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A Call for Sermons in Solidarity with Youth Seeking Justice

Twenty-one youth have taken our federal government to court in demanding accountability and action in response to the damage done to our climate and the immense impact this damage has on their generation. One of those youth is Kiran Oommen who is the son of the Rev. Melanie Oommen of First Congregational UCC in Eugene, Oregon. Ultimately, the case brought by the youth is about seeking justice for #EachGeneration. To further the compelling and inspiring efforts of the youth, the UCC Council for Climate Justice has initiated a call for more than a thousand sermons to be preached in solidarity with them. To pledge a commitment to deliver a sermon, visit Youth are especially encouraged to preach.

Social Concerns Division Invites Grant Applications
The Division has several thousand of dollars to spend by the end of the year. Deadline is December 8.
Use this form for submitting grant request.


Interweaving Our Sacred Scripture & Our Story: Lessons Learned in 15 Years of Women’s Worship at the Dane County Jail.

December 13,20
at 7:00
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 322 E. Washington Ave., Madison
Chaplain Julia Weaver will share her reflections on how the ministry has evolved and expanded over the years.

No advance registration  required.


Old Befana
This ancient Yuletide tale of hope for all ages will be performed at
Plymouth UCC, Madison.
December 16
Doors open at 6:30 performance at 7:00.


Jesus Core High School Retreat
Grades 9-12
Janurary 5-7 at Pilgrim Center, Green Lake.
For more information click here.



Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Event
January 15
at Congregational UCC, Madison on University Ave.
Cost is $10.00 a person; $20.00 a family
This is for youth grades 1 thru 8.
Register  here.


Presentation: Dear White Christians: A Path Toward Racial Justice
February 9
7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.
Fountain of Life Covenant Church
633 Badger Road, Madison, WI

February 10
10:00 a.m Noon
Calvary Memorial UCC
4515 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa, WI

Cost is$10.00
Advance registrations welcome at  You may also register at the door.
For more information click here.

Pastors: Might a Bi-Vocational Ministry Be for You?
Sand Bur Consulting is offering  a Bi-Vocational Incubator April-November 2018. This will address the situation in which congregations can no longer afford a full time pastor.

These monthly gatherings are offered inter-denominationally. For more information contact




Dane Sanctuary Coalition Update



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.


Communities of Practice Groups for Clergy and Christian Educators
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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.

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