2014 MidAmerica Regional Assembly

MidAmerica Regional Assembly 2014 logo - Hunger for Justice
MidAmerica Regional Assembly 2014 cities

Regional Assembly was held simultaneously in four different locations around the Region. Major Events such as the Business Meeting and the Judy Lecture were live-streamed so people at all the locations could participate.

Ann Arbor: An Overview

Highlights

  • Justice Workshops
  • Worship, sing together
  • Keynote address (Live Streamed Video): Rev. Dr. Paul Rasor, Reclaiming Our Liberal Heritage and Embracing Our Hunger for Justice
  • Community Social Action Event

Ann Arbor: Fees

early bird adult $ 60
regular adult $ 80
on-site adult $100
early bird youth/young adults $ 50
regular youth/young adults $ 70
on-site youth/young adults $ 90
children (no childcare or children's programming available) $ 40

Ann Arbor: Location

All of the Ann Arbor Regional Assembly events will be held at:
UU Congregation of Ann Arbor
4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Lodging

Since many folks will be commuting, there isn't a specific hotel to book. Use your usual methods to find a good deal.

Ann Arbor: Schedule

Saturday

 
8:30 AM registration
9:15 AM Worship
10:00 AM Paul Rasor, Keynote - live streamed
11:15 AM break
11:30 AM Business Meeting - live streamed
1:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM workshops
3:15 PM break
3:30 PM Social Justice Activity
5:00 PM Closing Worship
5:30 PM Goodbyes

Ann Arbor: Workshops

Conflict and Intercultural Competency
Lisa Presley, MidAmerica Congregational Life Consultant

Whenever we’re trying to get something done, the possibility is there for conflict. It can range from a simple disagreement to deep and profound. When you add in cultural difference to the mix, the opportunity for misunderstanding is ripe. Come learn about how conflict and culture interact, and how you can work better in conflict.

Conversation with MidAmerica Leaders
MidAmerica Region Board Members

Want to learn more about the MidAmerica Region, and what it means for your congregation? Join this conversation with Regional Board members! We plan to listen to your suggestions and respond to your questions.

Gun Violence Prevention and UU
Linda Brundage

There will be an overview of gun violence, review of previous positions of the UUA re gun violence, and how congregations can get involved, participate in Gun Violence Prevention Coalitions and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Opportunities for Multigenerational Social Justice
Graham Ross, Randy Block, Rev. Jeff Liebmann and Matt Friedrichs

This workshop will focus on firsthand stories from leaders, youth and adults, who have been on the forefront of congregational social change actions. Come and hear from Graham Ross, one of the Heartland Area Youth Council’s Social Action Coordinators, on his experiences with the UU College of Social Justice; Randy Block, organizer with the Michigan UU Social Justice Network, and leaders from other MidAmerica congregations on how they engage leaders of all ages to step up for justice.

Preparing for General Assembly CSAI on a Just Peace in Israel-Palestine
Larry Cooper and George Garcia

We will briefly review the UUA’s Congregation Study Action Issue proposal regarding just peace in Israel-Palestine. Background information and rationale for why UUs should study and engage in this issue will be presented including actions the international human rights community is taking; ending with Q&A, discussion, and suggestions for promoting this CSAI at General Assembly.

Ann Arbor: Exhibitors

If you are interested in having an exhibit table, you need to complete an application form and pay the appropriate exhibit fee. Exhibitors who want to participate in any part of the Conference (such as listen to a speaker, attend a workshop, or have a conference meal) must also register for the Conference.

Information for Potential Exhibitors

Exhibits will be open Saturday, April 12, from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Exhibitors will be notified after March 31, whether their application has been accepted. If the application is not accepted, the fee will be refunded.

MidAmerica Region UUA (MARUUA) reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to dismiss, prohibit, or evict any exhibit or exhibitor that does not conform to the dignity and general business character of the MidAmerica Regional Assembly or to the stated principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Fees for Exhibit Tables

Organization

Cost of basic table

MidAmerica Region UUA committees **

complimentary *

Exhibits sponsored by member congregations of MidAmerica Region UUA and approved by the congregation's governing board.

$20

All others

$20

* MARUUA committees will need to specify a form of payment at checkout even though the basic tables are complimentary. Please click the box for payment by check and then click continue.

** MARUUA committees are those created by the MARUUA Board or Staff with members appointed by the Regional President or Congregational Live Consultants.

If you have any questions, please contact annarbor@midamericauua.org

Bloomington: An Overview

Highlights

  • Justice Workshops
  • Worship, sing together
  • Keynote address (live streamed video): Rev. Dr. Paul Rasor, Reclaiming Our Liberal Heritage and Embracing Our Hunger for Justice
  • Community Social Action Event
  • Live site of the business meeting

In keeping with the theme Hunger for Justice, several Social Justice (SJ) activities will be offered during the SJ time in the afternoon.

1) Help prepare meal for a Circles Dinner – Circles™ is an intentional way for people to build relationships across class and race lines to end poverty in their communities. Each year by congregational vote, we donate 25% of Sunday Plate to a local agency. Circles™ is this year’s recipient.
2) SJ Information sharing – please bring and share information about Social Justice in your congregation. We will have representatives and information about some of our SJ task forces and programs. We have found that many people don’t have time and energy to participate in SJ activities directly, but feel connected when they are able to donate and/or purchase things to support SJ. Some of our task forces will be selling merchandise to support their activities and welcome your participation. Hope you like chocolate! We are always collecting donations for something. Currently we furnish all the macaroni and spaghetti needed for the year for Shalom Community Center as well as non-perishable snacks for our local Planned Parenthood.
3) We invite you to come and think about: What type of justice do you hunger for? What fills your plate and fuels your soul to do justice work? We invite you to play with assorted art materials and create your own plate to share with the world. We will take still photos on Saturday, edit on Sunday and post a video on Facebook of the compilation on Monday. Our hope is to inspire others to hunger for justice and to understand what social justice as a Unitarian Universalist is!
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday,
jackie hall
Social Justice UU Church Bloomington

Bloomington: Fees

early bird adult $ 60
regular adult $ 80
on-site adult $100
early bird youth/young adults $ 50
regular youth/young adults $ 70
on-site youth/young adults $ 90
children (no childcare or children's programming available) $ 40

Bloomington: Location

All of the Bloomington Regional Assembly events will be held at:
UU Church of Bloomington
2120 N. Fee Lane
Bloomington, IN 47408
www.uubloomington.org

What if I have trouble hearing, seeing, and/or getting around?

