The MidAmerica Regional Assembly is a weekend of coming together for enriching fellowship, inspiring lectures and workshops, and deepening worship. Choose one of four locations in various parts of the region. There will be live workshops, worship, and entertainment at each location. We'll open with our traditional banner parade and welcome. In some locations there are pre-conference activities on Friday. Saturday, Paul Rasor presents the Arthur M. Judy Memorial Lecture live in Topeka (live streamed to other locations), followed by the business meeting live in Bloomington (live streamed to the other locations), and workshops.
MidAmerica Regional Assembly -- One conference in four locations:
The MidAmerica Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association includes nearly 200 UU congregations in parts or all of these states: Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska.
For several years, Central MidWest, Heartland and Prairie Star Districts have been in a process of change. In their District Assemblies in April 2013, the three Districts brought before the member congregations the question of whether to change the governance structure to create a single regional governing body. Each district voted to become the MidAmerica Region. As of July 1, 2013, our administrative and program delivery structure are officially combined into the new MidAmerica Region. The staff of all three Districts are now the MidAmerica staff.
We are seeking to covenant with each other to find new ways of partnering and standing together on the side of love for the flourishing of our world, our communities, our congregations and our members.
Growing and deepening our capacity for successful multicultural ministries and stronger intercultural relationships is critical to the fulfillment of our vision for Unitarian Universalism and building the beloved community. In these days of increasing complexity in diversity in our world, and our congregations, learning how to work more effectively with people who are different than us is important—we need to develop skills and attitudes that assist us in getting where we want to go.
Friday, February 28th through Saturday March 1 will be your chance to bring a team from your congregation to explore how we can cross the divide between differences that make a difference. You will learn a framework for understanding your competency,and how to enhance your own skills, insights in the multiple components of conflict, and how to move the work forward in your congregation.