Annual Meeting

SHIFT: Our Unfolding Story

And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?  Micah: 6:8




2017 Annual Meeting Recap, by Franz Rigert

Click to read Franz’s summary of Annual Meeting Highlights


Video highlights from 2017 Annual Meeting

  • John Dorhauer, President and General Minister of the UCC, offered a very inspiring and motivating keynote. John’s passion for justice came through in heartfelt stories. Learn more about the vision of the UCC in this video.  View video
  • On Friday evening, Franz spoke about “Our Unfolding Story.” He shared thoughts on how we can move forward while remaining rooted in our spiritual values and faith traditions. “We can re-envision the church as mission bound… a verb, suggesting a radical transformation… Church, as the delivering of justice. Church, as the outpouring of compassion… Church, as the overturning of systems of inequality and prejudice… For God is still calling us, Church, onward.”   View video
  • Franz’s Sunday sermon offered wise words for our lives, asking us to hold a “both-and” perspective. This sermon excerpt sets the stage: “The story of God’s goodness and grace throughout history is a story of expanding possibilities, of widening welcomes and broad inclusion . . . it’s not a story of diminishing and restricting and excluding. The story of God’s open-ended Spirit (which blows where it will blow) is BOTH-AND (permission giving), NOT either-or (parameter limiting).” If your congregation hasn’t already seen the video Franz provided before annual meeting, feel free to share this version with them.   View video
  • As requested, we also have the slides from Rev. Everett Mitchell’s moving presentation on Saturday morning, for those who were present to hear him.   Download slides pdf


Photo of 2017 Annual Meeting stage set for download






This year’s Annual Meeting continues to explore how we are SHIFTING from maintenance to mission.  We will learn about new opportunities and new resources for growth and change. And we will share inspiring stories of faithful witness and ministry in the Wisconsin Conference, as together we envision the Church of the 21st Century.

We remind ourselves, too that a shift is more than a few steps in one direction or another.  In Micah 6:8 we are reminded that God calls us “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

As always, Annual Meeting also provides many opportunities to connect with friends old and new, worship together and enjoy the beautiful surroundings at Green Lake Conference Center.

Special Guest Speakers


The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, President and General Minister of the United Church of Christ

Friday afternoon Rev. Dorhauer will preview the new UCC vision and talk about racial tensions and the notion of white privilege.

Rev. Everett Mitchell, pastor of Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church and Dane County Circuit Court Judge

Saturday morning Rev. Mitchell will present A Theology of Race: Empowering churches to use the radical inclusiveness of Jesus’ ministry to dismantle spiritual and social racial segregation.

Worship Leaders

Bringing us an inspiring new worship experience this year will be Gary Rand, Director of Worship Activities and Adjunct Professor in Worship at McCormick Theological Seminary. Gary strives to design worship that engages people through music and participatory activities.

Joining in worship with their unique music style will be The Many, an indie folk/gospel, liturgically-grounded, new kind of worship band. Pianist Rob Clearfield will also be on tap.

More information about our special guests

NEW at this year’s Annual Meeting – “Share Fair”

The 2017 Wisconsin Conference Annual Meeting will feature a “Share Fair” for congregations to share their inspirational ministry stories with others around the Wisconsin Conference.
More information about Share Fair

Thursday Workshop: Sparking Creativity and Expanding Vision

A workshop with Paul Nixon, author of “Weird Church”
Thursday, June 8, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Green Lake Conference Center

This workshop will be highly valuable for pastors, lay leaders and church teams seeking to break out of established patters of thinking and develop a broader vision of what the church of the 21st century can do and be. Participants will gain knowledge and acquire tools in three key areas to use in their home churches.  More information about the Thursday Workshop

Friday Evening Reception Sponsored by Cornerstone Fund

Immigrant Welcoming Conference Resolution

A resolution to become an Immigrant Welcoming Conference was introduced at the 2016 Annual Meeting.  The vote to begin a year of study on this topic passed with strong support at the meeting.  This kicked off a study period in which congregations have been asked to engage in a study process of their choosing.  There will be a vote on this resolution at this year’s Annual Meeting.  Information about the resolution is available here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Get involved! Check out and sign up for volunteer opportunities at Annual Meeting here!

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