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Out of Office hours for Joanne Thomson

Wednesday, November 7, 10:00-11:30, at Fat Cat Coffee Works in New Glarus.


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.
Click here for more information.

 


 

Damascus Project “Exploring God’s Call in a Changing World” presented by Dr. Sandra Graham
September – December

Read more here.
Register here

 


 

Catalyst Team of the Wisconsin Conference offers Coaching
October 11
at Grace UCC, Wausau (535 S.3rd Ave.)

Explore 3 programs

  • Coaching
  • Five Practices
  • Readiness 360

Register here by October 8.
Contact Tisha Brown with questions

 



 

Workshop on Social & Emotional Learning
October 27
At 1st Congregational UCC in Fort Atkinson
12:30-4:30


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.

 



 

Boundary Training

October 30
9:00-3:00
at 1st Congregational UCC, Oconomowoc
Register here.

 


 

Clergy Retreat – Periodic Vocational Support Requirement
November 12-13
at Pilgrim Center

The retreat will focus on the intersection of personhood and ministry, helping participants to do their own assessment of themselves and their ministries.

Cost is $35.00

Register here.

 



 

Communities of Practice Groups for Clergy and Christian Educators
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Communities of Practice for  Christian Education Faith Formation
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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 www.ucc.org/ministers to learn more about the changes affecting the authorization of ministry in the United Church of Christ.

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