Out of Office Hours Joanne Thomson

Tuesday, November 7, 10:00-11:30, at Fat Cat Coffee Works, 606 Railroad St., New Glarus.


Calvin & the “Culture Wars”
1st Congregational UCC, Madison
Five consecutive Fridays 12:00-1:00 starting September 15- October 13
Car Rasmussen will explain highlights from “Monstrous Fictions”, about Reformer John Calvin
Please let church office know if you plan on attending 608-233-9751 or


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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Writers Retreat at Green Lake
October 13-15
Visit: for more information and to register.


WI Music and Performing Arts Camp at 1st Congregational UCC, Watertown
October 14-15
Click here for details.


Interim Ministry Training
October 12, 2017  every 3rd Thursday of the month for 8 months
Click here for more information.


Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
October 28 at Trost Center
Margaret Bendroth of the Congregational Library in Boston
Lee Palmer Wandel – UW Madison Professor will speak.


Learn How you Congregation Could Get Involved with the Bethlehem Partnership
November 15 10:00-2:00 at Trost Center
RSVP by November 1
by email ( or phone (608-846-7880)
Conference’s complete letter


Dane Sanctuary Coalition Update


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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(608) 846-7880