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Wednesday April 23, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Interim Ministers Gathering-Randolph Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rev. Pam Lucas   802-728-4999   lucasp@vtcucc.org
   

Location: Conference Office, 36 N. Main St., Randolph, VT

 
misc_none 12:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Atkinson Residence Board Meeting-Newbury Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Atkinson Residence, 4717 Main St., Newbury,VT

Thursday April 24, 2014 -  Saturday April 26, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none UCC Office Support Staff Network (UCCOSSN) Annual Conference-Charlotte, NC Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Linda Carter   336-222-8771   lindacarter@soc-ucc-org
   

Location:  Hilton University Place, 8629 Jim Keynes Dr., Charlotte, NC

Sponsor: UCC Office Support Staff Network (UCCOSSN) / Host:  Southern Conference, UCC

The Power to be YOU!

Great Keynote Speakers / Great Workshops / Silent Auction Fundraiser / Great Food and Fun / Good Ole Southern Hospitality

We are the office support staff from local churches, associations and conferences, national agencies and instrumentalities ~ the supporting hands of the on~going ministries of the United Church of Christ.

UCCOSSN is committed to enabling personal growth, providing mutual support and supply continuing education to all support staff in all settings of the United Church of Christ including other related UCC bodies. 

Registration is now open.

Click here for more information/registration.    
Thursday April 24, 2014 -  Sunday April 27, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2014 awakenings Conference-Holyoke, MA Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  United Congregational Church of Holyoke, UCC, 395 High Street, Holyoke, MA

awakenings is an annual, three-day spiritual reflection and study conference that will draw together lay and clergy participants to fuel the fires and engage the passions of faith.  This year's speakers include Yvette Flunder, John Dominic Crossan and Quinn Caldwell.

Registration is now open.

Click here for more information/registration.    
Thursday April 24, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Board of Directors Meeting-Fairlee Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rev. Amy Pitton, Chair   802-223-2424   revamyp@comcast.net
   

Location:  Lake Morey Resort, 1 Clubhouse Rd.,  Fairlee, VT

 

 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  10:00 PM Red Cross 'Shelter Fundamentals' Training-Springfield Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: To register or with questions: Elizabeth Wareing    802-660-9130 x119   Elizabeth.Wareing@redcross.org
   

Location: Fellowship Room, First Congregational Church, 77 Main Street Springfield, VT

Sponsor: American Red Cross Vermont and New Hampshire Upper Valley

Course Details: Shelter Fundamentals is a basic level course that introduces the guidelines and procedures for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster. Referencing shelter checklists, participants will work on a case study that takes them through four of the six phases of the Sheltering Cycle: Opening, Organizing, Operating and Closing.

Project Details: Currently, and for the foreseeable future, the Red Cross has been designated the role of providing shelter to approximately 6,000 people in the event of an evacuation within a 10 mile radius of the VT Yankee nuclear power plant. Accomplishing this task will involve up to 25 shelters and approximately 2,000 trained volunteers. Training requires a three and one-half hour commitment; is provided, without cost, by the Red Cross and must be renewed annually.

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Friday April 25, 2014 -  Saturday April 26, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2014 Annual Meeting-Fairlee Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  Lake Morey Resort, 1 Clubhouse Rd.,  Fairlee, VT
 

Friday April 25, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Helping Congregants Navigate End-of-Life Issues-Newton Centre, MA Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Andover Newton Theological School, 210 Herrick Rd., Newton Centre, MA

An open session of “Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling: Finding Hope and Meaning through the Seasons of Loss.” The course is taught jointly by Andover Newton professor Brita Gill-Austern and Hebrew College professor Daniel Judson. The guest speaker is Martha Jacobs, an ordained minister and a hospital chaplain. Responding to a need for a comprehensive collection of tools to help both new and seasoned clergy guide congregants and their families through end-of-life issues she gathered her experiences, skills, and insights in the definitive death and dying resource, A Clergy Guide to End-of-Life Issues.

Registration is appreciated, although there is no registration fee.

Click here for more information/registration.    
 
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Boundary Awareness Training I-Bedford, NH Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Rd., Bedford, NH

Sponsor: Presbytery of Northern New England

Once again the Presbytery of Northern New England invites us to join them in a one day training event on Boundary Awareness - level one.

Click here for more information/registration.    
 
misc_none 6:00 PM Community Supper-S. Royalton Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Raelene Lemery   802-763-7690   ucsr@myfairpoint.net
   

Location: United Church of South Royalton (church w/red doors adjacent to the 'green'),  67 S. Windsor St., S. Royalton, VT

Community Supper every Friday at 6:00 P.M.

Free and open to all.

Handicap accessible. 

 
ent_note 7:00 PM Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble Joint Concert-Manchester Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    802-540-1784   contact@counterpointchorus.org
   

Location: First Congregational Church, 3624 Main St, Manchester VT

Joint concert with the Burr and Burton Chamber Choir and the First Congregational Church Choir. Come hear Counterpoint sing with fine young singers around the state.  

$5 general admission.

Saturday April 26, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2014 Annual Meeting (cont.)-Fairlee Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  Lake Morey Resort, 1 Clubhouse Rd.,  Fairlee, VT
 

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misc_none Rummage Sale-Dorset Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: For Questions:    802-867-2260   
   

Location: Dorset Church, 143 Church St. (off Route 30), Dorset, VT

8:30 AM, Outside sales begin
9:30 AM, Inside sales begin
11:30 AM  - 12:30 PM, Bag Sale

The fabulous shopping day you have been waiting for is on Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Remember outside sales begin at 8:30 a.m.—please read on) at the Dorset Church! This year all outside merchandise such as baby accessories, ladies sweaters, sports gear, tools, garden equipment, small appliances, books, nature table and other interesting treasures will go on sale outside at 8:30 a.m. There will be no EARLY-BIRD SHOPPING! However, sale items inside the church will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. The bag sale will take place from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM.

The rummage sale is always packed with useful and interesting items at reasonable prices. There will be children’s clothing and toys, women’s separates, Ladies’ Boutique, men’s clothing, jewelry and accessories, footwear, linens, attic treasures, books, miscellaneous house wares, and small appliances.

