Wisconsin Conference Life Newsletter
Jan. 24, 2019 
General synod 32 logo Join the General Synod 32 Team - Volunteer!

The online volunteer registration and scheduling is ready to go and we hope you will help Wisconsin SHINE! Hosting General Synod is an honor and will require many people and talents to make it a success. Even if you don't plan to attend Synod, there are still ways to volunteer your time. Get all the information you need to know about volunteering, and get registered!
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Associate Conference Minister (ACM) Search Launched

The Wisconsin Conference has launched the Search for a full time settled Southern Wisconsin ACM. All interested candidates are encouraged to submit a UCC profile and cover letter by March 31.  
Link to a Pastoral Letter and Staffing Announcement from Conference Minister Franz Rigert
The Doctrine of Discovery and its Ongoing Effects
Ulrich Center Ethics Colloquy
Featuring Larry Littlegeorge and Rev. Rob MacDougall
Monday, March 4, 2019
Laun Center, Rm 209, Lakeland University
W3718 South Drive, Plymouth

Larry Littlegeorge is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, the Warrior Clan. He was baptized in 1957 at the HoCak (Hochunk) Church (formerly Winnebago), which is part of the Wisconsin Conference of the UCC. He completed the Wisconsin Conference Lay Academy in 2016 and is currently a spiritual leader of the Hocak Church. Larry has personally felt the effects of racism that he traces back to historic documents like Papal Bulls laying out the Doctrine of Discovery, and he has done a great deal of study and writing on the topic. Rev. Rob McDougall is Associate Conference Minister with primary responsibility for the Northwest Association of the Conference, of which the Hocak Church is part of. Larry and Rob will provide an overview of the Doctrine of Discovery and explain why the issue is being studied by Wisconsin Conference churches prior to considering a resolution to repudiate the Doctrine at the 2019 Annual Meeting.

Free; reservations are requested. Please register online by Feb. 25 on the Lakeland website or contact Linda Bosman at via email or at 920-565-1023 ext. 2151.

For study resources about the Doctrine of Discovery leading up to the vote to repudiate the Doctrine at our Annual Meeting, go to wcucc.org/doctrineofdiscovery. Please let the Conference know when a group in your congregation has studied this issue by returning this response form.
Catalyst Grants Support Innovation in the Wisconsin Conference

A new pool of Catalyst grant funds is available for 2019 to support innovation in your congregation and community. What is innovation, you ask? Catalyst defines innovation as anything that stretches your congregation out of its comfort zone, opens you to new community partnerships, engages your ministry resources in a different way or enlarges your impact in your community.

Contact Tisha Brown today to start a conversation about your innovation ideas and whether or not your ministry idea would be eligible for Catalyst funds. Proposals received by March 31, 2019, will be considered for funding in May.  
2019 Combined Conference and Associations Annual Meeting
Living the Light
April 5-6, 2019
Glacier Canyon Conference Center in the Wilderness Resort in the Wisconsin Dells
The Annual Meeting is taking a different form for 2019. Due to hosting General Synod in June, the Associations and Conference decided to combine annual meetings this year into One Meeting to engage in the business of two settings of the Church. The meeting will include sessions for Conference business and breakout sessions by Association.

In addition to taking care of business, the conference-wide planning team is scheduling time for fun and connecting with others from your Association and around the Conference, including life music Friday night!
More information and registration
Youth Faith Formation Retreats
February 22-24, 2019 or March 1-3, 2019
Pilgrim Center

Bring your confirmation class or other interested participants and join us for a weekend of faith and team building. We will explore what it means to be the church and how that commitment continues to evolve. Our focus this year will be on General Synod and its role in the polity of the UCC. Participants will form committees to research, consider faithfully, and vote on several relevant resolutions. Check-in begins at 7pm on Friday. The retreat ends after worship on Sunday, between 11:00 and 11:30am.
More information and registration links

Grounded in Spirit, Called to Action: From First Steps to Next Steps
Thursday, February 21 - 7:00 to 8:30 pm
This first webinar in the series will begin with insights grown from firsthand experiences of sharing conversation and meals between a UCC and a Catholic congregation using Pope Francis' encyclical,  Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home. Ideas you can put into practice immediately will be shared. The webinar will continue by exploring how our spiritual ground supports our wisdom, courage, and energy in walking our Christian path with the whole Church. First steps that congregations have already taken for creation care will be shared, while next steps will also be envisioned and empowered.
yearbook image Yearbook Reporting
The National UCC Office's Data Hub is now open for your yearbook data entry! What is this information used for? Here's eleven reasons why reporting your church's annual data is important. If you have any problems or questions, please email Susan Taylor, or call her at 608-846-7880. Please do not contact the National Office.
Break the silence sunday logo Break the Silence Sunday: New Liturgy Materials Available for 2019
Suggested date: April 28, 2019

Break The Silence Sunday is an effort to open up a conversation within the church about rape and sexual assault. Within the context of our faith communities we hope to:
  • acknowledge the reality of rape and sexual violence in our world;
  • support survivors by creating a place where they can tell their stories, feel loved and supported, and find encouragement on their healing journey;
  • commit ourselves to the work of changing the world, creating a future where rape is a memory.
2019 Break the Silence Sunday liturgy materials (Word)
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Taste and See! Explore Three Programs Designed to Support Your Congregation
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
10:00am - 3:00pm
First Congregational UCC, Watertown
The Catalyst Team of the Wisconsin Conference invites you to this Taste and See Event to explore three programs designed to support your congregation in taking your next best step.

