The Central Midwest District is one of 20 districts working to further liberal religious values as part of the Unitarian Universalist Association. The district covers all or part of five states – Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Michigan and Indiana – and serves over 80 congregations with over 12,000 members.
The District shall offer services, resources and programs that:
- enhance our religious and spiritual life;
- foster communication and networking;
- provide life-long religious education;
- facilitate leadership development and organizational growth
- and promote extension and outreach.
Board of Trustees and Program Council
The district is governed by a board of trustees, made up of 12 voting members including CMwD’s UUA trustee. Members are elected at the annual district assembly to terms of office that overlap. Each district society and committee has direct access to the board through a board liaison. The board is the sole policy-making body of the district. Programs and projects are implemented by committees.
The Central Midwest District office maintains the district calendar. Committees, congregations, and affiliated organizations are encouraged to consult with the district office before scheduling events to eliminate possible conflicts in date selection.
CMwD’s operating budget can be obtained by asking the District Office. Funds come from congregational pledges, UUA grants and allotments, meetings and conferences, a grant from the Midwest UU Conference, and other sources. The budget is proposed by the board of trustees and adopted at the District’s Annual Assembly.
The District Office is the center for information around the district. Mailing lists for groups such as congregational officers, district officers, and committee chairs are maintained and updated for accurate mailings. The lists are used to publicize district-wide events, workshops, meetings, and resources; two other sources are an e-news list from the district office, and the online/annual directory.
The district provides professionally trained consultants to facilitate efforts on goal-setting, long-range planning, finance and canvass, religious education, administration, mission statements, and other topics of interest to congregations and committees.