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.
by Rev. Scott Aaseng, Unitarian Universalist Church of Quincy, Illinois
Rev. Khleber Van Zandt didn't think he or anyone else from First Unitarian Church of Alton would make it to Springfield for the March for Marriage Equality on October 22. Then at church two days before the event, he was talking with a 71 year-old member of the congregation who was apologizing for being a little grumpy. The member commented that it had been an emotional time in their life. Rev. Van Zandt suggested that perhaps he had said something that had made the member upset. "No," the member replied, "it's because I'm this close to being considered equal to you. I've been down in the bottom of the closet for 71 years, and it's finally time I came all the way out so I can marry the person I love." Both Rev. Van Zandt and the member made it to the March, along with five other members from Alton.
October 15, 2013
Unitarian Univeralist Clergy located in SouthEast Michigan today issued the following statement:
As Unitarian Universalist ministers we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person; and because marriage is held in honor among the blessings of life, we stand in strong support of equal marriage. As clergy, we will speak out to ensure equal protection for all who live and love in our state of Michigan. As people of faith, we call on our elected officials to pass marriage equality in the state of Michigan. Marriage equality strengthens families, protects children, and ensures the basic rights of citizenship for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender couples. In the face of injustice, we stand on the side of love.
This summer, Rev. Roger Brewin became the very first recipient of the Religious Humanist of the Year award presented at General Assembly by the HUUmanists Association. Upon accepting this award, Roger referred to himself as “an old-fashioned Midwestern kind of humanist” and said that “humanism is less about what you believe (or don’t believe) and more about what you do.”
Those of you who have attended past Central Midwest District Assemblies have undoubtedly encountered him behind the HUUmanist exhibitor table full of buttons, bumper stickers and books. And he definitely has plans to be a very visible part of the upcoming Regional Assembly with more of his novelty items for sale. But that is not all that he does.