Saturday, June 11

Building Up the Beloved Community


7:30 am – 8:30 am       Breakfast

7:30 am – 8:30 am       Ordination Anniversary Breakfast

8:00 am – 12:00 pm     Registration Open

8:45 am – 9:45 am       Opening Worship: Guest Preacher – Rev. Kelsey Beebe

Pastor Kelsey believes firmly in an all-loving God, embodied Christ, and ever-moving Holy Spirit that connects us all. She is a trained dancer, yoga instructor, as well as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She serves as a solo pastor at Union Grove Congregational UCC and Raymond Community Church UCC; the Executive Minister and President of Dancing Pastor Ministries; and host of the Lady Preacher Podcast. She has performed, preached, and led retreats all around the United States and abroad.

A recording of Rev. Beebe’s sermon will be sent to congregations during the first week of June for use on Sunday, June 12th.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm           Exhibit Hall Open

9:45 am – 10:30 am         Keynote Address – Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund

Good Enough Love: Only God’s love is perfect. Yet, sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves and others to be perfect. What if there is another way, a “good enough” way, to love? By focusing on building beloved communities of good enough love, we make space for everyone to belong, including our imperfect selves.

The Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund’s mission is to partner with others to share hope and healing. She is an ordained minister in both the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ.  Sarah has served as pastor to churches in Brooklyn, NY, Minneapolis, MN, and New Smyrna Beach, FL. Sarah served as Regional Minister in the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ and as a Vice President for Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN. She holds degrees from Trinity University (BA), Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv), Rutgers University (MSW), and McCormick Theological Seminary (DMin). Sarah received the Dell Award for Mental Health Education at the 30th General Synod of the UCC.

Sarah currently serves as Minister for Disabilities and Mental Health Justice on the national staff of the UCC and as senior pastor of First Congregational UCC of Indianapolis, IN. She volunteers on the national boards of Pathways to Promise, Mental Health America, Bethany Fellows, and Piedmont University. In January of 2022, Sarah joined the US Department of Health and Human Services national Think Tank about faith communities and youth mental health. Sarah is the author of several books about mental health: Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Family, and Church (2014), Blessed Union: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness and Marriage (2021), and Blessed Youth: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness with Children and Teens (2022), and a pocket-sized book for youth: Blessed Youth Survival Guide (2022). Sarah blogs at www.sarahgriffithlund.com.

10:45 am – 11:45 am    Simultaneous Workshops
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A Taste of the Companionship Movement – Amy McNicholas
Adaptive Leadership: What Congregations and Pastors Need to Know – Mary Claire Klein, EdD
Aging in Trying Times: Isolation and the Mental Health Challenges of Older Adults – Jan Aerie
Best Practices for Pastor Parish Relations Committees – Rev. Tara Barber
Clear and Common Vision for a Healthy Congregation – Appreciative Inquiry – Bonnie Andrews & Rev. Art Wille
Financial Wellness for Congregations – Rev. Andrew Warner
Light in the Roots: Faith, Trauma, and Resilience in Our Congregations and Communities – Rev. Kirsten Peachey
Resilience In The Midst Of Conflict – Rev. Mike Southcombe & Cathy Wille
WISE: A Deep Dive into Mental Health – Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm      Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm        Simultaneous Workshops
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“Are we listening?” Trauma, Youth and Mental Well-Being – Amy McNicholas
Becoming the Beloved: Loving Ourselves as God Loves Us – Rev. Holly Whitcomb
Behavioral Covenants for Congregations – Rev. Tara Barber
Let’s Talk About Payroll & Taxes – Philip S. Klemme
Living Well with Dementia: The Role of Congregations – Susan H. McFadden, Ph.D
Panel Discussion on Mental Wellness – Various Presenters
Resilience In The Midst Of Conflict – Rev. Mike Southcombe & Cathy Wille
You’re WISE: Now What? – Sue Kaiser and Darlene Ott
WISE: A Deep Dive into Mental Health – Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm        Break in Exhibit Hall
                                          Book signing by Rev. Sarah Lund. Books will be available for purchase.

Coffee sponsored by:

Wisconsin Council for Health & Human Service Ministries (WCHHSM)

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm        Business Meeting

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm        Closing Worship & Installation of New Leaders

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm        Dinner

6:45 pm – 7:30 pm        Interactive Musical Concert – Jacob Nault

Join singer, songwriter and pianist Jacob Nault for an interactive concert. Audience participation will be highly encouraged! We will also reflect on Jacob’s journey of life and faith, and how disability advocacy plays a role in his practice of ministry. 

Jacob Nault is a singer, songwriter, pianist and public speaker. He utilizes music as an important form of ministry and disability advocacy, drawing from his own lived experience with cerebral palsy.  He shares his music and speaks in schools, churches and other events, including work in the United Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church (USA), and United Methodist Church. He is a recent graduate of Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, and is working towards ordained ministry in the United Church of Christ. In April 2022, he will begin work as licensed sabbatical minister at First Congregational Church of Oshkosh. In addition to congregational ministry, Jacob sees sharing original music for the Progressive Christian Movement as an important part of his vocation.

Click here to view one of his live performances.

7:45 pm                           After Hours Social Gatherings

Damascus Project / Lay Academy
Facilitator: Rev. Tisha Brown

Creation Care
Facilitator: Rev. John Helt

 

 

 

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