Large print hymnals, large print orders of service, and pre-tuned hearing-assist radios (88.1 FM) are available from the greeters in the foyer. Our building is handicap accessible. Accessible entrances are located on the North, East, and South sides of the building, and there is a drop-off portico on the North side.

LODGING

Since many folks will be commuting, there isn't a specific hotel to book. Use your usual methods to find a good deal.

Bloomington: Schedule

Saturday

 
8:30 AM registration
9:15 AM Worship
10:00 AM Paul Rasor, Keynote - live streamed
11:15 AM break
11:30 AM Business Meeting - LOCAL
1:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM workshops
3:15 PM break
3:30 PM Social Justice Activity
5:00 PM Closing Worship
5:30 PM Goodbyes

Bloomington: Workshops

Building Energy, Capacity and Commitment for Action
Rev. Scott Aaseng and others

Led by Rev. Scott Aaseng and other leaders of the newly-formed UU Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI), this interactive workshop will engage participants in the process of building energy, capacity and commitment within and between our congregations for our collective work towards social and environmental justice.

Conversation with MidAmerica Leaders
MidAmerica Region Board Members

Want to learn more about the MidAmerica Region, and what it means for your congregation? Join this conversation with Regional Board members! We plan to listen to your suggestions and respond to your questions.

From Anger to Action
Rev. Daniel Charles Davis and Gail S. Davis

Music can release our anger, then give us focus and strength for the struggles of the day. Through music and discussion we help people move from anger to action. Note: The music is loud and our performance is at times very angry. It may frighten small children. There is shouting, but no cursing.

Transforming the World through Congregation-Based Spiritual Direction
Rev. Phil Lund, MidAmerica Congregational Life Consultant, and Rev. Sue Sinnamon

One of the greatest challenges facing progressive congregations in the 21st century is learning to serve the growing number of people who identify as spiritual but not religious. This workshop will explore how congregation-based spiritual direction can do just that by transforming individuals, their communities and the world.

Bloomington: zExhibitors

If you are interested in having an exhibit table, you need to complete an application form and pay the appropriate exhibit fee. Exhibitors who want to participate in any part of the Conference (such as listen to a speaker, attend a workshop, or have a conference meal) must also register for the Conference.

Information for Potential Exhibitors

Exhibits will be open Saturday, April 12, from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Exhibitors will be notified after March 31, whether their application has been accepted. If the application is not accepted, the fee will be refunded.

MidAmerica Region UUA (MARUUA) reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to dismiss, prohibit, or evict any exhibit or exhibitor that does not conform to the dignity and general business character of the MidAmerica Regional Assembly or to the stated principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Fees for Exhibit Tables

Organization

Cost of basic table

MidAmerica Region UUA committees **

complimentary *

Exhibits sponsored by member congregations of MidAmerica Region UUA and approved by the congregation's governing board.

$20

All others

$20

* MARUUA committees will need to specify a form of payment at checkout even though the basic tables are complimentary. Please click the box for payment by check and then click continue.

** MARUUA committees are those created by the MARUUA Board or Staff with members appointed by the Regional President or Congregational Life Consultants.

If you have any questions, please contact bloomington@midamericauua.org

Topeka: An Overview

In the fertile heartland of America -- how do we actively address:

• hunger • inequality • immigration • healthcare • violence • democratic reforms • gender equality • environment •

What does justice mean to us as individuals and as congregations?

How can we improve our ability to address justice issues?

REGISTER FOR TOPEKA NOW

HIGHLIGHTS

Events take place at Topeka Ramada Hotel and Convention Center and at Brown v. Board of Education Historical Site

April 11, Friday

Social Justice WorkshopCivil Rights and Your Congregation”held at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. Review of the film, The Powerbroker with discussion and tour of site.

Opening ceremony with banner parade, chalice lighting, song festival, UU history of Kansas, vespers service

Video welcome from UUA President Peter Morales

Social gatherings for

April 12, Saturday

The Judy Lecture, "Reclaiming Our Liberal Heritage and Embracing Our Hunger for Justice" will be presented live in Topeka by the Rev. Dr. Paul Rasor. The talk will be live streamed to the other locations.

Paul Rasor is Director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Wesleyan College. Paul has a wide-ranging background that includes religion, law and music. He holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Ph.D. in the study of religion from Harvard, as well as a law degree (J.D.) and a music degree (B. Mus.) from the University of Michigan. He is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, and has served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Arlington MA and Lexington, MA, near Boston.

Workshops on literacy, sustainability, torture, equality, immigration, women's empowerment, nonviolence, reproductive justice and much more

Live-streamed regional business meeting including delegates from all four assembly sites

More group singing and a worship service highlighting the sermon contest winner

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision that separate public schools based on race were unconstitutional.
Adults can sign-up for a self-guided tour of the site as one of the workshop options—transportation will be provided.
Children and youth will have separate age-appropriate educational tours of the site—transportation will be provided.

 Reflect and Connect Activities: All-conference Choir, DREs and RE gathering, small church solutions, Love of Earth Mother, Meditation and Hatha Yoga.

Social Action Event: March from Ramada Inn Convention Center to State Capitol for Anti-Bullying Rally. We “Hunger for Justice” for those who lost their lives to bullying and call for social change. Highlighting Rainbow Equality House and Planting Peace in the face of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church campaigns of hatred.

April 13, Sunday

Worship service with all-conference choir

LOCATION

Topeka Ramada Hotel and Convention Center

420 Southeast 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66607

I-70 at W. Exit 362B-E. 361B

785-234-5400

Topeka: 2014 Sermon Contest

2014 MidAmerica Regional Assembly in Topeka

Sermon Contest now Open for Entries!

The planning committee for the Topeka location of the 2014 MidAmerica Regional Assembly is now accepting submissions for the annual sermon contest. (Heartland District Chapter of the UU Ministers Association will be holding a separate sermon contest for sermons to be delivered at the Ann Arbor and Bloomington locations of the Regional Assembly.)

Terms

The contest winner will have the honor of delivering their sermon in person during the Saturday evening intergenerational worship service at the 2014 MidAmerica Regional Assembly on April 12, in Topeka, Kansas. The winning sermon will also be available electronically on the UUA MidAmerica Region website for interested congregations to use on Assembly Sunday. The contest winner will receive a free registration to the Regional Assembly in Topeka and accommodation at the conference hotel. (Travel expenses not included. There is no cash prize.)

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Topeka: Children's Program

For children ages K to 6th grade

We will be completing the Junior Ranger Program at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site and visiting the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center.

A full-size bus will be provided to transport children safely to and from the various sites during the day. Because of transportation costs and entry fees, a nominal charge for the program will be made.

