Celebrating Joanne Thomson’s Ministry

Rev. Joanne Thomson, Associate Conference Minister for our Southwest Association,will retire at the end of July. A celebration of Joanne’s ministry and a chance to say farewell will be on July 14 at a Madison Mallards game. Tickets through the Wisconsin Conference must be purchased by June 19.

Click here for tickets and more information.


Welcome Rev. Ceniceros: New Associate Conference Minister for Our Association

Rev. Lorraine Ceniceros has been called as the new Associate Conference Minister.

She will relocate to Madison in mid July from southern California. Rev. Ceniceros will assume ACM responsibilities on August 1.

Click here to see report by Rev.Franz Rigert, our Conference Minister.


Stewardship Skill Building Opportunities for Your Annual Campaign in August

There are several opportunities available to learn about building a stronger annual pledge campaign. Click here for more information.


Borrow “God’s Doors Are Open to All”
Created to remind us to boldly stand in Solidarity with LGBTQ & Orlando, Florida communities to represent our Open and Affirming congregations and to encourage us all to let love be stronger than hate.
Click here for more information.

Interested in Visiting Palestine and Israel?
Rev. Nick Utphall will be leading an eleven day trip to the Holy Land in November.
For more information click here.






Damascus Project

Returning to Sacred Texts and Finding Stories You Can Live In

Leadership development initiative to form spiritually-grounded leaders for a changing church.

Registration  and more information

Fall Courses

The Crux: Engaging the Wisdom of the Wilderness for Today’s Changing Church.  More information.

Exploring God’s Call in a Changing World.  More information.

A Flavor of the Old Testament.  More information

What Does it Mean to be UCC?  Theology, History and Polity.  More information

Or contact Tisha Brown  ( for more information

Youth Stewards Needed during the General Synod
For more information

This is a great opportunity!

Communities of Practice Groups for Clergy and Christian Educators
More information

Sign up


Communities of Practice for  Christian Education Faith Formation
More information

Sign up


Thinking about retirement or already retired?

The Conference has started a Facebook Group to discuss the many issues involved in transitioning to retirement.
It is open to all Authorized Clergy and any denomination. More information.


Lay Leaders take note!

Are you a lay leader for a congregation which has called or is calling a pastor who will be serving in that for the first time?

New resources are being developed to help with the transition from seminary to a first call in ministry. Members of the SW Association that are working on this are: Rev. Mark Yurs, Rev. Leslie Schenk, Dave Pearson and Rev. Joanne Thomson.


New Process for Licensed Ministry

The Southwest Association, along with the three other Associations in the Wisconsin Conference, has adopted a new process for licensed ministry. Both the Conference Commission on Church and Ministry and our national MESA (Ministerial Excellence, Support, and Authorization) team have developed a new framework for understanding licensed ministry.  We encourage you to take a look at to learn more about the changes affecting the authorization of ministry in the United Church of Christ.

Contact Us

(608) 846-7880