New England Conference on Mission

New England Conference on Mission -- Activities

Mornings: Moving Toward Oneness

Monday - Special Feature - Facilitator Training -

for those who would like to help facilitate the Core Groups through the week, special training will be held prior to the beginning of NECOM. (Please check the appropriate box on the registration form for more information.)

Tuesday - Across the Divides: Addressing our Biases in a Changing Culture and Environment -

How do our personal biases, fears, prejudices and values effect the way we relate to one another?
Doug Horner (Minister of Missions and Family Life, Newman Congregational Church, Rumford, RI)

Wednesday - Disaster Response Simulation -

Do you ever wonder how you and your church would respond in the event of a natural or human-made disaster? Our experiential learning together will give you a manageable taste and provide ideas you can take home.
Children, youth and adults participate together.

Thursday - Mission Festival on the Green -

Gather information and resources that can be used in your local church. Visit interactive learning centers covering a variety of mission and stewardship related topics.
Children, youth and adults participate together.

Friday -

Closing Worship with Holy Communion


Commune with the Spirit and with each other through innovative worship.


Learn from those who have done mission in the U.S. and abroad.


Share your experience and perspective in an array of workshop settings.

Hearts and Hands and Voices

Afternoon Workshops

(Attend a different one each day, 1:30 to 3:00 pm)

We are God's Hands -

Gregg Pitman (Director of Outdoor Minister, NH Conference, UCC) Learn how to organize a work camp/mission trip for your local church or in partnership with other local churches. Information you can use about locations, leadership, planning, logistics, team-building and more!

Toward Wholeness: American Indian Ministry Today and Tomorrow -

Armin Schmidt (Executive Director, UCC Council for American Indian Ministry) Through stories of American Indian persons and communities, participants will learn about the positivve contributions of various American Indian cultures to the life of the church.

Missional Stewardship: Gifts of God for the People of God -

Mark J. Suriano (Steward for Congregational Stewardship, Stewardship Council, UCC) Explore ways local churhes can tel the story of God's mission, celebrate, and invite gifts supporting it.

Hearts and Hands in Service -

Susan M. Saunders (Minister for Volunteer Services, United Church Board for Homeland Ministries) Learn of worldwide opportunities for service from current and former UCC volunteers

Hearts and Hands Across the Sea: Ministry with Seafarers in the Modern World -

Rob Peters (President, Seafarer's Friend) Explore how your local church can be involved in ministry and mission with the maritime industry and seafarers from many cultures and faiths. Inland churches as well as those on the seacoast can benefit from such involvement.

A Walk to the Heart -

Barry Cass (Sr. Pastor, Somers Congregational Church, Somers, CT) Introduction to the history of the labyrinth as a meditation tool and suggestions for outreach possibilities.

Mission in Japan: Living Together in Diversity -

Tim and Diane Weible (Missionaries with Global Ministries) Learn about the rewards and challenges of working with the church and community in northern, rural Japan.

Making Mission Real -

Larry Gebhardt (New England Coordinator, United Church Board for World Ministries) Integrating mission efforts that serve the local community and the wider church.

Weaving Hearts and Hands (two-day workshop) -

Karen Ellis (Educator, Norway, ME) Begin to learn the craft that many people throughout the world use to make their living. Make a bread basket that can be used in your local church for communion ($10 fee for materials).

UCC Missions 101: An Overview of Our Church's Wider Mission (OCWM) -

David Williams (Interim Associate Conference Minister, MA Conference, UCC) An introduction for everyone (especially mission and outreach committee members) about ways to engage and encourage local church leaders and members in the basic and special support of Our Church's Wider Mission.

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