SWA Clergy Support Check-in Association Minister Lorraine  Ceniceros:

Schedule a phone call, meeting, or preaching engagement, click here:

Zoom Office Hours
Clergy and Colleague Support

September 15- 1:00-2:30
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Meeting ID: 848 2118 0978


They Knew: 50 Years of the US Government Causing the Climate Crisis

The UCC’s next Creation Justice Webinar will feature one of the leading voices in environmentalism over recent decades: James Gustave Speth. Among his many accomplishments, Speth served the Carter administration, founded the Natural Resources Defense Council, and spent ten years as Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In August, he is releasing a new book entitled, They Knew—The US Federal Government’s Fifty-Year Role in Causing the Climate Crisis. Naomi Klein has described it as “a damning record that will become a potent tool for justice.” Even if you can’t make the scheduled time of 1 pm ET on Wednesday, September 8th, still sign-up, and we will send you a recording. Register now!


Back Bay Mission – Salem United Church of Christ

The Wisconsin Conference is planning a week long mission trip to UCC partner Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, MS, February 27 to March 5, 2022. In addition to the costs of travel and meals, participants will pay $250 to cover costs of materials and lodging.

Here are more details. Please email Franz Rigert with questions or to express interest.

Videos of Andrew Warner’s Webinars Available

Treasurers and Financial Secretaries video

Stewardship Chairs and Teams video


Clergy Renewal Grants

Grants between $500 and  $1,000 would help congregations cover such things as pulpit supply or given as gifts to their pastors to use for renewal. Click here for more information. 

Application here.

Conference Creation Care Team is offering grants of up to $1,000 to WI Conference congregations that are planning initiatives to deepen their love of Creation and positively change their relationship with the environment.
For more information and to submit a grant application, go to Contact Lisa Hart with questions.

Here is the complete article

Grant application

Click here to see Grants Received 


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.






Communities of Practice Groups for Clergy and Christian Educators
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Communities of Practice for  Christian Education Faith Formation
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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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