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Web Page last Updated September 16, 2014

*This is the official web site of the New Jersey Association of the United Church of Christ. Neither the Association nor the staff are responsible for the content of any other web site associated with the NJA name.

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NJA Constitution and ByLaws- revised 4/28/12

The NJA Pre-Ordination Process

Privilege of Call Steps for Ordained Ministers Seeking UCC Ministerial Standing

Click here for the February Newsletter

Event added September 16, 2014 - Grow Your Own Orchids Seminar, Trinity United Church, Warren. Click here for the flyer

August 21, 2014 - New link added to this web page: Congregational Life Resources

This link takes you to supplemental pages of the New Jersey Association. You will find resources on Faith Formation, Stewardship, and Leadership with updates and additions about once a month. You will also find access to the Associate Conference Minister’s calendar should you need to know the dates of Association Events or if David is available on a particular Sunday. Please explore and take advantage of the resources.


CLEVELAND (8/18/2014) -- In a letter circulated last Thursday, the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, UCC General Minister and President, announced his intention to retire next June at the conclusion of the 30th General Synod. Geoffrey will have served as the GMP for 6 years upon his retirement. We're thankful for his leadership, and pray God's blessings upon his retirement.



General Synod 2017 Brainstorming Meeting – As the host for GS 2017 the Conference will many responsibilities. Join us on September 20 from 10-2 at St. John’s UCC, 1000 S. Rolling Rd, Catonsville Md. We will hear from Lee Foley from the National setting of the UCC as to what our part will be in the bringing GS 2017 to Baltimore. We will then brainstorm ideas on how to make that happen from fundraising to extravagant welcome. Please RSVP to me if you haven’t done so already. If you can’t make it please send me your ideas. In and outside the box ideas are welcome.

From Takeoff to Touchdown – Navigating the Chaos that is Social Media and the Church- This is our fall Congregational Vitality event which will be held on October 25 from 10-3 at St. John’s UCC, 1000 S. Rolling Rd, Catonsville MD. Bring a group from your church. Cost is $15 per person to cover lunch. Registration is available online here. And Click Here for the flyer

New Jersey Council of Churches Theology Symposium

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Time: 5:30* - 8:00 p.m.

Place: First United Methodist Church of Hightstown, 187 Stockton St., Hightstown, NJ; 609-448-0041

Title: “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life”

NJCC’s Director, Joan Diefenbach, Esq. will lead a discussion of Karen Armstrong’s book, “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life”. In this important and thought-provoking work, Armstrong—one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world—provides an impassioned and practical guide to helping us make the world a more compassionate place. The twelve steps she suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion,” and close with “Love Your Enemies.” In between, she takes up self-love, mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and “concern for everybody.” She shares concrete methods to help us cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion, and provides a reading list to encourage us to “hear one another’s narratives.” Armstrong teaches us that becoming a compassionate human being is a lifelong project and journey filled with rewards.

*Wednesday is “Pizza Night” at the church ($1 per slice). Pizza will be served from 5:30-6:30; drinks and dessert will be provided. The program will begin at 6:30. Kindly RSVP to this email as to your attendance.


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WANTED- CHRISTIAN EDUCATION DIRECTOR - Haworth (posted 7/23/14)-revised 8/8/14



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The excellent OCWM leaders guide is available from United Church Resources.

John Deckenback



September 20th - Brainstorming for General Synod 2017, Catonsville, MD

September 27th - Orchid Seminar, Trinity United Church, Warren (see flyer above)

October 15th - NJCC Theology Symposium, Hightstown, NJ (see information above)

October 25th - CPR Church Vitality Event, Catonsville, MD 10-3 (see flyer above)

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The NJ Association Pre-Ordination Process

This section is a new addition for those interested in going through the process to become an ordained UCC Minister.

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Our office is located on the 2nd floor of the Glen Ridge Congregational Church.

OFFICE HOURS are 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday - Friday
SUMMER HOURS are 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday - Thursday and 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Fridays

Mailing Address: 195 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, New Jersey 07028
Phone: 973-748-7772
: 973-748-7779

Office e-mail: njaoffice@gmail.com

David Popham, Associate Conference Minister, North - email: davidpopham@live.com