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.
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.
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Clockwise, from left:
Rev. Sharon Dittmar, Nancy Combs-Morgan, Rev. Phil Lund, Rev. Ian Evison, Rev. Dr. Lisa Presley
Standing Rock prayer camp Elders and friends will share stories, videos and music in a General Assembly workshop called, “Oceti Sakowin & Beyond: Creating Transformative Collaboration.” Your support is needed for their travel and related expenses to attend General Assembly.
Photo witnessed by Wil Sterner
The Oceti Sakowin Camp and water protectors convergence at Standing Rock was a historic, transformative space that drew thousands of people from across the world together for protecting water, indigenous sovereignty, and the sacredness of Mother Earth from the Dakota Access Pipeline and the ongoing devastation caused by continued fossil fuel extraction and repression of Indigenous peoples.
Unitarian Universalists were among those who mobilized and were transformed by the experiences and relationships formed --- especially the UU Fellowship and Church of Bismarck-Mandan, the only church in Bismarck that joined the water protectors. One continued blessing to our faith community that came into being through these experiences at Oceti Sakowin was an invitation to be in ongoing relationship and collaboration with the Indigenous-led InterNātional Initiative for Transformative Collaboration (INITC), and Stories and Songs of the People. For more info check out https://www.initc.net/about-us
Dear UU Leaders in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, & West Virginia,
We’re writing to you as UU leaders in states that are adjacent to Ohio who may be able to help make a difference in getting enough verified signatures for a ballot initiative there that will deal a major blow to mass incarceration. UUs already involved in this effort in Ohio say that this campaign has not only allowed them to contribute to an effort for justice that will have a real impact on people’s lives but it has led to solidarity relationships that have helped deepen their faith, their multiracial competence, and their skills in organizing and partnership.
We Can Help End Mass Incarceration in Ohio
JOIN US JUNE 10-17 in COLUMBUS, OH
FOR A WEEK OF CANVASSING, FELLOWSHIP, AND JUSTICE!
In 2018, Ohio holds center stage in the national effort to win criminal justice reform with the introduction of Ohio’s Safe and Healthy ballot initiative. Passing the ballot initiative will retroactively reduce drug possession felony convictions to misdemeanors, freeing thousands of people currently in jail, preventing recidivism through parole reform, and decriminalizing drug possession so that no more people will be warehoused in the name of the war on drugs. Moments like these don’t happen every day but our time is NOW! Ohio needs us to activate our networks in Ohio and in adjacent states and pray with actions in getting this initiative on the ballot so that we can dismantle mass incarceration! The week of June 10-17 is our CALL TO ACTION!
Getting this ballot initiative on the ballot and getting it passed will be a game changer, not just for Ohio but for the national conversation and it will serve as a model for other states. We need over 500,000 signatures to make this happen! We are on our way but still need 15,000 more signatures by July 1st.
UUs for Justice in Ohio (UUJO) is organizing to get this ballot initiative passed. The UUA is also supporting this work through our participation in the Interfaith Organizing Initiative and our Love Resists Campaign. Together we are supporting the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, a Black-led front-line community organization that is working on the ballot initiative as part of a broader strategy to organize their community for justice and dismantle white supremacy. SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) is also supporting this effort with organizers and volunteers. The UUA will have organizer Brittini Gray, who works with the UUA’s Congregational Advocacy & Witness Office & Love Resists, on the ground in Ohio. Will you come volunteer for all or part of the week of June 10-17? If you can come with a partner or a team that will be best, but we’ll match you up with an in-state team no matter whether you come on your own or in a group.
Jack Round, Lay Staff Member
MidWest Leadership School (MWLS) will be held from July 15 - 21 on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Please mark your calendars and spread the word!
This will be our second year at Luther. Participants said they appreciated the scenic beauty of the location!
There is an Adult School and a Youth School, and we are unique among UU leadership schools in that the schools are designed to do several activities together and safely interact.
MWLS creates opportunities to learn about the history of Unitarian Universalism, about yourself as an individual, and your role as a member of a congregation in a larger movement grounded in liberal theology.
MWLS attendees come away from the experience with a better understanding of healthy organizational practices.
Is MWLS for you or someone you know? Anyone wishing to increase their leadership skills in a church context are encouraged to talk to us. Many incoming board members and presidents find this to be an excellent preparation for their service. Many youth enjoy being with like-minded peers, and the supportive environment enables them to help discern and activate their leadership passions.
TO: Presidents, Ministers, Religious Educators, Musicians, and Administrators of Member Congregations
FROM: Eric Huffer, MidAmerica Region Board President
DATE: April 13, 2018
RE: CALL TO THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MIDAMERICA REGION
This is the Official Call for the 2018 MidAmerica Region Ingathering and Annual Business Meeting:
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Kansas City Convention Center – Room 2103A
301 W 13th St, Kansas City, MO 64105
Business Meeting begins at 4:30 PM Central Daylight Time
This Call to Meeting notification also includes:
- Agenda for the Annual Business Meeting
- Rules of Procedure
- Congregational Listing of Delegate Numbers
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 in early May, 2018. 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/ra) and will be emailed to all administrators, presidents, ministers, religious educators, credentialed musicians, and those on our newsletter mailing list by May 21, 2018.
Questions? Contact the Regional Office at 312-636-9724,or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear MidAmerica Chalice Lighter,
It’s been five years since the Chalice Lighter programs of the former Heartland, Central Midwest, and Prairie Star districts were combined to form the MidAmerica Region Chalice Lighters Program. In that time, congregations from around the region have received thousands of dollars in grants funded by your generosity. The time has come to reassess the program, which we’ll be doing over the next year.
Our goal is to reformulate the program so that congregations can receive even larger grants for starting new congregations, acquiring meeting space, securing a minister, religious educator, or other professional staff, or providing for outreach and public relations. And as part of the selection process, the committee will be looking for proposals that are feasible, sustainable, and accountable. We’ll keep you informed about any changes in the program in the 2018-19 Chalice Lighter Call letters.
For the 2018 Spring Call, the MidAmerica Region Chalice Lighter Committee received eight applications—a record number! We are pleased to announce that these three have been chosen for this Chalice Lighter call:
- The Bismarck Mandan Unitarian Universalist Fellowship & Church in North Dakota will be receiving funds to hire a half-time clergy to provide ministerial support and guidance with the goal of developing a thriving congregation.
- The Open Circle Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, will also be receiving funds to assist the fellowship in moving their quarter time minister to half time.
- And the Second Unitarian Church of Omaha, Nebraska, will receive grant money to build two accessible and gender-neutral bathrooms.
For this Call, please donate by June 15, 2018
MidAmerica Region is proud to announce a series of social justice webinars that are being done in collaboration with the Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance.
Executive Director Rev. Ashley Horan and Statewide Organizer Pastor Danny Givens will help all our congregations prepare themselves better for social justice work.
These 75 minute webinars will be monthly, on the second Tuesday. Make sure to register for these webinars as space is limited! Details of the webinars are below, and each starts at 7:45 pm Eastern, 6:45 pm Central, 5:45 pm Mountain times. Webinars will be recorded, and will be available on demand for those unable to attend.
Watch videos of past webinars in this series: Social Justice Webinar Series
Register now for the next one: