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  • July Welcome

    ...this was not a moment for patient community organizing, but a moment for action. “This is the moment of the whirlwind,” he said... Throughout human history there are times when the pace of change speeds up, when people are mobilized and energized...
    By David Pyle | 7/1/2020
  • Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change

    After three years of research, story gathering, and analysis of structural and systemic racism and white supremacy culture within Unitarian Universalism, the report from the Commission on Institutional Change (COIC) is now available: Widening the Circle of Concern makes vital...
  • What Are We Measuring in the Time of COVID-19?

    What has inspired me are the countless religious educators who have faithfully helped to provide online, multigenerational, opportunities for UU faith formation
  • Upcoming Webinars July-August 2020

    Congregational Leaders Check-ins — Led by Lisa Presley / Small Congregation Check-Ins — Led by Phil Lund / Board Basics for Virtual and Beyond — Led by David Pyle / Seeing with New Eyes — led by Mark Bernstein and UUAMP / Stewardship for Us: Friday Forum

    We’re moving Leadership Experience training online. We will hold four sessions, three weeks apart: August 22, September 12, October 3, and October 24. Sessions will run from 9:00 am Central / 10:00 am Eastern and go for about three hours.
  • A Pastoral Letter to Black UUs

    “I write to you today as a Black Unitarian Universalist, a Black woman, a Black mother, and a Black minister. How is it with your spirit today? Today, my spirit is struck by grief.”
  • Special Message from the MidAmerica Regional Lead

    We recognize that this is a transformational moment for our country and our faith, and the MidAmerica Regional Staff is available to support our congregational leaders and members in speaking this prophetic truth.
  • June Welcome

    On May 14 UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray wrote, “We continue to recommend that congregations not gather in person. We also recommend that congregations begin planning for virtual operations for the next year (through May 2021). Take a moment to breathe. I know this is...
    By Sharon Dittmar | 6/3/2020
  • Equity in Design and Being a Good Ancestor

    Equity in design necessitates that we purposefully demonstrate an awareness of the need to deinstitutionalize white supremacy. A superb resource that you can do yourself: Layla F. Saad’s, Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor.
    By Nancy Combs-Morgan | 6/3/2020
  • You're Invited to Virtual GA

    The MidAmerica Regional Staff would like to personally invite you to attend the 2020 Virtual General Assembly (GA), which will be held online later this month, Wednesday, June 24th, through Sunday, June 28th.
  • Upcoming Webinars for the MidAmerica Region

    Congregational Leaders Check In * Small Congregations Check In * Congregational Meetings on Zoom * Board Basics 2020
  • Chalice Lighters and Faithify

    There’s still time to donate to the Spring 2020 Chalice Lighters Call. Help the UU Congregation of Columbus, Indiana, be prepared to meet in person as they upgrade their professional staffing by increasing the pay for Sunday morning piano accompanists...
  • Digital Leadership Training: MWLS goes online for 2020!

    As you all know, we will not be having our in-person MidWest Leadership School this year—but we are planning a series of four Saturdays throughout the late summer/fall for digital-based leadership education.
  • MidAmerica Region Job Board

    Need to post a job opening for your congregation? Or would you like to view the job openings available in the MidAmerica Region? Please go to our Job Board page to post an opening or our Job Listings page to view any current openings available.
  • Gathering In Person When COVID-19 Subsides

    The UUA Safe Congregations team put together a UUA Guidance on Gathering In Person When COVID-19 Subsides. This guide contains helpful questions for your congregation, members, clergy, and staff to ask and hold as you ponder when, if, and how your congregation can reopen.
  • May Welcome

    We’re beginning to discover the possibilities (and well as the limits) of maintaining a virtual religious organization. Congregations have learned how to do exciting online worship, hold virtual business meetings, and stay connected
  • Design for Dismantling Systemic White Supremacy

    Regional Assembly Keynote Speaker Taquiena Boston, Special Advisor to the UUA President on Equity, Inclusion, and Change, asked these questions: * Who or what are you holding in your heart at this moment? * What inequities have become more visible to you as a result of COVID-19...
  • May Webinars for the MidAmerica Region

