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Monday July 21, 2014 -  Friday July 25, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none Faith and Nature Camp-Rupert Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Calfee/Davis Farm, Route 30, Rupert, VT

Sponsor: Interfaith Council of the Northshire

Faith and Nature Camp - Hiking, Swimming, Crafts, Building Projects and so much more.

For $75.00 for the week, Faith and Nature Camp is a most affordable and exciting nature based weeklong summer day camp.

From July 21 – July 25 campers aged 7-11 (Entering 2nd grade through 7th grade) will experience an action packed week of activities while learning about environmental stewardship. In a rustic and beautiful setting of woods river and meadows in Rupert, children will participate in a wide variety of activities and programs led by local experts and educators who are leaders in their field. Free bus transportation provided from Arlington, Manchester and Dorset.

Over the course of the week campers will have the opportunity to experience canoeing, hiking, swimming in the Mettowee, building projects, and crafts to name just a few. Faith and Nature Camp focuses on several themes including wilderness survival, responsible forestry, and respecting the environment. By framing these outdoor studies in the context of worship and spirituality, children come to value and appreciate the sanctity of our natural resources.

Included in the cost of camp, on Sunday, July 20th at 4:00 PM there will be a Pre-Camp Family meeting where parents and campers gather at the Calfee/Davis Farm to discuss our roles as parents and educators in inspiring a love, reverence and stewardship for nature. It is also a time to see the camp, meet the staff and gain a better understanding about what activities your child will be engaging in throughout the week.

Sponsored by the Interfaith Council of the Northshire, the camp day runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm (Friday, 9:00 am 12:00 Noon) at the Calfee/Davis Farm on Route 30 in Rupert, VT. Free bus transportation is provided from Arlington, Manchester and Dorset.

The deadline for registration is June 20, 2014.

Applications are available at the office of the participating congregations below, by calling 802-867-2260 or emailing Jane at dorsetchurch@gmail.com.

The Interfaith Council of the Northshire is a community of faith committed to the enhancement of spiritual growth and enrichment of fellowship and understanding and the empowerment and of love and social care. Member congregations include, Christ Our Savior Roman Catholic Church, First Congregational Church of Manchester, United Church of Dorset in East Rupert, The Congregational and United Methodist Churches of Rupert, Federated Church of East Arlington, First Baptist Church, Israel Congregation and Zion Episcopal Church.

Please join us for a fun filled, educationally nurturing, and spiritually nourishing week.  

Thursday July 24, 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

 
ent_note 7:30 PM Historic Pipe Organ in Concert-Northfield Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: United Church of Northfield, 58 South Main St., Northfield, VT

Dr. William Tortolano, Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts/Music, at Saint Michael’s College, will give a recital of organ music at the United Church of Northfield, Northfield, VT on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm.

The historic William Stevens Organ dates from 1858. It has been modified and altered over the years, but still maintains its tonal splendor. It was completely renovated, including new hand crafted pipes by Robert Waters, President of the Watersmith Pipe Organ Company. The organ has two keyboards, pedals, 11 stops or rows of pipes. The original Stevens Organ includes the original 18 note pedal keyboard, an 8’ Open Diapason row of 61 pipes. Additional parts came from the Tenth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina and the United Methodist Church in Rockland, Maine.

The many tonal splendors of the organ will be displayed in music by Froberger, Buxtehude, Pachelbel, J.S. Bach, Franck, Clarke, and Peeters. The concluding Litanies by Alain will bring out “all the stops.” The program also includes two Vermont composed hymns: God of Our Fathers and I Sing A Song Of The Saints Of God.

Dr. William Tortolano is College Organist Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Saint Michael’s College. He taught at Saint Michael’s (including after “retirement”) for 50 years. A graduate of Boston University, the New England Conservatory of Music, and I’Université de Montreal, Tortolano was also a Conducting Fellow at the Berkshire Music Center (Tanglewood). His diversified expertise includes organ recitals at I’Oratoire St. Joseph in Montréal and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris; author of books on choral music, Gregorian Chant, and a biography of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Anglo-Black Composer; a Yale University Fellowship in Medieval Music through the National Endowment for the Humanities; and a Visiting Fellow at King’s and Trinity Colleges, Cambridge University, England. His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, conferred upon him the Medal of Honor: Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice for his work as an authority on Gregorian Chant.

