April 13, 2012
To all who are joined in covenant in the UCC in Massachusetts: I pray that the revelation and transformation of Easter continues to nurture you and your congregation!
Between now and when we gather as a conference for Annual Meeting on June 15-16 [please click here to register] there are numerous opportunities for ministry, learning and witness. I encourage you to consider the following 2 events and a variety of Earth Day and environmental resources:
April 18, 2012 6:45 p.m.:
The Arab Spring, Religious Minorities, and the New Middle East: Is Pluralism a Possibility?
Former Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns and Professor Ahmed H. al-Rahim will engage this important topic as the first in a series of presentations and discussions put on by the American Jewish Committee and co-sponsored by the American Islamic Congress (AIC), The Boston Theological Institute (BTI), and World Boston. The series is entitled “Pluralism, Peace and Prayer: The Struggle for the Soul of the New Middle East.” This event is free and open to the public. Register at www.ajcboston.org/Pluralism .
April 26-29, 2012
Awakenings: A feast for the head, heart and spirit
United Congregational Church of Holyoke
$50 discount for people in New Clergy Groups- contact Willie Sordillo for more information.
This three-day ecumenical study conference for lay and clergy features keynote speaker Marcus Borg and 17 workshop leaders, including Conference Minister & President Jim Antal and jazz worship leader Willie Sordillo. Find out more.
EARTH DAY SUNDAY (April 22 or 29) - Resources and related environment and climate opportunities:
Green Congregations –
In conjunction with Earth Day, be aware that at MACUCC Annual Meeting, Green Congregation Certificates will be awarded to all qualifying churches. How about yours? Click here for details: http://www.macucc.org/pages/detail/2470
Earth Day resources and events:
Other Environmental and Climate opportunities:
The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal
Conference Minister and President
Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ
1 Badger Rd.
Framingham, MA 01702
508.875.5233 fax 508.875.5485