    May Webinars for the MidAmerica Region: Congregational Meetings on Zoom, Stewardship Salon, Congregational Leader Check-in Conversation, How to Use Zoom, Small Congregation Check-In, Virtual Circle Process, Board Basics for Virtual and Beyond...
  • Regional Assembly Update

    We gathered virtually on Saturday, April 18, 2020 for an event that included worship, presentation by the Commission on Institutional Change, MidAmerica Business meeting, Keynote presentation and four workshops.
  • Chalice Lighters and Faithify Update

    Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, Indiana, and Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, still need your support for their Chalice Lighter Call and Faithify Campaign.
  • Support the UUA COVID-19 Response Fund

    The UUA has created a response fund for those who want to donate funds to help in the current COVID-19 situation. These funds will be used to support congregational staff with needs, as well as fund partnerships in our congregations’ home communities to help those who are...
  • MidWest Leadership School In-Person Event Canceled for this Year

    Due to the novel coronavirus, the MidAmerica Region has decided to cancel the in-person Adult and Youth MidWest Leadership Schools for this summer. The schools are now scheduled to be held next summer, from July 11th through 17th, 2021 at Illinois Wesleyan University in...
  • Updates on COVID-19 Support from the UUA Office of Church Staff Finances

    The CARES Act/Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has already provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to UU congregations and UUA-related organizations. Congress provided additional funding that will be gone before this newsletter is published
  • April Welcome

    Regional Staff is here to help you puzzle through these questions, because we are puzzling through the same questions ourselves. Through our transitioning to a virtual Regional Assembly, or bringing congregational leaders and religious professionals together in small online...
    By David Pyle | 4/4/2020
  • Resources for Dismantling Systemic White Supremacy

    Many of our congregations partner with local organizations that support groups mentioned in the NAACP report. How can your congregation continue to be a good partner during this time when need is great and impact painfully uneven? How can you assist members within your...
  • MidAmerica Regional Assembly Goes Virtual

    On April 18, 2020, we will gather on-line for a report from the Commission on Institutional Change (COIC), annual Business Meeting, Keynote presentation by Taquiena Boston, and previously advertised workshops.
  • Virtual Religious Education (RA Add-On)

    Join Phil Lund and Nancy Combs-Morgan, on Friday, April 17th, from 12:30-2:00 PM Central / 1:30-3:00 PM Eastern, with an opportunity for religious education professionals to check-in, and hear more about multigenerational virtual religious education.
    By Phillip Lund, Nancy Combs-Morgan | 4/4/2020
  • Spring 2020 Chalice Lighter Call

    For our Spring 2020 Chalice Lighter call, we’re asking you to help support the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, Indiana, as they prepare for the time when their members will once again be able to gather on Sunday mornings to lift their voices—and spirits—in song.
  • WEBINAR: Human Resources 101

    A two-session webinar with Jan Gartner, Compensation and Staffing Manager and Rob Molla, Director of Human Resources at the UUA. On April 7, Jan will address staffing in UUA congregations during the pandemic. On April 14, Rob will cover basics of job descriptions, hiring,...
  • UUANI #VoteLove Trainings

    UUANI is launching VoteLove IL in partnership with the UUA’s #UUtheVote campaign. VoteLove IL is about putting our UU values into action by encouraging our neighbors to engage in the democratic process from a basis of compassion. Deep Canvassing training with Olivia Chow, who...
  • WEBINAR: Conversations for Liberation

    Join Jessica York, Director of Congregational Life, for an interchange of experiences with holding Conversations for Liberation. April 29, 2020, at 8:00pm Eastern
  • COVID-19 and MWLS: Our Pledge to You

    We will make the decision about whether we need to cancel the in-person leadership schools by no later than June 1st. We will be following the guidance of the CDC, as well as Illinois State Health Department, and will be working in partnership with Illinois Wesleyan to ensure...
  • COVID-19 Resources from the UUA

    The UUA has a central page on their website for congregations facing the Covid-19 pandemic: https://www.uua.org/safe/pandemics .
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • #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?
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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


For more information contact midamerica@uua.org.

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