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  • March Welcome

    In addition to updates on some recent Dismantling White Supremacy Culture resources, you’ll also find the latest news about the upcoming Regional Assembly in Rockford, Illinois, on Saturday, April 18; information about our current Chalice Lighter Call...
    3/9/2020
  • Dismantling White Supremacy Culture Resource Updates

    Updates on two of the Dismantling White Supremacy Culture resources we’ve recently shared. The first is an online opportunity for an interchange of experiences with holding Conversations for Liberation—a framework and an invitation for Unitarian Universalist faith communities to...
    3/9/2020
  • Regional Assembly Registration Open

    Regional Assembly will be held Saturday April 18th (business meeting, keynote, and workshops) online. The Commission on Institutional Change will share an update and Taquiena Boston will offer the keynote speech.
    3/9/2020
  • #VoteLove All-Day Workshop with Olivia Chow

    Imagine...listening to the stories of your neighbors, listening for who they are and how they came to be. Imagine sharing your own story and being heard. What would it be like to live in that world? How might this change our world?
    3/9/2020
  • Faithify and Chalice Lighters

    There’s still time to donate to our Winter Chalice Lighter Call! We’re asking you to generously support the First Unitarian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, as they live out our UU values in their community. Located in a diverse and fast-changing urban neighborhood, First Unitarian...
    3/9/2020
  • Ships Ahoy! Youth Leadership Experience

    For the first time ever, MidAmerica is offering a mobile youth leadership experience. Ships Ahoy! is designed for congregations or clusters of congregations who may have more difficulty getting youth commitment for travel or week-long immersion.
    By Cameron Young | 3/9/2020
  • Our Whole Lives Trainings in Davenport, Iowa

    Two new facilitator trainings for Our Whole Lives (OWL), the UUA’s comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula, will be offered in March and April by the UU Congregation of the Quad Cities in Davenport, Iowa.
    3/9/2020
  • Webinar: Human Resources 101

    Please join us for a two-session webinar on April 7 and 14 with Rob Molla, Director of Human Resources at the UUA. Whether you have staff or clergy who supervise staff or are a small congregation where members must fill this role, come to learn basics
    3/9/2020
  • MUUSA UU Summer Camp

    Consider joining fellow UUs this summer in the Missouri Ozarks at the annual Midwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly (MUUSA). The weeklong camp offers many workshops and activities for families, couples and singles of all ages. Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout will lead the daily...
    3/9/2020
  • OWL for Older Adults!

    It is finally here! A comprehensive, holistic sexuality curriculum for adults, Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for OIder Adults. Like other OWL curricula, this was created by the United Church of Christ and the UUA.
    3/9/2020
  • February Welcome

    Recently, a congregation asked me about church growth... not about how to grow in order to meet a congregational budget, or have more volunteers... No, this congregation asked me about growth because they are growing.
    2/3/2020
  • My Experience with the 8th Principle

    Sometimes justice work can be hard. You doubt that what you are doing is enough and if it is small you may believe that it doesn’t even matter.
    2/3/2020
  • 501(c)3 and Elections: What Your Congregation Needs to Know

    Hello! My name is Davis Senseman (they/them, she/her), and I am honored to be supporting the important work of UU the Vote by providing legal counsel regarding how congregations can engage in bold, effective electoral work fully within your rights and IRS status as 501c3...
    2/3/2020
  • Regional Assembly Registration Open

    Taquiena Boston is the keynote speaker, and the Commission on Institutional Change will be joining us to share a report on their important work.
    2/3/2020
  • Changing Status of Emerging Congregations

    In 2019, three Emerging Congregations in the MidAmerica Region sought to change their status with the UUA. “Emerging Congregations are new congregations that have been recognized by their region…as ‘emerging’ and are actively working toward becoming a member congregation of the...
    2/3/2020
  • MidWest Leadership School Moves to Illinois!