The three programs are Readiness 360, Coaching for Clergy, and Five Practices.
New Conference Video Resource Available
Separated: Children at the Border

The Conference has a new DVD resource available for congregations to borrow: Separated: Children at the Border. This video tells the inside story of what happened to immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Produced by FRONTLINE, the video explores the impact of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, and how both Trump and Obama dealt with minors at the border. Contact Nola Risse-Connolly if you are interested in borrowing this video.
Note: the video is also available online at this link.
Human Trafficking Informational Event
January 30, 2019 at 6pm
Parkside Community UCC
166 W. Dekora (Hwy 33) in Saukville

Parkside Community UCC in Saukville is holding a free informational event on Human Trafficking. Speaker Morgan Young, a lawyer working in the field of victim services for over a decade, will address the following:
  • What does human trafficking look like in Wisconsin?
  • How do vulnerable individuals become victims?
  • What are the red flags?
  • What can you do?
Join us on January 30! We can work together as a community to help educate ourselves on this issue and fight back against this crime.
Jennifer Harvey image Dr. Jennifer Harvey Event in Milwaukee
February 23-24, 2019
Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Dr. Jennifer Harvey is the author of Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation and Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America. A Saturday afternoon program and workshop (1:00 - 4:00) will engage important learnings from Dr. Harvey's racial identity work from  Dear White Christians. She will be the guest preacher for Sunday morning worship at Immanuel (10:00 a.m.) and then lead a post-worship conversation for parents and adults about "Talking with Children About Race" based on her recently published Raising White Kids book. The weekend will conclude with a lunch for both adults and children. Copies of her books will be available on Saturday afternoon.

Dr. Harvey focuses much of her work on the intersection of religion, ethics, race, gender, and spirituality. A professor of religion at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, she has become a sought-after speaker on the topic of racial justice. Immanuel Church is pleased to offer this opportunity, free of charge, through a special gift. We warmly invite friends and colleagues from neighboring congregations and judicatories to join us!  
Breon Wells image Awaken the Advocate Within
with Breon Wells, strategist and policy advocate
February 23, 9 am to 1 pm
Brown Deer United Methodist Church

Have you ever wanted to be an advocate for issues you care about, but struggle or stumble to put your passion into words? ...or perhaps you're not sure about the most effective way to reach out to your elected and appointed officials. This is an ideal workshop for those who are new to People of Faith United for Justice Advocacy Day, but will be a benefit for anyone interested in being effective in advocating with public officials for policy needs.

This half-day workshop will equip you with a blend of teaching and practical exercises so you're ready to step into the halls of power (even if they're in your own hometown). Our presenter, Breon Wells, is a seasoned policy advocate, former legislative staffer and expert in the field who wants to help you use your political and social capital for transformation. This day will help you think carefully about who you're advocating for and why, and begin to develop your advocacy strategy. Get ready to present yourself as the grounded faith leader you are. Learn how to shape your story for impact, and prepare yourself to speak to the people who can make policy changes happen. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Council of Churches.
Link to register
church building and loan fund logo New Services from Church Building & Loan Fund Available

The Church Building and Loan Fund is offering new services to your congregations - stewardship, re-purposing, and capital campaign consultations! Click HERE  for more information. I'd love to hear from you!
-Chuck Blaisdell, Regional Mission Interpreter, Church Building & Loan Fund
Conference Transitions

Searching Churches
  • Orchard Ridge UCC in Madison is seeking a full time Senior Pastor. Details

To see all searching churches, click here.

Conference Search
Wider Church Searches
  • The United Church of Christ is seeking a Minister for Economic Justice. Details
  • The United Chrurch of Christ is seeking an Administrator for Annual Giving. Details
New Calls
  • Rev. Dr. Patrick Schultz has been called as pastor at St. Mark's UCC, Cleveland, and St. James UCC, Cleveland, effective January 13, 2019. He is new to our Conference. Welcome, Patrick!
Installations and Ordinations
  • Rev. Lori Powell was installed at Congregational UCC in Edgerton on January 20, 2019.
Thank You
  • Kay Hallanger, a member of First Congregational UCC in Baraboo, recently volunteered at the Conference office. Thank you, Kay!
  • Nancy Marks, member of First Congregational UCC in Genoa City, recently completed a large data entry project for the Conference. Thank you for your time and talents, Nancy!
Good Tidings
  • You may recall a story about a refugee family that was brought to settle in Wisconsin with the help of First Congregational Church in River Falls. Please join us in celebration of this mother and her children receiving their green cards this month!
In Memoriam
  • James Kasperson, husband of Rev. Marina Lachecki, passed away on December 30, 2018. Obituary 
  • Les Ingram passed away on January 127, 2019. Obituary and Funeral Home notice 

The Conference Transitions feature appears monthly in the Wisconsin Conference Life. Please share your transition information, including church anniversaries, with the newsletter editor by emailing Nola.
This newsletter is made possible by contributions to Our Church's Wider Mission Basic Support.

The Wisconsin Conference UCC is an Open and Affirming Conference, and an Immigrant Welcoming Conference.

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In This Issue
ACM Search
Doctrine of Discovery event
Catalyst Grants
2019 Annual Meeting
Youth Faith Formation Retreats
Creation Care webinars
Yearbook reporting
Break the Silence Sunday
Taste and See event
New DVD resource
Human Trafficking event
Jennifer Harvey event
Awaken the Advocate event
New services available from Church Building & Loan
Conference Transitions
Congregations studying the Doctrine of Discovery
Can we count you in?
Ebenezer UCC in Stratford is hoping to find a new home for about 100 copies of the New Century Hymnal. If you could use them, please contact Rev. Doris Ruben

Check the Conference calendar for upcoming events.
Quick Links

Is your church considering an Open and Affirming Process? The Wisconsin Conference has a committee to help!  Please feel free to use us as resources for your discussions and preparations. Contact Laura McLeod of the Wisconsin Conference UCC Committee on Ministry with LGBTQ Persons.

Also: check out the Facebook page for ONA churches
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