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!
Have a question?
Congregational Life Staff are here to help.
Write us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call us: 312-636-9724
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 asked Lee, “Why are you passionate about the subject of multi-faith partnerships – what excites you about it?”
Being more deeply engaged in authentic multifaith partnerships and alliances allows for growth in ways we cannot even imagine. And by growth I don’t mean only the expansion of inclusiveness and justice—as true and important as that is. I mean growth in one’s theological, philosophical and ethical life. I have experienced it myself and I have seen it among my students, many of whom have long multifaith “credentials.” They find that when they get even deeper, they can’t ignore core differences. When they confront that reality, they have arrived at a new place of possibility and hope.
As our congregations are experiencing greater attendance and members’ activism in our communities, it is more important than ever before that we work with other faith communities to bring our values to the forefront. When we partner, our impact grows exponentially.
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.
FROM: Eric Huffer, MidAmerica Region Board President
DATE: February 20, 2017
This is the Official Call for the 2017 MidAmerica Region Annual Meeting and Regional Assembly:
April 28-30, 2017
Chicago Marriott Oak Brook
1401 West 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Business Meeting begins at 10:45 am Central Daylight Time
Saturday, April 29, 2017
This Call to Meeting notification also includes:
- Agenda for the Annual Business Meeting
- Rules of Procedure
- pdf Congregational Listing of Delegate Numbers (178 KB>)>
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 prior to the Annual Meeting. 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) and will be emailed to presidents, ministers, religious educators, musicians, administrators, and those registered for Regional Assembly by no later than March 30, 2017.
Contact the Regional Office at
312-636-9724 or email email@example.com.
March 21, 2017
As you know, our UU religious movement, like other mainline denominations, faces financial challenges. There are important new challenges and opportunities to serve, but those sit within a context of increasing costs and flat to declining membership and income. As part of the Association’s larger effort to move strategically toward ways of working that are more sustainable and agile, the national Unitarian Universalist Association is making budget cuts broadly across the Association. We in MidAmerica Region have been asked to reduce our staffing by one Congregational Life Consultant position. Therefore, it is with deep sadness that we announce that Dori Davenport Thexton has offered her resignation, effective May 15th, 2017. Our staff team, the MidAmerica Board, and Congregational Life Staff Director Scott Tayler, deeply regret the necessity of this decision, and thank Dori for her nineteen years of service, first to the Central MidWest District and then to the MidAmerica Region.
Dori has made many wonderful and enduring contributions. She has been a source of wisdom and support for leaders across the region. She has been a beloved colleague to the MidAmerica Staff team and a valued coach to the many district and regional board members and volunteers with whom she has worked. Some of her many contributions include:
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