    We are passionate about our mission to make our lay training experience ever more transformative, including moving the school venue this year to Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois
    2/3/2020
  • Grants to Assist Elder UU Lay People

    The Midwest Unitarian Universalist Conference offers a grant to assist elder (age 65 and older) Unitarian Universalist lay people. The Laughlin Fund grant can be used to help with
    2/3/2020
  • Your One Stop Congregational On-Line Learning Resource

    For the past four years, the UUA has been working to develop Leader Lab, an online community of UU resources for congregations. Recently, Leader Lab created a user-friendly video to showcase what they offer, called Leader Lab Tour 2019.
    2/3/2020
  • January Welcome

    You can find all the details on UU the Vote in the article below. There’s also information about upcoming webinars, the Winter Chalice Lighter Call, this year’s Regional Assembly in Rockford, Illinois, and much more.
    1/2/2020
  • UU the Vote

    Our UUA has a new, values-based electoral justice effort officially launching this month—UU the Vote. UU the Vote supports UU congregations and UU organizations with resources to mobilize voters, counter voter suppression, and engage in spiritually grounded, values-based issue...
    1/2/2020
  • Dismantling White Supremacy Culture Resource of the Month

    Have you been looking for “a next-generation community platform, [that] chronicles and celebrates the stories, people and voices that are emerging and inspiring all of us, ranging in topics from pop culture and style to politics and news, all through the lens of today’s LGBTQ...
    1/2/2020
  • Register for Finding Our Way Home: A Retreat for Religious Professionals of Color!

    Registration for Finding Our Way Home: A Retreat for Religious Professionals of Color is now open! The 2020 Finding Our Way Home retreat will be held on Wednesday, March 18 through Saturday, March 21 in Long Beach, CA at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach.
    1/2/2020
  • January MidAmerica Webinars

    January MidAmerica Webinars: Whose History Is It Anyway series, and common read Indigenous Peoples History of the United States
    1/2/2020
  • Save the Date for Regional Assembly 2020

    RA 2020 will be held at The UU Church, Rockford, Illinois on Saturday, April 18. Keynote Taquiena Boston, Special Advisor to the UUA President for Institutional Inclusion, Equity, and Change, will speak on the topic “Can We Design Beloved Community?”
    1/2/2020
  • Winter Chalice Lighter Call

    Recipient for the 2020 Winter Chalice Lighter Call is the First Unitarian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Located in a diverse and fast-changing urban neighborhood, First Unitarian hopes to grow the congregation by making improvements in the church’s digital media infrastructure.
    1/2/2020
  • New Young Adult Development Guide

    The UUA has created a resource for young adults, Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood. Becoming was created with the constant transition of young adults in mind—and the awareness that change is a constant for adults of all ages. The readings and reflections were...
    1/2/2020
  • Happy Holidays

    ...from the MidAmerica Region UUA staff
    12/2/2019
  • What is Systemic Racism?

    Our Dismantling White Supremacy Resource for December is a series of one-minute videos from Race Forward that highlights the impact of systemic racism on our everyday lives.
    12/2/2019
  • Save the Date for Regional Assembly 2020

    Regional Assembly 2020 will be held at The Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, Illinois on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Our keynote speaker will be Taquiena Boston, Special Advisor to the UUA President for Institutional Inclusion, Equity, and Change. Registration opens in...
    12/2/2019
  • Less Than a Month to Go to Donate to Fall Chalice Lighters

    support UU Church of Urbana-Champaign’s Faithify campaign to help open the doors of FirstSteps, a transitional house for people returning home from prison; and Peoples Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as they take Sunday morning music to the next level by hiring a professional...
    12/2/2019
  • General Assembly 2020 - Register Now

    Please join us Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28, 2020 in Providence, Rhode Island for this 5-day immersive experience where we participate in inspirational worship services and informative workshops, reconvene with friends and colleagues, and explore our bustling...
    12/2/2019
  • UUA Disaster Relief Fund

    Wildfire season is upon us, with more than a dozen wildfires impacting California right now. This summer saw flooding impact several congregations. Your generous donation to the UUA Disaster Relief Fund will help provide UU congregations, their people and their communities, with...
    12/2/2019
  • The New Common Read Discussion Guide Is Now Available

    A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. It can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations.
    12/2/2019
  • Chalice Sparx Camp and Retreat for Families in Michigan

    Hiking the trails, singing by the campfire, playing games…all childhood camp fun. But this camp is not just for kids—it’s for people of all ages. Make connections, build friendships and experience nature together as a family—with other families—in an environment where diverse...
    12/2/2019
  • Brilliant Bits from Boston: Changes to The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

    A change in the FLSA salary threshold for "white-collar exemptions" (executive, administrative, and professional exemptions) goes into effect on January 1. In 2020, the minimum salary needed for exempt status under the FLSA will increase from $455/week to $684/week, or $35,568/...
    12/2/2019
  • November Welcome

