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Friday September 30, 2016 -  Sunday October 2, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none New Hampshire Conference Confirmation Retreat Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt   603-545-9660   MLanders@nhcucc.org
   

Many youth going through the confirmation process in their local churches are wondering "So what does it mean to be part of the United Church of Christ? Am I really welcome in the UCC? What does it mean that 'God is Still Speaking?'"

The Annual New Hampshire Conference, UCC Confirmation Retreat will be an opportunity to explore these questions. The retreat is a full weekend to be held September 30 – October 2 at Horton Center. This promises to be a very special time for our youth and confirmation leaders. We will gather for worship, music, discussion, good food and games. Come and meet others who are going through the Confirmation journey with you.

http://www.hortoncenter.org/campdetail.php?cid=25    
    Location: Horton Center
Saturday October 15, 2016 -  Sunday October 16, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  3:00 PM Deep Change for Climate Justice: Coalescing a Transformational Movement Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Betsy Hardy   802-434-3397   www.dc4cj2016.org
   

Our Children, Climate, Faith Symposium and VT Interfaith Power & Light are collaborating on our annual conference, Deep Change for Climate Justice: Coalescing a Transformational Movement, Oct. 15 - 16, White River Junction. Join with people from VT, NH, and beyond to connect and draw courage to do the work that's needed, and to engage others to take action on global climate change! Registration is open. Online registration and much more is at: www.dc4cj2016.org   Registration fee goes up on Oct. 1 - register now! 

    Location: White River Jct.
Sunday October 16, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 12:30 PM Champlain Association Fall Meeting Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Rev. Dr. Barbara Purinton     barbara.purinton@gmail.com
   
The fall meeting of the Champlain Association will be held on October 16 at the Charlotte Congregational UCC. Lunch is at 12:30 with a short business meeting and updates from Cooperative Christian Ministries and Worship Well, a resources coordinated by the Rev. Kevin Goldenboggen. Our featured speaker will be Curtiss Reed, Jr., Executive Director of the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity.

The Partnership has proven an effective resource that Vermont leaders turn to for assistance, support, training and advocacy related to inclusion, diversity, and equity in the public sphere. The Partnership has worked with public and private schools, businesses, municipalities and police departments throughout the state in preparing and equipping Vermonters for a more racially, ethnically and culturally diverse future.

Shifting state demographics have created a higher awareness of the need for fair and welcoming communities in Vermont. And shifting regional and national demographics have created unexplored economic opportunities for Vermont in the multicultural marketplace.

Most recently the Partnership has been at the forefront of issues related to policing in the 21st century, and Curtiss Reed, Executive Director, will acquaint us with the progress and challenges we face regarding matters of profiling and the training of police officers.

Reed provides expert training and coaching on inclusion, bias, and equity to state agency, municipal, institutional and business clients as well as community organizations across Vermont. He serves as Vice-chair of the Vermont Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and sits on statewide commissions dealing with law enforcement, education, and minority health issues. Reed is the driving force behind three statewide initiatives: The Vermont African American Heritage Trail, The Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future Initiative, and The Think Tank for Vermont Leaders of Color. After 18 consecutive years working and living overseas Reed returned to Vermont in 2001 when he began working for the Partnership.

For more information about Reed and the Partnership, please consult the website at vermontpartnership.org.

Rev. Dr. Barbara Purinton, moderator
Champlain Association, VTCUCC
http://www.vermontpartnership.org    
    Location: Charlotte Congregational UCC
Friday October 21, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 9:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Progressive Christian Music Workshop Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

The New Hampshire Conference, United Church of Christ is sponsoring a workshop is pastors, choir directors, choir members, church organists and pianists, worship band musicians, anyone who designs or creates liturgies, and all lay persons interested in exploring the role of music in worship.  Drawing from his book, The 6 Marks of Progressive Christian Worship Music, Rev. Bryan Sirchio, in town for our Annual Meeting, will focus on key points of Progressive Christian theology, a Progressive approach to Scripture, Progressive Christian Worship, and some of the reasons why music is so important.  We will sing together, discuss the challenges and opportunities of bringing new music and liturgical art forms into our local churches and the role that music plays in spiritual formation and worship that is transforming and alive.  We will share best practices, best resources, and how to use the gifts of music more powerfully and fruitfully in our congregations, small and large, those that have abundant musical ministry and those that may feel inadequate about music. 

Cost is a nominal $20.00 per person.  The event will be held at the NH Conference Center; 140 Sheep Davis Road; Pembroke, New Hampshire. 

http://www.cvent.com/events/progressive-christian-    
    Location: New Hampshire Conference
 
misc_none 7:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Concert with Linda Warnaar Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

On Friday evening October 21st at 7:30 pm Linda Warnaar will highlight her new CD. 

    Location: United Community Church of St. Johnsbury
Sunday October 23, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Windham-Union Association Fall Meeting Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

 FIGHTING FOR THE POWERLESS:  SUPPORTING REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT IN VERMONT

The presentation and discussion will feature Amila Merdzanovic, current director of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program in Burlington and coordinator of refugee resettlement in Rutland.   Ms. Merzdanovic was herself a refugee from the War in Bosnia who was resettled in Vermont.  She will offer insight into the vetting process and data about the 28 cultures currently settled in Vermont. Finally there will be discussion anticipating the arrival of Syrian refugees this Fall and of how churches throughout the state plan to support the new arrivals and how your church can join in.