The Brown v. Board Site is housed in the former Monroe Elementary School, which was built in 1926 as a segregated African American school. The school was closed in the 1970s but was reopened as a National Historic Site in 2004 on the fiftieth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision. Children will be guided through the site by a National Park Ranger and complete activities to earn the Junior Ranger Badge and Certificate.

Since opening in 2011, the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center has become a special place where children can explore, create, discover and learn through play. The Discovery Center engages children and families in “serious fun”through hands-on exhibits, daily programs, special events and other exciting learning opportunities throughout the year. The Discovery Center's building is nestled within 4.5 wooded acres of Topeka's Gage Park, providing numerous opportunities for outdoor exploration and discovery. Guests of the Discovery Center can learn and play in a safe and fun educational environment.

Children's Program will run from 8:30 AM to noon and 1:00 to 5:30 PM on Saturday. Children must be registered by March 15, 2014.

For children ages infants to pre-kindergarten
There will be childcare for children ages infants to pre-kindergarten.
To participate children must be registered by March 15, 2014.

Childcare will be available:
Friday 6:30 to 9:45 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM to noon and 1:00 to 5:30 PM
Sunday 9:15 to 11:00 AM

Topeka: DRUMM and ARE Mixer

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel & Convention Center

420 SE 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66607

Parlor room C

DRUUMM and Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) are hosting a mixer from 5-7pm just before conference starts. This is a chance to get together and network with members across the region. Participation is free. Come if you're a member of either organization or would like to learn more about either organization.

Topeka: Fees

Regional Assembly Topeka KS

Early Registration Fee
until March 15
Regular Registration Fee
until March 31
Walk in (on-site)
Adults $ 175.00 $ 200.00 $ 200.00 without meals
Young Adults $ 150.00 $ 175.00 $ 175.00 without meals
Youth (13-18) * $ 100.00 $ 100.00 NA
Elementary (6-12 yr) * $ 100.00 $ 100.00 NA
Children (infant-5 years) * $ 100.00 $ 100.00 NA

* includes childcare (for infant to 5 years), child programming (for elementary age), or youth programming (for age 13 to 18)

Topeka: Friday Social Justice

"Civil Rights and Your Congregation"
Noon to 5 p.m., April 11, 2014

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

1515 SE Monroe St., Topeka, KS 66612

Cost: $15

Organizer: Shawna Foster, Intern Minister for the Church of the Larger Fellowship (A UU Congregation without Walls clfuu.org)

Noon: Network! Bring your own lunch and connect with other SJ leaders from across the region. Find out what others congregations are doing and what resources they're utilizing to have maximum impact in your own congregation.

1 p.m.: Civil rights leader Whitney Young was a member of the First Unitarian Church of Omaha. A new film, The Powerbroker, documents this powerful figure's approach to social justice. Learn from the "Martin Luther King, Jr. of Business" by watching the film and participating in a workshop about his successful methods.

3:30 p.m.: The Brown v. Board of Education landmark ruling had many years of coalition building before the win, and continues to affect the United States' civil rights landscape to this day. Find out how movements are strengthened and what we can do today to continue the legacy of anti-racism.

DRUUMM* Scholarships

People of color who are members of Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM), or are interested in becoming a member of DRUUMM, are eligible to have their conference fee paid for by DRUUMM. Limited funds are available on a first-come, first serve basis. To apply, one must be a member of DRUUMM and select "send payment registration by check" during registration for the MidAmerica Regional Assembly 2014 Topeka meeting. Once an applicant has completed their registration on the MidAmerica website, contact DRUUMM to have them mail a check to MidAmerica. Contact DRUUMM

*What's DRUUMM? Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition, and DRUUMM is a welcoming spiritual and cultural home for People of Color and White Latin@s. If you are not a member but are eligible, go to druumm.org and become a member today!

DRUUMM and ARE Mixer

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel & Convention Center

420 SE 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66607, Parlor room C

DRUUMM and Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) are hosting a mixer from 5-7pm just before conference starts. This is a chance to get together and network with members across the region. Participation is free. Come if you're a member of either organization or would like to learn more about either organization.

Register for the Workshop Now!

Topeka: Music

Ann Zimmerman

Ann is a Kansas singer-songwriter who will be with us for most of the assembly. She is a familiar musical voice to many Kansans and has provided entertainment and inspiration at local UU events. She will be writing our theme song and teaching it to assembly attendees, leading group singing on Saturday night after dinner and providing a workshop titled “Songwriting for Justice and Other Occasions.” You can find more information about Ann and her music at www.annzimmerman.com.

Theme Song

Ann Zimmerman has been commissioned to produce an assembly theme song around the Hunger for Justice concept. This song will be sung many different times – at the opening ceremony, at each meal and during worship events. Ann has given permission for the theme song to be used without further costs at other UU worship services or UU-related events.

Song & Music Festival

Past conference participants wanted an increased opportunity to sing together. The Topeka Assembly music team is working hard to incorporate more singing and music experiences into the assembly. We will have a song festival with group singing on Friday night as part of the opening ceremony, the theme song will be sung throughout the conference, a couple of music-related workshops are available on Saturday, Ann Zimmerman will perform on Saturday night after dinner and music will be a part of every worship service.

Assembly Choir

The all-conference choir is open to anyone and will be directed by Michael Oldfather from UU Fellowship of Manhattan, Kansas; Susan Harper from Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence; and Dave Simmons of Shawnee Mission UU Church. Choir practice will occur Saturday evening during “Reflect & Connect” time and after breakfast on Sunday morning. The choir will perform three beautiful and moving pieces on Sunday morning to enhance the “Hunger for Justice” theme of the worship service: "Alleluia for Our Time" by Jay Althouse; "Imbakwa," [in Swahili] by Jim Papoulis; and "I Sing Out" by Mark Hayes. The accompanist for the choir and the Sunday service is Slawomir Dobrzanski, Associate Professor of Pianoforte at Kansas State University, and member of the Manhattan UU Fellowship. Singers and audience members will thoroughly enjoy his musical contributions to the worship service.

Uncle Bo’s

Uncle Bo’s Blues Bar is located in the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center where the assembly is being held. Uncle Bo’s provides live music on Friday and Saturday nights and will be available to those who want further musical entertainment after the evening program. For more information, visit www.unclebos.com.

Topeka: Ramada Hotel

Topeka Ramada Hotel and Convention Center

420 Southeast 6th Ave
Topeka, KS 66607
I-70 at W. Exit 362B-E. 361B
785-234-5400

Located in the heart of Topeka, just steps away from the Capital City’s downtown landmarks, and with easy access to I-70, the Topeka Ramada and Convention Center will welcome the Topeka Assembly of the MidAmerica Region UUA Conference in April 2014. The Ramada offers over 250 newly remodeled guest rooms with free wireless Internet access. Complimentary amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, plenty of parking space and Uncle Bo’s Blues Bar, with live blues music on Friday and Saturday nights. Further information about the hotel can be found at www.topekaramada.com.

