A big thanks to all of you who participated in the recent historic votes for regionalization in Heartland, Prairie Star, and Central MidWest Districts. I thank all of you who participated in these meetings, all who thoughtfully considered the issues, those of you who expressed a resounding "yes", and also those who expressed doubts and concerns. These were historic decisions. They prepare us to support your ministry in the next generation by creating structures to support you in achieving your missions in ways that are forward-looking, sustainable and technologically smart. We plan this summer to continue the amazing communication effort of the boards that led up to the vote with a series of emails to you like the ones you have been receiving. In the late summer or fall this effort will conclude and we will begin publishing a new, regional newsletter.
Some of you have been asking what is next.
District meetings are over, and the MidAmerica Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association has been overwhelmingly approved by the delegates of Central Midwest, Heartland, and Prairie Star.
Moments like this are bittersweet. Our districts have been known and loved for 50 or more years in some cases. We know that even as we seek to preserve what was best in our three districts, things will change. Our first year will be a year of firsts, and a cause for celebration. It will also be a year of reminders of how things used to be. We may find ourselves surprised by what we miss from our current ways of being and doing in our districts. We will also experience moments of gladness and joy as new ways of being and doing are opened up to us. We know, too, that we are making history, and that we have an opportunity to create a new kind of UU institution that combines vision, empowerment, and growth at all levels - as individuals, as congregations, in yet-to-be-formed clusters, and in our new region.
UUA Board members David Jackoway of the Heartland District, Erik David Carlson of the Central Midwest District, Graham Kreicker of the Prairie Star District, and Kathy Burek, President of the Prairie Star District invite you to General Assembly in Louisville, KY to help make history by approving the first-ever UUA region, the MidAmerica Region.