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Web Page last Updated October 2, 2014

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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

February Newsletter

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.

Upcoming Events:

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.

October 25th - 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 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

October 27th - March in Trenton to Stop Mass Incarceration - Click Here for the flyer


Church Be Nimble: Ultimately, God is waiting to surprise congregations and the world. Our task as church leaders is to clear away bureaucratic clutter and become organizationally nimble so that God can do what God will do in,with, and through us.

The Central Atlantic Conference and Lancaster Theological Seminary are teaming up to co-sponsor a series of workshops designed to help churches think again about the way they are organized relative to current challenges and opportunities.

The event is made possible due to the generous contributions to the New Visions Campaign.

Sessions will take place regionally and will include a brief study of the cultural context in which churches now function, an exploration of concepts that might guide congregational reorganization, and experimentation with models of conversation that can help every congregation find its way forward.

The first session will be Friday and Saturday, November 14-15, 2014 at Union Congregational UCC, 176 Cooper Ave, Montclair NJ 07043
Friday 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. / Saturday 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. lunch included

Send a few designated representatives of your church leadership. Better yet, send your entire church council or consistory and use the opportunity as a board retreat.

Cost $30 per person for 1-2 people - $25 per person for 3 or more.

Register and pay through the CAC website - www.cacucc.org. Checks can be made payable to the Central Atlantic Conference and mailed to 916 S. Rolling Rd, Catonsville MD 21228.

The series will be facilitated by Rev. Dr. Marty Kuchma, whose book Church Be Nimble: Organizational Dynamics and Creativity will be used as background reading for each participant. It is available on Amazon.com. Reduced price copies are available from the author.

Continuing Education credits are available through Lancaster Theological Seminary.

April 27 - 29, 2015 Middle Atlantic Association of United Church Educators 2015 Faith Formation Event- Click Here for the flyer
(Insider information: There's a discount if you register before December 15th...SHHHH)


Called to Serve? Find opportunities online.
Search by keyword, Conference, or type of position: Volunteer – Missionary – Musician – Summer camp staff – Pastorate – Chaplaincy.
The Spirit moves in many directions! Take a look! http://oppsearch.ucc.org


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

John Deckenback




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

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

November 1st, NJA Fall Gathering at Middletown 9 - 12, ending with lunch. Cost is $10.00

November 14th and 15th - Church Be Nimble workshop, Upper Montclair, NJ


April 27-29, MA AUCE

June 12-14, CAC Annual Meeting

June 26-30, UCC General Synod 30 in Cleveland, OH

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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