Sermon for October 27, 2019

First Parish Church United Church of Christ, Yarmouth Maine

Sermon by Rev. Kate Dalton

October 27, 2019

Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-14

Yesterday I attended the annual meeting of the Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ.  A quick review of how the United Church of Christ is organized and governed.  We are a local church in the United Church of Christ.  We have total autonomy and decisions for this church are made by our members.  Our church belongs to the Cumberland Association of the Maine Conference.  The association is made up of local UCC congregations in a specific geographic area.  The Maine Conference is the gathering body of all the Maine associations and thus all the Maine local congregations.  And once a year, the Maine Conference convenes to have a meeting where constituents vote on the business of the conference.  This is similar to our annual meeting where things like the budget and the nominating slate are presented for approval by the body.

There has been tension in the Maine conference for about two years with regards to the performance of the Conference Minister.  I would be happy to chat with anyone who is interested in hearing more about the issues.  In brief, a consultant was hired, a report has been written and the board of directors has agreed to set up better structur