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Final Joint Annual Meeting of the MA, RI & CT Conference

Friday & Saturday, November 1 & 2, 2019 – Come for the final Joint Annual meeting of the Massachusetts Conference, UCC;  Rhode Island Conference UCC; and Connecticut Conference UCC!

Cloud of Witnesses Unbound!  Scriptural Focus:  John 11:32-44

Friday, November 1st and Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

DCU Center
50 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608

On June 16, 2018, delegates from the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences voted overwhelmingly to form a new unified Conference. This Conference was approved by General Synod in June 2019, and is expected to officially launch Jan. 1, 2020. But before that happens, our three conferences will gather for the last time as separate entities at this, our third joint annual meeting on Friday, November 1 through Saturday, November 2, 2019.

The keynote speaker for this historic gathering will be Valarie Kaur, founder of the Revolutionary Love Project. Kaur is a Sikh racial justice activist, civil rights lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator and author of Revolutionary Love.
 
Delegates will also have opportunities to hear from one another during storytelling sessions and an evening reception, to worship together and to take part in plenary sessions. The new conference Board of Directors will give an update on the vision for the transition, including information on leadership. 

You can learn more about the Annual Meeting and register here:  https://www.macucc.org/eventdetail/12011650

You can read more about the forming of this new Conference here:  https://www.ricucc.org/newsdetail/together-as-one-planning-team-9254052

Super Saturday Reflections

By: Mary Friedman

October 5, 2019: “Do we want to be chaplains of the empire or prophets of the resistance?”  This question was posed by Bishop Dwayne Royster, pastor of Living Water United Church of Christ in Philadelphia, PA at Super Saturday on October 5.  Hundreds of UCC folks from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island gathered at Keefe Regional Technical School in Framingham for a day of worship, workshops, and networking at the Tri-Conference Super Saturday. 

Bishop Royster delivered an inspiring keynote address.  He is Senior Pastor Emeritus and Founder of Living Water Church as well as National Political Director of Faith in Action.  He has extensive advocacy, organizing, political, and faith leadership experience. He is committed to social justice as spiritual discipline and spiritual practice. 

I attended his morning workshop entitled “The Theology of Resistance” at which he asked attendees, “What keeps you up at night?”  There was lots of interaction with his audience!. Bishop Royster, who is black, described his experience working with angry black youths after yet another police shooting of an African-American.  The Bishop, in his clerical collar, tried to calm an angry mob.  A student told him, “This is YOUR fault!  You have failed us!”. He was shaken by this encounter.…