Staying at the Conference Hotel

We understand that hotel room cost is an issue for all of us and we do our best to keep the costs of this assembly as low as possible without sacrificing quality. As is the case for any conference or assembly, room rates we negotiated with the Ramada are based upon an estimated number of rooms to be utilized and services used. In exchange, we receive complimentary meeting space and other perks that would otherwise cost the organization a considerable sum of money and make registration fees much higher. If we do not fulfill our room block obligations at the Ramada, we risk significant financial penalties. The local arrangements committee has negotiated an attractive room rate for the assembly and attendees are encouraged to stay at the conference hotel.

How to Reserve a Room
The nightly hotel room rate is $81 plus taxes.

If you want to make reservations directly with the hotel, you can call 785-234-5400 and inform the reservation clerk that you are attending the MidAmerica Regional Assembly.

This rate is good up to the start of the Assembly. The rooms reserved will be released one week before the Assembly so availability will be based on whether there is a room available.

How to Get to Topeka and the Ramada Hotel

Topeka is readily accessed by car, train or plane.

By Car: The Ramada Hotel and Convention Center is conveniently located next to I-70 in downtown Topeka with easy access and plenty of parking. Topeka is 60 miles from Kansas City, 320 miles from St. Louis, 250 miles from Des Moines and 500 miles from Minneapolis.

By Train: The Amtrak Southwest Chief runs to and from Chicago - Los Angeles with daily stops in Topeka. Going southwest from Chicago, it arrives in Topeka at 12:30am and going northwest toward Chicago, it departs from Topeka at 5:00am. Visit Amtrak.com for more details. The train station is only a short distance from the Ramada Hotel.

By Plane: Routine air travel is available to Kansas City International Airport and air service recently started to Topeka Regional Airport with United commuter flights to and from Chicago twice a day. See United.com for details about Topeka flights. Shuttle service or a rental car will be necessary for the 80-mile drive from the Kansas City airport to Topeka.

Things to Do in Topeka

Kansas Museum of History

Kansas State Capitol

Visit Topeka

Topeka attractions

Great Overland Station

Topeka: Reflect and Connect

Note: Reflect & Connect Activities will occur on Saturday, April 12 from 5:30 to 6:30pm

R&C01. All-Conference Choir

Practice session for the all-conference choir. The choir will be part of the Sunday morning worship service and is open to anyone who wants to share the gift of music.

R&C02. An Open Gathering of DRE's and RE Teachers: Sharing Rainbows

Bonnie Blosser of the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, Kansas and Rev. Judith Cady of All Souls UU Church of Kansas City, Missouri will lead this session. They will begin with a discussion of the Social Witness March and move to an open discussion of successful social action projects that participants have had in their congregations. This will be followed by a sharing of general RE programming successes and offer ideas on how to continue to build a strong collaborative culture among our MidAmerica Region DRE's.

R&C03. Small Church Solutions

Small churches often require creative strategies to survive. Jacob Kipp and Jennifer Donnelly will share how the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, Kansas figured out a creative way to share office staff with another nonprofit organization. Please join the conversation and let's chat about the unique needs of small congregations and how we can succeed.

R&C04. For Love of the Earth Mother

Assembly is always an intense experience, so come spend an hour with Amanda Thomas (UU Fellowship of Topeka) pleasantly working on regaining a little balance through some pagan/earth based practices such as chanting, group movement, and discussion.

R&C05. Meditation

Come join us for relaxing and refreshing meditation at the end of the day! We will gather in a room with chairs. If you prefer to sit on the floor with a mat and cushion please bring your own. We will likely have a mix of experienced and first-time meditators so we will have some brief explanations of silent sitting meditation, walking meditation and guided meditation. The format will be about 20-25 minutes of silent sitting meditation, 10-15 minutes of walking meditation, and then some guided meditation. The facilitator is Charles Fantz, UU Fellowship of Topeka.

R&C06. Hatha Yoga

An hour of gentle hatha yoga led by Bill Lucero and Allan Foster of the UU Fellowship of Topeka will help you get grounded and relaxed, and work out those sore and tight muscles that can be a natural part of life at an Assembly. No experience required. Bill and Allan have both taught and led weekly yoga classes for over 20 years.

Topeka: Schedule

FRIDAY, APRIL 11

 
Start Time End Time Activity
1200pm 1pm Social Justice Workshop Registration & Networking (Brown v Board NHS)
1pm 5pm Workshop: Civil Rights and Your Congregation (Brown v Board of Education NHS)
5pm 7pm DRUUMM/ARE Gathering
4pm 8pm Onsite Check-in, Registration, Delegate Sign-In
4pm 6pm Reception for donors to "Friends of MidAmerica Region" program (by invitation only)
4pm 6pm Exhibitor Set-up
630pm 945pm Childcare (infant to pre-K)
7pm 10pm Opening Celebration
    Welcome
    Banner Parade
    Chalice Lighting
    Welcome from Peter Morales, UUA President
    Kansas UU History
    Theme Song
    Song Festival
   

Vesper Service

10pm 12midnight Youth Gathering
10pm Until Uncle Bo's Blues Bar (www.unclebos.com)
    Young Adult Gathering
     

SATURDAY, APRIL 12

 
730am Noon Onsite Check-in, Registration, Delegate Sign-In
7am 815am Breakfast (buffet)
7am 815am Minister's Breakfast Meeting
8am 6pm Bookstore and Exhibits Open
830am Noon Programming for Children (K to 6th grade)
830am Noon Childcare (infant to pre-K)
845am 1030am Youth Program (Brown v Board NHS)
845am 900am Welcome, Announcements, Theme Song, Light Chalice
9am 1015am Arthur M. Judy Memorial Lecture (Keynote Address) - Dr. Paul Rasor, Virginia Wesleyan College, "Reclaiming Our Liberal Heritage and Embracing Our Hunger for Justice"
1015am 1030am BREAK
1030am 1145am MidAmerica Region UUA Business Meeting
1030am 1145am Workshops - Session A (during Annual Business Meeting)
1030am 1145am Tour of Brown v Board National Historic Site (option for Workshop A)
Noon 1pm Lunch (buffet), Announcements, Theme Song
1pm 530pm Programming for Children (K to 6th grade)
1pm 530pm Childcare (infant to pre-K)
130pm 245pm Workshops - Session B
130pm 245pm Tour of Brown v Board NHS (option for Workshop B)
245pm 300pm BREAK
300pm 315pm Gather for Social Justice Action Event
3pm 530pm Social Justice Action Event
3pm 415pm Workshop - Session C
530pm 630pm Reflect & Connect Activities
530pm 630pm All-Conference Choir Practice
6pm 7pm Exhibitors remove exhibits
630pm 745pm Dinner (sit-down)
745pm 815pm Group Singing (Ann Zimmerman)
815pm 915pm Intergenerational Worship
930pm 12midnight Youth Gathering
930pm until Uncle Bo's Blues Bar (www.unclebos.com)
    Young Adult Gathering
     

