ConferenceCast 126: 5/23/2013: Video Edition
"Knowing Mystery": Karen Ziel
Weekly Reflection from The Spirit Calendar
Knowing Mystery, by Karen Ziel
News and Announcements
In Monroe: Confirmed in HopeMONROE -- For some years, confirmands at the Monroe Congregational Church UCC have completed their work together with a project: a personal expression of their own faith and relationship with God. No subject was set, no particular direction given, but when the young people presented their creations -- which included baked goods, photo displays, a hand-crafted glowing cross, and even cakes! -- a common theme emerged: Declarations of hope. 05/22/2013
In Memoriam: the Rev. Dr. Roger L. ShinnSOUTHBURY -- The Rev. Dr. Roger Lincoln Shinn, theologian, educator, and the author of the United Church of Christ's Statement of Faith, died in Southbury on May 13, 2013. He was Reinhold Niebuhr professor emeritus of social ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he served as acting president in 1974 to 1975. He was 96. 05/22/2013
CTUCC Delegates Consider Issues to be Decided by General SynodHAMDEN -- The Connecticut Conference will send fifty-one delegates, plus some Conference staff to support them, to this summer's twenty-ninth General Synod of the United Church of Christ, running June 28th through July 2nd in Long Beach, California. They will consider a wide range of issues, including resolutions on climate change, ministry to veterans, support for outdoor ministry, immigration, and the full participation of women in church and society. They will also have the power to approve the budget for the national setting of the UCC and elect some of its officers whose terms are ending. 05/21/2013
Conference Calls for Prayer and Aid after Oklahoma TornadoHARTFORD -- Yesterday morning our Spirit Calendar weekly devotional included a prayer request for those left injured, grieving, or homeless because of severe weather and tornadoes in the Midwest. Then last night another, fiercer storm devastated Moore, Oklahoma. We are once again aghast at the power of the elements, and aware of the fragility of human life. 05/21/2013
Opinion: Waking Up to the Brave New World of Genetic EngineeringNEW HAVEN -- Day-glo fish and trees, tomatoes with built in vaccines, goat's milk used to produce bulletproof body armor? These are the latest miracles that the biotech industry is offering the world. We have entered a Brave New World in which humans truly have become co-creators with God, creating new forms of life! Some of this experimentation may lead to human flourishing, but some may not. 05/21/2013
Celebrating, Educating, Transitioning, and GivingNEW HAVEN -- Friday evening brought joyful music, inspiring words, and great generosity to Dixwell Avenue United Church of Christ in New Haven on May 17th, when the Connecticut Conference's Minority Empowerment Committee gathered the conference's traditionally African-American congregations for worship. The service celebrated the award of nine scholarships to young people bound for college, raised over $4,000 for the committee Scholarship Fund, and honored the forty-year ministry of the Rev. Dr. Joseph D. Clemmons, Sr., as he retires from Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ UCC in Norwalk. 05/20/2013
New Minister Profile: Rev. Damaris WhittakerHARTFORD -- First Church of Christ in Hartford, known as Center Church, has a rich history. After all, this was the church that first called Thomas Hooker to be its pastor and move to Hartford in 1636. As the current pastor of Center Church, Rev. Damaris Whittaker takes a leadership role in a church with equally rich traditions of diversity and community service. 05/20/2013
Saugatuck Youth "Shine" in Story TentWESTPORT -- Saugatuck Congregational Church celebrated Pentecost Sunday with a youth worship featuring a dramatic performance titled "Let It Shine, Let It Shine, Let It Shine." The play, written and produced by the 7th and 8th graders and their teachers, was the 14th annual production of the Story Tent Players. 05/20/2013
Old Lyme Calls Steven R. Jungkeit as New Senior MinisterOLD LYME -- The members of The First Congregational Church UCC of Old Lyme, announced the call of the Rev. Steven R. Jungkeit as their new Senior Minister following a "candidating" service on May 12 in which he delivered the sermon. This vote followed the United Church of Christ procedure in which the members cast a vote of affirmation on their senior ministers. 05/17/2013
Kathleen Cunliffe Ordained in JoyPLANTSVILLE -- It was a joyous day for two congregations of the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ -- Plantsville Congregational UCC and the First Congregational Church UCC of Bristol -- when the Rev. Kathleen T. Cunliffe was ordained on Sunday, April 21. 05/17/2013
Conference Announces Crossroads Grants for Small ChurchesHARTFORD -- The Connecticut Conference UCC announced today the availability of grants to small churches through the Crossroads Fund. The purpose of these grants is to support the needs of small churches facing financial and membership challenges that may impact the future of the congregation. The Crossroads Fund was established through gifts from the First United Church of Christ in Bridgeport. 05/14/2013
Milford First Young People Bring the Miracles of Jesus to VideoMILFORD -- They were not content to rest on their laurels and their rave reviews. Fourth and fifth graders at the First United Church of Christ Congregational in Milford's have just released a new three-and-a-half minute video depiction of some of the miracles of Jesus. Christ's love and care for all people -- not just the wealthy, popular, or powerful -- shines clearly in their version. 05/13/2013
Youth Declare at 3rd Annual Youth RevivalBRIDGEPORT -- The 3rd Annual Youth Revival was held at the United Congregational Church in Bridgeport on Friday. Youth and adults gathered from around the state for worship and to celebrate their own declarations of faith. 05/13/2013
CWS Appeals Urgently for Emergency Cleanup BucketsNEW WINDSOR, MD -- As the 2,500th CWS Emergency Cleanup Bucket arrived yesterday in flood-ravaged Illinois, Church World Service appealed urgently for people to replenish its rapidly dwindling supply. Heavy precipitation from early 2013 storms and floods has resulted in widespread and severe flooding in Illinois and other states. 05/08/2013
Why We Can't Wait: Launching the Environmental Justice Center at Silver LakeSHARON -- Now is the time. As our UCC environmental leaders (including the large CTUCC contingent) all over the country proclaimed at the Leaders in Koinonia (LinK) event in Cleveland recently, climate change is the "container" issue of our time. It is our call to action as people of faith, and our mission as stewards of God's Creation and of Outdoor Ministry. Accordingly, we are pleased to announce the Environmental Justice Center at Silver Lake. 05/06/2013
ConnTact Online: April, 2013 -- Mission 4/1 EarthHARTFORD -- Sky overhead. Earth below. Living things around us. Stone and sand and soil. This is the stuff that makes our planet so precious and so blessed. In this issue of ConnTact, we tell the stories of Connecticut Conference churches and people caring for God's good Earth. 04/12/2013
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ConferenceCast 126: 5/23/2013
Connecticut Conference Choir Spring RetreatMay 25, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm -- Come join us at Silver Lake for the first-ever Connecticut...
Encountering the Religious Other: Conference Commemorating Duncan Black MacdonaldJune 2, noon - 9:15 pm -- Duncan Black Macdonald, a pioneering member of the Hartford Seminary...
Seventh Annual Silver Lake Golf TournamentJune 4, 7:30 am - 3:00 pm -- The seventh iteration of this fund-raiser and celebration of Silver...
Celebration of the Rev. Charles WildmanJune 9, 3:00 - 5:00 pm -- The Board of Directors of the Connecticut Conference cordially invites...
Hartford Seminary Presents: THE BASICS OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATIONJune 10-12, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm -- This special course will provide students with a broad spectrum...
Silver Lake Dedication DayJune 23, 2:00 - 4:00 pm -- Join us to celebrate (and admire) the renovated Retreat Center...
UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns National GatheringJune 26 - 28 -- Join us for inspiring preaching, Spirit-anointed worship, forums on vital...
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