Discovering the Work of Your Soul in the Soul of Your Work
"Vocatio" refers to a calling into our
life's work. Once, when asked by a student how one goes about finding one's
vocatio, Harvard University's Howard Thurman responded, "Ask not what the world
needs. Ask what makes you come alive, then go do it. Because what the world
needs is people who have come alive." In
this workshop, we explore the concept of "calling" in the Christian tradition
and how one goes about finding it. (1:30 - This workshop is meant to serve as a
helpful companion to the 3:15 workshop.)
Eric Elnes will lead
The UCC Today and Tomorrow: Questions and Conversation
A time to hear about the work and
witness of the UCC's national setting, ask questions, offer feedback or
suggestions, and unpack together the important issues facing our denomination
and the world. (1:30 and 3:15)
Ben Guess will lead
Tension in Life Giving Ways
How might we imagine moving from
resisting tension to embracing it in lifegiving ways? How might our experience of congregational
life, ministry and personal spirituality be enhanced as we see creativity and
possibility in tension? We'll explore
paradox, safe space, wonder and circle of trust as practices that can be used
in all the settings of our lives. Winton
Boyd is an experienced retreat leader with the Center for Courage and Renewal,
using material and concepts developed by author Parker Palmer and used in
settings with people of all professions across the country. (1:30 and
Winton Boyd is the Senior
Pastor at Orchard Ridge UCC in Madison and is a trained facilitator with the
Center for Courage and Renewal.
New wine, new wineskins: A turnaround story
ago, McFarland UCC began a church turnaround project with the support of
conference staff. With hard work, focus
and an ear for the Holy Spirit, they've experienced a 65% increase in worship
attendance, a renewed sense of vitality and excitement for the future. Join McFarland's pastor and lay leaders for a
conversation about what they've learned...and what they're still figuring out. (3:15)
Rev. Kerri Parker is Pastor at McFarland UCC,
graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary, and former Executive Director of YWCA
Rock County. She is the mom of an
amazing daughter, a hopeful Christian, and a hopeless BBC addict.
Five Practices to Revitalize Your Congregation
A panel of local church leaders will
share their experiences and reflect on ways that the Five Practices program
help them to grow into a more extravagant, risk-taking, intentional,
passionate, radical and vital congregation.
Thomson, Associate Conference Minister since 2001, understands her ministry
as helping churches to reclaim their original God-given call and to discern
their response within their current context. She has served as pastor at
Middleton Community UCC, Middleton, Wis. (1989-2000), First Congregational UCC,
Madison, (1984-1989), and Prospect Congregational UCC, Cambridge, Mass.
Life Into Worship Music
Meet Chuck Maronhic and learn about creative new ideas for music in
worship. Chuck will be providing the
music for Saturday evening worship. (1:30 and 3:15)
20 years, Chuck has had the privilege of serving as Music Director in numerous
churches including United Methodist, Roman Catholic and United Churches of
Christ. He is also a frequent guest performer and clinician at many churches
and conferences throughout the US. His association with Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes
began at Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ in Scottsdale, AZ
where he served as Director of Music for the now well-known Studio Worship
retiring from Arizona State University in 2003 as Director of Jazz Studies and
moving to Louisville, KY with his wife Mary Ann, Chuck was asked by Eric Elnes,
now senior Pastor at Countryside Community Church in Omaha, NE to help develop
a jazz based worship service there. During this period, Rev .Elnes approached
Chuck with the idea of an Internet ministry. Both Eric and Chuck worked on developing
what is now known worldwide as Darkwood Brew www.darkwoodbrew.org where
Chuck served as Music Director leading a jazz quartet during its first two
2011 Chuck began composing original modern music for the Book of Psalms. The
project is called The Jazz Psalms Project and is published for Music Serving
the Word Ministries, Scottsdale, AZ. Chuck has numerous published books of jazz
arrangements of church hymns for several publishers that are played around the
world. He also has recorded over 50 CDs and albums. For a full discography and
bibliography of Chuck's work, visit his website at: www.sanctuaryjazz.com and! www.musicservingtheword.org
How We Got
Fat (aka, how to get unfat)
This workshop will outline clear mechanisms
that force us to gain weight and make it impossible to lose. We will teach you
how to follow clear data points that will guide you on your own metabolism. You
will also learn how to get off statins, diabetes meds, high blood pressure
meds - but not how to buy new clothes. Anyone who brings a memory stick can have
the powerpoint at the end of the workshop. (1:30 and 3:15)
John Whitcomb is in
private practice of Functional and Anti-aging Medicine in Brookfield. After Medical School at Yale and 20 years as the
director of St Luke's ER, he got retrained through the first medical school in
America to start a real preventative medicine program: U of South Florida. He
says functional medicine is what Internal Medicine and Family Medicine will be
in 15 years. It's how the body functions. And he will teach you how-he has deep
teaching experience and has led a wellness program in Aurora Health Care and
Redeemer UCC in Sussex for over eight years.
Seeing Your Sanctuary In New Ways
Based on his recent book, Feeding Imaginations: Worship That Engages,
Michael Bausch will discuss ways lay people and clergy can learn from the
architecture of their worship sanctuary and what its design, windows,
furnishings, fabrics and religious symbols say about Christian faith and
practice. Participants will learn to see their own sanctuaries with new
appreciation, and teachers and preachers will come away with some ideas for
teaching and preaching about the sanctuary in Christian Education-Confirmation
programs, children's messages, and a sermon series. (1:30)
Rev. Michael Bausch serves as interim minister at St.
John's UCC in Hartford and St. John's UCC in Slinger, and over the years has
produced multimedia worship services, taught workshops and seminary summer
sessions on the subject, and written extensively on the use of visuals in
Sanctuary Movement - Immigration: Issues for Wisconsin and Beyond
issues are a large part of the political discussion in our country. This is a presentation about Immigration Issues,
particularly relating to immigration from Central America, Guatemala and
Mexico: what is at stake, what churches
are doing, and what might be possible. (1:30)
Rev. Charles Wolfe served Plymouth UCC in Madison for
24 years, and was chair of the Wisconsin partnership committee with the Diocese
of San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico, through the late 1980 and
until into the 2000s. He is now retired,
and living in Prescott, Wis., and serving as chair of the Northwest Association
Church and Ministry Division.
Rev. Michael Swartz is a minister ordained in the
United Methodist Church who has served UCC congregations in Illinois in the
Quad Cities area. He was very active in
the Illinois Partnership with Chiapas, and also has made numerous trips to
villages of returned refugees in Guatemala.
Michael also has some experience in the border areas between the U.S.
and Mexico, and has had long interest and concern for immigration issues. Michael is serving as an interim minister to
the UCC congregation in Sparta, Wis., and has dual standing in the Wisconsin
Being an ONA
People from ONA churches talk about
living ONA and how they got there. (1:30)
Led by members of the LGBTQ Committee
Why should my congregation or I care about the Prison
Reform movement, racial justice, environmental justice or General Synod?
other year the United Church of Christ gathers as one body at General Synod.
This is the place where the important business of discussing the goals and
priorities and present and future ministries of our denomination takes place.
Later this month, 28 delegates from the Wisconsin Conference plus staff and
guests will attend the 30th General Synod in Cleveland, June 26-30, 2015.
year, delegates will be asked to vote on 16 resolutions including these two:
"Dismantling the New Jim Crow" and the "Transition from Fossil Fuels to
Renewable Energy." Full text of these two resolutions is available at synod.uccpages.org
under the "Materials" tab.
leaders will discuss the importance of these issues and why they are
passionately involved in them right here in Wisconsin. They will also suggest
ways your congregation might get involved in work on these two very important
justice concerns and create a link between your local church and the work of
the General Synod. We hope to see you there!
Tisha Brown is on the
Conference Staff and she is passionate about facilitating good conversation on
Rev. Eldonna Hazen is Pastor of First Congregational in
Madison and she is passionate about all things General Synod.
Jerry Hancock is the
Director of the Prison Ministry Project and he is passionate about prison
reform and spiritual care and justice for those who are incarcerated.
Stephen Gifford is a retired pastor living in Kenosha
and he is passionate about our environment and climate change.
Campital Campaign Progress and Updates
invite you to come and learn more about the "camp-ital" campaign United Church
Camps, Inc. and the Wisconsin Conference are partnering in. We will provide an
update on the campaign as well as the projects we are hoping to
accomplish. Plenty of time will be given
to questions and answers about these exciting projects as well as your outdoor
ministry program. (1:30)
Mike Klemp North and Glenn Svetnicka, directors of Pilgrim Center and Moon
Beach camp will be presenters.
The Paths of
Lydia and Luke: A Revolutionary Model
for Lay Ministries of Justice and Peace
In the post-Christendom Church, the
lines between "sacred" and "secular" are more strongly blurred than ever. So must be its leadership. Leadership must come not simply from "those
who wear the robes" (traditional clergy), but from those who "live the life"
who are operating on the front lines of culture and commerce, where Jesus and
justice are most needed yet often most absent.
Increasingly, leadership within the church will come not from preachers
(though they will still be critical), but from practitioners within "secular"
professions. These practitioners will
not be proclaiming their faith in Jesus so much as treating the recipients of
their labors as if they are Jesus. In
this respect, they will be teaching us all how to transform both culture and
commerce, as well as Christian faith itself, with the twin pillars of justice
and spiritual discernment. In this
workshop we take our cue from the biblical figures of Lydia and Luke as revolutionary
(yet quite ancient) models for ministry in the post-Christendom world. (3:15)
Eric Elnes will lead the workshop.
