What better cure for the doldrums of January than to meet together in community?  Yes, the lists of “things I’ll get to after the holidays” are long, and the demands on our time are many.  Sometimes the cure for overwhelm and overwork can be time spent in good company.  We hope you will join us for our Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 25, to learn together and be inspired!

Massachusetts Council of Churches
Annual Meeting
Saturday, January 25, 2020
10 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.
Reservoir Church, 170 Rindge Ave., Cambridge MA

Parking and Travel Information

We will begin our meeting with a report from Rev. Laura Everett, our Executive Director, outlining the work of the council over the past year, and looking toward the future.  Does your organization need help thinking about setting and tracking goals?  Join us for this conversation!

We will accept a budget for 2020 and new members of the Working Board—join us to celebrate as we also give thanks for the faithful service of Fr. Demetrios Tonias and Mr. Anthony Barsamian, as they rotate off the Working Board.

We will join in prayer from the Week of Prayer of Christian Unity together, followed by time to connect with ecumenical partners, exploring new resources for story sharing and community building—are these skills you need in your own context?  Join us and be equipped!

Finally, from 1-2:30, we will hear a culminating report from Jane Redmont, who has been serving this fall as Project Scholar on a research project in our archives, funded by a gift from Mass Humanities and the Mass Cultural Council.

For the past several months, Jane Redmont has been delving into our more than 50 boxes of archives and conducting interviews related to the history of the leadership of people of color, especially African Americans, in the MCC, especially during the decades of turbulent change from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Does your organization need to become better acquainted with its own history?  Join us to discover some of Jane’s findings and insights and to join in community conversation!

Whether for connection, inspiration, resources or worship, we hope you will plan to join us on January 25!  Please RSVP with this link by the end of the day Monday, January 20.

With hope,
Rev. Meagan
In This Issue

Course on the Ecumenical Movement
At Boston University School of Theology

Submit your church's electricity bills as we work to build a purchasing cooperative


There really is no Massachusetts Council of Churches without the churches, church members and church leaders of Massachusetts.  We need your support in order to continue our work in areas that matter to you.  Will you join us today with a financial contribution?

Give one time or set up a monthly donation from our website by clicking on the "donate" button below!  Thank you for your faithful  support.
Boston University, Spring Semester 2020
Saturdays beginning January 2, 9 A.M.- 5 P.M.

Open to students and non-students alike, this course examines the Ecumenical Movement—a “defining fact” of Christianity in the 20th century—and its implications for the life of the churches in the 21 st century. The class will treat major streams of interchurch
engagement including mission, faith and order, and life and work, and will give attention to ecumenical questions regarding worship and sacraments. In addition, the course will consider contemporary models of Christian unity as well as Christian dialogue with other faith traditions.

Instructors Dr. Thomas Best and Dr. Karen Westerfield Tucker will lead this course, and Rev. Laura will be a special guest instructor in February.

Graduate credit, continuing education credit and other options will be available. For information about the course, credits, requirements, costs, etc., please contact Rev. Dr. Karen Westerfield Tucker at Boston University, at kbwt@bu.edu.

We’re excited to introduce our newest partner, Community Purchasing Alliance, a purchasing cooperative that organizes missional institutions to save money and promote community building!

Our webinar on December 5th revealed that many of us are encountering similar administrative challenges and harbor a collective desire to grow this coop in MA, starting with a collective third party electricity purchase. If you missed the call and want to learn more, reach out to CPA’s Carrie Watkins and, together, we can begin to cast a vision for how we can all be saving money and moving our dollars towards the economy we want to build. 
Carrie Watkins: carrie@cpa.coop, 310.753.0442
Submit your electricity bills: bit.ly/CPA-ENERGY


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