Christian Education members will be selling coffee, donuts and lunch.

Donations of clean, serviceable winter clothing (children’s clothing is always appreciated), jewelry, purses, linens, kitchen and household items, houseplants and books will be accepted at the Dorset Church on Tuesday, April 22, Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please do not donate furniture, large appliances, TV’s, stereo equipment, computer and computer related items.

For the shopping experience you will remember come to the Rummage Sale on April 26!  

 
misc_none 5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Free Community Supper-Shoreham Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Shoreham Congregational Church, 28 School Road, Shoreham, VT

 Come to a FREE Community Supper. The menu features several different pasta dishes, salad, beverages, and great desserts.

Families are especially welcome, as are residents of all communities.

Enjoy good fellowship along with great food.

The supper is free, but people are encouraged to bring non-perishable items for the Food Pantry.

Sunday April 27, 2014 Go To Top
misc_earth Earth Day Sunday Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Meighan Pritchard     pritchardm@ucc.org
   

Location:  National

Earth day is an opportunity to reflect on the wonders of God's Creation. With a little planning and a lot of passion you can do much to have an Earth day you'll remember for years to come. You can use any of these ideas to get your congregation fired up about caring for God's creation.

Earth Day is  celebrated on April 22 each year, and churches are urged to celebrate Earth Day Sunday near this date. In 2014, Easter is April 20, so you may wish to designate April 27th as Earth Day Sunday, or another date that works for your church.

Our partners at Creation Justice Ministries produce Earth Day Sunday resources each year. With sermon starters, prayers, bulletin inserts and great information on a variety of environemental issues, this ecumenical resource is a wonderful starting point for your congregation's celebration.

The 2014 resource on "Holy Water" is ready! Download it now.

Click here for more information.    
 
misc_bell 4:00 PM 'Bells of Spring' Concert-St. Johnsbury Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  South Congregational Church, 1052 Main St., St. Johnsbury, VT

Sponsors:  South Congregational Church / St. Johnsbury Academy

'Bells of Spring' - A year-end Graduation and Celebration Concert featuring Bell Angels & South Church Handbell Ensemble.

Admission by donation.

Monday April 28, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM An Expert Voice From Lebanon-Norwich Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Norwich Congregational Church, UCC, 15 Church St., Norwich, VT

The Norwich Congregational Church, UCC invites you to hear Dr. Mahmoud Ayoub - An Expert Voice From Lebanon: Disentangling Religion And Politics In The Middle East.

Dr. Ayoub is a a native of South Lebanon and Professor of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary.

All are welcome.

Click here for a flyer.    
Tuesday April 29, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  4:30 PM 'Journey to the Water's Edge'-Madison, CT Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Mercy Center at Madison, 167 Neck Rd., Madison, CT

Sponsors: CT & MA Conferences of the United Church of Christ, and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors - Northeast Region

Come! Journey to the Water's Edge - a day-long multi-faith event for professionals who deal with many kinds of trauma Keynote speaker: Steven Gross, M.S.W., Chief Playmaker & Executive Director of Life is Good Kids Foundation, Boston, a nonprofit organization that uses play to strengthen and heal children whose lives have been deeply impacted by trauma. Gross has received rave reviews as a gifted, inspirational and passionate speaker whose lessons help his audience access their own playfulness, energy and creativity to reach their full potential.

Click here for more information/registration.    
Wednesday April 30, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Food and Faith … Food for Faith! Series-Benson Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  The Wheel Inn, 730 Lake Rd., Benson, VT

Sponsor: Southwest Association

Food and Faith … Food for Faith! Series - This month’s topic: Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale.  Come join with others from throughout the Southwest Association in an opportunity for food, fellowship, and discussion about Ian Morgan Cron’s book Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale which traces a pastor’s crisis of faith, Italy pilgrimage with St. Francis, and a vision for the church.

Facilitator: Rev. Holly Ross Noble

RSVP:   802-446-3575 / Hollyberry530@gmail.com by Tuesday, April 29.

Thursday May 1, 2014 -  Saturday May 3, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none Spring Rummage Sale-Windsor Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Old South Church, 146 Main St., Windsor, VT

9:30 AM - 5:00  PM, Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Friday (Bag Sale at noon)
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Saturday (Clearance)

Featuring: Clothing for men, women and children, White Elephants, Jewelry, Glassware, Books, Toys, Furniture and Household Items.  Free Coffee as usual.

Thursday May 1, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 12:00 PM March to Health & Dignity For All-Montpelier Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  State House, 115 State St., Montpelier, VT

Co-Sponsor:  Vermont Interfaith Action (VIA)

At 12 noon in Montpelier, VIA is co-sponsoring the "March to Health & Dignity For All," a rally at the Statehouse to fight for a higher quality of life for Vermonters across a wide range of inter-connected issues, including livable wages, paid sick days, universal healthcare, a healthy environment and livable planet, respect for early educators, immigrant rights, rights for people with disabilities, and greater support of higher education.

We will join with participants from many organizations, in unity for our common goals, including Vermont Workers' Center, Migrant Justice, Voices for Vermont's Children, and a number of labor unions.

For more information or to reserve your spot, contact:  Melissa at 802-595-9912  melissa@viavt.org.  

 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM 'Observation Status' and Vermonters: A Community Wide Event-Burlington Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, 188 N. Prospect St., Burlington, VT

Sponsor: Ohavi Zedek Synagogue

From 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Burlington, VIA member congregation Ohavi Zedek is hosting a public research meeting entitled "'Observation Status' and Vermonters: A Community Wide Event." Seniors, their families and friends, and professionals are invited to learn how to navigate this complicated Medicare provision when faced with a hospital short stay. "Observation status" is a Medicare designation for a hospital stay that patients experience as inpatients receiving care, but that Medicare deems as outpatient, resulting in reduced Medicare coverage and a higher cost to the patient. Increasingly, many Vermonters, like seniors across the country, have already suffered financial hardship particularly with rehab and nursing home bills when they transfer from the hospital from a short stay because Medicare will not cover patients who have been on "observation status." Information on this change will help Medicare recipients and their families before they have a medical emergency that sends them to the ER.

