We are so excited to announce the hiring of Rev. Carrington George Moore as Director of the Lydia Fellow Program! Reverend Carrington is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and earned a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology with a focus in Biblical studies and Christian social ethics. Ordained in the Baptist faith tradition, Carrington has a passion for community development, program design, spiritual formation and enjoys working at the intersection of building faith communities and advocating for social justice. He also serves as the Associate Pastor of Children, Youth & Families at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Funded by a grant from the Lily Endowment, the Lydia Fellows Program for Thriving in Part-time Ministry will support part-time (or bi-vocational) clergy in New England by increasing connectivity with other pastors, strengthening confidence and self-esteem and providing opportunities for professional growth through financially compensated fellowships. The program will form cohorts of up to 10 part-time pastors each who will meet for two years for retreats, dinners and peer-coaching. The first cohort of Lydia Fellows will launch with a retreat in the Fall of 2019.

I am excited for the opportunity to serve the body of Christ through the Massachusetts  Council of Churches. As the Lydia Fellows Program Director I am deeply committed to building a meaningful and reflective space for faith leaders and communities to flourish. In my capacity I hope that I can serve as an instrument of support and positive transformation. “God made us for community” and I believe that when people bind together in common purpose and collective vision, they can construct powerful learning experiences  for others and themselves. I am truly grateful to join the wonderful Massachusetts Council of Churches community.  

Please join us in welcoming Rev. Carrington to the Massachusetts Council of Churches as he begins work on June 5!  You can send him an email of welcome, or of interest in supporting or participating in the Lydia Fellows, at Carrington@masscouncilofchurches.org.

In hope,

Rev. Laura, Rev. Meagan and Rev. Kenneth

In This Issue

June 6, 2019
Musical Worship During Difficult Times

June 15, 2019
NAAE Student Prize Deadline

Check out more opportunities 


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Thank you to all who came out to join the vigil for Sri Lanka on April 25.  Over 300 people gathered to pray and mourn.  We posted the text of “Prayers of the People: #RememberingSriLanka” for use in your congregation and personal use as you continue to grieve the churches targeted and hundreds killed.
As we think about changing roles for clergy and for spiritual caregiving, perhaps this conversation on chaplaincy will be of interest to you. “Chaplaincy Innovation Lab executive director Michael Skaggs interviews LeSette Wright, College Chaplain at Berea College; Ann Kansfield, chaplain in the Fire Department of New York; and Laura Everett, a bicycle chaplain in Boston."

Thursday, June 6
7:00 PM
All Saints Parish
1773 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02445

Music Ministers and Liturgists have a particular ministry, and one that grows increasingly complex as the pain and suffering of the world threaten to overwhelm our communities of faith. Join the MCC and composer Paul Van Ness for a unique opportunity to gather as worship leaders to share ideas and resources for music ministry in difficult times. 

Experience a 35 minute live concert of The Tidings, an Advent/Christmas Cantata sung in SATB with piano and cello, written and performed by composer Paul Van Ness and a team of musicians. The Tidings ushers congregations into the narrative of the slaughter of the Holy Innocents in the nativity story and into deep theological reflection on "tidings of comfort and joy" in the midst of suffering and evil

After the concert, you will have the opportunity to share your own ideas, experiences, and resources with your colleagues, talking together about how best to serve your congregations in difficult seasons. 

RSVP by June 1 is appreciated but not required.

The North American Academy of Ecumenists invites current undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in Christian unity to apply for the 2019 Student Prize, valued at $500. The students selected will have their registration fee and accommodations paid entirely by the Academy, and part or all of their travel expenses, to participate at the 2019 NAAE conference at The Sign of The Theotokos Orthodox Church, Montreal, Quebec, September 27-28-29, 2019.  The theme of this year’s annual conference, is “Towards a new Détente: Ecumenical Outreach and Interfaith Dialogue in an Age of Uncertainty”.

To apply: Write (2 pages maximum) about your academic studies, your involvement in the church, and how you envision greater realization of Christian unity, including specific suggestions for unity which churches might employ.  Email your text or attached file, in English or in French, to naae.prize@gmail.com no later than June 15, 2019.

Applicants will be notified of results by June 30, 2019.
Download the Ecumenical Prayer Calendar and join us in praying for Christians in Massachusetts! In May we are praying for The Church of God in Christ, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Worcester, and the East Coast Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Rev. Laura shared a blessing at Old South Church in Boston at their 350th anniversary and festival worship on May 12: “Church, this is what I long for, for you and with you: Church I want us to be brave. I want us to walk with the confidence of the children of God. I want us to sing and praise with the joy of those who have seen the risen Christ. I want us to meet and strategize and pray and plan as our liberation depends on the freedom of all. I want the doors of this church, and every church flung open- unashamedly, unabashedly, unequivocally Church, fathered for the praising of God and the liberation of all.”
    “Church, you have 350 years of history In this city, built on 2000 years of Christian traditions, built on the sure foundation of God’s enduring covenant. I want you, I want all of us to be brave because we are confident in our God who has neither failed nor forsaken us. Church, I want you to be brave because you follow the One who has conquered even death. And so I bless you for the days ahead...” 

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