Local events around the Vermont Conference

PATHWAYS course registration open

Pathways Theological Education's fall course schedule is now available and registration is open. Courses ranging from UCC History & Polity to Art of Worship and theological study are being offered. A special course "Opioid Crisis - A Christian Solution" is also available. 

Registration closes on October 8, 2019.

What is Vermont Doing to Combat Racism?

State Senator Debbie Ingram (Chittenden County), State Attorney General TJ Donovan, and Major Ingrid Jonas, Vermont State Police
Recommended Reading: Act 54

Thursday, September 19th, 6:30 pm

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

273 Vermont Route 15, Jericho, Vermont

Celebrate 30 years at Covenant Hills!

Come to Covenant Hills Camp on Saturday, September 28 at noon for a potluck picnic (rain or shine).

If you plan to come, please RSVP to vmtdistrict@neumc.org to let us know how many to expect!

We'll share a meal and memories, and then for those who are able, in the afternoon join in some activities for closing camp for the season.

Please come and bring a dish to share (no nuts).

Invite your family and/or a friend or two - all are invited!

Wear appropriate clothing for weather and work.

246 Covenant Hills Road, Cabot VT

Join the Beloved Community in October

Fifty-Two Years Ago, during his historic speech at the Riverside Church, "Beyond Vietnam, A Time to Break Silence," Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: 

"Our goal is the Beloved Community, and that will require a qualitative change in our souls and a quantitative change in our lives."

Come join us as we dive deeply into what it takes to live into Dr. King's Dream of the Beloved Community.

Moral Injury seminar in October

The New England Pastoral Institute in Salem NH. is offering a seminar in October dealing with moral injury. Moral injury is suffered by many, if not all of our veterans as a result of their service, and is very different from PTSD.

House Church Training in October

Is your church small enough to not require (or be able to afford) a licensed or ordained minister? Some of our churches are becoming "house churches." That means:

  • Self-led worship services
  • Meeting with or without an actual church building
  • Serving each other an agape meal
  • Building and welcoming intimate community among members

On October 26th, place TBD, Rev. Pam Lucas will lead a day-long training to help self-led churches learn the practices, techniques and resources necessary to provide fulfilling worship experiences to deepen and strengthen the faith, mission and ministry of your church. Sign up by calling the office (728-4999) and ask Jesse to put you on the attending list.

Rev. Dr. Jim Antal speaks at Centre Congregational Church

September 22, 2019 at 10am

Book signing to follow worship

Peace Concert and Week of Actions

This concert has been planned by the Southwest Assocation Committee on Witness and Mission as the celebration of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions. Last year we had lots of participation and hope to have it again this year.

Attached you will also see our flyer asking the churches of the association to plan an event at your church sometime during the WEEK OF ACTIONS - September 14-22, 2019.

 

Peace Concert

Grace Congregational Church (Rutland) sanctuary

September 22, 2019 at 4pm

Disaster Response Committee hosts Hurricane Maria relief workers

The Vermont Conference Disaster Response Committee has invited Lydia Velasquez and Angel Cepeda to Vermont from September 21 through 29th. The groups from Vermont churches who have traveled to Puerto Rico already know Lydia and Angel. They are also officers in the United Evangelical Church of Puerto Rico, a denomination with a close connection to the UCC.

Upcoming forums

Norwich Congregational Church

September 25 at 6 p.m.

First Congregational Church of Thetford

September 29 at 10 a.m.

Spiritual Care Specialist Training Program

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education in partnership with the New England Pastoral Institute presents its Spiritual Care Specialist training program (SCS). This program offers people working in some form of pastoral care ministry an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the kinds of concerns around which people seek pastoral care, learn pastoral care techniques to address these concerns, and broaden their own formation in ministry.

Boundary Awareness Training in November

The Conference will be offering a day of Boundary Awareness training on Thursday November 14th. Location TBD. Please keep in mind that all authorized ministers MUST take Boundary Awareness training once every three years. If there is enough need, we may offer BAT a second time with date and place TBD. You may also complete BAT in a neighboring Conference or in some cases with a partner denomination. Please talk with Lynn or Paul to make sure the training is comparable and will count towards your three year training requirement.