SUNDAY, APRIL 13

 
730am 845am >Breakfast (buffet)
8am 9am All-Conference Choir Rehearsal
915am 11am Childcare (infant to pre-K)
930am 1045am Closing Worship
1115am 1230pm Debrief Meeting (conference planning team)

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

(see separate workshop descriptions & presenters)

 Workshop A (1030-1145am during Annual Business Meeting)

A-01. Tour of Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

A-02. Inclusive Religious Education

A-03. HIV is Not a Crime

A-04. Cool Congregations

A-05. Genre Benders: Putting Music in Your Readings & Words to Your Music

A-06. Restorative Justice: A Hopeful Alternative to Conventional Punishment

A-07. Strengthening our Public Prophetic Voice

A-08. Stories from the Frontlines: Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence

A-09. Hunger for Justice in Israel/Palestine

Workshop B (130-245pm)

B-01. Tour of Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

B-02. Beyond the Predictable Potluck

B-03. Bringing Midwest Leadership School Home

B-04. Fighting for Reproductive Justice in Hostile Territory

B-05. Nurturing a Partner Church Relationship as a Social Justice Issue

B-06. Unitarian Universalism Made Real: Effective International Peace Action

B-07. Songwriting for Justice and Other Occasions

B-08. cancelled

B-09. The Death Penalty - Advocating for Repeal

B-10. Harry Potter Justice Camp
Workshop C (300-415pm, during the Social Action Event)
C-01. Doing the Work of a UU History & Heritage Committee

Reflect & Connect (530-630pm)
R&C-01. All-Conference Choir Practice
R&C-02. Open Gathering of DREs & Teachers: Sharing Rainbows
R&C-03. Small Church Solutions
R&C-04. For Love of the Earth Mother
R&C-05. Meditation
R&C-06. Hatha Yoga

Topeka: Social Action Event

Anti-bullying demonstration

As Unitarian Universalists we feel driven to fight for social justice. Discrimination is perhaps one of the most harmful bullying tactics in the world today. Denying equal rights and treatment for individuals based on race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation is a continued form of bullying seen in our world today. As Unitarian Universalists our ultimate goal is to empower others to act in peaceful demonstration to end bullying.

Saturday April 12: March from the Ramada Hotel to the State Capitol Building.

All are encouraged to wear your Standing on the Side of Love shirts to symbolize our religious stance on equality and love.
We will carry signs with messages supporting anti-bullying efforts and balloons with the names of children who have taken their own lives because of bullying.

At the Capitol Building speakers will address bullying in today’s world, calling us to action to end bullying, to end discrimination and to support peace and love.

The Social Action will be videotaped. This video can be used to motivate others to Stand on the Side of Love and peacefully demonstrate to support anti-bullying efforts.

Topeka: Workshops

Workshop ‘A’ will occur on Saturday, April 12 from 10:30 to 11:45am

NOTE: If you attend the MidAmerica Region UUA Business Meeting, you will NOT be able to attend a workshop in the morning

A01. Tour of Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site commemorates the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended racial segregation in America's public schools. Visit the interactive museum housed at one of the Topeka elementary schools involved in the decision, which helped launch the modern civil rights movement. Transportation will be provided by shuttle bus between the hotel and Historic Site.

A02. Inclusive Religious Education: Curriculum Planning & Classroom Strategies for Meaningful Participation of All Children

Barbara Thompson & Michelle Iwig-Harmon

Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, Kansas

Inclusive RE programs welcome all children and successfully include children with disabilities. This workshop will share instructional planning strategies for inclusive RE curriculum that are grounded on principles of the Universal Design of Learning (UDL), a research-based framework for planning curriculum designed to meet the needs of diverse learners.

A03. HIV is not a Crime

Mark Kassis & Terry Lowman, UU Fellowship of Ames, Iowa

In most states, it's a crime to have consensual, safe sex if you are HIV+ and don't tell your partner. These draconian laws create shame and discourage people from HIV testing in the first place. This workshop illustrates the human and public health cost of these stigmatizing laws, and will help you organize for their repeal.

A04. Cool Congregations: A Toolkit to Reduce your Congregation's Carbon Footprint

Stuart Yoho, UU Fellowship of Topeka, Kansas and Rabbi Moti Rieber, Interfaith Power & Light

Cool Congregations is a program developed by the Interfaith Power & Light organization to address global warming. Congregations and individuals can measure the carbon output of their activities and see it in relation to other faith communities. Households can measure their achievements against their friends and neighbors. The program provides suggested resources for carbon-cutting activities and allows the footprint to be tracked as reductions are made.

A05. Genre Benders! Putting Music in Your Readings and Words to Your Music

Jim Coppoc, UU Fellowship of Ames, Iowa

Too often, we see our orders of service as lists of discrete elements ― readings, hymns, sermons, special music, etc. that fall into the same discrete genres every Sunday. With the exception of the occasional chant or meditation, these genres never cross. The risk is that worship can sometimes become "a sermon and a show" instead of an integrated whole. This workshop will help you build a service of integrated media and modalities in such a way that the music and the message become one and the same.

A06. Restorative Justice: A Hopeful Alternative to Conventional Punishment

Rev. Thea Nietfeld & Joanne Katz, UU Fellowship of Salina, Kansas

Restorative justice emphasizes making the victim whole, healing relationships to the best extent possible, and holding the person who caused harm directly accountable. UUs concerned about the crime and punishment system can promote and engage in alternative approaches.

A07. Strengthening Our Public Prophetic Voice

Rev. Paul Rasor, Virginia Wesleyan College

We speak prophetically when we take a public stance for justice, bringing our UU values to bear on existing injustices and offering a better way. This workshop will build on ideas in the Judy Memorial Lecture and explore how we can strengthen our prophetic practice by being more intentional about its religious basis.