Gini Milkey, executive director of the Community of Vermont Elders (COVE), a senior advocacy organization that works with state legislative issues in Montpelier, and Rachel Seelig, a Vermont Legal Aid lawyer and member of the observation status policy work group at COVE, will present and answer questions in a breakout session. Michel Richards, coordinator for SHIP (State Health Insurance assistance Program), who works with those who counsel Medicare recipients in regional Vermont Agencies on Aging, will be available to answer other Medicare questions.

Learn what is being done on a local and federal level to correct this costly Medicare provision, and find out how you can get involved to help in changing it.

Friday May 2, 2014 -  Saturday May 3, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none Spring Retreat for Clergy Couples-Chesterfield, NH Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Revs. Roger and Sandy Daly   603-256-8682   
   

Location: Hallelujah Farm Retreat, 48 Bradley Road, Chesterfield NH

Fanning the Flames… Filling your well… Spring Retreat for Clergy Couples at Hallelujah Farm

Ministry is both a joy and a challenge – energizing and draining. Often the ones who bear the brunt of our “ups and downs” are our spouses – whether they are intentionally in ministry themselves, or by virtue of being married to a minister!

• Imagine taking time just for your relationship… time to snuggle by the woodstove, soak in a hot tub, or walk down a wintry lane.

• Imagine being led in some devotions, conversations and silent reflections that bring you closer to one another as lovers and friends…

• Imagine sharing the company of a few other couples who understand, because they too live a life called by God. What a great gift for your partner in life!

Two weeks after Easter Friday May 2-Saturday May 3, 2014 P

COST: Special rate - $100 per couple (includes all meals)

LEADERS: Revs. Roger and Sandy Daly

Scholarships may be available through your Conference

Leaders: Revs. Roger and Sandy Daly.

Click here for a flyer.

Visit the website to register.    
Friday May 2, 2014 -  Sunday May 4, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none Writing with Mindfulness Retreat-Burlington Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Nancy Kilgore   603-643-2931   nancy.hayes.kilgore@gmail.com
   

Location: Rock Point Center, 20 Rock Point Road, Burlington. VT

Writing with Mindfulness Retreat

• Tap into your own deep creative expression through spiritual and mindfulness practices.
• Discover the places where your spirit finds expression in words.
• For any level of writer or meditator or those new to both
• $150.00 workshop plus Saturday lunch
• $300.00 includes workshop, 2 nights & 5 meals

Registration deadline: April 7, 2014

Nancy Kilgore, MDiv, DMin, retreat leader, is a writer and pastoral psychotherapist. A former parish pastor, Nancy leads creative writing and therapy groups incorporating spirituality and mindfulness. She writes essays and fiction, has published in literary journals, and her first novel, Sea Level (RCWMS, 2011,) won several awards.  www.nancyhkilgore.wordpress.com

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Friday May 2, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Spring Rummage Sale (cont.)-Windsor Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Old South Church, 146 Main St., Windsor, VT

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Friday (Bag Sale at noon)
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Saturday (Clearance)

Featuring: Clothing for men, women and children, White Elephants, Jewelry, Glassware, Books, Toys, Furniture and Household Items.  Free Coffee as usual.

 
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  4:00 PM I Love to Tell the Story: An Introduction to Biblical Storytelling-Newton Centre, MA Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Andover Newton Theological School, 210 Herrick Rd., Newton Centre, MA

I Love to Tell the Story: An Introduction to Biblical Storytelling - are you looking for a way to bring energy and joy into ministry? Do you seek to equip Christians of all ages with fresh knowledge of scripture? This introductory workshop to Biblical storytelling will balance theoretical background and practical hands-on learning to tell scripture by heart. Participants will experience scripture coming to life by telling rather than reading it, learn why telling scripture is necessary to revitalize ministry in the 21st century church and receive practical training in learning to tell a scripture passage.

Workshop Leader: Rev. Cindy Maybeck  

Registration Fee: $75 (Snacks and lunch included)

Registration Deadline: April 25

Click here for more information/registration.    
Saturday May 3, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none Pancake Breakfast & Spring Fling-Brookfield Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  1st Congregational Church, Pond Village, Brookfield, VT

7:30 AM - 11:00 AM, Breakfast
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Spring Fling

Breakfast - Pancakes, Sausages, Home Fries, Beverage

Adults - $8.00; Children 5 to 12 - $4.00; 4 and under - free; Family max - $20.00

Spring Fling - Raffle, Gift Tables, Baked goodies, something for eveyone, Nick nacks.

 
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Spring Rummage Sale (cont.)-Windsor Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Old South Church, 146 Main St., Windsor, VT

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Saturday (Clearance)

Featuring: Clothing for men, women and children, White Elephants, Jewelry, Glassware, Books, Toys, Furniture and Household Items.  Free Coffee as usual.

Sunday May 4, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 12:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Addison Association Spring Meeting-Shoreham Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Shoreham Congregational Church at 28 School Road, Shoreham, VT 

The Addison Association of the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ is called to meet at the Shoreham Congregational Church on Sunday, May 4, 2014. The schedule for the meeting is as follows:

12:30 p.m.                Registration and Lunch
1:30 p.m.                  Worship, led by Gary O’Gorman
                                 Brief History of Shoreham Congregational Church
1:45 p.m.                  Program:  “Physician Aid in Dying: A Christian Perspective”

Leader: The Rev. Dr. James Calvin Davis, religion professor at Middlebury College, Pastoral Associate at Middlebury Congregational Church, author of In Defense of Civility: How Religion Can Unite America on Seven Moral Issues that Divide Us.

2:45 p.m.                  Business Meeting
                                             - Roll Call
                                             - Minutes of 2013 Fall Meeting
                                             - Financial Report
                                             - Adoption of Increase in Per Capita Dues to $1
                                             - Adoption of Budget for 2014
                                             - Election of Officers and Committee Members
                                             - Announcement of General Synod delegate, Conference Board of Directors representative,
                                                and other Association representatives elected at Conference Annual Meeting
                                             - Reports of Department Liaisons
                                             - Other Announcements
                                             - Any Remaining Business

3:30 p.m.                  Adjournment

Ministers with standing in the Vermont Conference who are associated with member churches of this Association and four delegates from each member church officially constitute the meeting.

 
misc_none 2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM Grafton-Orange Association Spring Meeting-W. Fairlee Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  W. Fairlee Congregational Church, Main St. (VT Rte 113), W. Fairlee Village, VT**

The Spring Meeting of the Grafton-Orange Association will be held on Sunday, May 4 beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the West Fairlee Congregational Church, VT RT 113, West Fairlee, Vermont.

