We are nearly 200 UU congregations in parts or all of: Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska.
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.
Oak Brook Illinois (Chicago area)
April 28 - 30, 2017
Learning Network Covenant
Congregations are invited to participate!
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Congregational Life Staff are here to help.
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April 2017 - Dear MidAmerica Chalice Lighter,
Chalice Lighter grants are funded by small donations from Unitarian Universalists across our large MidAmerica Region of the UUA, pooled together to help congregations with specific growth projects.
The MidAmerica Regional Chalice Lighter Committee, comprised of representatives from all three of the former districts, considered the four applications that were received. We are pleased to announce the results of the Spring Regional Chalice Lighter call:
- Chequamegon Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ashland, Wisconsin, will be awarded funds to assist their growing congregation in increasing professional staff by calling their first part-time minister. The fellowship has enjoyed steady growth over the past several years, has considerable enrollment in their RE programs, and recognizes their need for competent and considerate professional leadership.
- Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Muskegon, Michigan, has committed to making their two-story building accessible by installing a vertical wheelchair lift. A Chalice Lighter grant will be awarded to allow the congregation to provide accessibility to their sanctuary, religious education area, and the social hall. Harbor UU prizes inclusivity and believes accessibility is an essential component of UU values.
- Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford, Illinois, will be awarded funds to hire a part-time consulting minister. This ministry will serve to train and support lay leaders in social justice empowerment, leadership development, engagement, and organizing. The UU Church of Rockford sees this as an opportunity to cultivate their growing partnership with other Northern Illinois congregations and to develop a model for creating collaborative justice ministries across the state.
Congratulations to all three congregations! Chalice Lighter funds can be used to start a new congregation, acquire a meeting space, secure a minister, religious educator, or other professional staff, or provide for an outreach or public relations program. If your congregation is interested in applying for a Chalice Lighter grant, the deadline for the Fall Call is Tuesday, August 15, 2017.
To find out more about the Chalice Lighter program, or to donate to the Spring 2017 call, visit https://midamericauua.org/programs/chalice-lighters.
For this Spring 2017 Call, please donate by June 15, 2017
Chicago Oak Brook Marriott, April 28-30
In spite of our small numbers in the national religious scene, Unitarian Universalists have been at the forefront of every significant social change in our nation's history. Now, more than ever, we need to work with partners to have an impact in our cities, states and country.
Our Keynote Speaker on Saturday morning will be Rev. Dr. Lee Barker, President and Professor of Ministry at Meadville-Lombard Theological School! Rev. Dr. Barker's topic will be:
To Multi-faith: A Verb
Unitarian Universalism is perfectly situated to promote constructive multi-faith engagement for increased understanding and enhanced harmony. Success will depend on a new understanding of what it means to “be engaged.”
We asked Lee, “Why are you passionate about the subject of multi-faith partnerships – what excites you about it?”
Being more deeply engaged in authentic multifaith partnerships and alliances allows for growth in ways we cannot even imagine. And by growth I don’t mean only the expansion of inclusiveness and justice—as true and important as that is. I mean growth in one’s theological, philosophical and ethical life. I have experienced it myself and I have seen it among my students, many of whom have long multifaith “credentials.” They find that when they get even deeper, they can’t ignore core differences. When they confront that reality, they have arrived at a new place of possibility and hope.
As our congregations are experiencing greater attendance and members’ activism in our communities, it is more important than ever before that we work with other faith communities to bring our values to the forefront. When we partner, our impact grows exponentially.
We'll also have a Friday night forum with the UUA Presidential candidates. We plan to videotape and have that available about a week after RA.
- Find ways for your congregation to put its faith in action.
- Ways to join with other faith communities or community groups to improve something in your locality.
- Share what you have learned about working with partners.
Registration is now CLOSED. You may register at the door at the $190 rate, but that will not include food.
FROM: Eric Huffer, MidAmerica Region Board President
DATE: February 20, 2017
This is the Official Call for the 2017 MidAmerica Region Annual Meeting and Regional Assembly:
April 28-30, 2017
Chicago Marriott Oak Brook
1401 West 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Business Meeting begins at 10:45 am Central Daylight Time
Saturday, April 29, 2017
This Call to Meeting notification also includes:
- Agenda for the Annual Business Meeting
- Rules of Procedure
- pdf Congregational Listing of Delegate Numbers (178 KB>)>
The Bylaws of the MidAmerica Region of the UUA state that congregations and individual members of the Church of the Larger Fellowship may have the same numbers and kinds of delegates at the Region’s Annual Meeting as are permitted at the UUA General Assembly. This includes member delegates in the numbers set out in the UUA Bylaws. In addition, ministers in fellowship serving congregations, credentialed religious educators, credentialed musicians, and those serving as directors of religious education are also eligible to be delegates. Delegate cards in the appropriate numbers will be mailed to congregations prior to the Annual Meeting. Delegates must bring their delegate credentials to the Annual Meeting and register for their voting credentials.
Voting materials will be made available on the MidAmerica Region website (www.midamericauua.org) and will be emailed to presidents, ministers, religious educators, musicians, administrators, and those registered for Regional Assembly by no later than March 30, 2017.
Contact the Regional Office at
312-636-9724 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 21, 2017
As you know, our UU religious movement, like other mainline denominations, faces financial challenges. There are important new challenges and opportunities to serve, but those sit within a context of increasing costs and flat to declining membership and income. As part of the Association’s larger effort to move strategically toward ways of working that are more sustainable and agile, the national Unitarian Universalist Association is making budget cuts broadly across the Association. We in MidAmerica Region have been asked to reduce our staffing by one Congregational Life Consultant position. Therefore, it is with deep sadness that we announce that Dori Davenport Thexton has offered her resignation, effective May 15th, 2017. Our staff team, the MidAmerica Board, and Congregational Life Staff Director Scott Tayler, deeply regret the necessity of this decision, and thank Dori for her nineteen years of service, first to the Central MidWest District and then to the MidAmerica Region.
Dori has made many wonderful and enduring contributions. She has been a source of wisdom and support for leaders across the region. She has been a beloved colleague to the MidAmerica Staff team and a valued coach to the many district and regional board members and volunteers with whom she has worked. Some of her many contributions include: