Annual Meeting artwork by Vanessa Walters, high school student and member of St. Paul's UCC in Wausau
Notice of Annual Meeting for the
Wisconsin Conference United Church of Christ
from Moderator Rev. Richard Feyen
Grace and Peace to Each and All of You!
greet you in the name of the Sacred and Holy One of All and I am
inviting and calling you to come and gather as the community of faith
that is the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ. The
Wisconsin Conference Annual meeting will gather again in the beautiful
setting that is The Green Lake Conference Center and you are invited. I
trust that you have set aside the dates of June 7 - 8 - 9, for gathering
as the Conference, renewing friendships, creating new connections, and
taking part in what will be a weekend of celebration and multiple
worship experiences as we gather over three days and three celebrations.
THE THREE CELEBRATIONS -
- Fiftieth Anniversary of the Wisconsin Conference
- The Retirement of Associate Conference Minister The Rev. Art Wille
- The Retirement of Conference Minister The Rev. David Moyer
is an exciting transitional and transformational time for the
Conference and it is at these Annual Meetings where we are able to
gather and be together as a Conference that we can truly appreciate who
we are as part of the great community of the United Church of Christ.
celebration goes beyond who we are and what we have accomplished as a
Conference. Celebration is what we do each Sunday as we gather to
worship and this year at the Wisconsin Conference Annual Meeting, our theme focuses on worship and the integrity of worship in a changing cultural setting. Theme leadership will be provided by our musical-theological friends from SHIFT: Bryan Sirchio, Christopher Grundy, Andra Moran and Richard Bruxvoort Colligan.
Though each of them serves the wider church as musicians, teachers and
worship leaders, their work together is to curate the Progressive
Christian Artists Network (PCAN) community online and in events across
SHIFT program at the Annual Meeting of The Wisconsin Conference will
center on worship renewal with integrity. Speaking to any worship style
that rings true for your context, they go beyond labels of "traditional"
and "contemporary" to model leadership that grounds the people of God
in our ancient heritage while stretching us into God's revelatory
future. Through music and discussion, their vibrant style will invite us
into some timely and intense questions:
What makes worship vital?
What needs to change, right now, for our community to truly thrive?
What's at stake?
As a vehicle of theology, beauty and spiritual formation, how does music play a role?
How is worship leadership evolving for faithfulness in the 21st century?
online booklet will give you more information on the specific workshops
and faith formation offerings, as well as the whole schedule for our
plenary sessions and all the celebrations that are planned for the
weekend. As always, the exhibit hall will be filled with information,
books (yes, books but no "bookstore Bob"), cookies and coffee.
once again have the privilege of being your moderator and I am looking
forward to helping guide us all through this Annual Meeting.
Blessings On The Journey!
Rev Richard D Feyen, Moderator
For complete information about this year's Annual Meeting refer to the Registration Booklet. To register online, click here.