    Here you’ll find the latest information on our Chalice Lighters program, including a brand new opportunity to support another of our congregations through Faithify. You’ll also hear from a UU youth who had a transformative time this summer at our Youth Midwest Leadership School...
    By Phillip Lund | 11/4/2019
  • Conversations for Liberation

    Dismantling White Supremacy Resource of the Month: Unitarian Universalism is at a moment of great power and potential. We are making progress toward becoming a faith movement where people of all backgrounds and identities can thrive to challenge systems of oppression, patriarchy...
    11/4/2019
  • Update on Dismantling Systemic White Supremacy Resources and Work

    The MidAmerica Fieldstaff team shared that one of the books we are reading as part of our study on dismantling systemic white supremacy is The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by researcher and clinician, Bessel van der Kolk. One of our...
    11/4/2019
  • Save the date for MidAmerica Regional Assembly 2020

    Regional Assembly 2020 will be held at The Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, Illinois on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Our keynote speaker will be Taquiena Boston, Special Advisor to the UUA President for Institutional Inclusion, Equity, and Change.
    11/4/2019
  • Blessings on the Journey

    One of the many blessings of serving our MidAmerica congregations is the gift of inspiration. As a Congregational Life Consultant, I often am asked to companion and coach congregations as they endeavor to find that which inspires them to a greater sense of hope, joy, love,...
    By Nancy Combs-Morgan | 11/4/2019
  • Good News from Chalice Lighters and Faithify

    Partnered with Heritage UU Church (Cincinnati) to create a nature sanctuary and green burial ground, UU Church Urbana-Champaign IL for a re-entry house for people returning after incarceration, and Peoples Church in Cedar IA for their music program.
    11/4/2019
  • Youth MidWest Leadership School 2019 Review

    This summer I had not dreamed that I would be spending one of the best weeks of my life in Decorah, Iowa, with other UU’s who cared for me and what I stand for. But in fact, that is what happened, and I can’t thank everyone who made it happen enough. That week was filled with...
    11/4/2019
  • Friends of MidAmerica Program will fund Regional Assembly and 2 webinar series

    In the coming year money received from the Friends of MidAmerica Program will fund (among many specific and general services): Regional Assembly at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockford, IL on April 18, 2020; Webinar series on the UUA Common Read; Presidents webinar...
    11/4/2019
  • Brilliant Bits from Boston: InSpirit Bookstore

    Just in time for your holiday consideration, we feature the UUA bookstore, InSpirit https://www.uuabookstore.org . InSpirit is your one stop place to find copies of the UUA Common Read, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, as well as books for children and...
    11/4/2019
  • October Welcome

    One of the joys of my years serving our UUA as a Congregational Life Consultant, and now serving as the Regional Lead for the MidAmerica Region, has been the ways in which it has given me the opportunity to meet UUs from across our country, and to journey with UU congregations...
    10/1/2019
  • Dismantling Systemic White Supremacy: Slowing Down to Go Deeper

    Two years ago the MidAmerica Fieldstaff Team embarked on a course of group study in order to do personal work around dismantling systemic white supremacy. Here is sample of what we have viewed and discussed:
    10/1/2019
  • MidAmerica Region Ministerial Transitions Fall 2019

    Every summer, we in MidAmerica bid farewell to ministers who have completed their service to a congregation, and we also bid welcome to ministers who are taking up new ministries. This year is no exception. Below is a list of those we know who are leaving, and coming.
    10/1/2019
  • Chalice Lighters Fall Call 2019

    Peoples Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is ready to take their Sunday morning music program to the next level by hiring a professional choir director and a professional weekly accompanist (or band leader) for the first time in at least 30 years or more.
    10/1/2019
  • Regional Assembly April 18 in Rockford IL

    Regional Assembly will be at UU Church of Rockford, IL, Saturday, April 18, 2020. Keynote: Taquiena Boston, Special Advisor to the UUA President for Institutional Inclusion, Equity, and Change
    10/1/2019
  • 2019-2020 Common Read is Indigenous Peoples History of the US

    The UUA’s Common Read Selection Committee is pleased to announce that An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Beacon Press, 2015) and the version adapted for Young People by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese (Beacon Press, 2019) are the new...
    10/1/2019

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