Southeast Association
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Rev. Leanne Rose Ordained!
A wonderful worship and celebration was held at Plymouth UCC in Milwaukee on January 24th as Leanne Rose was ordained to ministry within the United Church Of Christ. Friends gathered via zoom from around the world to celebrate and affirm her call to ministry.
The Guest House of Milwaukee is one of our Supported Ministries.

UCM at UWM
As the year 2021 begins, University Christian Ministries (UCM) enthusiastically continues to find various creative ways to ministry to the UW-Milwaukee community! Covid 19 has curtail many of our personal programs and outreach and students have been primarily studying on-line. But we are hopeful about the months to come and continue to make plans for this year! UCM is a joint campus ministry of several protestant denominations including the United Church of Christ.

Our Vision: Celebrating the inclusive and comprehensive love of God as expressed through Jesus Christ for all in the UW-Milwaukee community.

Our Mission: Providing authentic companionship and dynamic experiences that nourish the minds, bodies, souls, and spirits of participants in the UW-Milwaukee community in their journeys of life and faith,

Our Values: Exhibiting the extravagant hospitality and inclusiveness of the gospel of Jesus Christ as it seeks to encompass the diversity of all God’s beloved people. We seek to practice justice, show mercy, and walk humbly with God.

Employing UWM students to assist with meal preparations, we are presently providing carryout meals to food insecure university students as they continue their education during this pandemic. In addition, our 3-bedroom apartment houses student interns who assist with our programs. We are now accepting applications for next fall. 

If you know of students currently attending UWM, or will in the future, share information about our UCM house and ministry. Supporting our programs with your prayers and financial gifts is deeply appreciated. We give thanks to the Southeast Association United Church of Christ for their continued financial gift in support of this outreach ministry. Spreading the word about how your denomination is making a difference in the lives of UWM students and community helps to empowers our future.

Financial support from individuals and local congregations is always welcomed! You can contribute to UCM online at
using PayPal, or checks can be made out to “UCM” and sent to:
University Christian Ministries
2211 E. Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53211

For more information, visit our website at http://ucm-uwm.org/

In Christ,
Rev. Alan McCallister -UCM Minister and Executive Director
Southeast Association
Retired Clergy Zoom Event
January 28, 2021
We have scheduled a Southeast Association Retired Clergy Zoom Event on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 1:00pm.
 
Rev. Fred Trost will be our special guest.
 
Topic: SEA Retired Clergy Event 1.28.2021
Time: Jan 28, 2021 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
 
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Meeting ID: 833 3376 5556 Passcode: 275128

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Companions in Ministry Cohort Forming
Companions in Ministry (CiM) is an ecumenical support program for Christian pastors and ordained deacons in southeastern Wisconsin. Sponsored by Marquette University, the program offers four cohorts, and is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Forty-three pastors from various denominations are involved at this time.

CiM engages pastors in retreat days; plenary sessions; spiritual accompaniment; small group discussions about clergy well-being and resiliency; self-assessment; and the “Shared Inquiry” methodology. In addition to their self-care, participants explore topics such as leading congregations during a pandemic; racial justice; serving multiple congregations; serving multi-cultural congregations; leading small congregations; serving in specialized ministries; bi-vocational pastors; female pastors and seasoned pastors. Small ecumenical groups are the key to the Companions program (they meet virtually during COVID-19). 

Expenses are fully-funded and participants receive a stipend upon completing the two year program. Cohort Four begins on April 20, 2021. Pastors are asked to apply by March 20: https://www.marquette.edu/companions-ministry/
These upcoming webinars can help fuel your 2021 Generosity program. Check them out!

What’s Next: Best Practices for Financial Sustainability - An Orientation for Lay Leaders
February 4, 5:30 pm
For Treasurers, Financial Secretaries, and Stewardship Chairs

This webinar reviews basic aspects of the treasurer, financial secretary, and stewardship chair roles. Please complete the Congregational Economic Evaluation (CEE) Survey from CARDD before the webinar. The CEE Survey will inform our conversation. We focus on how to organize and lead an effective year-around practice of storytelling (or testimonials) related to generosity, effective ways to record and thank donors for their gifts, and creating a “financial dashboard” to help fellow board members understand the finances of the congregation. 
 

Cultivating Generous Congregations Seminar - Webinar in 6 sessions
Feb 9 – Apr 27

Stewardship in any season can be stressful for pastors. It can feel awkward, unspiritual. The Cultivating Generous Congregations Seminar for pastors and lay leaders offers an opportunity to explore faithful, practical, and tested ways for promoting generosity in our congregations. We will draw on current research, seek guidance from the wisdom of scripture, and discuss the best practices in church-based fundraising. 
 