The schedule is:

1-1:30   Arrival and refreshments

1:30-2pm   Worship with special music and Business Meeting

2-3:30 pm   Presentation and Discussion

Attendance at the Presentation and Discussion portion is urged for church members beyond delegates, for other churches and for community leaders beyond churches.

Held at United Church of Bellows Falls.

    Location: Bellows Falls
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM 25th Anniversary of Church Building Completion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Malletts Bay CCUCC will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the completion of its building on Oct. 23rd at 2:00 P.M. Conference staff, Community members and churches, Champlain Association members, past pastors and past and present members are invited to attend and participate in the combined choir and reflect on this church's impact on the community and beyond.

    Location: Mallets Bay Congregational Church
 
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Windsor-Orange Association Fall Program Meeting Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sue Church     
   

The Windsor - Orange Association, Vt Conference UCC
Invites you to a Fall Program Meeting:
"Gun Violence and Prevention: How to have a congregational conversation
Sunday, October 23 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, followed by refreshments and conversation
Norwich Congregational Church, UCC

ALL  ARE WELCOME.

Saturday October 29, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 8:45 AM  -  1:30 PM New Healthy Communication and Beloved Community Workshop Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Tom Kinder     
   

A workshop on "A Healthy Congregation: Putting It All Together" will be offered on Saturday, October 29th, from 8:45 AM until 1:30 PM with lunch included, at the Bradford Congregational Church, UCC, 145 North Main Street, Bradford, Vermont. Registration is $10 per workshop.

This builds on the workshops offered in the spring but is designed to stand alone. Nancy Brown, the presenter, was one of the first people Peter Steinke trained. She has worked with and adapted the Healthy Congregations model over fifteen years of work with congregations and other communities.  This workshop will help lay leaders and clergy guide their congregations through anxious times of change in a way that increases the health and vitality of the congregation. Our spring workshops were very well attended by many Vermont and New Hampshire congregations and rated 4.78 out of 5 for their usefulness. “One of the most informative and well-organized presentations I have ever attended.”

For a full description and on line registration go to: http://bradforducc.org/calendar-page/healthy-communication-and-beloved-community-events/

    Location: Bradford Cong Church
Monday October 31, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Boundary Awareness Training Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jesse Davis   8027284999   davisj@vtcucc.org
   

"Setting Boundaries in Anxious Congregational Systems and When Self and System Collide"

If you have not had Boundary Awareness Training in the last 3-5 years you are urged to attend this opportunity to be reminded of the importance of healthy boundaries in our ministry settings.  A Certificate of Attendance will be sent to you and a copy will be placed in your Conference Ministerial File as well as being entered in the UCC Data Hub.

FACILITATOR AND LEADER

Nancy Gieseler Devor started her career as a United Methodist minister until her heart broke for her gay and lesbian colleagues and she was granted standing in the NH conference of the UCC in 1997. She is currently a member of the VT conference and a member of First Congregational Church of Thetford.

She holds an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and a Ph.D. from Boston University. Since 1989 she has worked in counseling centers that honor the integration of spirituality, values, and meaning in mental healthcare. She has served as a training director and executive director of the Danielsen Institute at Boston University where she is currently working as a senior staff psychologist. She also served as an assistant professor in the School of Theology and Boston University Graduate School. She has directed a Lilly grant for the Samaritan Institute over the past 9 years, equipping counselors to better serve the religious leaders and congregations in their communities.

She alternates time in Boston and Grantham, NH, with her husband, Dick, a retired UMC minister and professor, and their adopted golden retriever, Boomer. Whenever she can, she heads to King Arthur’s baking school.

Location: Bethany United Church of Christ in Randolph, VT

Registration information will be forthcoming.

    Location: Bethany UCC Randolph
Thursday November 17, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none Fitness Review Training Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Jesse Davis   8027284999   davisj@vtcucc.org
   

Fitness Review Training for all Committees on Ministry with Rev. Elizabeth Dilley from the National Setting in Cleveland.

Sunday November 27, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM Mountain Chapel Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact:    802-644-8144   
   

 

Dave Ransom
spoons@sover.net
The Mountain Chapel, Inc.
spoons@sover.net
802-644-8144
Sundays at 2 PM and as-you-wish
The Mountain Chapel, 2 miles up Toll Road, Mount Mansfield
We are scheduling chaplains for winter services at 2 PM Sundays and other days you may offer.
Dave Ransom

    Location: Mount Mansfield
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Friday March 24, 2017 -  Saturday March 25, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none Embrace Stewardship Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   
Embracing Stewardship


Book cover_ embracing Discipleship

SAVE THE DATE! 
The Northeast Ecumenical Stewardship Council
2017 Conference

March 24-25, 2017
Holiday Inn
Boxborough, MA
Charles Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy,  authors of the new book Embracing Stewardship: How to Put Stewardship at the HEART of Your Congregation's LIFE, are the keynote speakers.
 
More information in the NESC Newsletter HERE
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