• “The Glory of God is the human being fully alive!”

    Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, YOU are invited to join us on the journey at Second Congregational — a church for young and old and in-between. Second Congregational Church is a progressive church, musical and mission-minded, with opportunities for questioning and seeking. Vermont’s first “Open and Affirming” Congregation of the United Church of Christ, we welcome all people of faith or in search of faith to our work and worship, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation.
  • Pastor

    D. Mark Blank

    Pastor of Second Congregational Church. Raised in the United Methodist Church, Mark found a spiritual home in the UCC in 2007. Originally from Western Pennsylvania, Mark graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2017 having attained a BA from the University of Tampa in 2000. Mark draws on his background in theatre, music, and storytelling in leading worship.


    What does it mean to “Be the Church”
          : Care for the poor.  Fight for the powerless
          : Share earthly and spiritual resources
          : Protect the environment
          : Reject racism
          : Celebrate diversity
          : Forgive often
          : Love God. Enjoy this life



This year’s fourth annual Summer festival was a gift to the community by Second Congregational Church to increase awareness of how we can take care of God’s earth as well as to let the community better know who we are at Second Congo.

The festival’s kick-off was an evening-before conversation with Vermont Senator Brian Campion about what Vermont is doing on environmental issues and what our state needs more action on. After Brian’s talk, an ice cream CONE social let conversation carry on without any dishes or spoons to wash up or (horrors) discard. (Throughout the festival, drinks were in reusable Mason jars, lunch on washable plates, and plastic was avoided.)

Saturday’s sunny day (without the recent excessive heat and humidity) was perfect for the many displays and activities outdoors in front of the church. A bat cave held bat silhouettes wearing questions about bats and their lives; kids of all ages exploring the cave opened the folded silhouettes to reveal the answers to the questions. Nearby, Cindy Hudson-Knapp painted faces and arms while her assistants signed up kids and helped them choose their designs. Children painted on long reams of paper, producing, in the course of the day, four colorful murals which are now displayed in the church sanctuary.

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    •   The on-going Centering Prayer Group meets Every-Other-Friday from 4:00 – 5:30pm in
      the library at Second Congregational Church (Room 2). Next meeting Oct. 19th. Newcomers are always welcome, as are all faiths.
    •   CROP Hunger Walk is October 28 and we need help. No level of participation is too small:  If you can bake a dozen cookies for the walkers, put up a couple flyers around town, help with set-up, raffle, write thank you notes, walk or make a donation, or help in any other way, please sign up in Webster Hall or see Kathy Shaw.


    •   The Seafarer Ditty Bags are small tokens of appreciation for the work of the merchant mariners who are detained on ships. Items will be collected Sunday, November 4th. Please see Joyce Hall for details. A list of Items to be collected is posted in Webster Hall.
    • George Sohn and Al Ray have organized an excursion to Albany on Thursday, October 25th to tour the World War II destroyer escort, USS Slater. If you are interested, please meet here at the church at 10 am that day. Admission is $8.00. Lunch to be decided.
      Please note: the tour does include some climbing on ladders within the vessel.


    • Fall Clean Up has been scheduled for Nov. 17th. “Many hands make light work”
    •  Calling all animal lovers!  Petpurri is getting started. We need:  any old pillows or sweaters you want to part with, ideas for pet themed toys or items, and help! We’ll be having two crafting days, filled with music, fun, cookies, and crafting: Sat. Nov 3 and Sat Nov 17 from 10-12 in Webster Hall.  If you have a sewing machine you can bring on those days, that would really help. No experience needed to help with Pet-Purri!   If you have ideas or questions, contact Kathy Shaw.
    •  Snowball Bazaar is right around the corner: Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

Advocating for our Earth

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Eric and Ernie

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Celebrating Mary

Click here for slideshow Celebrating Mary Lee Clark's 23 years as pastor of Second Congregational Church, on her retirement April ...
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Rise for Climate

Saturday, September 8th, thousands of actions in cities and towns around the world will take place to demand our leaders ...
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Update on Eaarth Advocates

The cold reality of human impact on the environment Update on Eaarth Advocates’ Environmental Activism So, Why is “Eaarth” spelled ...
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Living Lightly on God’s Earth: A Guide to Spiritual Practices Focused on the Environment During Lent, instead of fasting, let's ...
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    Second Congregational Church,  115 Hillside Street,  Bennington VT 05201
    Telephone: 802-442-2559,  e-mail: bennscc@sover.net

    Or visit the church
    From middle of town intersection of Routes 7 & 9,  take Route 7 south 2 blocks.
    Turn left onto Hillside St.  (just before Friendly’s).

    Church is located on right at top of hill.

    We will be pleased to hear from you

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