A08. Stories from the Frontlines: Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence

Laura Burton & Teresa Ramirez, UU Fellowship of Topeka, Kansas

Immigrant victims of domestic violence face a number of barriers when seeking help. In Topeka, collaboration between the YWCA and Washburn University Law School helps them find safety and legal status. This workshop features advocates and survivors sharing their stories of overcoming abuse and finding safety.

A09. Hunger for Justice in Israel/Palestine

Rev. Bruce Johnson, UU Congregation of Duluth, Minnesota

This workshop will be a description of the 2013 trip to Israel/Palestine sponsored by Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East. Illustrated by slides and including handouts, the workshop will introduce participants to a complex and conflicted issue, and provide possible avenues for action.

Workshops ‘B’ will occur on Saturday, April 12 from 1:30 to 2:45pm

B01. Tour of Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site commemorates the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended racial segregation in America's public schools. Visit the interactive museum housed at one of the Topeka elementary schools, which helped launch the modern civil rights movement. Transportation will be provided by shuttle bus between the hotel and Historic Site.

B02. Beyond the Predictable Potluck: How to Make Memorable Fellowship Events

Robin Taylor, First UU Church of Rochester, Minnesota

Successful Fellowship programs need to offer ways for introverts and extroverts alike to make lasting church friends. Learn from our success and failures at First UU in Rochester, MN, and come ready to share your own ideas! Participants will go home with ideas for having fun and strengthening bonds within their own congregations.

B03. Bringing Midwest Leadership School Home

Carol Eades Delnevo, Valerie Roper, & Rebecca Gant, Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, Kansas

Learn the "how's" and "why's" of bringing the MWLS experience home to your congregation. At Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, MWLS graduates offer "Leadership 101," a weekend retreat for current and future congregational leaders. We will share our experience, provide sample materials, and participate in some "Leadership 101" activities together.

B04. Fighting for Reproductive Justice in Hostile Territory

Michael Moeder & Julie Burkhart, Trust Women, Wichita, Kansas

Four years after the assassination of Dr. George Tiller, Julie Burkhart, founder and director of Trust Women, opened up the South Wind Women's Center, a full-spectrum reproductive health clinic that provides abortion care. Despite fervent opposition to the clinic's opening, South Wind is operational and has treated over a thousand patients. Julie will speak about the trials and tribulations of fighting for reproductive justice in hostile territory.

B05. Nurturing a Partner Church Relationship as a Social Justice Issue

Mary Kathryn Wallace & Barbara Robinson, UU Society of Iowa City, Iowa

Relationships with partner churches offer hands-on opportunities for social justice work. Members of our Transylvanian partner church lived under Communism until 1989 and still struggle to live with democracy and capitalism. Nurturing a relationship requires you to respect your partner's leaders, who are as sensitive, intelligent, and ambitious as you.

B06. Unitarian Universalism Made Real: Effective International Peace Action

Shawna Foster, First Unitarian Church of Omaha, Nebraska

Worldwide peace seems an impossible goal. Yet, our congregations are doing just that through International Bridges to Justice, an organization founded by UU minister Rev. Karen Tse. Learn how one-on-one relationships across countries can build up the world and prevent conflict. This interactive workshop shows the way our profound faith shapes the world when peace seems unattainable.

B07. Songwriting for Justice and Other Occasions

Ann Zimmerman, A-Z Music, Salina, Kansas

How do you turn a wish into a song? Participants will turn their ideas into words and notes by analyzing simple, familiar songs for their structure, rhythm, rhyme, and word choice ― then write new songs in large and small groups. No embarrassment here, just a creative challenge. Ann is a Kansas singer-songwriter (www.annzimmerman.com) who will be sharing her musical talents throughout the conference.

B08. cancelled

B09. The Death Penalty: Advocating for Repeal

Kristin Bollig & Bill Lucero, UU Fellowship of Topeka, Kansas

The workshop will explore several issues related to the death penalty including wrongful convictions, the experince of murder victims’ families, the cost to society, and the inconsistent application of the death penalty. Through interactive activities, case studies, and group discussion, attendees will learn how to become advocates for repeal of the death penalty.

B10. Harry Potter Justice Camp

Rev. Judith Cady, All Souls UU Church of Kansas City, Missouri

Create your own justice-making camp for the children/youth of your congregation and the wider community. With robes, wands, Quidditch and more, you will learn to explore your own themes of social and environmental justice in an exciting and fun camp.

Workshop ‘C01’ will occur on Saturday, April 12 from 3:00 to 4:15pm.

NOTE: Although all conference attendees are encouraged to attend the Social Justice Action Event during this time period, workshop C01 is offered as an alternative

C01. Doing the Work of a UU History and Heritage Committee

Walt Wells & Carol Jackson, Former Prairie Star District History & Heritage Committee

Members of the former Prairie Star District History and Heritage Committee seek to connect with others in the MidAmerica Region who do (or would like to do) historical work. We will consider ways we can work together to record UU history and celebrate the heritage of congregations and Unitarian Universalism.

Topeka: Youth Program

(Note: All program activities and social events will occur at the Ramada Hotel & Convention Center except for the Saturday morning program at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site and the social action event at the Kansas State Capital on Saturday afternoon. Meals on Saturday and Sunday will be with other assembly attendees at the conference hotel.)

Friday, 11 April

7:00 to 10:00pm Opening Celebration
(Welcome, Banner Parade, Chalice Lighting, Song Festival and Vesper Service)
10:00pm to Midnight Youth Gathering & Coffee House

Saturday, 12 April

8:45am to 10:30am Youth program at Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site
(bus transportation to and from the site)
10:30am to 11:45am First Workshop Session (see Workshop A descriptions and register on-line)
1:30pm to 2:45pm Second Workshop Session (see Workshop B descriptions and register on-line)
3:00pm to 5:00pm Social Action Event (march to the State Capital for anti-bullying demonstration)
7:45pm to 9:15pm Group Singing with Ann Zimmerman & Intergenerational Worship Service
9:30pm to Midnight Youth Gathering and Coffee House 

Sunday, 13 April

9:30am to 10:45am  Closing Worship Service

All-Assembly Choir

For those youth interested in participating in the all-assembly choir, practice will occur on Saturday from 5:30 to 6:30pm and on Sunday from 8:00am to 9:00am.

Registration: Registration for the youth program is $100, which includes four meals at the conference hotel, all workshops and bus fees. Registration for the assembly and workshops is available at the MidAmerica Region UUA website.

