As we have been stunned and moved by the images and news coming out of Texas, Florida and the Caribbean after an onslaught of hurricane conditions, many of us knew exactly where to turn.  When we want to help after a natural disaster, we know the denominational and ecumenical relief organizations that are on the ground, ready to receive funds to do the work of disaster recovery.  This is one of the strengths of institutions: they allow for coordinated, thoughtful response and the opportunity to learn and build on skills based on past experience.

That is one of the strengths of our institution as well, as many of you experienced in the week after the white supremacist rally and counter-protest in Charlottesville, VA.  With a "free speech" rally scheduled for the Common just a week later, many
churches, clergy and people of faith wanted to know how they could take a Gospel stand against racism and bigotry. The Massachusetts Council of Churches  has the pre-existing relationships that helped to coordinate the response that included Black Lives Matter, the Black Ministerial Alliance, NAACP, GBIO, ADL, JCRC, Boston Police Department, Mayor Walsh's office, civic officials, and local churches. We are proud the many Christians who witnessed, in many different ways, to our conviction that white supremacy is incompatible with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are still here, working to dismantle racism in our own institution and help others do the same.  But we can't do any of the work of our institution without you.

I want to commend these words from our Treasurer, Canon Steve Abdow, to you:
Massachusetts Council of Churches- Building a network of Christians who believe that what binds us together in Christ is stronger than what divides us.

I am writing to thank you for your support of our work for the Church in Massachusetts and the world. The MCC budget is $250,000 per year. Denominational support is half of that, and support from individuals and congregations makes up 15% of total revenues. We run a very tight shop and are intent on leveraging all our resources in service to our mission. We rely on your generosity to fund the work. Please donate to support us today.

We ask you to consider supporting us with a recurring, monthly gift.  Your
investment in the Council is well worth it.
If you are grateful for the work of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, please make a financial commitment so that we might continue to be a critical coordinating force for good, and a common Christian witness. Join us in person for our Annual Meeting on Saturday October 14, 2017 as we reform our governance structure to become even more responsive and faithful. We rejoice in your partnership, and ask you to continue to hold us in prayer, as we do for you.

In hope,
Rev. Laura 
 
 
 
 
In This Issue


October 14

November 11



 
 
 
 
 

With the help and encouragement of former MCC Executive Director the Rev. Dr. Diane Kessler, we've been working to make sure that the important documents composed by the Council in the 20th century have a permanent, accessible home on the internet.  Visit our archive page here, and if there is something that you're looking for and can't find, please be in touch with Rev. Meagan!  

We give thanks for the good work of all who came before--what a strong foundation we find ourselves standing upon!
 
 
 
 
 
Christians and Environmental Justice

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Many of our member denominations are collaborating with Rolling Ridge on this day-long seminar with Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Missioner for Creation Care in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ.

"The Christian faith is often portrayed as being 'anti-environment,' but in fact Christianity has deep roots in theology, the Bible, contemplative traditions, and ethical principles that call us to care for creation and create a just and life-sustaining society."

 
 
 
 
 
Saturday, October 14, 2017
10:00 AM (registration begins at 9:30)-2:00 PM
First Parish Weston

On Saturday, October 14, the Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Council of Churches will meet in our Annual Meeting and vote on changes to the MCC Constitution that reflect the new form of governance we have been living into for the past two years.  

We will also share stories of hope from our respective traditions, and experience lunch in the style of Simple Church's "dinner church."  (Read more on Simple Church from Duke Divinity's Faith and Leadership!)

This meeting is open to the public and you are welcome to join us if you would like--but you must register in order to attend.  Email Rev. Meagan to RSVP.
 
 
 
 
 
Rev. Daryl attends the New England Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quakers).

Each year we like to share with you this convenient flow chart the Friends (or Quakers) used to conduct their business meetings.  Feel free to share it with your boards, sessions, councils and congregations!

Did you know there is a Pentecostal connection to Quakerism? My home Pentecostal denomination founder, A.J. Tomlinson, was the son of Quakers who left their monthly meeting in opposition to the monthly meeting's decision to support slavery. Tomlinson, after having a pentecostal experience, would go on to form the Church of God & Church of God of Prophecy. However, his Quaker sensibilities helped frame the structure of the new denominations. Quaker practices that I experienced at the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends of discernment, spirit-sensitivity, priesthood of all believers, simple-living, waiting on the Spirit, radical racial inclusivity, spontaneous Spirit awakenings and hearty singing, are practices that were adopted and still practiced by these Pentecostal denominations to this day! ~ Rev. Daryl
 
 
 
 
 
Spirituality and Addiction Returns
New Format, New Modules, New Approaches

Starting this November, we will begin to partner with churches throughout the Commonwealth to host these important day-long trainings. Participants will be guided through early intervention strategies, the history & impact of addiction, thinking theologically about addiction, worship resources for addiction, role-playing, and will learn about helpful community resources for your church community.

If you are interested in hosting the Spirituality and Addiction Training in your community, please be in touch with Rev. Daryl.   In the meantime, you may want to check out this new toolkit from the Department of Health and Human Services, created to help faith-based communities address the opioid epidemic.

We look forward to partnering with you for the Glory of God and the health of our Communities. 
 
 
 
 

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