UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST My Thoughts Walkin’ with Grief Have you ever had moments where you feel like you are walking around with grief pulling at your ankles or tied around your neck? Grief has a way of drawing down our hearts and even tugging down on our souls. How do you deal with Grief in your life? For some reason, the last small chapter of my life has been full of grief. I have lost a friend and a family member in the last few weeks, along with waiting, from afar, for a mentor to leave the pain of a silent disease. Grief has a deep loneliness and sadness has a longing for what was or what could have been. Rev Dr. John Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the UCC, when preaching at our recent annual meeting quoted singer Van Morrison from his song “I’m Not Feeling it Anymore” as he reminds “Have to get back, have to get back the base.” This challenge to “Get back to the base” has had me thinking- What is my base? What do I do to ground myself? Where do I need to go dip into that refreshment that cools the parched places of my soul? My simple answer is Hope. Hope is the dancing partner of Grief in the greatest of lives- Hope brings us back from the sorrow of Grief. Hope picks us up when Grief lets us down. Hope grounds us to the source of God’s creation force when Grief wakes us up in early mornings and midnight peace putting the question “Why” on our lips. When I think of hope- the music that plays in my mind is by Natalie Sleeth-“A Hymn of Promise” “From the past will come the future What it holds, a mystery Unrevealed until its season Something God alone can see” A prayer: May you get back to the base As you seek Hope more than Grief And faith more than sorrow May your tomorrows be full of mystery As they are revealed in God’s time In the greatest of Hope. Amen ~ Rev Ryan W Henderson Rev Ryan W Henderson Associate Conference Minister New York Conference, United Church of Christ REMEMBRANCE During the Annual Meeting, we took time to pause, reflect, and remember all of those who we hold dear to us that have transitioned in the last year or more. It is important for us all to allow for space to mourn, and to know that we are not alone in our moments of sorrow. If you feel you need a helping hand in grieving/mental health wellness, please email: email@example.com From First Congregational Church: Celebrating the Life of Shirley Reinhardt NY UCC Conference Connection What’s Happening at Your Local Church? ~ New York Conference Happenings now delivered on Fridays! ~ Have your church happenings included and shared throughout the New York Conference. Please email details, preferably with links and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note items received by Tuesday will be posted in that Friday’s mailing. Anything received after may be pushed to the following week. The New York Conference may not publish all submissions received. CONFERENCE TRANSITIONAL CORNER WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU! As our conference moves forward in this time of transition, your Transitional Conference Minister (TCM) and your Board are eager to hear from you as our transitional “plan” would not be complete without the input and insight of you, the members of the New York Conference. To facilitate meaningful and manageable dialogue, TCM Rev. Dr. Marsha Williams and Conference Moderator, Rev. Judy Van Kennen, are hosting Association-wide Town Hall Zoom meetings. This will be your opportunity to share your ideas, thoughts, hopes and dreams for the future of our conference. Where are we headed? What are the challenges before us? What ministries should we prioritize in the coming years? Please see the schedule of upcoming Town Hall gatherings. If you don’t see your association listed, DON’T PANIC! We are scheduling time with every association which will be announced soon. Mark your calendars and plan to join Marsha and Judy for faithful and fruitful conversation. Association Town Hall Gathering Dates & Zoom Information: September 7, 2022 – 6:00 pm Hudson-Mohawk Association September 13, 2022 – 6:00 pm Western Association September 20, 2022 – 6:00 pm Suffolk Association Join Zoom Meeting uccny-org.zoom.us/j/81397321342 Phone: 1-646-876-9923 Meeting ID: 813 9732 1342 One tap mobile +16468769923,,81397321342# US (New York) +16469313860,,81397321342# US LOCAL NY NEWS Join us in welcoming Union Congregational Church [NY, NY] as a newly-certified Open and Affirming congregation in the New York Conference! Have You Heard? Rev. Adriene Thorne Voted Senior Minister at The Riverside Church Journey United Church of Christ Worship & Potluck Picnic in the Park Sunday, August 14 ANNUAL MEETING 2022 REWIND! See our full listing of videos conta.cc/39w2B2s and connect to business meeting details from the Annual Meeting www.uccny.org/annualmeeting Full announcement for Annual Meeting 2023 in Buffalo, New York to come. