Statements & News
REVEALING THE CALL TO REST & RENEWAL A Message from the Working Board of the Massachusetts Council of Churches
January 13, 2022
As a second pandemic winter takes hold, the Working Board has decided to grant a one-month, paid “sabbatical break” to both the senior staff, Rev. Laura Everett (February 2022) and Rev. Kenneth Young (January 2022).
July 8, 2021
We write with our concerns about Gordon Conwell’s actions against a dear colleague and critical institution following the firing of Rev. Dr. Emmett Price. To sign the letter yourself, visit:
July 8, 2021
The Massachusetts Council of Churches (MCC) has received a major grant of federal funds as part of the Baker-Polito Administration Vaccine Equity initiative.
January 27, 2021
The most recent update from the Massachusetts Council of Churches about equity and access to COVID-19 vaccinations for those engaged in ministry across Massachusetts.
January 22, 2021
An update from the Massachusetts Council of Churches about the timeline for COVID-19 vaccinations for those engaged in ministry across Massachusetts.
January 12, 2021
A statement from Massachusetts Council of Churches staff following the armed attack and attempted coup at the Capitol on 01/06/21.
"This insurrection was not theologically void, but soaked in Christian imagery, with the name of our one Savior Jesus Christ held high, along with weapons of war."
December 16, 2020
The Massachusetts Council of Churches leads work that no single denomination or local church could do on its own, to build a more faithful future of communal resources, mutual necessity, and shared joy. Read more in our one page year in review.
10/27/20 PRESS RELEASE: New England Church Leaders: “Soaked in Suffering,” Call for Communal Lament, Mental Health Support for Clergy
October 27, 2020
Responding to increasing distress and despair among pastors and across congregations, Church leaders from all six New England states call today for communal lament and focus on mental health. #LamentAndLive
October 26, 2020
Election Preparedness strategies for Houses of Worship in Massachusetts, from the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, and Massachusetts Council of Churches
Weds 8/5/20 MCC Press Release: Divine Justice Requires Strong Policing Reform- Mass. Council of Churches supports AME ministers
August 5, 2020
Sending a letter to the six Conference Committee members, Mass. Council of Churches leaders wrote, “we write to you as Christian leaders convinced that God and history will judge us by the decisions and actions of public leaders at this moment. You who write laws can bend the arc of justice with your pens.”
July 20, 2020
Pastors from the twelve A.M.E. churches across the Commonwealth representing over 4000 members in Massachusetts (the oldest continuously existing Black denomination in the country), will respond to the Massachusetts House of Representatives police reform bill and call on them to pass strong police reform, including fixing qualified immunity, limiting use of force, and the creating a POST system, at a press conference Monday, July 20 at the Massachusetts State House.
June 7, 2020
Order of Service for interfaith #BostonBlackMemorial for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor + Ahmaud Arbery
June 5, 2020
Clergy United, a coalition of faith-based organizations, will hold an interfaith memorial service for George Floyd and other African Americans who were unjustly murdered on Sunday June 7, 2020.
May 18, 2020
On Monday May 18, 2020, the Rev. Laura Everett, Executive Director, and Rev. Jennie Barrett Siegal, President of the Massachusetts Council of Churches issued the following statement in response to the phased economic reopening plan which included new minimum safety standards for reentry to houses of worship:
May 1, 2020
Press Release: Launch of the One Church Fund to Support Black, Immigrant, Homeless Churches
April 23, 2019
Responding to terror in Sri Lanka and the killing of over 320 people, the Sri Lanka Association of New England and the Massachusetts Council of Churches will gather for #RememberingSriLanka: An Interfaith Vigil in Boston Thursday April 25, 2019, 6pm. Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common.
March 26, 2019
For use in your congregation as you remember Sri Lanka. These prayers were led by Rev. Anoma Abeyaratne at the Remembering Sri Lanka vigil on Boston Common.
August 16, 2017
August 16, 2017
August 15, 2017
"We have failed to sufficiently name and denounce the anti-Semitism among us."
August 14, 2017
March 23, 2017
Read more to understand the verdict and the part we played in advocating for churches across the Commonwealth.
February 20, 2017
November 22, 2016
October 24, 2016
The Massachusetts Council of Churches will likely be moving. Help us define the values of our office space, and learn more about the move.
August 31, 2016
June 16, 2016
A prayer offered by the Rev. Laura Everett, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches.
May 25, 2016
April 1, 2016
Massachusetts Council of Churches files an Amicus Brief: Government attempt to divide houses of worship is “not right and not possible.”
March 11, 2016
The Massachusetts Council of Churches's announces plans to implement a new staffing structure.
February 11, 2016
Mirror-Spectator article about the installation of Armenian-American lawyer and political activist Anthony Barsamian as president.
September 24, 2015
Boston Globe article covering an MCC event that brought some 30 clergy, activists, and lay people from across denominations together to listen to Pope Francis address a joint meeting of Congress.
July 7, 2015
A reflection from 30 Seconds or Less on networking across the whole body of Christ.
April 4, 2015
Boston Globe article covering nontraditional ways churches are building new communities.
March 24, 2015
Boston Globe article describing the ecumenical vespers service held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
March 16, 2015
Video from the Weather Channel depicting Bostonians' responses to the record-breaking snowfall in 2015.
March 15, 2015
Christian Century blog post discussing the challenges of ecumenical work today.