More information: If you have questions or need more information about the youth program, contact Jon Metcalf (785-409-8679 or tbm26@yahoo.com)

Workshops of Particular Interest to Youth

First Workshop Session (Workshop A from 10:30am to 11:45am)

A04. Cool Congregations: A Toolkit to Reduce your Congregation's Carbon Footprint

Stuart Yoho, UU Fellowship of Topeka, Kansas & Rabbi Moti Rieber, Interfaith Power & Light

Cool Congregations is a program developed by the Interfaith Power & Light organization to address global warming. Congregations and individuals can measure the carbon output of their activities and see it in relation to other faith communities. Households can measure their achievements against their friends and neighbors. The program provides suggested resources for carbon-cutting activities and allows the footprint to be tracked as reductions are made.

A08. Stories from the Frontlines: Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence

Laura Burton & Teresa Ramirez, UU Fellowship of Topeka, Kansas

Immigrant victims of domestic violence face a number of barriers when seeking help. In Topeka, collaboration between the YWCA and Washburn University Law School helps them find safety and legal status. This workshop features advocates and survivors sharing their stories of overcoming abuse and finding safety.

A09. Hunger for Justice in Israel/Palestine

Rev. Bruce Johnson, UU Congregation of Duluth, Minnesota

This workshop will be a description of the 2013 trip to Israel/Palestine sponsored by Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East. Illustrated by slides and including handouts, the workshop will introduce participants to a complex and conflicted issue, and provide possible avenues for action.

Second Workshop Session (Workshop B from 1:30 to 2:45pm))

B06. Unitarian Universalism Made Real: Effective International Peace Action

Shawna Foster, First Unitarian Church of Omaha, Nebraska

Worldwide peace seems an impossible goal. Yet, our congregations are doing just that through International Bridges to Justice, an organization founded by UU minister Rev. Karen Tse. Learn how one-on-one relationships across countries can build up the world and prevent conflict. This interactive workshop shows the way our profound faith shapes the world when peace seems unattainable.

B07. Songwriting for Justice and Other Occasions

Ann Zimmerman, A-Z Music, Salina, Kansas

How do you turn a wish into a song? Participants will turn their ideas into words and notes by analyzing simple, familiar songs for their structure, rhythm, rhyme, and word choice ― then write new songs in large and small groups. No embarrassment here, just a creative challenge. Ann is a Kansas singer-songwriter (annzimmerman.com) who will be sharing her musical talents throughout the conference.

B10. Harry Potter Justice Camp

Rev. Judith Cady, All Souls UU Church of Kansas City, Missouri

Create your own justice-making camp for the children/youth of your congregation and the wider community. With robes, wands, Quidditch and more, you will learn to explore your own themes of social and environmental justice in an exciting and fun camp.

Topeka: Exhibitors

If you are interested in having an exhibit table, you need to complete an application form and pay the appropriate exhibit fee. Exhibitors who want to participate in any part of the Conference (such as listen to a speaker, attend a workshop, or have a conference meal) must also register for the Conference.

Information for Potential Exhibitors

Exhibits will be open Friday, April 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday, April 12, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Exhibitors will be notified after March 31, whether their application has been accepted. If the application is not accepted, the fee will be refunded.

MidAmerica Region UUA (MARUUA) reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to dismiss, prohibit, or evict any exhibit or exhibitor that does not conform to the dignity and general business character of the MidAmerica Regional Assembly or to the stated principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Fees for Exhibit Tables

Organization Cost of basic table
MidAmerica Region UUA committees ** complimentary *
Exhibits sponsored by member congregations of MidAmerica Region UUA and approved by the congregation's governing board. $20
All others $40

* MARUUA committees will need to specify a form of payment at checkout even though the basic tables are complimentary. Please click the box for payment by check and then click continue.

** MARUUA committees are those created by the MARUUA Board or Staff with members appointed by the Regional President or Congregational Life Consultants.

 What is Provided for Exhibits

Exhibits will be located in the Atrium of the Downtown Ramada Inn in Topeka, KS. Each exhibitor will be provided one 6-foot long table that will be skirted. Electricity is available for a limited number of tables upon request. If you need electricity, please indicate that on the application so that can be taken into consideration when placing your exhibit.

Set Up and Tear Down

Exhibitors can set up between 4-8 PM on Friday night, April 11, or beginning at 7 AM on Saturday morning, April 12. Exhibits should be taken down by 7 PM on Saturday. If you anticipate difficulty with any of these time frames, please contact Trisha Waggoner to discuss.

NOTE: The exhibits will be located in an unsecured area. If you have concerns about leaving your exhibit or items out on the table overnight, you may want to consider setting up on Saturday morning.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until March 31.

Wausau: An Overview

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Justice Workshops
  • Worship, sing together
  • Keynote address (Live Streamed Video): Rev. Dr. Paul Rasor, Reclaiming Our Liberal Heritage and Embracing Our Hunger for Justice
  • Community Social Action Event

Wausau: Fees

early bird adult $ 60
regular adult $ 80
on-site adult $100
early bird youth/young adults $ 50
regular youth/young adults $ 70
on-site youth/young adults $ 90
children (no childcare or children's programming available) $ 40

REGISTER NOW

Wausau: Locations

After checking in at the First Universalist Unitarian Church in Wausau, everyone will enjoy Opening Worship Friday night.

On Saturday, Registration will still be available at First UU Wausau and the Keynote speaker, and lunch at the Presbyterian church across the street. After lunch we'll reconvene at First UU Wausau for workshops and the rest of our day.
First Universalist Untarian Church of Wausau
504 Grant Street
Wausau, WI 54403
REGISTER NOW

Wausau: Lodging

Hotels in Wausau are being booked rapidly by another event.
You will need to call and ask to reserve one of the rooms from the block or group listed as shown below and then put your own name and credit card on the reservation.

This is the only hotel with reservations for rooms for two nights, Friday and Saturday, cannot be changed

Home Hospitality

Generous members of First UU Church of Wausau are offering Home Hospitality for Regional Assembly attendees. A $50 per room per night donation will go to the church. Please fill out the Request Form. Unless we contact you prior to the Assembly, Home Hospitality will be waiting for you. Please check in at the Home Hospitality table when you arrive. Requests will be taken only till APRIL 1.

Fairfield Inn & Suites, 7100 Stone Ridge Dr. Weston, WI 54476 phone: 715-241-8400 715-241-8400

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cwafi-fairfield-inn-and-suites-wausau/

10 rooms, one king bed each, BOOKED FOR 2 NIGHTS, Friday check-in / Sunday check-out

$98 each, per night.

Booked under Davenport – email Dori Thexton (dthexton@uua.org) if you have any trouble with the hotel front desk.

