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Become a Friend of the Conference!HARTFORD -- "God is doing a new thing," said Conference Minister the Rev. Kent J. Siladi, "and I am genuinely excited about the ways in which the Spirit will lead us in this new time." Become a part of that new thing with a gift toward these new ministries, with a gift to the Friends of the Conference annual appeal. 12/05/2013
UCC Exceeds $250K Goal for Typhoon Haiyan ReliefCLEVELAND -- Donations came in rapidly and in large numbers to assist people in the Philippines put their lives back together after Typhoon Haiyan. Those generous gifts from a multitude of contributors enabled the United Church of Christ and the Disaster Ministries team to raise more than a quarter million dollars in just weeks. With gratitude, the UCC announced it surpassed its $250,000 goal on Friday, Dec. 6, with $250,641 to date. 12/10/2013
Giving to Help Others GiveHARTFORD -- On Christmas morning, the eye and the memory tend to focus on those busily unwrapping their presents: their expressions of surprise and wonder which come to light as the gift emerges from its paper covering. But anyone who turns their head will note a similar expression on the face of another gathered at that tree or table: the giver, too, takes joy, but in the happiness of the recipient. Thanks to many generous people, over 300 Hartford children will be able to experience the joy of giving this Christmas, with the help of members of the Congregational Church of Killingworth UCC and Giv2's Middlesex chapter. 12/09/2013
Historic Danielson Congregation Hosts Historic Holiday ServicesDANIELSON -- Travel back in time this holiday season at Westfield Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Danielson. The church, building off the success of last year's popular Victorian Christmas services, is hosting a series of four Victorian Christmases this year. Held on each of the first four Sundays in December, these services offer a glimpse of the Christmases of yore while filling attendees with holiday spirit. 12/04/2013
Touchstones with History: Voluntary AssociationsHARTFORD -- In our Conference Minister Kent Siladi's presentations around our conference this fall, he has talked about the challenges of local autonomy and the need for experimentation and cooperative efforts. This is at the heart of our heritage in Connecticut. 12/04/2013
Asylum Hill and Hartford Seminary Partner to Create "Interfaith U"HARTFORD -- This past October, members of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church UCC in Hartford gathered for what will be the first in an annual series called "Interfaith University" -- Interfaith U -- "exploring what it means to be a Christian in a multi-faith world." The focus of the first year's program was Islam, and the pastors and adult education team from Asylum Hill worked with leaders from Hartford Seminary to develop a four week series of presentations designed to introduce Islam and Muslim faith, life and experience. 12/04/2013
Conference Staff Trains in Sacred Conversations on RaceHARTFORD -- On November 14, the staff of the Connecticut Conference, UCC, completed the first round of training for the Sacred Conversations on Race Ministry. The 6-hour training included full-time and some part-time staff members, including all staff at Silver Lake Conference Center. The initial training for staff was an orientation in the language and concepts of this ministry, and a beginning in conversations that will foster discernment among staff on the language, policies, and behaviors that may inhibit, diminish, or invalidate the contributions and participation of any ethnic or racial group. 12/04/2013
Approaching December 14th: A Prayer for ChildrenHARTFORD -- It has been not quite a year since the first fragmentary reports of trouble in Newtown on December 14th planted, in the course of a day, the seeds of growing sorrow, horror, and grief. The year since has seen hundreds gathered on the snowy grounds of the state Capitol calling for an end to violence. Laws have passed. It has also seen more of God's children, both the young and the old, laid to rest: in the cities of Connecticut, in the nation's capital, in Chicago, in Syria, and in more places than have been counted. Today the Connecticut Conference offered prayers and shared resources that church leaders may use to commemorate those who have been lost and to find God's healing for their own wounded hearts. 12/03/2013
Keeping It Real to Prevent ViolenceHARTFORD -- The thirteen young people gazing sadly at the alley memorial to Keith Callabrass came from all over the greater Hartford area and from different faith traditions. They had come together for "Keeping It Real," a year-long program of Faith Congregational Church UCC in Hartford, intended to prevent young people from becoming perpetrators or victims of violence. For their second session together on November 17th, they were taking a tour of four places in Hartford that shared a tragic history: they were the sites of deaths by gun violence. 11/22/2013
IRA Charitable RolloverHARTFORD -- A Federal law passed at the beginning of the year permits some people with traditional Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) to make substantial charitable gifts from those accounts and exclude that amount from their taxable income. As the law expires at the end of the year and has not yet been renewed, taxpayers may wish to exercise this option before December 31st. 11/22/2013
Connecticut Conference Seeks Legislative AdvocateHARTFORD -- The Connecticut Conference seeks a new Legislative Advocate to work with the legislative and executive branches of the state of Connecticut to implement the social teaching of the church as defined by the actions of our Conference's annual meetings. Every advocacy step taken is governed by those actions as voted by the delegates and pastors of our churches at the annual meetings over the years. The advocate may also work in concert with others. 11/18/2013
Mary Nelson Abbott Called as South Central Regional MinisterHARTFORD -- Conference Minister the Rev. Kent J. Siladi announced today that the Rev. Mary Nelson Abbott, pastor of the Malletts Bay Congregational Church UCC in Colchester, Vermont, will become the next South Central Regional Minister beginning February 10, 2014. "She brings a wealth of gifts and skills to this particular position," Siladi said in a video released to announce her selection. "She understands much about the changing nature of the Church, those values that we stand for." 11/15/2013
CTUCC Podcast Celebrates 150th Episode with "Making Of" VideoHARTFORD -- At some point on Thursday, November 14th, when Eric Anderson presses the mouse button, the 150th episode of CTUCC ConferenceCast will be ready to leap across the Internet, providing fifteen or so minutes of thoughtful reflection, Conference news, and a survey of upcoming events which can be listened to or watched on a portable electronic device or home computer. To celebrate this three year milestone for the weekly program, the Conference has produced and released a special video: "The Making of CTUCC ConferenceCast," and posted it today to its YouTube channel. 11/13/2013
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ConferenceCast 152: 12/5/2013
Ending US Sponsored Torture ForeverDec. 11, 7:00 pm -- The National Religious Campaign Against Torture works to end US-sponsored...
Vigil for All Victims of Gun ViolenceDec. 12, 3:45 - 5:00 pm -- The Newtown Foundation is pleased to partner with Faiths United...
Conversation with the Conference MinisterDec. 12, 7:00 - 9:00 pm -- You are invited to attend a gathering this fall to...
Memorial Service for President Nelson MandelaDec. 15, 4:00 pm -- Dixwell Congregational United Church of Christ will hold a memorial...
Stepping Stones Workshop #4 -- Pass Them the Football: The Care and Support of VolunteersJan. 14, 6:00 - 8:30 pm -- Pass Them the Football -- The Care and Support of...
Confirmation Retreat - FULLJan. 17 - 19 -- The purpose of these retreats is not to teach confirmation...
The Bible and the Qur'anJan. 29, 7:00 pm -- Building on a recent partnership, Hartford Seminary and the Asylum...
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