The concert is free and open to the public, but an optional free will offering will be available.

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 July 26, 2014 Go To Top
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

The menu includes baked beans, ham, corn bread, salad, beverages, and dessert.  Enjoy good fellowship as you enjoy great food.  Families are welcome. 

The price is free, but you are encouraged to bring non-perishable items for the local food pantry.

Wednesday July 30, 2014 Go To Top
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

 
ent_note 7:30 PM Annual Hymn Sing-W. Newbury Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: West Newbury Congregational Church, Tyler Farm Road, West Newbury, VT

Rev. Dr. Don Saliers will lead his annual hymn-sing at the West Newbury Church on July 30th at 7:30 p.m. This is always a fun, inspiring and joyous time. All are welcome!! Spread the word to all who love music! 

Friday August 1, 2014 -  Sunday August 3, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none Our Whole Lives (OWL) Training: Youth Adults and Adults-Nashua, NH Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Pat Harris   603-882-4861   pharris@firstchurchnashua.org
   

Location:  First Church, UCC, 1 Concord Street, Nashua, NH

Our Whole Lives Training - Training Educators to teach Human Sexuality to: Youth Adults and Adults - Our Whole Lives is a comprehensive, kindergarten through adult sexuality education curriculum series. It provides people of all ages with accurate information on sexual health, human development, sexual behavior, relationships, and personal skills in the supportive setting of their faith community. This workshop trains teachers in how to teach participants about sexuality in age-appropriate ways. The workshop will focus on the curricula for Young Adults and Adults.

To be certified as Our Whole Lives teachers, individuals are expected to: demonstrate a commitment to a values-based, comprehensive sexuality education; have a willingness to affirm the Our Whole Lives program goals, values, and philosophy; have an ability to provide a safe, engaging learning environment; and have an appreciation for working with people of diverse races, cultures, ages, abilities, and sexual and gender orientations. Two adults are required to be present at all times whenever Our Whole Lives is taught. Therefore, if a church or organization wants to teach Our Whole Lives, two adults (preferably different genders) need to attend a training. 

Note: This training has an evaluation component. Trainers will be evaluating participants on facilitation skills, comfort with the materials and behavioral appropriateness. Any concerns will be brought up with the individual. At the end of the training, you will be approved (or not) as an OWL leader.

Training is limited to 20 people

Registration Deadline: June 30, 2014 or capacity 

Registration fee: $225.00/person - The registration fee covers the cost of the workshop including: trainers, meals, and supplies. The required Our Whole Lives manuals are not included. Overnight lodging is not included. Please indicate if you would like lodging in a host home. 

Click here for more information/registration.    
Friday August 1, 2014 -  Sunday August 31, 2014 Go To Top
rec_paintpalette02 Art Exhibit-Waitsfield Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Waitsfield United Church of Christ, 4335 Main St. (Rte. 100), Waitsfield, VT

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Saturday, August 2, Artist's Talk
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM, Saturday, August 2, Opening Reception
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Thursdays - Monday, August 1-31, Exhibit open

Holiness and the Feminine Spirit: The Art of Janet McKenzie - the Waitsfield United Church of Christ will exhibit the paintings of Vermont artist, Janet McKenzie, during the Vermont Festival of the Arts in August. This summer will be our second annual Art Exhibit in collaboration with The Festival of the Arts event in the valley. We are enormously privileged to be hosting Janet McKenzie and her beautiful paintings. Holiness and the Feminine Spirit is an exhibit of fifteen paintings modeled on two groups (women and people of color) that have been under-represented in traditional Christian imagery. Her painting Jesus of the People will be on view, offering a rare opportunity to see the original painting. Selected First Place Winner of the National Catholic Reporter’s global competition for an image of Christ for the new millennium, the painting invariably generates conversation. Janet’s paintings reflect her hope for greater love among all of us, for seeing with honest eyes, having an open heart, and an open mind. She strives to create art that celebrates our inherent similarities rather than our differences. What lies beyond skin and gender, within the depth of our universal soul is more alike than we’ll ever know.

