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UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST My Thoughts On Sunday, I preached on one of my favorite texts — the story of the passing of the mantle from Elijah to Elisha (2 Kings 2: 1-14). I used it then to talk about the ongoing work of living into a congregation’s Open and Affirming identity, but now I’m finding that other elements of the story linger with me. I have been shaped by so many Elijahs on this journey. Yet, I tend, in the busyness of the moment (and, to be honest, even in those moments when I’m not so busy), to forget about them. I act as if I made myself, when, in fact, my passions and purpose and perspective have been profoundly shaped by others. I have inherited, I hope, a double share of the spirit that inspired and empowered those mentors who have nurtured and challenged me through the years. I’m just beginning the work of remembering, and I’d encourage you to join me, if you will. Who have been some of your Elijahs? In what ways do you see a share of their spirit working through you? The mantle – of what was it woven? And how have you made it your own? If you like to share any of your reflections with me, I’d love to receive them. With blessings, Marjorie mpurnine@uccny.org Rev. Dr. Marjorie Purnine Dean of the New York School of Ministry Associate Conference Minister New York Conference, United Church of Christ   HAPPY 4th! ANNUAL MEETING 2022 Held June 10-12, 2022 at Silver Bay on Lake George “Family Reunion: Release, Rest, Rejoice!” WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU! Please take our brief feedback survey to help us prepare quality Annual Meeting events for you! Stay anonymous if you’d like- Open to all (if you attended this year or not!) MOST APPRECIATED! FEEDBACK SURVEY   REWIND! ~REWIND~ Click above to see full listing of videos and connect to business meeting details from the Annual Meeting. You may also visit 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 rhenderson@uccny.org   ~ CONGRATULATIONS ~ Dr. Gordon F. Comstock Award: was presented by the Commission on Global Church to two doctors – Lito Guiterrez and Liz Zausmer, for their volunteer work in assisting the medical clinics in Honduras, and also for work on diversity and inclusion in Buffalo, New York. David Southard Award: was given to a congregation for outstanding mission work was awarded to the Hollis Avenue Congregational Church for their work in providing food for people in their community If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Ryan Henderson at rhenderson@uccny.org CAPITAL CAMPAIGN VIDEO Today…Tomorrow…Together Capital Campaign Rev. Dr. Marsha Williams Transitional Conference Minister Preaching on “A Prescription for Praise” A Harp Benediction from Martha Gallagher The Blessing Woman and UCC NY Member www.theblessingwoman.com 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: sestilley@uccny.org   In Memoriam Sueli Gaewsky Sueli Alves (da Costa) Gaewsky Sueli was born on January 22, 1961, in the town of Bom Sucesso in the Brazilian state of Paraná. She was the youngest child ofPedro Alves da Costa and SebastianaSimões Pato da Costa. Full Text   2022 Craigville Theological Colloquy: July 11-15, Cape Cod, Massachusetts   There are a few spaces still available at the beautiful Craigville Retreat Center on Cape Cod for the ecumenical Craigville Theological Colloquy. Theme: “Sacred Spaces, Sacred Times: Into the Future” Includes lodging and meals, access to Craigville Beach, two field trips on Cape Cod, worship, Bible reflections, meditation, and fellowship. To register and for more information, click below: Details Here 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. Read More… More Info Practical Resource Center   Everyone Has a Calling – Ours Is Helping You! More Info   FREE SOUND SYSTEM See listing here. Contact David Toot for more info gdtoot@gmail.com 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   NY UCC Conference Connection What’s Happening at Your Local Church? Do you have an item of news that you would like to share throughout the New York Conference? Please email communications@uccny.org and send the details – preferably with links and pictures! Please note that the New York Conference may not publish all submissions received. 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