Official representation at the meeting is by the pastor(s) and four lay delegates from each church, all ministers holding standing in the Association and officers.  Other interested persons are welcome to attend.

PASTORS AND CLERKS RECEIVING THIS CALL ARE ASKED TO NOTIFY THEIR DELEGATES.

Program

Our guest speaker will be Vermont Interfaith Power and Light's Vice President, Ron McGarvey. Ron conducts the energy assessments in houses of worship (he's done over 180). We will also have information on comparable programs in New Hampshire.

The roll call will include the question; “what has your church done to become better stewards of the earth? (go green)” Delegates are invited to bring household cleaning or personal care items for the local food shelves.

This will be our Annual Meeting with reports received from our Treasurer, Committee Chairs, Conference Committee Members and Conference Staff. A Nominating Report will be presented. Written reports with copies ready for distribution are encouraged and will help to expedite the meeting.

This year we have experienced the death of several faithful friends of our association. In worship, we will pause to remember and give thanks for their lives and their service.

This will be out first meeting at the West Fairlee Church. They look forward to hosting us and to showing off their community outdoor bread oven, which was built under the guidance of the late Rev. Dr. Roger Daum.  

** From I 91 exit 14, take VT RT 113 west for about 7 miles. The church is on the right. 

 

Monday May 5, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM Food and Faith … Food for Faith! Series-Wallingford Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  Sal's, 15 S Main St., Wallingford

Sponsor: Southwest Association

Food and Faith … Food for Faith! Series - tThis month’s topic: Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale.  Come join with others from throughout the Southwest Association in an opportunity for food, fellowship, and discussion about Ian Morgan Cron’s book Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale which traces a pastor’s crisis of faith, Italy pilgrimage with St. Francis, and a vision for the church.

Facilitator: Rev. Tracy Weatherhogg

RSVP:   802-775-4301 / tracy@gracechurchvt.org by Sunday, May 4.

Tuesday May 6, 2014 -  Thursday May 8, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 43rd Annual NEAUCE Conference-Centerville, MA Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  Craigville Retreat Center, 39 Prospect Ave., Centerville, MA

43rd Annual New England Association of United Church Educators (NEAUCE) Conference:  Rooted in Faith - A conference for anyone involved in Faith Formation:  Christian Educators, Youth Leaders, Clergypersons, Volunteers.

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Chap Clark, co-author of Sticky Faith and chair of the Youth, Family, and Culture Department in the School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Registration is now open.

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.
They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. 

It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green;
In the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.                                                                             

                                                                           Jeremiah 17:7-8

 

Click here for a brochure.

Click here for more information/registration.    
Tuesday May 6, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Ministerial Standing & Standards Committee-Randolph Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rev. Susan Webster-Toleno, Chair   802-387-2334   susiewt@gmail.com
   

Location: Conference Office, 36 N. Main St., Randolph, VT

 

 

Friday May 9, 2014 -  Saturday May 10, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 'Jesus Seminar on the Road' -Competing Gospels-Northborough, MA Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Trinity Church in Northborough, 23 Main St., Northborough, MA

Sponsor: Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ
Organizer: Westar Institute

Competing Gospels - The origins of Christianity are embedded in the texture of history. In order to understand the earliest voices of this new movement, it is necessary to hear them within and against the surround sound of the Roman Empire. In so doing we gain a new appreciation of the imaginative strategies of this counter venture, as well as possibilities for ourselves in a global reality.

Discount Registration Deadline: April 25, 2014

Click here for more information/registration.    
 
misc_none Spring Rummage Sale-Richmond Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Richmond Congregational Church, 20 Church St., Richmond, VT

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Friday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (bargain bag sale), Saturday,

Spring Rummage Sale.  You never know what treasures you might find! 

Friday May 9, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM Shabbat Festival of Freedom-Burlington Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: RSVP to Amy:   802-651-8889   office@viavt.org
   

Location: Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, 188 N. Prospect Street, Burlington, VT

Sponsors: Ohavi Zedek Synagogue / Vermont Interfaith Action (VIA)

Join us for a Shabbat Festival of Freedom: Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, in conjunction with Vermont Interfaith Action, invites you to share in the joy and love of songs and dances throughout the world, as well as a taste of the food eaten by Jews on the festival of freedom, Passover.

This Shabbat Festival of Freedom is in honor of New Americans living in Vermont, who are our guests.

For others, donations are gratefully accepted for the benefit of Vermont Interfaith Action.

Because this event is on Shabbat when Jews do not engage in commerce, before or after the event please make your donations directly to Vermont Interfaith Action, 152 Pearl Street, Burlington, VT 05401, or make a credit card donation on the VIA website: www.viavt.org.

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Saturday May 10, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 4:00 AM Northeast Association Spring Meeting-Hardwick Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rev. Dr. Marisa Laviola, Moderator   802-888-2990   calavis@comcast.net
   

Location:  United Church of Hardwick, 216 S. Main St., Hardwick, VT

It's a potluck--Each delegation is invited to bring your favorite potluck casserole.

Desserts and beverages are provided.

Topic: A roundtable discussion: What does it mean to be in covenant among our churches?  

 
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Annual Spring Rummage & Food Sale-Shoreham Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Shoreham Congregational Church, 28 School Road, Shoreham, VT

The Annual Spring Rummage and Food Sale will be held on Saturday, May 10, from 9 AM to 2 PM. Come get fantastic bargains on good used clothes and household items.

Delicious baked goods and other food items are also available.

The special bag sale starts at noon!

Don't miss this great sale!

 
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Spring Rummage Sale (cont.)-Richmond Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Richmond Congregational Church, 20 Church St., Richmond, VT

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (bargain bag sale)

Spring Rummage Sale.  You never know what treasures you might find! 

