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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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...
  • Propose Candidates to UUA MidAmerica Region Board and Committees by November 7

    The Nominating Committee of the MidAmerica Region (MA Region) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) seeks your help. Our committee is seeking candidates for the Regional Board and the Nominating Committee itself. Unitarian-Universalists are committed to a broad range...
  • UU State Action Network Forming in Wisconsin

    Welcome the Wisconsin Unitarian Universalist State Action Network (WUUSAN). WUUSAN has been in formation for over two years and is now taking its first steps to be a platform for social change in Wisconsin.
  • October Webinars from MidAmerica Region

    View and register for our webinar offerings this fall
  • Educational Resources from Our UUA LeaderLab Design Team!

    Here are a few resources for Presidents, Boards, Treasurers, Staff, Finance Committees, and Clergy:
  • September Welcome

    There’s something that makes me come alive when September comes. Perhaps it’s the multiple years of school starting, and the smell of new pencils, notebooks, and paper. Maybe it’s the beginning coolness in the air that spurs me to move faster. I don’t know what it is, but I love...
    By Lisa Presley | 9/4/2019
  • Welcome David Pyle

    The MidAmerica staff is pleased to welcome the Rev. David Pyle as our new Regional Lead! David has been serving as a congregational consultant with the UUA's Central East Regional Staff.
  • Regional Assembly 2020 - stay tuned

    We are adapting our Regional Assembly event for 2020, and will have details available in the near future. We know the members of our Region value meeting together, and we are trying to balance this with the need to have an event that is financially and geographically accessible...
  • Worship Matters: Dismantling White Supremacy

    Remember to…Seek ways to amplify and incorporate the voices of people of color in all aspects of congregational life. Centering voices of people of color helps to destabilize white supremacy as the dominant cultural norm in a UU setting and beyond.
    By Nancy Combs-Morgan | 9/4/2019
  • Covenant and Relationship-Centered UU Faith Development

    For those of us who are invested in Unitarian Universalist faith development, what if we understood our mission to enable children, youth, and adults to be a part of a community which seeks to manifest more hope, more love, more courage, more justice, and more joy in the world?
    By Nancy Combs-Morgan | 9/4/2019
  • Fall 2019 Upcoming Webinars

    In addition to the new Faith Development webinars for Fall 2019, you can register for our other webinar offerings this fall including ...
  • Small Numbers, Infinite Possibilities - Registration Open

    Registration is open for The Small Numbers, Infinite Possibilities webinar series in 2019-20, part of A Year of Learning and Connection for Smaller Congregations. Congregations who register will receive access to the four live webinars, access to the webinar recordings and an...
  • Support Green Burial in MidAmerica Through Faithify

    “Green burial” is the ancient, environmentally sound and sustainable way to return to the earth when we die. Heritage UU Church in Ohio, is putting our principles into action by purchasing and preserving 40 acres of farmland outside Cincinnati to create a nature sanctuary and...
  • Position Openings on UUA Presidential Search Committee

    We're looking for dedicated volunteers to form the new Presidential Search Committee for our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). The Presidential Search Committee is charged with recommending two or more candidates for President in the year prior to the General Assembly at...
  • GA2021 is Coming to Milwaukee!

    GA2021 is coming to Milwaukee! If you are interested in joining the Milwaukee-based volunteer team, please contact Debra Gray Boyd, Chair of the General Assembly Planning Committee, at debra [dot] gapc [at] gmail [dot] com to learn more.
  • 2020 International Youth Pilgrimage and Camp

    Open to high school youth, the pilgrimage/camp is a collaboration between the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council and Országos Dávid Ferenc Ifjúsági Egylet, the Hungarian Unitarian youth organization.
  • Brilliant Bits from Boston: When A Staff Member Changes Congregations

    When it comes to recruiting and hiring, sometimes the theology of "we're all in this together" leads to awkward situations or strained relationships. Jan Gartner and Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kūpono Kwong help you uphold sound processes and healthy relationships as a staff member moves...
  • UUA Appoints Rev. Ashley Horan as Organizing Strategy Director

    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) announces the appointment of Rev. Ashley Horan as the Organizing Strategy Director. The Organizing Director is called to strengthen the resilience of Unitarian Universalists, to organize for justice, and express our faith through...
  • August Welcome

