Dear Church,

Grace to you and peace in the name of Christ! We have some big news to share!
I am thrilled to announce that the Massachusetts Council of Churches will partner with Leadership Education at Duke Divinity to offer the Foundations of Christian Leadership program here in New England.

The Massachusetts Council of Churches exists to “make the vibrant Church visible.” We are thrilled to partner with Leadership Education at Duke Divinity in their mission to strengthen the ecology of Christian institutions that enable U.S. congregations and pastors to flourish.
Leadership Education at Duke Divinity believes “thriving communities need vibrant Christian institutions, and both need excellent Christ-shaped leadership.” As the religious landscape changes rapidly in New England, we are hopeful that leaders formed through the Foundations of Christian Leadership program can help guide the Church through this adaptive challenge.
We need your support.  Who do you know who would benefit from Foundations: New England?  Foundations is a two-retreat learning community and process that focuses on lay and ordained leaders who are early in their work with Christian institutions and have the potential for longer term impact.  You can nominate a colleague or apply yourself here.
Foundations: New England will gather in Contoocook, N.H, at the beautiful St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center, a thriving ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston. Foundations: New England will gather on April 11-14, 2016 and again September 12-15, 2016.
Each Foundations participant will have the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 grant to support innovative approaches within his or her institution. These grants are made possible by the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc.
I am an alumna of the Foundations program. You can watch a video here where I share how the tools and skills from Foundations helps guide my institutional Christian ministry.  We all know we are in a rapidly shifting time for the Church in New England. I believe the tools and community of Foundations can help us navigate these waters. I hope you’ll share this great good news and join us.
With joy,
Rev. Laura
In This Issue


Amherst, MA

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Worcester, MA

October 18
Burlington, MA

To all of you who contributed to our Pentecost Appeal, the Spirit is moving powerfully through you!  Thank you for your contributions.

​The work of the 
Massachusetts Council of 
Churches is funded by many individuals, congregations, and denominational bodies--and we are grateful!  

Join our community of donors today by clicking on the link below!

Join us in welcoming the new American Baptist Executive Minister for Massachusetts, the Rev. Mary Day Miller!  Rev. Miller will be installed on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 3pm at First Baptist Church, Worcester.  Read more about Mary and this appointment on the ABC-USA website.

Earlier this month, Rev. Laura joined the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends for fellowship, learning and business.  She came back with this guide for "when to speak" in "meeting for business." A powerful resource to share with your parish council, vestry, denominational planning committee, annual conference, leadership team. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 4:00-6:00 pm

The mission of the Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum is to promote peace and justice among all people and to demonstrate the power of an individual to make a positive difference in the world. The Forum honors the memory of Al Filipov, a beloved member of Trinitarian Congregational Church of Concord Massachusetts, who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

This year's featured speaker is Malika Saada Saar:
A human rights lawyer and advocate, Malika Saada Saar has been involved in numerous issues related to the most vulnerable in our society, leading efforts in the United States to shut down the trafficking of children for sex, ending the federal practice of shackling pregnant mothers behind bars in our prisons, and advocating for federal funding for treatment services for at-risk families.

The Massachusetts Council of Churches is working with Rev. Janice Ford, RN, to bring workshops for clergy and pastoral leaders on addressing addiction and recovery in their congregations and communities to several locations around the state this fall.  More information is coming in future newsletters, but for now:
​Save the Date: 
Clinton, MA October 13
Andover, MA  October 24
Greenfield, MA November 21

If you would like to plan a training in your community, please contact Meagan.

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