Since April, The Massachusetts Council of Churches staff have been making their rounds to the Annual Meetings throughout New England.  Some of you might be rolling your eyes at the thought of attending multiple Annual Meetings, but we find joy in this work as we continue to see signs of the Vibrant Church!

I had the joy of being at the East Coast Conference Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Covenant Church, where we were elated to hear of the planting of new churches in the New England Area and an increase in their giving to MCC!

We joined the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at their the Synod Assembly, where I was honored to preach for the Friday night service and we were able to witness the welcoming and the blessing of a robust group of deacons.

We were able to visit and worship alongside the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ at the historic Tri-Conference Annual Meeting where the Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut Conferences voted on an innovative plan to form a combined Conference.

Rev. Laura was blessed by the annual Parish Life Conference of the Antiochian Orthodox Church in Worcester and sharing in their divine liturgy.

We joined the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church for their Annual Meeting where they decided to devote their time to having tough conversations on race and privilege in their denomination. 

This past weekend, we joined with the United Baptist Convention of the MA, NH, & RI for their Annual Meeting where they elected a new President, Rev. Sam Campbell of Joy Missionary Baptist Church in Brockton, MA.

Next stop… New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers), Synod of the Northeast (PCUSA) and many more! We are excited about all the Holy Spirit is doing in Massachusetts, and happy to be able to share this work with you!

In hope,
Rev. Daryl
(Pictured at right with Bishop Jim Hazlewood of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.)
In This Issue

August 2-6

August 25-26


We hope you will join us in celebrating the launch of Rev. Laura's Book, "Holy Spokes: The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels."  She is raising the profile of the MCC as her writing and story appear across the web, from the Associated Press to The Daily Beast.

You can buy her book online at Amazon, Eerdmans, or from your favorite independent book store!
Spirituality and Addiction Programming Returns this Fall!

We're working on an updated format for our Spirituality and Addiction workshops--if you'd like to find out more, please contact Rev. Daryl Lobban!

The Massachusetts Council of Churches relies on donors like you to join us in making the Vibrant Church Visible! During our Advent appeal, we got a strong start to our campaign to identify 153 new monthly donors, tripling the number of monthly donors we had before!  But we still have work to do.  Please join us with your monthly gift of $10 or more!
Church, delight in this sign of Christian unity!
From left, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar of the New England UMC, Rev. Laura Everett of theMassachusetts Council of Churches, Bishop Mitch Rozanski of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, MA. Each of the Bishops chair national ecumenical commissions for their church. We met in the middle of the Commonwealth to imagine new signs of unity here. Please pray for Bishop Devadhar as he leads a pilgrimage to Taize & Bishop Rozanski as he leads a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela 
August 2-6, 2017
Brandeis University
Application Period Still Open!

Interfaith Youth Initiative is a 5-day, overnight program that brings together high school and college-age youth from a variety of ethnic, cultural, religious, economic, social and political backgrounds for leadership, peacebuilding and conflict transformation training.

Everyone is welcome! Whether you are religious, spiritual or none, come see why interfaith leadership is so needed in this day and age.  Site visits to diverse houses of worship and community centers enhance the experience of building a beloved community.

Cost: $400, but payments accepted on a sliding scale with a $100 deposit.
Flyer and
To register, or for any questions:
August 25 - 26, 2017

First Congregational Church
495 Canton Avenue
Milton, MA (near Boston)

Lead by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, The Healthy Congregations workshop is designed to equip leaders to respond to the presence or potential threat of anxiety in a congregational system in ways that prevent destructive conflict and help the church stay focused on its unique mission and purpose.

To learn more or register online, please visit the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center website at call 630-627-0507, or email        |     (617) 523-2771