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Dear Members and Friends of the MidAmerica Region of the UUA,

The past few weeks have been difficult for many across the Unitarian Universalist community. We have all struggled, as pain resulting from patterns of institutional racism and the impact of white supremacy within our Association has been laid bare, reflecting our failure to live up to our covenant, our values, and our commitment to creating the beloved community.  

As difficult as this time has been, I believe that it represents a watershed moment for our denomination.

eric huffer 2013The MidAmerica Region will be holding our Regional Assembly in a few weeks, April 28th-30th, 2017. Unitarian Universalist from across our 13 state region will be gathering in Oak Brook, IL. This offers us an opportunity to come together and begin this important work. I believe it starts with listening. With that in mind, I, and the MidAmerica Region Board, would like to offer an hour-long listening circle opportunity on Friday, April 28th, prior to Regional Assembly, at 4:00 PM. I invite any and all who wish to come, hear one another, hold each other’s pain; not looking to agree, but to understand and begin to see our way forward. We will hold this circle in the Westchester Room of the conference center at the Oak Brook Marriott.

I look forward to being with you in Oak Brook, in a few weeks. Thank you for your work and your commitment to building a better way.

In faith & hope,

Eric Huffer
President
MidAmerica Region of the UUA

You do not have to be registered for Regional Assembly to participate in the Listening Circle. We would, however, appreciate an RSVP:

We find that often during larger meetings, it is important for persons who share specific identities to be able to have time and space where they can meet with each other for conversation, support, sanctuary and/or caucusing.

This year, we are providing two rooms for this purpose. They are the Villa Park and Burr Ridge rooms on the lower level, and they will be available on a first-come, first served basis. There will be sign up sheets by the entry, and we request that you sign up for only one hour at a time to allow the rooms to be shared by any groups that may need them. These rooms are designed to be for members of historically marginalized communities; if you’re looking for spaces for conversations about specific issues and/or topics, we invite you to look for space in the hotel lobby, rather than signing up for one of these rooms.

children at annual assemblyOur Children’s Programming theme for the MidAmerica Regional Assembly 2017 is Being a Partner for Change

The age range is 3-12 years. 

Children’s programming at the 2017 MidAmerica Regional Assembly will build on the theme of the assembly of enhancing our interfaith partnerships. Children will have a day of creative engagement in “Being a Partner for Change.” The children’s program will include guided story, song, art projects, and fellowship building activities.

We ask that parents pick up their children for lunch and then return at 1p. We will have two trained childcare providers with the participants for the entire day.

  • The Child registration fee includes all four conference meals plus the child care.
  • The deadline for Child registration is before April 1.
  • Childcare is from 9:00 am - noon and 1:00 - 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 29.

Fees:

1st Child: $100
2nd Child:  $75
3rd and more: no additional charge

pdf  Child Permission Form

RA2016 Youth and Young Adults by Shannon HarperWe invite youth and youth advisors from across the MidAmerica region to take part in "Finding our Partners: Faith in Action" Regional Assembly.

Our multigenerational goal is to make sure that youth, young adults, and adults have multiple opportunities to reflect, gain skills and resources, to help reframe your understanding of being an interfaith partner.

There will not be a separate youth track, but there is a youth orientation on Friday evening at the close of the opening service. Also, we will have a youth debrief on Saturday evening, after the closing service.

Many of our workshops will be of particular interest to youth and youth advisors, especially our workshop, ComUUnity @ Heart, which will include leaders from the Interfaith Youth Core. This workshop will explore capacity building to realize spirit filled, lifespan, caring, and sustainable models which put social justice at the center of congregational life. We will have youth and adult voices exploring the power of being a community of care, which embodies care for self, community, and the greater world. Learn about multigenerational success stories of UU congregations who seek to be a community of care through music/movement and message.

Please note: Youth MUST fill out and mail these forms:

pdf Youth Conduct Agreement (127 KB)

pdf Youth Permission Form (144 KB)