But what about calls for action, calls for us to stand up and fight for social justice? On Saturday, twenty six clergy, lay leaders, and advocacy-minded people gathered in Meriden to learn how to motivate church members to stand up and take action for social justice. 11/20/2014
CTUCC Preparing for the Grand Jury Verdict from FergusonHARTFORD -- In an email communication today, the Connecticut Conference's Sacred Conversations on Race Ministry Team summoned lay and ordained church leaders in the state to prepare themselves. In the next few days, a grand jury in Saint Louis County, Missouri, is expected to issue their decision whether to indict Ferguson, MO, police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. 11/19/2014
UCC Voices Part of Faith Community Call for Peace in FergusonST LOUIS, MO -- Five executives of the United Church of Christ, along with area pastors and a seminary president, are calling for peace in Ferguson, Missouri -- a peace based on justice in the shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager. UCC representatives, attending the National Council of Churches' governing board gathering in St. Louis, MO, Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 17 and 18), are watching as the situation in Ferguson changes by the hour. A grand jury is expected to announce whether or not it will indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot 18-year old Michael Brown in August, setting off protests and riots around the St. Louis area. 11/19/2014
Mapping the Future Together: Three New England UCC Conferences Hold Historic Join Board RetreatWOODSTOCK -- The Boards of Directors of the Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut Conferences came together on November 15th at the First Congregational Church UCC of Woodstock, Connecticut, for what they believe to be the first joint meeting of its kind in New England's history. "We discovered that there were lots of common ministries," said Connecticut Conference Minister the Rev. Kent J. Siladi, "and we began naming ways that we might cooperate together. It was an example of interdependent cooperation." 11/18/2014
North Madison Names Rev. Dr. John B. Pelletier Pastor EmeritusNORTH MADISON -- On October 5th, members and friends of the North Madison Congregational Church UCC assembled to worship and to honor the service of a former pastor. "Today, we gather here to confer the honor of Pastor Emeritus to the Rev. Dr. John B. Pelletier," they declared. 11/17/2014
Pennington Bible to be Displayed at Smithsonian InstitutionHARTFORD -- On Sunday, November 16, Faith Congregational Church UCC in Hartford rejoiced in its 195th Anniversary. Led by the Rev Stephen W. Camp, Senior Pastor, and the Rev. Mia J. Douglas, Associate Pastor, the celebration included the presentation of the loan of the Rev. James Pennington Pulpit Bible to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. 11/17/2014
Mission Trips: Return or NotHARTFORD -- Mission trips are often the highlight of a church's mission ministry. Participants, often teens but sometimes adults, look forward to a week-long trip to some destination that might not otherwise be a travel interest. It's an exciting new opportunity for some, or an anticipated annual event for regulars. Trip organizers face several challenging questions when planning these trips: when can we go, who will attend, or how do we pay for this. 11/12/2014
Anointed to Extravagance of LoveFARMINGTON -- Silver Lake Conference Center is not noted for its formality or evening dress occasions, but on the first of November lovers of the Connecticut Conference's outdoor ministry turned out in fancy clothes for the very first Fancy Camp Gala. In honor of outgoing co-Director Anne Hughes, the hat brims were wide, the feather boas were long, and the sequins glistened as they celebrated the blessings experienced each year at Silver Lake and gave their financial support to continue it. 11/05/2014
Conference Seeks Local WritersHARTFORD -- The Connecticut Conference is seeking volunteers from all areas of the state to help share stories from local churches. This team of writers, called the CTUCC Chroniclers, will work with Conference staff to extend coverage of local church activities that can spark the creative energies of other conference churches. 11/05/2014
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Christmas at the LakeDec. 5-7 -- Celebrate Christmas, Silver Lake-style! Join your friends and make new...
Simply Smiles Mission Trip Information SessionJan. 7, 7:00 pm -- Information session for potential participants on this Farmington Valley Association...
Confirmation Retreat WeekendJan. 23-25 , 2015 -- "Becoming and Belonging" explores discipleship through covenant community and the...
TAWFG Winter RetreatJan. 30 - Feb. 1 -- THINKING ABOUT WORKING FOR GOD TAWFG Retreat For youth in grades 9-12...
Confirmation Retreat WeekendFeb. 6-8, 2015 -- "Becoming and Belonging" explores discipleship through covenant community and the...
Confirmation Retreat WeekendMar. 6-8, 2015 -- "Becoming and Belonging" explores discipleship through covenant community and the...
Stepping Stones: Radical Hospitality with YouthMar. 9, 6:00 pm -- Coming up empty when you "fish" for youth? Cast...
Counselor-in-Training Conference at SLCCMar. 13-15, 2015 -- So you want to be a counselor for Silver Lake?...
Super SaturdayMar. 21 -- The Super Saturday event, sponsored jointly by the Connecticut Conference...
Maple Sugaring at Silver LakeMar. 27 - 29 -- From tap to table, experience nature's renewal and its sweet...
Stewardship in the Changing Church: Moving From Consumerism to GenerosityApr. 17-18, 2015 -- Keynote speakers are The Rt. Rev. James Curry of North...
Spring Action WeekendMay 1 - 3 -- Give something back to Silver Lake! Catch up with old friends,...
Simply Smiles Mission TripMay. 2 - 9 -- Farmington Valley Association sponsored mission trip to Cheyenne River Sioux...
5th Annual CTUCC Youth RevivalMay 3, 3:00 pm -- Our Youth Revival is a Sacred Conversations on Race event...
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