Tuesday May 13, 2014 -  Wednesday May 14, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 8:30 AM  -  3:30 PM Boundary Awareness Training-Newton Centre, MA Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Andover Newton Theological School, 210 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA

Sponsor:  Metropolitan Boston Association, MACUCC

1. Each session is a two day session, not two separate one day sessions.
2. Training is from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm each day, gathering at 8:30 am.
3. Enrollment is limited to 18 people per session and is on a first come first serve basis.
4. The cost will be $75 for active clergy; $50 for retired and candidates for authorized ministry.
5. Checks should be made out to The Metropolitan Boston Association and mailed to the Waltham office: 230 Second Ave., Suite 110, Waltham, MA 02451.
6. Checks are due in the office at least a week prior to the training session.

This Boundary Awareness Training session will be held at: Andover Newton Theological School.  The exact classroom/address to be determined and posted as soon as we know.

To register, please email the MBA office. Thank you!

 

Tuesday May 13, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Joint Church Growth Committee / Episcopal Diocese Meeting-Randolph Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rev. Karen Lipinczyk, Chair   802-222-4034   klipinczyk@myfairpoint.net
   

Location:  Conference Office, 36 N. Main St., Randolph, VT

 

Wednesday May 14, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Church Standing and Standards Committee-Randolph Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carrie Youngblood, Chair    802-225-6557   carrieyoungblood@comcast.net
   

Location:  Conference Office, 36 N. Main St., Randolph, VT

Sunday May 18, 2014 -  Tuesday May 20, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2014 Christian Unity Gathering-Washington, DC Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Hilton Washington Dulles Airport, 13869 Park Center Rd., Herndon, VA

Sponsor:  National Council of Churches

The Inaugural Christian Unity Gathering will be held at the Hilton Washington Dulles in Herndon, VA outside Washington, DC May 18-20, 2014. The event will be a celebration of ecumenism and an opportunity to put that spirit in to practice as we learn more about Mass Incarceration and what we can do together to help contribute to a solution to this crisis.

The program will include ample opportunity for all attendees to engage with one another through group discussion, input from expert resource people to help inform our discussion, and celebratory service with words from the new General Secretary/President Jim Winkler and interfaith guests as well as Governing Board and Convening Table meeting times.

We have been able to keep registration fees low ($295 for entire gathering or $199 for one day). We encourage you to register early and to book your hotel room early to ensure availability.

Click here for more information/registration.    
Sunday May 18, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Southwest Association Spring Meeting-Benson Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  United Church of Benson, 2793 Stage Rd., Benson, VT

2:00-2:30 p.m. Registration

2:30 p.m. Brief Association Business Meeting:

Opening Prayer

Joys and Concerns

Approval of Minutes of March 22, 2014 and September 29, 2013 meetings

Receipt of Treasurer’s Report

Approval of Budget for May 18, 2014 to Annual Meeting 2015

Presentation of Reports of Association committees

Election of officers and committee members

3:30 – 4:15 Program on the book, Chasing Francis:  A Pilgrim’s Take by Ian Morgan Cron.  Copies ($14) are available by contacting Jane at dorsetchurch@gmail.com or by calling 802-867-2260. Checks may be made payable to Grace Congregational Church.

              4:15 Adjourn with Light Refreshments

It is our hope that each congregation of the Southwest Association will be represented at this meeting.  

 
misc_none 2:30 PM Windsor-Orange Association Spring Meeting-Roxbury Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  Roxbury Union Church, Rte. 12A, Roxbury, VT

Tuesday May 20, 2014 -  Thursday May 22, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none New England Women Ministers Association (NEWMA) Spring Retreat & Annual Meeting-Duxbury, MA Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Miramar Retreat Center, 121 Parks St., Duxbury, MA

New England Women Ministers Association Spring Retreat & Annual Meeting - Unearthing the Divine: God’s Longing to Capture our Hearts: Hildegard of Bingen, Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich, Mechthild of Magdeburg with Sr. Maureen Casey, SND.

Join us for a time of retreat, worship, and community. Take care of your body and spirit with massage therapy, sacred music, and the time and space to re-connect with yourself, your ecumenical sisters in ministries, your call, and your God.

The retreat begins with dinner on Tuesday, and ends with lunch on Thursday.

Click here for more information/registration.    
Tuesday May 20, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Finance Committee-Randolph Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rev. Dick White, Chair   802-247-6058   brancong@myfairpoint.net
   

Location:  Conference Office, 36 N. Main St., Randolph, VT

Tuesday May 27, 2014 -  Thursday May 29, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none Tending the Fire: Sending Retreat-Essex Ctr. Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rev. Barbara Lemmel    802-881-3267   barblemmel@mac.com
   

Location:  Essex Center United Methodist Church, 119 Center Rd., Essex Ctr., VT

Sponsor:  Tending the Fire

Sending Retreat:  Continued reflection on systems and anxiety, with emphasis on managing sabotage and creating collegial support; focus on call and vision for ministry; case studies.

Retreat schedule:                                             

  • 1:00 - 8:30 on Tuesday                                 
  • 9:00 - 8:30 on Wednesday                         
  • 9:00 - 4:00 on Thursday

9 CEU’s awarded at completion.  Participation at all retreats is required.

Registration Deadline: January 21, 2014

Cost:  $750 - The cost includes tuition, facility,  materials, and meals.  Local hotel information is available upon request.

Website:  www.tending-the-fire.com

Click here for a flyer.    
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Wednesday May 28, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Interim Ministers Gathering-Randolph Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rev. Pam Lucas   802-728-4999   lucasp@vtcucc.org
   

Location: Conference Office, 36 N. Main St., Randolph, VT

Thursday May 29, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 4th Annual Statewide 3SquaresVT Conference-Randolph Ctr. Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  Vermont Technical College, Randolph Ctr., VT

Sponsors: Hunger Free Vermont and the VT Department for Children and Families  

Join Hunger Free Vermont, the Department for Children and Families Food and Nutrition Team and advocates from the statewide 3SquaresVT work group in our annual statewide conference day on May 29th. Open to anyone interested in helping Vermonters access this key nutrition program, this year’s event will be held in Randolph at the Vermont Technical College, and for a small fee of $10, will include continental breakfast and lunch.

