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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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'll also have a Friday night forum with the UUA Presidential candidates.
- 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.
January 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 single application that was received. We are pleased to announce that the application from the Michael Servetus Unitarian Society in Fridley, Minnesota was approved for full funding.
- The congregation has asked for funding to add summer ministry by hiring a minister for the summer to provide and oversee worship services, offer adult education and offer pastoral care. It is a congregation that has undertaken very intentional and careful planning leading up to this point, understanding that summer is a time when many families are “shopping” for a religious community. Since they are located in an area with many young families, they feel that adding a summer minister along with programming for all ages on Sunday mornings will support their growth efforts.
- Since there was only one application, funds raised over the amount needed for the above-named grant will be put into our “New and Emerging Congregation” Chalice Lighter fund. We will be contacting the ten congregations that formally affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association within the past 10 years to invite them to apply for these funds for a project. We will keep you posted on any grants issued to these new congregations!
For this Winter 2017 Call, please donate by March 31, 2017
Winter means AUCTION TIME for many of our congregations! Recently First Unitarian in St. Louis, MO tried some new things with some surprising results, including paying for an auctioneer. All auction expenses were offset by dinner ticket sales and a 50/50 raffle. Food, decorations and music for the night were donated. The paddle auction raised MORE MONEY than the silent auction. Read on to learn more. If you have questions, contact Emily at Emily@jaycox.org.
We recently held a successful church auction without a large number of high dollar auction items. We focused on “intangibles:” services, event tickets, dinners, and group outings.
In addition to raising money, my goals were:
- Minimize logistical headaches
- Provide opportunities to participate at all income levels and length of membership.
Your MidAmerica Regional Chalice Lighter Committee has decided to apply funds from the Fall 2016 Call to assist congregations in supporting Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU).
According to their website (www.blacklivesuu.com), “Black Lives of UU provides information, resources and support for Black Unitarian Universalists and works to expand the role and visibility of Black UUs within our faith.”
One of the ways congregations can do this is use Chalice Lighter funds to cover the cost for Black UUs who wish to attend upcoming Unitarian Universalist gatherings, like BLUU 2017 Convening in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 9-12, or MidAmerica’s Regional Assembly in Oak Brook, Illinois, April 28-30, or 2017 General Assembly which will also be in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 21-25.
You can apply here. Be sure to do so by March 31st!