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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Rev. Sharon Dittmar, Nancy Combs-Morgan, Rev. Phil Lund, Rev. Ian Evison, Rev. Dr. Lisa Presley
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.
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:
Dear MidAmerica Chalice Lighter,
As you know, Chalice Lighter grants are funded by small donations from individuals like you — donations that are pooled together to help congregations from across our large MidAmerica Region of the UUA with specific growth projects.
The MidAmerica Regional Chalice Lighter Committee (made up of representatives from all three of the former UU districts in MidAmerica) considered three applications. We are pleased to announce the results of the Winter 2018 Regional Chalice Lighter call:
- The Beacon UU Congregation in Troy, Michigan is replacing the old, single pane, energy inefficient windows in their historic building. This will save money and conserve energy while making their sanctuary and meeting spaces safer, warmer and more inviting during the cold months in Michigan. This renovation will help to promote and nurture growth and prosperity year round, in a warmer, more comfortable and welcoming space.
- The Community UUs in Brighton, Michigan hopes to recruit a full-time professional minister to join their staff in the summer of 2018. Their purpose is to grow in capacity and serve more members and friends. The congregation has a current strategic plan to fund and hire a full-time professional minister and has a ministerial search team in place and ready to go.
For this Winter 2018 Call, please donate by March 31, 2018.
It is with great delight that we announce the hiring of our new Regional Administrator, Andrew Zallar. We had a pool of more than 35 candidates, and we ended up interviewing 5 of them. Andrew rose to the top in our considerations. Andrew is very excited to join the MidAmerica Regional team!
Prior to his appointment as MidAmerica Regional Administrator, Andrew served as Congregational Administrator at Second Unitarian Church of Chicago where he oversaw all aspects of administration, financial operations, and facility management. Andrew also previously served as Operations Manager at Chicago Center for Music Education and as Enrollment Coordinator at Merit School of Music.
In addition to his administrative background, Andrew is also an accomplished musician. Raised in Milwaukee, WI, Andrew studied classical percussion and jazz studies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and Milwaukee High School of the Arts before moving to Chicago to obtain his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from DePaul University. Andrew has performed overseas at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival and Tuscany Jazz Festival and has also received numerous awards from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Berklee College of Music and the Luminarts Cultural Foundation in Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Composition and Jazz Arranging.
Andrew believes that we are here to love one another, serve our community and strive to be the best person we can be every day.
Please join us in welcoming Andrew. He can best be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.