These hotels are all for just one night, Friday night only

Accessible rooms:

Hampton Inn, 615 S. 24th Ave. Wausau, WI 54401 Phone: 715-848-9700 715-848-9700

http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/wisconsin/hampton-inn-wausau-AUWWIHX/index.html

5 rooms booked, one king bed each $139 – THESE ARE ACCESSIBLE ROOMS

Need to use the confirmation number 83679120

Regular rooms:

Days Inn, 4700 Rib Mountain Dr. Wausau 54401 phone: 715-355-5501 715-355-5501

http://www.daysinn.com/hotels/wisconsin/wausau/days-inn-and-suites-wausau/hotel-overview

There are 12 rooms booked, one with 2 beds, all others with one queen size bed. Double room is $104; others are $79

Booked as Unitarian church group, must book by March 28 – rooms released then.

 La Quinta, 1910 Stewart Ave. Wausau 54401 phone: 715-842-0421 715-842-0421

http://www.laquintawausau.com/

9 rooms booked; 8 kings plus one with 2 beds, rates are from $99 - $110

Booked under Thexton – they must book by April 1 – rooms released then.

 Holiday Inn & Suites, 1000 Imperial Ave. Rothschild, WI 54474 phone: 715-355-1111 715-355-1111

http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/rothschild/wauwi/hoteldetail

22 rooms, one king bed each (with whirlpool!) at $119 each

Booked as Unitarian church group, must book by April 1 – rooms released then.

AmericInn, 3300 E. Main St. Merrill, WI 54452 Phone: 715-536-7979 715-536-7979

This is about 20 minutes north of Wausau.

http://www.americinn.com/Hotels/WI/Merrill

11 rooms booked, one with 2 beds - 10 with one king at $109 each

Booked as Unitarian church group – must book by April 1 – rooms released then.
REGISTER NOW

Wausau: Schedule

Friday, April 11

   
5:00 pm Registration opens  
7:30-9:00 PM Opening Ceremony at the UU Church in Wausau
  with local ministers, MidAmerica staff and board members  

Saturday, April 12

   
  all morning activities plus lunch except registration at the Presbyterian church across the street from UU Wausau  
7:00-8:30 AM Registration UU Wausau
  Display/exhibit tables UU Wausau
8:30 AM Worship Presbyterian
9:00 AM Keynote / live-streamed Presbyterian
10:15 Break  
10:30 Business meeting / live-streamed Presbyterian
12:00-1:15 Lunch Presbyterian
  these will be box lunches so people can take back to UU Wausau if they want; some tables will be set up there
1:30-2:45 Workshops UU Wausau
  all afternoon activities will be at UU Wausau
2:45 Break  
3:00-4:15 Social Justice Activity UU Wausau
4:15-5:00 Closing worship and good byes UU Wausau

More about the Wausau: Locations.

Wausau: Workshops

Conversation with MidAmerica Leaders

Want to learn more about the MidAmerica Region, and what it means for your congregation? Join this conversation with Regional Board members! We plan to listen to your suggestions and respond to your questions. Facilitated by Kathy Burek and Erin McElroy, members of the MidAmerica Region’s Board of Directors.

Bringing Worship to Life with Story

A well-told story has the power to touch hearts, transform lives, and inspire greater work for justice. Learn how to tell deeply affecting stories, whether reading, telling or preaching. Practice concrete methods for engaging your congregation while deepening their shared experience of worship. Suitable for novices to experienced tellers. Presented by Rev. Kristin Maier, author of A Good Telling: Bringing Worship to Life with Story, published by Skinner House Books.

Adult Enrichment Programs: Never Give Up!

Enticing adults to participate in programs outside of the service is, for a variety of reasons, no easy task. How do we reach adults with meaningful and engaging programs that not only promote interconnection but intra-connection as well? Presented by Richard Olson who has run several successful adult enrichment programs at UU Wausau.

Goodbye, Columbus: Reconsidering the Conquest of Turtle Island

Come learn about resources to educate your congregation on the UUA's repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery--including children's curriculum, worship materials, and public education possibilities. Presented by Rev. Armida Alexander, minister at All Souls Church UU, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Susan Randall, President at All Souls Church UU, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Facebook, Google Chat, Tweets and More: How Social Media Can Be Used Effectively in Unitarian Universalist Congregations

Today’s children, youth, and young adults have all grown up with social media and they expect to find it everywhere — even at church. Learn the best tools and how to use social media to attract new members and stay connected with current ones. Presented by Michelle Richards, credentialed religious educator, author, and congregational consultant.

Spiritual Practices – Explore New Ideas!

Join Steve Cooper, Religious Educator at the Dupage UU Congregation in Naperville, as he introduces many creative possibilities for spiritual practices. These ideas are great for all ages and can be used in worship services, family settings or individually.

Stewardship, Generosity and Fundraising

Are these terms interchangeable? Explore what these words really mean and how they impact your congregation’s pledge drive. Dori Davenport Thexton, MidAmerica Congregational Life Consultant, will share ideas from the Lake Institute of Philanthropy and their Religious Fundraising Programs. You’ll leave thinking about fundraising in a whole new way!

Conversation with Congregational Leaders, Board Presidents and Trustees

We want to hear how things are going in your congregation and how our MidAmerica Region staff can support the health and vitality of your religious community. Join Ian Evison, Lead Congregational Life Consultant of the MidAmerica staff team, to share your hopes, dreams and challenges and network with other congregational leaders from the Midwest.

Wausau: Exhibitors

If you are interested in having an exhibit table, you need to complete an application form and pay the appropriate exhibit fee. Exhibitors who want to participate in any part of the Assembly (such as listen to a speaker, attend a workshop, or have an Assembly meal) must also REGISTER for the WAUSAU ASSEMBLY.

Information for Potential Exhibitors

Exhibits will be open Friday, April 11, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday, April 12, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Exhibitors will be notified after March 31, whether their application has been accepted. If the application is not accepted, the fee will be refunded.

MidAmerica Region UUA (MARUUA) reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to dismiss, prohibit, or evict any exhibit or exhibitor that does not conform to the dignity and general business character of the MidAmerica Regional Assembly or to the stated principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Fees for Exhibit Tables

Organization Cost of basic table
MidAmerica Region UUA committees ** complimentary *
Exhibits sponsored by member congregations of MidAmerica Region UUA and approved by the congregation's governing board. $20
All others $20

* MARUUA committees will need to specify a form of payment at checkout even though the basic tables are complimentary. Please click the box for payment by check and then click continue.

** MARUUA committees are those created by the MARUUA Board or Staff with members appointed by the Regional President or District Executives.

The Rev. Dr. Paul Rasor

Paul Rasor

Judy Lecture Speaker

Regional Assembly 2014 Photos