Janet will speak about her work and sign her book Holiness and the Feminine Spirit on Saturday, August 2nd, followed by the Opening Reception.

Contact: 802-496-3065 (church), 802-723-4122 (artist)

Click here for a flyer.

Click here for more information about the artist.    
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.    
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Saturday August 2, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 5:00 PM Free Community Supper-Shrewsbury Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sue   802-779-5241   ransom1962@hotmail.com
   

Location:  Shrewsbury Town Hall, 88 Lottery Rd., Shrewsbury, VT

Sponsor:  Shrewsbury Community Church

Free Community Supper! Live Music! Fun!

Crispy Chicken, Rolls, Fresh Summer Salads & Dessert

 
ent_note 7:00 PM Addison County Gospel Choir In Concert-Pittsford Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  Pittsford Congregational Church, 121 Village Green, Pittsford, VT

Free will offering to benefit the Music Program.

Tuesday August 5, 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
   

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

 

 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Stewardship Department-Randolph Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rev. Lucia Jackson, Chair   802-436-2224   revlucia13@gmail.com
   

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

Thursday August 7, 2014 -  Sunday August 10, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none New Church Leadership Institute (NCLI)-Atlanta, GA Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  First Congregational Church, 105 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta, GA

Sponsor: Center for Progressive Renewal (CPR)

Finding Our Way Again: A Conference on Starting or Renewing Your Church is the theme for the annual New Church Leadership Institute (NCLI) to be held August 7-10, 2014. Created eight years ago, NCLI features world-class church planting and renewal experts within the progressive church, and is one of the main programs of the Center for Progressive Renewal (CPR). The conference will be held at the First Congregational Church, 105 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. Dozens of speakers will participate in NCLI, the only conference of its kind in the United States.

Presenters will include Brian McLaren, Carol Howard Merritt, Yvette Flunder, Cameron Trimble, and Michael Piazza. Finding Our Way Again will focus on the major themes including global trends that are reshaping what it means to be church in this time; how leaders can “retool” themselves to lead churches into a new age; and how to build sustainable ministries for the present and future. For those who desire to spend more concentrated time on specific issues, a one-day pre-conference intensive will be held in seven specific areas including “Church Planting”, “Digital Discipleship”, “Social Justice: Community Organizing Training for Your Church Leaders.” 

Discount Registration Deadline:  May 31, 2014

Click here for more information/registration.    
Saturday August 9, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 8:00 AM  -  3:00 PM 33rd Summer Festival-W. Newbury Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: For more information:   802-584-3809   marjmartin@gmail.com
   

Location:  In and around the West Newbury Hall, 219 Tyler Farm Road, West Newbury, VT

Sponsor:  Women's Fellowship, W. Newbury Congregational Church 

Features:  Muffin Breakfast at 8:00 a.m., White Elephant Sale, Silent Auction, Bake Sale, display of Vintage Toys, Games and Dolls, parade theme "childhood memories",  Spare rib Barbecue 11:30 to 1:30, adults $10.00, children $5.00, Taste of local dessert tea time, 12:00 to 2:00.

 
misc_none 5:00 PM Annual Bean Hole Beans and Chicken BBQ-Post Mills Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Judy Dixon   603-208-9524   judith.c.dixon@hitchcock.org
   

Location:  Post Mills Congregational Church, Route 244, Post Mills, VT

Start serving at 5pm until tickets sold out

Annual Bean Hole Beans and Chicken BBQ

Outdoor Event -  Rain or Shine

Eat In or Take Out

Dinner includes: 1/2 BBQ chicken, Bean Hole Beans; salad, roll, beverage, pie for dessert.

Music by the Lyme (NH) Town Band.

Monday August 11, 2014 -  Friday August 15, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  11:45 AM Vacation Bible Camp: Workshop of Wonders-Essex Jct. Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: First Congregational Church, UCC, 1 Church Street, Essex Junction, VT

Vacation Bible Camp:  Workshop of Wonders – Imagine & Build with God - Preschool (3 years old & potty trained or accompanied by an adult) up to those entering 6th grade in the Fall, Youth & Adult Volunteers.

Contact: Laurie Chipman, Christian Education Director, 802-878-5745 ext 103 to register.  