More details, including a registration and agenda with workshops, are coming soon.

Take Action! Mark your calendar now for May 29th! We hope to see you there!

Saturday May 31, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 5:30 PM Free Community Supper-Shrewsbury Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  Shrewsbury Community Meeting House (the first floor of the Shrewsbury Community Church Building in Town center), 88 Lottery Rd., Shrewsbury, VT

Sponsor:  Shrewsbury Community Church  

FREE Community Supper - Come One ! Come All!

Live Music, Fun! Free and open to the community.

Contact:  to help us plan please call Earl or Julanne Sharrow 802-492-3361 to leave a message letting us know how many are coming. However, calling is not required, walk-ins are welcome!

Have a neighbor who can't get out? Let us know and we can make a dinner to go.

             

Sunday June 1, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 12:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Champlain Association Spring Meeting-Burlington Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  College St. Congregational Church, 265 College St., Burlington, VT

The Champlain Association of the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ will gather at 12:30 P.M. on Sunday, June 1, at the College Street Congregational Church, UCC, 265 College Street in Burlington, for its Annual Meeting, and a program led by the Rev. Mick Comstock, pastor of the Second Congregational Church, UCC, in Jeffersonville, about the difficulty and the necessity of encouraging important conversations about love, work, and citizenship (the extreme of which is war) at the very center of our congregational lives.

In 2012, Mick was invited to deliver a paper at the Craigville Colloquy which provides an opportunity for pastors, teachers, seminarians, and laity to gather at a retreat center on Cape Cod for five days of theological conversation and Biblical reflection. The title was, “Practicing the Presence of God: Congregational Again… for the First Time.”

He argued that since the 1950s, our communities have been transformed into suburbs, resulting in the de-centering of our common life, scattering us into institutions where we work, learn, play, and die separately. Most of us don’t remember another kind of life. In the 50’s and 60’s our congregations both forecast and mimicked this shift as we scattered our children out of worship with us into classrooms where they are separated by age-groups even from each other, and our ever more elaborate organizational structures that separate us adults from each other into smaller and smaller pieces of the work of the church.

Mick concludes, “Because there is nowhere else in our broken communities where people of all ages might gather together regularly for important conversations, it makes sense for us (churches) to try to be that again. For our smaller congregations, at least, it would not be such a stretch to gather our children back from their exile in Sunday School, and our beginning adults from their banishment in their Youth Groups, and our adults from the diasporas of committee work, to the practice of the presence of God together.”

The plan for June 1 is to gather for lunch at 12:30, start Mick’s presentation by 1:30, and then break into small groups around the three parts of the question, “How do we talk with each other and with our children and grandchildren about love, work and war?”

From these discussions, we hope to develop a plan to move forward with a Fall Association meeting at which we learn together the art and disciplines of talking with each other about one of these important parts of our common life, to be chosen if possible when we gather back from our small groups on June 1.

The Design for the day, as developed by the Executive Committee:

12:30 – Gather for lunch, provided by the host church
1:15 – Opening Payer, very important brief announcements
1:30 – Mick’s Paper and Discussion, possibly resulting in a plan for the Fall Meeting
2:30 – Action on proposed changes to by-laws (see below), budget for July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015 (including setting of per capita), elections, other necessary business
3:00 – Greetings from the Conference, and a blessing

Article XII of the Association’s Constitution and By-Laws provides for Amendments:

“Any Article of this Constitution and By-Laws may be amended at any Annual, Semi-Annual or Special Meeting by a two thirds vote of the members present, provided the proposed amendment has been read at a previous meeting, or written notice of the proposed amendment has been sent to the pastor and clerk of each church in the Association at least one month prior to the meeting. Once the proposed Amendment of an Article has been properly brought to the floor of an authorized meeting of the Association, the Amendment will be treated as that of (sic) any other motion.”

Four changes to the by-laws are proposed by the Executive Committee.

(1) Present by-laws: “The Annual Meeting shall be held at least one week prior to the Annual Meeting of the Conference….”(Art. IX, sect.1) Proposed change: “The Annual Meeting shall be held at such time and place as the Executive Council shall determine.”

(2)Present by-laws: Twenty delegates and/or ministers from at least six churches shall constitute a quorum.” (Art. IX, Sect. 4) Proposal: Keep that as the standard, but add, “ In the absence of a quorum, those present may declare themselves a Vicinage Council. At the next official meeting of the Association, the actions of the Vicinage Council shall be ratified, without debate.”

(3) Delete Article V, Section 6, “Worship Leader. The Worship Leader shall be elected by the Association Annual Meeting for a term of one year. The Worship Leader is responsible for worship at Association meetings as required.”

(4) Proposal: set the Association’s fiscal year to coincide with the Conference’s fiscal year. This would need to be a new article, or an addition to Article V, Section 4, since there is no mention of a fiscal year in the current by-laws. Since the Conference’s fiscal year could change, no dates should be specified.

Each church is entitled to representation at meetings of the Association by the pastor(s) and three delegates, “one of whom may be a youth.” Pastors and church clerks will please see that delegates are prepared for the meeting.

A prayer for the Champlain Association: “O Lord God, who sees that we put not our trust in anything that we do, mercifully grant that by your power we may be defended against all adversity, through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (BCP)

Monday June 2, 2014 -  Wednesday June 4, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none Mercersburg Convocation: 'Defining Church in Our Time'-Lancaster, PA Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  Lancaster Theological Seminary, 55 W. James St., Lancaster, PA

Sponsor:  Mercersburg Society

Mercersburg Convocation:  'Defining Church in Our Time'

Registration Deadline:  May 19, 2014

Click here for more information/registration.    
Tuesday June 3, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Ministerial Standing & Standards Committee-Randolph Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rev. Susan Webster-Toleno, Chair   802-387-2334   susiewt@gmail.com
   

Location: Conference Office, 36 N. Main St., Randolph, VT

 

 

Saturday June 7, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Board of Directors Meeting-Randolph Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rev. Amy Pitton, Chair   802-223-2424   revamyp@comcast.net
   

