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 www.eachgeneration.org. Youth are especially encouraged to preach.
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.
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Damascus Project “Exploring God’s Call in a Changing World” presented by Dr. Sandra Graham
September – December
Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee (333 W. Kilbourn Ave)
Health Insurance Regional Information Sessions
September 24, 4:00 – 7:00 at Evangelical & Reformed UCC in Waukesha
September 25, 10:00 -1:00 at 1st Congregational UCC in Appleton
September 25, 4:00-7:00 at Grace UCC in Wausau
Sessions are free and include a meal.
Clergy Retreat and Workshop
September 30-October 2
“Worship for Praise, Resistance and Hope: How Prayer, Song, Sacraments and the Arts Inspire Us for Challenging Times”
at Moon Beach Camp
Lead by former UCC General Minister and President, Rev. John Thomas and
Art Clyde – church musician, composer and editor of The New Century Hymnal
Cost is $199.00
Workshop on Social & Emotional Learning
At 1st Congregational UCC in Fort Atkinson
Scarlett Lewis will lead the workshop and Keynote Open Forum
Scarlett is the mother of six year old Jesse who was murdered in his classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT.
Check of the details here
Registration form here.
Clergy Retreat – Periodic Vocational Support Requirement
November 12-13 2:00-2:00
at Pilgrim Center
In addition two conversation sessions have been scheduled to talk with the planning committee and to respond to questions.
August 15 – 1:00 at Salem UCC, Verona
September 5 – 3:00- 4:00 at Orchard Ridge UCC, Madison
Communities of Practice Groups for Clergy and Christian Educators
Communities of Practice for Christian Education Faith Formation
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.
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.
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 www.ucc.org/ministers to learn more about the changes affecting the authorization of ministry in the United Church of Christ.