CT, MA and RI Conferences Vote to Go Forward Together, As One

By Tiffany Vail
Associate Conference Minister for Communications

June 16, 2018 - The Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences of the United Church of Christ made history Saturday, voting overwhelmingly to form a new unified Conference in which they will not only do ministry together, but to which they will invite other religious and secular organizations to join.

In separate plenary sessions held at their second joint Annual Meeting, the three conferences voted to approve a covenant agreement and new set of bylaws establishing the new conference, and they elected a new united Board of Directors.

"UCC History was made today," said the Rev. John Dorhauer, UCC general minister and president. "Signaling to the wider church that we can accomplish more together than apart, that we live in an interdependent world in which we all need each other, and looking to maximize the use of precious mission resources, delegates to this tri-conference annual meeting voted to carve out a new pathway for what we hope will be new life, new vitality, and new relevance."

"It is my fervent hope and prayer that covenant partners around the life of this denomination will likewise test their own vision and courage in response to a Holy Spirit who is inviting us to join Her in explorations and innovations that open us up to new possibilities," he continued.

A year ago, delegates from the three conferences voted to pursue the possibility of uniting; this year, they voted to give official form to the new, combined entity.

"Today we affirmed that we need each other," said Connecticut Conference Minister the Rev. Kent J. Siladi. "We attended to the Holy Spirit's movement in our gathering and we moved forward with a commitment to making an impact and making a difference in this God-so-loved world in which we live."

"Let it be said that at this gathering people of faith were filled with hope and joy, peace and love, and agreed that together we are called to live the love and justice of Jesus," Siladi said.

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