MidAmerica Region Newsletter
  • 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!


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