HARTFORD — More than 1,000 representatives from some of the oldest churches in southern New England voted at an historic meeting at the Connecticut Convention Center on June 17 to move forward with plans to join their state organizations together into one combined entity, so that they may have a stronger voice speaking for justice and may more effectively carry out their mission.
Representatives from the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island Conferences of the United Church of Christ voted decisively to work together to develop a formal proposal to form a new Conference that combines the three southern New England organizations.
At this first-ever joint meeting, local church delegates and authorized ministers from the three Conferences passed a resolution calling for them to join together to carry out their ministries, disregarding state boundaries that have long divided them. Conference leaders will now develop a formal proposal for a new Conference which will be brought before a second joint Annual Meeting a year from now in Springfield, MA.
“Our delegates have spoken in favor of the proposal moving forward together,” said Connecticut Conference Minister the Rev. Kent J. Siladi. “The Spirit has moved among us and the people have said, ‘Yes’ to continuing our discernment about forming a new way to engage in mission and ministry.”
The boundaries of the Conferences of the United Church of Christ have not changed since the mainline Protestant denomination was formed in 1957.
– Press Release