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  • 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...
  • Celebrating 10 Years of YMWLS

    This summer will be the 10th year of the Youth MidWest Leadership School, and we are very proud of the amazing youth and adults who have participated and served on our staff.
  • Register for MidWest Leadership School by June 1

    Registration for MidWest Leadership School and Youth MidWest Leadership School is still open! Please visit to learn more and to register!
  • Prairyerth UU Fellowship Event

    On May 17 and May 18, Prairyerth UU Fellowship presents their Living Treasures of North America Event at Northeastern Illinois University.
  • Camp UniStar Foundation Report

    We have now received our final report from the Camp UniStar Foundation that was in conjunction with our other reports submitted for our 2019 Annual Business Meeting. You can use the sidebar on the left side of that page to navigate to other report(s) you'd like to view.
  • Posting Your Job Opening with the UUA

    When your congregation is hiring, consider posting with the UUA to attract and advertise your position of religious educator, membership staff, music director, operations manager, and administrator across the UUA. The process is easy: Simply fill out this form and it will send...
  • Welcome...and Farewell from Ian Evison

    There are many times when I have noticed what one of you have contributed, have thought to myself that I really ought to thank you, and then I let myself get busy with something else.
    By Ian Evison | 4/7/2019
  • Decentering Whiteness in Worship

    We recommend watching a recording of a webinar called “Decentering Whiteness in Worship” led by Rev. Erika Hewitt, Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, and Julica Hermann de la Fuente that was recorded on June 1, 2017.
  • Welcoming Cameron Young...

    Cameron started part-time in February and will be full-time in June as congregational life field staff, with a specialty in youth ministry, and will work with both MidAmerica and Southern Regions.
  • Transitions in Ministerial Transitions Support

    We are delighted to welcome Christine Purcell, a member of the Southern Regional staff, who will take over the Transitions Program Manager work from Lisa Presley. This is another partnership with the Southern Region
  • RE Essentials: Virtual Faith Development Support

    The MidAmerica and Southern Regions of the UUA are committed to supporting new DRE’s. With that commitment in mind, we are hosting a 2 part webinar series, “RE Essentials, “for new and newer religious educators.
  • UUAMP Conference in Milwaukee, WI

    On May 1 & 2, 2019 the Unitarian Universalist Association of Membership Professionals (UUAMP) ( ) will hold its second bi-annual conference in Milwaukee, WI at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee
  • Migrant Child Detention and Family Separation

    Like many things in the news, every day brings new horrors of what is happening at our border as well as throughout our country. I was called to witness and protest the child detention “tent city” in Tornillo, TX over Christmas, and it was a life changing experience.
  • Spring 2019 Chalice Lighter Call

    Beginning next September, rather than awarding multiple smaller grants for each Fall, Winter, and Spring Chalice Lighter call, we will begin awarding a single large grant of over $10,000 to one congregation.
  • Upcoming Webinars

    Life Inside the Golden Circle April 10, and Tending to Grief and Honoring Death on May 7.
  • Brilliant Bits from Boston: Off-Site Registration for General Assembly

    With off-site registration for this year’s General Assembly in Spokane, Washington, June 19-23, you'll also be able to listen to the mini assemblies on the proposed bylaw amendments and the proposed Congregational Study Action Issues. Delegates will be able to propose amendments...
  • A March Welcome

    This issue of the MidAmerica Messenger is full of useful information about General Assembly in Spokane, Washington (June 19-23), Midwest Leadership School in Decorah, Iowa (July 14-20), and the Spiritual Leadership Retreat in Cincinnati, Ohio (August 3-8).
  • Bidding Farewell to Peg Boccard

    It is with deep reluctance that we here in MidAmerica bid farewell to Peg Boccard, one of the longer serving members of our MidAmerica Administrative Staff team.
  • Getting Called Out: How to Apologize

    The video, “Getting Called Out: How to Apologize,” on YouTube, by chescaleigh (Franchesca Ramsey), has a profound message for those of us committed to change.
  • General Assembly 2019

    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. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. 2019 GA...


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