This seminar will help pastors and leaders engage generosity as a spiritual practice, and will improve the “bottom line” of your congregation – mission and ministry. Six online sessions run on Tuesdays at 5:30-7:00 pm, from Feb. 9th through Apr. 27th, and will be taught by the Rev. Andrew Warner, Wisconsin Conference Director of Development and the Rev. Andy DeBraber, Generosity Officer of the national setting. Between class sessions, Andy and Andrew will provide materials to help you analyze the culture of your own congregation and learn how to create change. Invite at least one other person to achieve the most impact. By the end of the seminar, pastors and leaders will be equipped to lead effective fundraising and you will have a strategy to guide your success moving forward.
 
The CGC Seminar is $150 per participant. Register Here by January 31.

HERE'S MORE HELPFUL RESOURCES

Generosity How-To Video Series
Check out this 14-video series "Extravagant Generosity" - The series begins by looking at the spirituality of generosity through conversations with the national leaders of the UCC. Then, it looks at ways to express gratitude for people's generosity. Lastly, the series turns to the practical elements of a campaign, such as giving a testimonial and creating a narrative budget. You can watch the videos as a series or singly. The videos on the spirituality of generosity might be useful as devotionals before a board or committee meeting. Find the videos HERE.
 
Generosity Resources on the Web
Check out the resources available on the Wisconsin Conference Generosity Resources website at wcucc.org/generosity

Generosity Forward Newsletters
Another resource for your generosity practices:



40-Day Lenten Practice: Strengthening Emotional Stamina to Counter White Fragility
White supremacy is both internalized and institutional; it’s both systemic and enacted through everyday interactions. And it’s certainly, undeniably, the work of white people to resist, reckon with, and repair.
As part of this work, this 40-day practice shares frameworks for recognizing and responding to white supremacy within ourselves, in our interactions, and in our communities, including in our families, workplaces, and holidays.

As the title indicates, this practice engages participants in strengthening emotional stamina, which is needed to counter white fragility, or the discomfort and defensiveness—and related power abuses and harms—that arise within white folks when confronted with racial injustice. Such work means sitting with discomfort, identifying and naming emotions as they arise, and developing staying power to be in the work for racial justice for the long haul.

This practice, therefore, is for anyone who experiences white fragility, who identifies as white, or who’s working to unlearn whiteness (which includes ways of feeling, thinking, being, doing, and relating).

Instructor: Beth Godbee.
When you purchase this course, you will receive:
A digital workbook for the core 40-day practice
Access to four online workshops (participate live or view recordings on your own time)
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. CST, February 16, March 2, March 16, March 30
An online community for ongoing reflection on your experience


Throughout the practice, you’ll have the opportunity to:
engage in contemplative practices (meditation and journaling, among others)
receive support for processing difficult emotions and countering white fragility (the myth, the harm, and the learned behaviors)
articulate commitments that drive everyday decision-making
set intentions and increase readiness for showing up for racial justice in 2021 and beyond.

Sign up for this and other DAMASCUS PROJECT courses here.
Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and Christianity:
Sharing our faith stories to increase understanding and respect

February 1, 2021
6:30-8:00 pm
Fear, distrust, and misinformation have often characterized the relationships between Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities. This is still the case today. Featuring a panel of Jewish, Muslim and Christian thinkers, this program will help participants understand forms of antisemitism and Islamophobia in contemporary American society, and dispel the biases that contribute to these occurences of prejudice and hate.
Featured panelists are Dr. Charles Cohen, E. Gordon Fox Professor of American Institutions, Emeritus, at UW-Madison, Dr. Sulfiqar Shah, Director of Religious Affairs of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, and Rev. Dr. Julie Mavity Maddalena, Ulrich Ethicist in Residence, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Chaplain at Lakeland University. The panel will be moderated by Rev. Dr. Karl Kuhn, Grace Chair of Religious Studies and Professor of Religion at Lakeland University.
The presentation will include time for questions.

To receive a Zoom link or phone number to access this virtual program, please register at Lakeland.edu/interfaith by Jan. 28 or call 920-565-1023 ext. 2151.
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Moderator: Mr. Mike Mallwitz mikemallwitz@wi.rr.com
Vice Moderator: Rev. Brittany Barber fcw.pastor@gmail.com
Newsletter Editor: Rev. Mary Jane Huber sewaucc@gmail.com