Tuesday August 12, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Annual Meeting Planning Committee-Randolph Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

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

Sunday August 17, 2014 Go To Top
relig_cross 4:00 PM Ordination of Dr. Lise Sparrow-Guilford Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Dr., Guilford, VT

Sponsor:  Windham-Union Association

Monday August 18, 2014 Go To Top
rec_walking-hiker 8:30 AM 25th Annual Mountain Day - Hike to the Top of Vermont-Stowe Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: For information/to RSVP: Rev. David Ransom   802-644-8144   
   

Meet at: Stowe Mountain Resort, Upper Gondola parking lot, Stowe, VT

Sponsor: The Mountain Chapel 

Friday August 22, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM Convocation Committee Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ms. Elisa Lucozzi, Chair   802-748-2603   elucozzi@gmail.com
   

Location:  via conference call
 

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Saturday August 23, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none Board of Directors Retreat-Chesterfield, NH Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rev. Amy Pitton, Chair   802-223-2424   revamyp@comcast.net
   

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

 

Thursday August 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

Tuesday September 2, 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. Laurie Krooss, Chair   802-824-6453   lkrooss@yahoo.com
   

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

 

 

Saturday September 6, 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

 

Tuesday September 9, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Annual Meeting Planning Committee-Randolph Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

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

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

What is Deeper than the Grave? Loving our Deepest Roots - The Convocation Planning Team is pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Kathleen Rusnak - Kathleen is an ordained Lutheran pastor with a doctorate in Psychology and Religion. She has been the pastor of three Lutheran congregations, a hospice chaplain in two hospices, the director of spiritual care and bereavement at The Connecticut Hospice (the first hospice in the United States), and lived and worked in Israel for over two years as the director and study coordinator of the theological department at a post-Holocaust Christian European kibbutz in the Galilee, which focused on repentance and renewal towards the Jewish people.

What will we be doing? Most pastors are ministering to aging congregations. How do we do this work well? During this time together, we will explore issues of dying and death; loss of memory and dementia; diminishing energy, physical ability, and presence among the oldest members of our congregations; and our personal emotions around our aging and inevitable death. The Gospel tells us that aging and dying are at the foundation of the Good News of life and resurrection that we strive to preach. How do we preach and live this Good News in a way that helps us and our congregations to discover “What is Deeper than the Grave”? 

Registration Deadline: September 9, 2014

Click here for brochure/registration.    
Tuesday September 23, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none Ministers' Convocation (cont.)-Burlington Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

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

What is Deeper than the Grave? Loving our Deepest Roots - The Convocation Planning Team is pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Kathleen Rusnak - Kathleen is an ordained Lutheran pastor with a doctorate in Psychology and Religion. She has been the pastor of three Lutheran congregations, a hospice chaplain in two hospices, the director of spiritual care and bereavement at The Connecticut Hospice (the first hospice in the United States), and lived and worked in Israel for over two years as the director and study coordinator of the theological department at a post-Holocaust Christian European kibbutz in the Galilee, which focused on repentance and renewal towards the Jewish people.

What will we be doing? Most pastors are ministering to aging congregations. How do we do this work well? During this time together, we will explore issues of dying and death; loss of memory and dementia; diminishing energy, physical ability, and presence among the oldest members of our congregations; and our personal emotions around our aging and inevitable death. The Gospel tells us that aging and dying are at the foundation of the Good News of life and resurrection that we strive to preach. How do we preach and live this Good News in a way that helps us and our congregations to discover “What is Deeper than the Grave”? 

Registration Deadline: September 9, 2014

Click here for brochure/registration.    
Tuesday September 23, 2014 -  Thursday September 25, 2014 Go To Top
ent_note Faith in our Music: Many Voices, Diverse Chords, Common Hopes-Richmond, VA Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Road, Richmond, VA

Sponsor: Union Presbyterian Seminary

A music conference for clergy, church musicians, worship committees, and anyone interested in music in the church! Featuring John Bell from the Iona Community in Scotland; Warren Cooper, who writes and performs sacred jazz music; and Amanda Powell, whose specialty is global music.

One of the most effective and participatory parts of worship is the music. Worship music has changed tremendously over the past 30 years, and is changing still! This three-day conference will introduce new music and new music styles that can be used in your church’s worship. Through worship services in different styles, two workshop opportunities on different topics, panel discussions, and more, we will put our many voices and diverse experiences together to build hope in our faith and in the church.