Location: Conference Office, 36 N. Main St. Randolph, VT

 

Sunday June 8, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 1:30 PM Windham Union Association Spring Meeting-Wesminster West Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St., Westminster, VT

1:30 PM, Short Business Meeting
2:00 PM, Ecclesiastical Council for Dr. Lise Sparrow

Reception following.

 
relig_cross 4:00 PM Installation of Rev. Daniel Cooperrider-Weybridge Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  Weybridge Congregational Church, 2790 Weybridge Road, Weybridge VT

Sponsor: Addison Association
Saturday June 14, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Boundary Awareness II Workshop-Concord, NH Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Tad's Place at Herritage Heights, 149 East Side Drive, Concord, NH

Sponsor: New Hampshire Conference, United Church of Christ he Chairpersons of the Committees on Church & Ministry are arranging this day for the next phase of Boundary Awareness Training with our authorized ministers (Licensed, Commissioned, and Ordained). Level I training is required for those who plan to attend this workshop event.

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. David Olsen, PhD, who serves as Executive Director of the Samaritan Counseling Center in Albany, New York. Authorized Ministers will gather at the New Hampshire Conference Center from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. This event qualifies for the second phase of Boundary Awareness Training as required by your Association. Pastoral Counselors, who are being trained as facilitators by Dr. Olsen, are invited to be present from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Discounted Price: $20.00. If Registered By Thursday, June 12, 2014. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast and a boxed lunch.

Click here for more information/registration.    
Monday June 23, 2014 -  Friday June 27, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2014 Washington Island Forum-Washington Island, WI Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Trueblood Performing Arts Center, 870 Main Road, Washington Island, WI

Sponsors: Wisconsin Council of Churches & Christian Century Magazine 

2014 Theme: TWENTY QUESTIONS: Why the Church Needs to Ask More Questions Than It Answers - Join us and enjoy four and one half days of worship, plenary presentations, small groups, discussions and contemplation in an ecumenical setting.

Forum Presenters: The Revs. Lillian Daniel & Martin Copenhaver

Click here for more information/registration.    
Sunday July 6, 2014 -  Thursday July 10, 2014 Go To Top
rec_sailboat.GIF Retreat on the Schooner 'Lewis R. French'-Camden, ME Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rev. Sue Foster     econgregtnl@snet.net
   

Location:  Camden, ME

Windjammer Retreat in Maine!

As the days get colder, imagine yourself on board a historic windjammer schooner in July for a four day retreat in the midst of God’s creation. Relaxing days, beautiful scenery, time for reflection, and outstanding meals (including a lobster bake on the beach!) are just some of the highlights of this wonderful time away.

This sailing retreat begins and ends in Camden, Maine.

Cost: $625/person. Includes 4 nights lodging on board the schooner and all meals. $150 deposit due by February 1st. 

Rev. Sue Foster, pastor of the East Woodstock (CT) Congregational Church, has led this retreat for several summers on board the schooner Lewis R. French.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Sue Foster.

Click here for a flyer.    
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Thursday July 10, 2014 -  Monday July 14, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2014 UCC Musicians National Network (UCCMNN) Conference-Greensboro, NC Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Congregational United Church of Christ, 400 West Radiance Drive, Greensboro, NC / SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 6006 Landmark Center Blvd., Greensboro, NC

Sponsor:  United Church of Christ Musicians National Network (UCCMNN)

“The United Church of Christ Musicians National Network (UCCMNN) is pleased to announce their 2014 conference, “Make a Joyful Noise” featuring John Bell and Ruth Elaine Schram at Congregational United Church of Christ in Greensboro, North Carolina from July 10-13, 2014.

We’ll begin with dinner on Thursday evening and finish up following lunch on Sunday. You’ll want to be sure to stay for the festive worship service on Sunday with John Bell, Ruth Elaine Schram, the conference choir, and a host of musical and other artistic offerings during worship!

Registration is now open!  

The UCCMNN is sponsored by Local Church Ministries of the United Church of Christ. Membership is free and open to anyone interested in the worship life of the local church.”  

Click here for more information/registration.    
Saturday July 12, 2014 -  Saturday July 19, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none Iona Regenerative Leadership Retreat-Iona, Scotland Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:      info@regenerativesociety.org
   

Location: Bishop's House, Iona, Scotland

Sponsor: Center for Regenerative Society

IONA: A Celtic Pilgrimage of Renewal - We are pleased to announce our summer Regenerative Leadership Retreat in Scotland on the Sacred Isle of Iona.  We invite you to join us for a special week-long retreat at historic Bishop's House on the beautiful island of Iona in the western Hebrides of Scotland, where a group of 24 spiritual pilgrims will go in search of that "fugitive faith we have allowed to run away from ourselves." Inspired by the enduring wisdom of Celtic Christianity, this Regenerative Leadership Retreat will not only feed the longings of our souls in the good company of others on the pilgrimage, but help us shape the emerging future of a regenerative society that is now being born inside our communities of faith as they become local centers for spiritual, environmental and community renewal.

In our morning and evening sessions, we will circle around our daily themes using a combination of reflective reading, poetry, journaling, and small and large group discussions as we explore:

  • the rich natural and cultural heritage of Iona, its history and its people
  • the extraordinary sixth-century mission of Columba and the Irish monastic schools that contributed to a social tipping point in civilization
  • the "contrary way" of Celtic Christianity and its ongoing contribution to personal and congregational life today
  • the story of the contemporary Iona Community and other innovative models of emerging religious life
  • the recovery of contemplative, prophetic and sacramental practices so vital to personal and community renewal
  • resources for worship and daily spiritual practice, including poetry, prayers and blessings from the Celtic tradition

Afternoons are free for solitude and personal reflection as you explore your own growing edge within, including walks and hikes to places of great natural beauty or historic interest, and ample opportunity to enjoy the companionship of fellow retreatants and new soul friends. There will also be daily opportunities to experience Celtic models of worship in our Anglican Retreat House, in the Abbey with the Iona Community, the Catholic House of Prayer and the Parish Church of Scotland, or amidst the many ancient "altars of unhewn stone" that the Creator has provided on Iona since time immemorial.

