UCC Women’s Celebration XI2022 
March 1820, 2022

John 1:16:  From God's fullness all have received, grace upon grace!
The next meeting is via ZOOM on Saturday, October 24, 2020. 
If you want to ZOOM in, please contact Cindy Bradley at
603-848-9340, and leave a message no later than
7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

We will provide several opportunities for missions during our weekend together, as well as before and after!  

Some of the previous missions we participated in are:  
2018Dress a Girl Around the World

2018Church World Service (CWS) Hygiene Kits
2018Preble Street Resource Center and Soup Kitchen
2018Grace Street Ministries
2018Global Health Ministries 
2014White socks for the homeless



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Widening the Welcome
March 2022

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This is the fortieth anniversary of UCC New England Women's Celebration.   
Come!  Celebrate with us!   There is “a seat at the table” for you!   

Please register above to get into the workshops that appeal to you, to reserve a room at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Manchester NH, and to get the discounted registration rate before the December 15, 2021, deadline.  

So  call, e-mail, tweet, or even stand up in church... Fill a car... fill a bus...  Do  whatever it takes to reach out to everyone you know to be sure they also claim  a "SEAT AT THE TABLE." 

Workshop selections are on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you selected a workshop that is FULL, your registration will be stalled and you'll be asked to make another selection.  If your registration goes through, you got the workshops you selected!   

If you are in need of an American Sign Language
interpreter, please register early to let us know
so that we may accommodate.
Schedule & Workshops
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH
IF you are having trouble with this online system, please call direct to DoubleTree Hilton Hotel at 1-855-610-TREE or 603-625-1000 and say you are with the Women Leaders Conference or UCC. There are rooms blocked for our event and they will take care of you. 
Go to booking page  Starting March 20, 2021
What is the New England Women’s Celebration?

The New England Women’s Celebration takes place every four years at various locations in New England. It is held over (or near) the weekend of Mothering Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Lent, which is traditionally a time when the strict observances of Lent were relaxed for a day so church folks could return to the Mother Church of their roots.

The purpose of the Celebrations is to reach women in the pews and to involve them in learning and sharing their faith beyond the local church and Conference setting. It is organized by women from United Church of Christ (UCC) congregations across New England; however, women from all denominations and religious traditions are welcome to attend.

Celebration XI2022 

Coordinating Team 

 Name and State  Responsibility


  Pam Roberts (CT)
 Cindy Bradley (NH)




  Kathy Olmsted (MA) 
  Sue Barker (CT)
  Karen Gravino (CT)
  Carolyn Holmy (CT)
  Susan Spellman (ME)
  Cindy Bradley (NH)


  Kathy Olmsted (MA)


  Peggy Matteson (RI)
  Trudie Bergeron (NH)
  Rev. Dr. Fran Bogle (MA)
  Deb Lewis (ME) 
  Cindy Bradley (NH)



  Kathy Olmsted (MA)
  Anne Hodgman (ME)


  Cindy Bradley (NH)
Anne Engelhardt (NH)
  Kathy Olmsted (MA)
  Rev. Alice O'Donovan (CT)




  Rev. Carolyn Keilig (NH)
  Rev. Ruth Gallot (NH)
  Adam Smedberg (MA) (CWS)
  Cindy Bradley (NH)
  Pam Roberts (CT)


  Rev. Dr. Fran Bogle (MA)
  Pam Burnham (ME)
  Cindy Batten (NH)
  Linda Bonetti (NH)
  Rachel Dobbs ()
  Fran Graveson (MA)
  Rev. AbbyLynn Haskell (ME)
  Deborah Lewis (ME) 
  Rev. Dr. Deborah Roof (NH)
  Ivy Tillman (MA)
  Pam Roberts (CT)


  Ruth Choate (CT)
  Trudie Bergeron (NH)
  Cindy Bradley  (NH)
  Pam Roberts (CT) 

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Featured Keynote Speakers

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  • XXXXX Leslie Adelson Lewin has been a part of the program team at Seeds of Peace for 18 years, never missing a summer at the Seeds of Peace Camp on Pleasant ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2019, 6:06 PM by UCC Women
  • Rev. Renee Rouse Her first service in Warner was Easter Sunday 2016. Shortly before the service began, a few members of the congregation approached their new minister to tell her there was a ...
    Posted Sep 17, 2020, 6:00 PM by UCC Women
  • Rev. Traci Blackmon A prominent community leader, a gifted preacher and a much-loved pastor and teacher has been appointed as the acting executive of UCC Justice and Witness Ministries.  The Rev. Traci ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2017, 4:58 PM by UCC Women
  • Rev. Sarah Buteux The Reverend Sarah Buteux, Associate Pastor Minister of Christian Education and Outreach Founding Pastor of Common Ground  The Rev. Sarah Buteux, brings many and varied gifts along with 13+ years ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2018, 8:53 AM by UCC Women
  • Rev. Deborah J. Blood             Rev. Deborah Blood is the Conference Minister for the Maine Conference, UCC. She was ordained to Christian ministry in 2005 and served the First Congregational Church in Bloomfield, CT, an ...
    Posted Oct 1, 2017, 8:03 AM by UCC Women
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Testimonies from Previous Retreats

Sharron D. says:
Everything in planning (reservation, registering) went smoothly.  Workshop offerings were so interesting that I wish we could have done four instead of two!.  I would definitely attend another Celebration!! 

Dorothy Pitman from Hollis, New Hampshire, says:
Having missed only one of the Celebrations I am looking forward to attending Celebration IX in Portland.  It is such a moving experience for me to be in the midst of hundreds of UCC women all singing, praying, and sharing together--an experience that I will forever remember.

Marsha Sheehan from Saco, Maine, says:
There was NO way I could give up a whole weekend to attend Celebration VII in Burlington!  It was certainly not something that was feasible for me, a 37-year-old wife and mother of two children with a full-time job and many commitments within the church.  With some coaxing by church friends Kris Galasyn and Laurie Mooney I was convinced to join a carpool of women from my church, and as the date approached, I wondered what was I thinking--how could I give up this much time?  The ride from Maine flew by as Kris, Laurie, Lynne Siulinski, Meredith Jordan, and I shared stories and got to know each other better.  From the moment I walked into the registration area I could feel the amazing spirit and energy.  Nearly one thousand women: all there to grow and learn and worship.  The weekend was filled with shining moments, useful information, and inspiring messages.  I returned to my husband, children, job, and church renewed in spirit and with a better sense of the wider UCC community.

Liz Reed-Swale comes from Rock Hill, Connecticut:
Around the time I graduated from college, my mother and I began the tradition of an annual mother-daughter retreat.  It has been a wonderful way for us to move beyond simply filling each other in on our daily lives and really getting to know each other as adults.  Mom invited me to Celebration VII after finding out about it at her church.  What impressed me most was the planning that had to have gone into the weekend: our every want and need was anticipated and taken care of, from quiet time to discussion to snacking to supporting the global community.  And the music!  Singing with over 900 other women is a moving experience; I was in tears more than once throughout the weekend.  There was time to take walks (though we had to wear long johns!), time to meet and chat with other participants, and time for just the two of us to talk and share.  It was a powerful, strengthening three days.  In the doldrums of a gray, cold winter, our experiences at Celebration VII made me feel alive and new, and that spring definitely was on its way.