Pastors, church musicians, worship leaders, and those interested in church music are welcome to attend.

A discount is offered for groups who register from the same church with more than two people. Space is limited – register early!

Discount Registration Deadline:  July 31, 2014

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

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

What is Deeper than the Grave? Loving our Deepest Roots - The Convocation Planning Team is pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Kathleen Rusnak - Kathleen is an ordained Lutheran pastor with a doctorate in Psychology and Religion. She has been the pastor of three Lutheran congregations, a hospice chaplain in two hospices, the director of spiritual care and bereavement at The Connecticut Hospice (the first hospice in the United States), and lived and worked in Israel for over two years as the director and study coordinator of the theological department at a post-Holocaust Christian European kibbutz in the Galilee, which focused on repentance and renewal towards the Jewish people.

What will we be doing? Most pastors are ministering to aging congregations. How do we do this work well? During this time together, we will explore issues of dying and death; loss of memory and dementia; diminishing energy, physical ability, and presence among the oldest members of our congregations; and our personal emotions around our aging and inevitable death. The Gospel tells us that aging and dying are at the foundation of the Good News of life and resurrection that we strive to preach. How do we preach and live this Good News in a way that helps us and our congregations to discover “What is Deeper than the Grave”? 

Registration Deadline: September 9, 2014

Click here for brochure/registration.    
Thursday September 25, 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

Saturday September 27, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL) 2014 Conference-Rutland Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Betsy Hardy      info@vtipl.org
   

Location:  Grace Congregational United Church of Christ, 8 Court St., Rutland, VT

Save the date and plan to join us!

Vermont Interfaith Power and Light's annual conference will be on Sat., Sept. 27, 2014 at Grace United Church of Christ in Rutland.

The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal will be the Keynote speaker. He is the Conference Minister of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ and is committed to taking climate action. More details in coming months! 

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

Location:  Rupert Congregational Church, Main St., Rupert, VT

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Saturday October 18, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  3:00 PM Craft Church: From Attraction to Integration Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: United Church of Bethel, 129 Church St., Bethel, VT

Sponsor:  Vermont Conference Church Growth & Vitality Committee / Center for Progressive Renewal (CPR)

Save the Date!

The next event in our Congregational Vitality Series: CRAFT CHURCH: from Attraction to Integration - This workshop is designed to offer specific and practical insights into how to get people to come to your church, then get them to come back, then get them to stay and become the Body of Christ. Vintage Churches can grow again if they learn to CRAFT services, programs, and systems in ways that are congruent with the local settings values, mission, and Vision.

Our Keynote Speaker is the Rev. Michael Piazza of the Center for Progressive Renewal (CPR). This workshop is presented as part of our three year investment with CPR to equip our churches for mission and ministry today and tomorrow! 

Cost: $25 per person includes lunch.

Click here for a flyer.

Click here for more information/registration.    
Saturday October 25, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 8:00 AM  -  3:45 PM Super Saturday-Framingham, MA Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Keefe Technical School, 750 Winter St., Framingham, MA

Sponsor: Massachusetts and Rhode Island Conferences of the United Church of Christ

Join hundreds of pastors and lay leaders from across two Conferences for a day of worship, workshops, forums, networking and a marketplace.

Featuring The Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo, Executive Minister of the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries Rev. Jaramillo is responsible for the church's work on human rights and social, racial and economic justice. She is a former president and vice-president of the Council for Hispanic Ministries and former co-convener of the Council of Racial and Ethnic Ministries. She will give the message during morning worship and also offer a lunchtime forum.

Workshops: Forty-eight workshops are being offered related to various aspects of church life, mission and ministries. 

Marketplace: A marketplace will give participants a chance to learn about a variety of ministry opportunities and to shop their favorite vendors, such as Magnificat Liturgical Artwork and Spirit and Fire Pottery.

Be Green! We encourage attendees to bring their own reusable water bottles and/or travel mugs.

Be Seen! (on macucc.org) We will have a professional photographer taking portraits for use on macucc.org. We’ll be looking for people of every age and ethnicity, singles, couples and families. Come prepared with your best smile! 

