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  • 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
  • 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...
    10/1/2019
  • 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.
    10/1/2019
  • October Webinars from MidAmerica Region

    View and register for our webinar offerings this fall
    10/1/2019
  • Educational Resources from Our UUA LeaderLab Design Team!

    Here are a few resources for Presidents, Boards, Treasurers, Staff, Finance Committees, and Clergy:
    10/1/2019
  • 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.
    9/4/2019
  • 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...
    9/4/2019
  • 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 ...
    9/4/2019
  • 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...
    9/4/2019
  • 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...
    9/4/2019
  • 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...
    9/4/2019
  • 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.
    9/4/2019
  • 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.
    9/4/2019
  • 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...
    9/4/2019
  • 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...
    8/14/2019
  • 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

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