    Volume 7 Issue 1 of the MidAmerica Messenger will fill you in on some of the latest opportunities for small congregations, congregational presidents, Our Whole Lives facilitators, UU people of color, and any congregational leader seeking sources for funding and/or inspiration...
    By Phillip Lund | 8/1/2019
  • DRUUMM Chicago Area Gathering

    DRUUMM invites UU People of Color in the Greater Chicago area to gather for dinner and facilitated meeting at Meadville-Lombard August 19. We will have a worship led by local UU Religious Professionals of Color.
  • A Year of Learning and Connection for Smaller Congregations

    We know that small congregations are sharing the Love and Grace of Unitarian Universalism with their people and their communities every day. We also know that small churches can be faced with big challenges. Together we can help small congregations reach toward their greatest...
  • Funds for MidAmerica Congregations

    Did you know that there are a variety of funds available for MidAmerica congregations to help with anything from new buildings and new staff to social justice initiatives and establishing new congregations?
  • Going Deeper in Youth and Young Adult Ministry

    Our transformative Midwest Leadership School, for youth, young adults, and adults, went through a significant change this year with engaging multigenerational group spiritual practices, focusing on worship as THE spiritual practice.
  • Presidents Webinar Series

    Lisa Presley will be hosting a webinar series for Congregational Presidents and Congregational Presidents-Elect. Held monthly, these one hour conversation will provide a chance to meet other presidents and talk about pressing issues in your congregations and leadership.
  • Our Whole Lives Facilitator Training in Midland, MI

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the United Church of Christ in Midland, Michigan, are jointly offering a training in Midland for those wanting to teach Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes on September 27, 28, and 29, 2019.
  • GA Inspiration for Dismantling Systemic White Supremacy

    For this month we encourage you and your congregants to watch some of the best moments of General Assembly (GA) 2019 in Spokane, WA. As program staff we recommend the Sunday morning worship service with a mighty and moving sermon, It is Time Now, by Reverend Marta I. Valentín.
  • June Welcome

    Welcome to our June/July issue of the MidAmerica Messenger! This summer we will be hosting Midwest Leadership School in Decorah, Iowa (July 14-20) and a Spiritual Leadership Retreat in Cincinnati, Ohio (August 3-8). We hope to see you there.
  • MidWest Leadership School Summer 2019

    After many successful summers at its Wisconsin location on the campus of Beloit College, MidWest Leadership School (MWLS) will take place this coming summer on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, from July 14-20, 2019.
  • UUA Disaster Relief Fund

    This past month has brought a number of floods and tornadoes to our Region. Almost half of the states in our Region have seen major flooding and several other states are in danger of moderate flooding. In the last few weeks, tornadoes touched down in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa,...
  • General Assembly in Spokane, WA

    General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process.
  • Webinar for Congregations with Newly Called or Hired Clergy

    How confident do you feel in the areas of clergy tax provisions, benefits administration, and payroll basics? It’s all important stuff…and we know it can feel overwhelming. We want you to start your new ministry comfortable with the fundamentals and be knowledgeable about how to...
  • Sample Personnel Policy Manual Available

    After many rounds of editing and review, the UUA Office of Church Staff Finances is pleased to present an updated Sample Personnel Policy Manual.
  • The Every Day UU: Now and Then

    Throughout history UUs have made a difference by living their UU faith. We know some of their stories. There is a lot written about “famous UUs.” But what about people in our congregations, past and present, who live this faith every day? What do we know about them? Has your...
  • Brilliant Bits from Boston: Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy

    Delegates at the 2018 General Assembly in Kansas City, MO, selected "Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy" to be the 2018-2021 CSAI of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.
  • May Welcome

    This month’s MidAmerica Messenger celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Youth Midwest Leadership School! We’re also sharing a great resource that we used during last month’s Regional Assembly in Saint Louis: a TED talk by Kimberlé Crenshaw entitled “The Urgency of...
  • Dismantling White Supremacy Resource: The Urgency of Intersectionality

    For many of us, one of the highlights at last month’s Regional Assembly in Saint Louis was the Saturday evening viewing of a TED talk by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory, known for the introduction and...


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