In the Belly of the Beast: Courage in the Struggle against the idolatry
of the American empire
Kent leads a bible study of Revelation
17:1-19:10 in a modern context. (3:15)
Dr. Kent Ulery is Interim
Associate Conference Minister in southern Wisconsin; Author of No Longer at Ease: Seven Churches and the
Empire-a Bible Study series on Revelation available from amazon.com (and at
this workshop); former seminary president, Michigan Conference Minister, and
local church pastor.
Academy for me or my congregation?
The Wisconsin Conference Lay Academy
Ministry has a 20 year history of equipping the faithful in our Conference to
do the work of God in their local congregations and communities. This workshop
is for anyone curious to know more about Lay Academy either for themselves or
for their congregation. If you are
curious about how Lay Academy strengthens faith, invigorates congregations and
inspires ministry this workshop is for you. Ordained clergy, Licensed Pastors
and Lay People alike are invited to hear testimonials from current Lay Academy
participants and Pastors of people currently in Lay Academy about their Lay
Academy experiences. (3:15)
Tisha Brown is the
Director of Lay Academy with the Wisconsin Conference. Current
Lay Academy participants and Pastors
of folks currently in Lay Academy will share stories and answer questions.
Come hear the stories of Transgender
Led by members of the LGBTQ Committee.
Mike and Glenn will reflect on current
trends and stories about how outdoor ministry matters both on the individual
level as well as congregational level.
Focus will be on both the anecdotal stories as well as statistical
trends demonstrating the benefit of the local church and outdoor ministry
partnering together. (3:15)
Mike Klemp-North and Glenn Svetnicka, directors of Pilgrim Center and Moon
Beach camps, will be presenters.
What else would you like to know about the Wisconsin
Conference 2016 Budget?
The three people in the conference who
know the budget best will be available to discuss the budget in greater detail
and answer your questions. (1:30)
Jim Williams is chair of the Conference Budget
Committee. Rich Fluechtling is the
Vicki Graff is
Conference Director of Finance.
What is the
Doctrine of Discovery?
Learn about the Doctrine of Discovery
and its lasting effects on the Indigenous People of the Americas.
claimed the lands, territories, and resources of the Indigenous Peoples,
asserting that the monarchies had a right to appropriate the lands on behalf of
Christendom. The monarchies' claims of a Christian dominion (dominance) over
Indigenous Peoples and their lands also served to fend off competing monarchies
and to de-legitimate the long-established autonomous indigenous peoples'
governments. The Doctrine of Discovery
is a key premise for non-Indigenous government claims to legitimacy on and
sovereignty over Indigenous lands and territories. It is used in particular by
former British colonies, specifically, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the
United States of America. The devastating effects on Indigenous
Peoples were forced removals from
traditional homelands, changes in belief systems, and continue to today. (1:30)
enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, is an active member of the UCC at the
Indian Mission located in rural Black River Falls. Currently, he is in his
third year in the Conference's Lay Academy program. He is the founder of the
Federation of United Tribes.
Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo
(Ho-Chunk), Pastor of All Nations Indian Church in Minneapolis, serves as the
Interim Executive Director of the Council for American Indian Ministry. She is the pastor of All Nations United Church
of Christ in Minneapolis, Minn. She devotes much of her pastoral ministry to
the urban setting and serving on city boards and agencies that serve the native
community. At the same time, she is familiar with reservation life and rural
Reverend Deacon Laura Kelson is a graduate of Troy University, Class of 2000 * Alpha Phi
National Criminal Justice Honor Society * Criminal Justice * Troy, Alabama.
Currently, she resides in Pensacola, Florida. She has been a participant in the
Doctrine of Discovery Webinar. She authored a 31-page presentation on the
Doctrine of Discovery. Portions will be referred to in this workshop.
Art Shegonee founding
member of Call For Peace Drum & Dance Co., represents a multi-ethnic,
internationally-based Company in Madison. For over two decades, he has been
serving and giving a new hope for humanity. With a Circle Dance of "We The
People: Dancing the Dream of Peace" for our children's children, and sending a
message that all things are interconnected, what effects one, effects all of
us. Art Shegonee is Menominee, Potawatomi.
Dawn Shegonee is the co-founder of Call For
Peace Drum & Dance Company along with her husband Art. She has successfully
orchestrated many events regarding humanity and environmental issues. Her
latest accomplishments are organizing events for the Climate Convergence in New
York City, tours of the Sand Mines in Amish Communities, and many diligent
hours to the Federation of United Tribes First Summit held in March 2014.