Cost: $54 per person or $44 per person in church groups of 5 or more who register at the same time.

Registration deadline:  October 10, 2014. 

Click here for more information/registration.    
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misc_none Parables: A Still Speaking Worship Event-Wayzata, MN Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Wayzata Community Church, 125 Wayzata Boulevard, Wayzata, MN

Sponsor: UCC Local Church Ministries, Faith Formation Team

Come experience PARABLES. Reflect on the experience and bring back what you can to your own ministry settings.

PARABLES is an interactive, "special-needs friendly" Worship Service, open to anyone and everyone. It is designed for the "little red fish in all of us – that part of us that yearns to swim against the tide!" This service celebrates the gifts of all who are part of the Body of Christ – those with special needs and those without. Check out PARABLES and what others have to say about it. 

This worship event is designed for worship leaders, faith formation directors, pastors, disability ministry volunteers, Sunday school teachers...anyone interested in making your church and worship services more inclusive.

This event is made possible with support from the Minnesota Conference Ashley Endowment.

Click here for more information/registration.    
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misc_none 2:30 PM  -  4:30 PM Grafton-Orange Association Fall Meeting-Meridan, NH Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location:  Meridan Congregational Church, 5 Mitchell Dr., Meriden, NH

Thursday November 6, 2014 -  Friday November 7, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none 3rd Annual Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future Conference-Dover Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:      vtvision2014@vermontpartnership.org
   

Location: Grand Summit Hotel & Conference Center, Mount Snow Resort, Dover, VT

Sponsor: Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity 

 The 3rd Annual Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future Conference (aka Vermont Vision 2014) will be held once again at the Grand Summit Hotel & Conference Center of the Mount Snow Resort located in Dover, Vermont. The conference dates are November 6th and 7th, 2014.

Vermont Vision 2014 is a participant-driven, strategy-sharing conference of Vermont leaders dedicated to enhance business-essential diversity, inclusion and equity practices.

Registration is now open.

The early registration fee is $125 until September 1, 2014 after which open registration is $150.

Those of you without Paypal accounts can still pay via credit/debit card through our Paypal portal. If you experience any problems please contact us or follow our off-line payment instructions:

Click here for more information/registration.    
Saturday November 8, 2014 -  Sunday November 9, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none Let Them All Come: A Still Speaking Worship Event-Denver, CO Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Washington Park United Church of Christ, 400 S. Williams St, Denver, CO

Sponsor: UCC Local Church Ministries, Faith Formation Team

Let Them All Come - an opportunity to explore inclusive worship.

Engage in an inclusive, intergenerational worship experience, followed by lunch, discussion, and reflection. Does your church want to be more inclusive of all generations in your worship services? Or is the space in your church underutilized and you want to use it to be more inclusive of your neighborhood? Wash Park UCC has wrestled with these issues (and more) and wants to share with you what they’ve learned and help you take their lessons back to your ministry settings.

This worship event is designed for pastors, worship leaders, faith formation directors, music and worship team members, faith formation volunteers, and facility planners. Plus, children are welcome at the worship service. Child care will be provided for the conversation following lunch. 

Click here for more information/registration.    
Saturday November 15, 2014 Go To Top
misc_none Vermont Ecumenical Council (VEC) Conference on Drug Addiction-Rutland Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Joseph Gainza      jgainza@vtlink.net
   

Location:  Grace Congregational United Church of Christ, 8 Court St., Rutland, VT

Save the date!

Vermont Ecumenical Council will be holding a conference to address root causes of drug addiction. More information to follow.
Friday April 17, 2015 -  Saturday April 18, 2015 Go To Top
misc_none Northeast Ecumenical Stewardship Council Event-Boxborough, MA Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Location: Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Pl., Boxborough, MA

Sponsor: Northeast Ecumenical Stewardship Council (NESC)

The Northeast Ecumenical Stewardship Council is pleased to announce its next event: Stewardship in the Changing Church: Moving from Consumerism to Generosity. Featuring Keynote Speakers: The Right Reverend Michael Curry and Ben Stroup.

This event will also feature multiple workshop opportunities, “TED” talks, and amazing worship.

Registration opens Fall 2014. 

Save the Date!

Click here for preliminary information.    
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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