A Warm Invitation

Have you ever found yourself wondering what the future may look like for your congregation?

Do you feel sometimes as if everything’s uncertain and you have no idea how to get from point A to point B?

Are you longing to gather with your siblings in Christ across the Conference, and spend some time hearing how others have endured the pandemic?

Is your heart heavy thinking about the killing of George Floyd & Daunte Wright, and do you want to be part of creating change?

Are you a pastor who wants time to think with clergy peers about how to lead through this time filled with so many questions & possibilities?

If you answered “YES!” to any of the above questions, I strongly encourage you to register for our Annual Meeting, June 7-13.  We have four days of amazing workshops with topics sure to interest you, keynote speaker Susan Beaumont who can perfectly speak to this moment of change and uncertainty, and a phenomenal Sunday preacher, Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson, who serves as one of our national UCC officers and will inspire and challenge us.

In addition, clergy have an opportunity to gather on Friday morning for a seminar specially designed for them with Susan Beaumont – free for those registered for Annual Meeting! And I’ll deliver my State of the Conference address, “How is it with our Souls?,” on Friday evening, reflecting on how we as a Conference of congregations have navigated this unparalleled last year.

We’ll hear updates on the Damascus Project and Outdoor Ministries, & be greeted by the new Interim President of United Theological Seminary, Rev. Dr. Molly Marshall. We will also elect new leaders of the Conference and ask for your approval of a proposed budget for the next fiscal year. And it’s all virtual, so you don’t have to travel or leave your own comfy beds!

Please make sure your congregation is represented as we gather as the wider church, in blessed communion together. It’s never been more obvious that we can’t make this journey of being Church alone. We need each other. We’re stronger when we travel side by side.

See you at Annual Meeting!

Blessings,
Reverend Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister