Welcome Rev. Ceniceros: New Associate Conference Minister for Our Association

Rev. Lorraine Ceniceros has been called as the new Associate Conference Minister. Her email is:

Dear Southwest Association community:
Thank you for the extravagant UCC welcome I received when I arrived and began my work with the Wisconsin Conference and theSouthwest Association. The beauty of Wisconsin and the warmth of her people has helped to make my transition from California a smooth one.
My first three weeks have been filled with meaningful conversation with local clergy and church leadership over coffee or a meal. I invite you to give me a call at (608) 630-2992 or email me at to schedule a time when we can get together to visit. I’d like to learn how I can support you in your ministry. I am also available to preach or just worship with your church community.
I am deeply honored to be allowed to join with you in the care of Christ’s church.
In gratitude and service,



One Coin Found – How God’s Love Stretches to the Margins
Book reading and Signing by Rev. Emmy Kegler
Thursday, September 26th
7:00 pm
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church
1904 Winnebago St., Madison, WI

Copies of the book will be available for $10.
The event is hosted by the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin’s Reconciling in Christ team.



Kindling Our Light; A Wellness Retreat for Clergy and Others
Hosted by the WI Conference & Pension Board
for authorized ministers, ministers in discernment and their spouses/partners
October 6-8
Moon Beach Camp
More details
Register here.

UCC Creation Justice Webinar
Focuses on the upcoming global climate strike September 20
Webinar is September 10 at noon
Sign up even if you can’t make it a video recording will be sent to you.
Register here.

Communities of Practice for Clergy and Christian Educators
Registration is open!
Previous participants need to re-register to continue on in a group.
More Information
Online registration

For information about COP groups that work in Christian Education and faith formation click here.
Register here.

Stewardship Skill Building Opportunities for Your Annual Campaign in October

There are several opportunities available to learn about building a stronger annual pledge campaign. Click here for more information.

Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in Trouble Times

Kettlewood Retreat at Cedar Valley

Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in Troubled Times by [Davies, Kate]Friday, October 4
Rev. Bob Ullman will lead the retreat.
The retreat will focus on the insights of Kate Davies, author of Intrinsic Hope and offer practical tools.

Interim Ministry Training
October 2019 -May 2020
Training Brochure
Training Application

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.
Click here for more information.

Interested in Visiting Palestine and Israel?
Rev. Nick Utphall will be leading an eleven day trip to the Holy Land in November.
For more information click here.






Damascus Project

Returning to Sacred Texts and Finding Stories You Can Live In

Leadership development initiative to form spiritually-grounded leaders for a changing church.

Registration  and more information

Fall Courses

The Crux: Engaging the Wisdom of the Wilderness for Today’s Changing Church.  More information.

Exploring God’s Call in a Changing World.  More information.

A Flavor of the Old Testament.  More information

What Does it Mean to be UCC?  Theology, History and Polity.  More information

Or contact Tisha Brown  ( for more information

Communities of Practice Groups for Clergy and Christian Educators
More information

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Communities of Practice for  Christian Education Faith Formation
More information

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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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