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Ryan Henderson at email@example.com Rev. David Gaewski’s Retirement Gift The NY Conference Board is still collecting monetary gifts of love and appreciation in the form of checks or online contributions towards Rev. Gaewski’s retirement gift. Checks should be made out to UCCNY and sent to UCCNY, PO Box 487, Syracuse, NY 13209, Attn: David’s Gift. Gifts may be given online at uccny.org/donate. Select “Other” from the drop-down Fund menu and designate it for David’s Gift. Final contributions must be received by 8/1/2022. The Sueli Alves Gaewsky Cross Cultural Youth Experience Fund In memory of Sueli Alves Gaewsky, a fund for youth has been established in her honor. You may make a donation via check or online. For fund details visit uccny.org/sueli Checks should be made out to UCCNY and sent to UCCNY, PO Box 487, Syracuse, NY 13209, Attn: Sueli Fund. Gifts may be given online at Sueli Alves Gaewsky Cross Cultural Youth Experience Fund. REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR BOUNDARY AWARENESS TRAINING AND RETIREE BAT www.uccny.info/BAT2022 Click on the link for the calendar, then click on each training for more information and to register. If you have questions regarding scheduling for an online BAT session please contact Lisa Delgado at firstname.lastname@example.org. Culturally Responsive Ministry Training [CRMT] Module 1 – Culture & Race CRMT Calendar & Registration ATTN: ALL AUTHORIZED MINISTERS Dates listed for Each 6-hour CRMT session. Conducted online via Zoom. Questions? Please contact your association Committee on Ministry. Should you have registration questions, contact Lisa Delgado at email@example.com. Scholarships available! Contact Rev. Marjorie Purnine, at firstname.lastname@example.org before registering. Registration is Open for NYSOM’s Fall Core Courses Two core ministry courses beginning September 2022 “Introduction to Christian Theology” Wednesdays 7-9pm beginning Sept. 7th with Rev. Steve Johnson “Liturgy & Worship” Thursdays 6:30-9pm beginning Sept. 15th with Rev. Michael Sloan NEW registration system and link! For course details and to register: www.shelbygiving.com/app/giving/new5575212?tab=home Should you have registration questions, contact Lisa Delgado at email@example.com. Scholarships available! Contact Rev. Marjorie Purnine, at firstname.lastname@example.org before registering. WIDER UCC NEWS Justice and Peace Action Network [JPANet] The Justice and Peace Action Network (JPANet) is our denomination’s grassroots advocacy network composed of individual members and local UCC congregations across the country. The JPANet both educates and engages its members in shaping public policy and keeping with God’s vision of a just and loving society. Our work is grounded in General Synod resolutions, consonant with historic UCC witness, and formed by a biblical understanding of prophetic ministry. Details Here Celebrate 50 years of Open and Affirming Ministries! Join us Aug. 5-7 for our first National ONA Gathering since 2019! Our virtual event will celebrate the 50th anniversaries of the ONA Coalition and Bill Johnson’s ordination as the first openly gay man authorized to serve an historic Christian church as a minister of word and sacrament. Leaders include the Rev. Rhina Ramos (worship leader), Bishop Yvette Flunder (closing address and charge), the Rev. Bill Johnson and the Rev. Anne Holmes, and the Rev. Andy Lang (State of the ONA Movement). Details Here Overdue: Environmental Justice for All UCC Webinar—Water and Environmental Justice For the UCC’s next Creation Justice webinar, our special guest will be Lynn Thorp who serves as the National Campaigns Director for Clean Water Action. She will discuss how we can make effective and equitable strides in reducing water pollution, including exposure to toxic substances such as the highly toxic “forever” chemicals found in almost everyone’s blood in the U.S. Even if you can’t make the scheduled time of 1 pm ET on Wednesday, August 10th, still sign-up, and we will send you a recording. Register now! Practical Resource Center Everyone Has a Calling – Ours Is Helping You! More Info The Space Between: The Emerging Church in a Post-Pandemic World Registration is now open for a major United Church of Christ summit “to imagine a church alive and vital in the world.” It will be held Sept. 19-21, online and in-person in St. Louis. Our ACM Rev. Shernell Edney Stilley has been a contributor to this event, and will be on site! Read More… Registration and More Info UCC NEWS General Synod 34 Next Synod, will be in person; hybrid aspects being explored. Delegates and visitors will meet June 30 through July 4 at the Indianapolis Convention Center A basic website for the meeting is now in place. People will eventually be able to register for Synod and find agenda and other details there. One key document is already there: the Standing Rules, which guide Synod business and name important deadlines. There’s also a place there to sign up for Synod updates. Click here for General Synod site and details. or visit www.generalsynod.org United Church of Christ National Ministries General Council This year we have received a number of questions about third party use of property—both leasing and one-time or short-term use by individuals and groups. Check out the General Council Blog for articles addressing these concerns and more. – Leasing Church Property to a Tenant: What Churches Need to Know. (Leasing inquiries) – Allowing Third Parties to Use Church Property: What Churches Need to Know. (Facilities use) Additional articles on using photos of others in church media, and how to be political but not partisan. — Heather E. Kimmel (she/her) General Counsel United Church of Christ, National Ministries UCC.org United Church of Christ National Ministries Office of Human Resources The Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer has announced his retirement effective the end of October 2022. The National Ministries has opened the search for the successor with a close date of July 22, 2022. Team Leader and Minister of Gender & Sexuality Justice/Executive Director, United Church of Christ HIV & AIDS Network (aka UCAN) Click here to apply or visit www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=4719656 Continue to stay safe during gatherings this summer! 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