Retreat fee: $1300 includes tuition, food, and lodging for the week of July 12-19 on Iona (travel to and from is the responsibility of each retreatant)

Registrations and $1300 payment due April 30.

Click here for:

Facilitator Bios

Registration form, Questionnaire, & Liability Release Form

Travel Information

Click here for a slideshow of Iona

Monday July 14, 2014 -  Friday July 18, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 2014 Craigville Theological Colloquy-Centerville, MA Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  Craigville Retreat Center, 39 Prospect Ave., Centerville, MA

2014 Craigville Theological Colloquy -  “Creation as Theology & Ecology”

Precis: In confronting the challenge climate change poses to all life, people of faith can and must bring both unique and essential responses. If life as we have known it for at least 100,000 years is to have continuity going forward, humanity needs to muster a massive reorientation of our moral compass. In the past, less demanding moral reorientation has only been possible when religious leaders have both articulated a vision and illuminated a path. We must draw upon the Noahic covenant to expand the Golden Rule to include all things alive today AND in the future. We must offer an understanding of and experience of spiritual progress that is sufficiently satisfying that people in first world can abandon material gain as the sole measure of progress. This challenge is calling upon our generation to re-purpose the church – or to put it another way, that the church needs a new vocation if we are to faithfully accomplish these and other essential ends. With a new vocation, certain behaviors and commitments would become normative expressions of Christian discipleship. Civil disobedience, divestment from fossil fuel companies and a commitment to a simple lifestyle are three such exemplary behaviors. With a new vocation, Christians would respond to the inconsolable grief of the world with generative hope – as exemplified by the prophet Jeremiah (Chapter 32).

Keynoter: The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Executive Minister & President, Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ

Bible Reflection: Ms. Jane Ellingwood, PhD Candidate, Theology and Religion, University of Exeter (England) and Hartford Seminary 

Click here for more information.    
Sunday July 20, 2014 Go To Top
relig_cross 3:00 PM Installation of Rev. Martha Peck-Westmore Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  Westmore Community Church, 27 Hinton Hill Rd, Westmore, VT

3:00 PM, Ecclesiastical Council
4:00 PM, Installation

Sponsor:  Northeast Association

Saturday July 26, 2014 -  Saturday August 2, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none Star Gathering I Family Conference-Star Island, NH Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Star Island Retreat & Conference Center, Star Island, NH

Conference Theme: "The Everyday Life of Christian Rituals"

Baptism, holy communion, ashes on Ash Wednesday, blessings, laying on of hands, anointing at healing services, foot-washing, lighting the Advent wreath—these are a few of the traditional rituals of the Christian church. They are special “spiritual” things we do in church on designated days. But do these practices have a life outside the sanctuary? Are they connected to the realities of our ordinary lives? Do they mean anything to us once we move from Sunday to Monday?

This week’s program will explore a few of these rituals (some of which we call ‘sacraments’), looking for ways they are present, active, and ethically demanding in the everyday. And we’ll ask how, in return, our ordinary experiences might enrich and deepen the rituals we practice in church.

In worship, we will explore stories of scripture and stories of life, and be introduced to people who reveal to us the very heart of God. We will practice "seeing people," and in doing so, encounter God in our midst.  

Guest speaker: Rev Dr. J. Mary Luti and Minister of the Week: Rev Janet Hatfield Legro.

Click here for more information/registration.    
 
misc_none Star Gathering I Youth Conference-Star Island, NH Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Star Island Retreat & Conference Center, Star Island, NH

Conference Theme: Practicing Our Faith

Youth Minister of the Week: Catherine Allard

Conference Description: The Youth Conference for SG1 will explore different ways we might connect to the life-giving energy source that is both within us and beyond us. Join us in a week of "unplugging" from our media-rich lives and "plugging in" to the rich experience of connecting with the traditions and people you meet (or see only) on Star. Spiritual practices will be the theme of the morning program. What will you try: Capoeira, meditation, painting, making music, lectio divina? These are examples of the kinds of things that help us experience the awesome potential for connection and creativity each one of us embodies!

This conference is open to youth entering grades 9 through 13 (high school grads).

Click here for more information/registration.    
Saturday August 2, 2014 -  Saturday August 9, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none Star Gathering II Family Conference-Star Island, NH Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Star Island Retreat & Conference Center, Star Island, NH

Conference Theme: Everyday Offerings There is an Ethiopian proverb which says, “When the heart overflows it comes through the mouth.” Think story, poetry, song, prayer. Think how much we have to be grateful for in each moment and place we are. What happens when we take time to notice. What happens when we express that gratitude in that moment, in that place, in a tangible, audible, or visible way. We will explore Story, Offerings and Place. We will share stories of holy moments and special places; we will discover for ourselves what makes something sacred or ordinary, and we will create offerings to mark the sacred places in our lives and our surroundings.

Guest speaker and storyteller Valarie Tutson and Minister of the Week: Rev Dennis P. Moon 

Click here for more information/registration.    
 
misc_none Star Gathering II Youth Conference-Star Island, NH Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Star Island Retreat & Conference Center, Star Island, NH

Conference Theme: Expressing Our Faith

Youth Minister of the Week: Rev. Brian Gruhn

Conference Description: When we express ourselves through creativity, compassionate words, and acts of kindness, we express our faith. The Youth Conference for SG2 will give participants an opportunity to think about how they express themselves through words, art, and actions. In expressing themselves, they will get to know each other better and will grow closer to the God who created them and loves them just as they are. Youth who come to Star Island form a special connection with the island and with the community of friends they meet. Whether or not their parents participate in the concurrent Star Gathering 2 conference, youth form a sense of Island family that does nothing short of transforming their lives.

This conference is open to youth entering grades 9 through 13 (high school grads).

Click here for more information/registration.    
Monday September 22, 2014 -  Wednesday September 24, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none Ministers' Convocation-Burlington Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  Bishop Booth Conference Center, 20 Rock Point Circle, Burlington VT

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Sunday September 28, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none Southwest Association Fall Meeting Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Time/Location:  TBD

Tuesday June 30, 2015 -  Friday June 26, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none General Synod 30-Cleveland, OH Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Location:  Cleveland, OH

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