“Are any among you suffering? . . . They should call the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:13 & 14). Come for a time of healing. Come and pray for yourself, for someone you know, for the world. Come for a time of healing through scripture, silence and, if you desire, the laying on of hands & anointing.
Rev. Ted Drewsen retired in 2020 from his call as pastor of Pilgrim UCC in Fond du Lac, where he served for 19 years. After moving to be closer to his married children in Madison, Ted has been serving at Bridge ACM between Rev. Lorraine Ceniceros and Rev. Rachel Bauman.
Rev. Nathan Athorp’s journey took a surprising turn after graduating from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2013 when he found himself on staff at what was formerly known as Pilgrim Center, now known as Daycholah Center, on the shores of Green Lake for six years. Since August of 2020 he has served as pastor of Our Shepherd UCC in Howards Grove. Prior to focusing on full time ministry, he was employed as a carpenter. Nathan and Lavonne are empty-nesters, well except for a crazy dog named Mocha.
Come learn more about labyrinths and their use within the Christian tradition and other faith traditions. Come and walk the labyrinth for yourself and experience how you may incorporate the labyrinth in your spiritual journey.
Rev. Jane Anderson serves on the Wisconsin Conference UCC staff and is a resource for Church and Ministry in the Northeast and Southeast Associations, supports the executive committees in both associations, and provides pastoral care for pastors and churches with congregations in transition and helps them transform conflict. Prior to her call as the Associate Conference Minister for the Northeast and Southeast Associations, Rev. Anderson had been in ministry in the local church for 30 years.
This meditation guides us in relaxing the body, opening the imagination and connecting with our compassionate heart.
Rev. Rachel Bauman is an ordained minister within the United Church of Christ and a Program Associate within the Spiritual Guidance Program of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. Rachel currently lives on Madeline Island where she serves as the Pastor at St. John’s church. Rachel has recently been called to serve as the Wisconsin Conference’s new Associate Conference Minister for the southern region, and plans to move to the Madison area later this summer. Rachel loves birds, spicy food, good fiction, travel, and adventure.
Praying in Color is an active, meditative, playful prayer practice. It is both process and product. The process involves a re-entry into the childlike world of coloring and improvising. The product is a colorful design or drawing that is a visual reminder of the time spent in prayer.
Sue Vornholt is a 2018 graduate of Lay Academy and has recently served as an interim pastor in two churches. She has enjoyed leading Praying In Color workshops for many youth and adult groups. Sue currently is serving as moderator for the Northwest Association and resides in Neillsville, WI.
Join the Wisconsin Conference Creation Care Team in a time of spiritual reflection on how we care for ourselves as we care for God’s good earth. Weather permitting, we will walk outdoors, among the trees, along the lake, and beneath the sky, using words of scripture, prayer and song to cultivate our connections with God, with one another, and with the whole created world around us, adapting the “stations of the cross” tradition. We will explore some of the many ways our faith inspires us to care for creation, especially becoming involved as individuals, families and congregations in the movement to respond to climate change through the Kairos Call to Action, approved at the 2020 annual meeting.
Rev. John Helt co-chairs the Conference Creation Care Team with Bob Ullman. John is a retired pastor who has served congregations since 1973 in Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin. He and his wife, Cindy, live in the Milwaukee south shore neighborhood of Bay View. He grew up on a farm near Burlington, Iowa, also the boyhood home of Aldo Leopold. He also sings with the Lutheran A Cappella Choir of Milwaukee.
Join others in singing and playing music from several different cultures in a stress-free environment. Come together as community to let the music move you, wash over you, or connect you to your fellow participants. No music reading background is required.
Sheila Feay-Shaw is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Deacon at Plymouth UCC, Milwaukee. She specializes in music from around the world and the ways in which it brings people together. She is fully trained in the worship arts and has become part of the conference Arts Committee.
In this hour-long yoga practice, we will begin with pranayama (breath-work) and meditation and then move into asana (the physical practice of yoga). This class is suited for beginners, including if you have never done yoga before! But we do recommend that you be able to get up and down off the ground. Please bring a yoga mat, a large towel, or blanket to lay on the ground.
Rev. Kelsey Beebe 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.