2017 Southwest Conference Annual Meeting

May 5-6, 2017
Albuquerque, New Mexico

First Congregational Church, Albuquerque
2801 Lomas Blvd. NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Annual Meeting 2017 Materials

Annual Meeting Book is now available for Download

Containing the materials including the Schedule of events, local maps & directions, Conference Reports, Ecumenical Partner Reports, general information, Forms, and other materials. Whether you are an experienced delegate or a first time visitor take a moment to review the incredibly packed schedule and business materials so that you might be better prepared for the workshops and business session. We have an exciting weekend planned and can't wait to see everyone there! 

The annual meeting book includes:

  • conference reports
  • schedule
  • budget
  • proposed sanctuary resolution
  • hotel information
  • maps
  • ecumenical partner reports
  • meeting minutes from 2016
  • nominating slate
  • more...

No paper copies of the annual meeting book are being printed for distribution in Albuquerque. There are three ways to bring the book with you to annual meeting.

  • download it to your phone or to your tablet
  • print a paper copy to bring with you
  • ask your church to print a copy to bring with you

The book is 51 pages single-sided.

Southwest Conference UCC Bylaws

Delegates will be asked to approve revised Southwest Conference bylaws at the 2017, for more information and to view the full markup version see PROPOSED BYLAW CHANGES. 

In the spring of 2016 the Mission Planning Board (MPB) representatives began re-imagining their role in the conference in light of the needs of their churches. Through a process of Appreciative Inquiry, the MPB recreated themselves as the Mission and Church Vitality Committee (MCVC). Some of their previous responsibilities were delegated to the Executive Board; some new responsibilities and purposes were added. This kind of re-visioning work within the conference is exactly what the MPB/MCVC was created to accomplish. The responsibility for monitoring the mission and needs of the conference remains with them in the proposed bylaws.

Registration has Closed!

Please contact the Southwest Conference Office for more information.

If you did not pay your registration costs when signing up click the Make a Payment link. Registrations will not be accepted until payment has been submitted to the Southwest Conference.

2017 Annual Meeting Schedule

Thursday, May 4
9:00am-4:00pm Anti-Racism Training (Completion is required for Active Clergy by the end of 2017) Sheraton Hotel
6:00pmPastor Moderator DinnerChurch of the Good Shepherd
Friday, May 5
8:30am Church Opens for Vendor Setup First Congregational
9:30am Registration Opens
10:15am New Delegate Orientation
11:00am Opening Worship
Sermon: Rev. Dr. William Lyons
12:00pm Lunch & Conversation
1:15pm Move Location to Hotel Shuttle Bus Available
2:00pm Business Session #1 at Hotel Sheraton Hotel
2:45pm Break
3:00-4:00pm Workshops/Breakouts A
• Bylaws Hearings (Comments & Questions) Frank Fox, Facilitator
• Listening Sessions Report Sharon Littrell, Facilitator
• Campus Ministry Rev. Day & Rev. McIntosh
• Q&A with our CM Candidate Bill Lyons
4:15-5:15pm Workshops/Breakouts B
• Bylaws Hearings (Comments & Questions) Frank Fox, Facilitator
• Listening Sessions Report Sharon Littrell, Facilitator
• Financial Health of Congregations Nancy Ackley, Presenter
• Innovation Lab Stories Rebecca Glenn
5:15pm Caucus Discussion (meet with your church delegates to review & discuss workshops you’ve each attended)
6:00pm Cocktail Hour
6:45pm Recognition & Honorees Banquet Sheraton Hotel
Saturday, May 6
7:00-8:30am Breakfast On Your Own(hotel guests have complimentary breakfast if you registered for the $114 rate)
9:00am Business Sheraton Hotel
• Moderator's Report Rebecca Glenn
• CM Report Bill Lyons
• Prayer
• VOTE: Calling Conference Minister Rev. Dr. William Lyons Rebecca Glenn
VOTE: Nominating Slate Rebecca Glenn
VOTE: Revised Bylaws Rebecca Glenn
VOTE: FY July 2017-June 2018 Budget Philip Ward
11:00am Move to the Church First Congregational
12:00pm Lunch
1:15pm Worship
Sermon: Rev. John C. Dorhauer
Installation of newly-elected Officers and Standing Committee Members
2:30pm Annual Meeting Closing
2:30-4:00pm Depart Shuttle Bus to Airport Available

2801 Lomas Blvd NE,   Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106

2801 Lomas Blvd NE, 

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106

Anti-Racism Training

Pre-Session: Thursday May 4th 

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

If you wish to sign up for the Anti-Racism training please do so when registering for Annual Meeting, lunch and material costs are included in the $15 signup cost. Information and Materials will be sent to those who sign up. For questions please contact the Conference office. This will not be the only date offered to complete the training, alternative dates, times, and locations will be offered throughout to year to accommodate COCAM's decision to require all active clergy to complete Anti-Racism Training by the end of 2017. The Anti-Racism Pre-Session is available to all Clergy and Lay who wish to participate. 

Hotel Block



The Southwest Conference has reserved a block of Rooms at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport hotel. To receive the discount block rate reserve your room now. Two options are available, $99 or $114 per night. The lower price does not include breakfast served by the hotel. If you have already booked a room and wish to make a change please contact the conference office. 

Guests are able to book the discounted block rate for the week of May 1st - 8th should you wish to arrive before or depart after the Annual Meeting dates

Final deadline to book at the discounted block rate is April 1st. Please contact the hotel directly if you wish to book after April 1st.

Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from January 13, 2017 to May 9, 2017.

Sheraton Albuquerque Airport hotel  2910 Yale Blvd SE, Albuquerque NM 87106

Sheraton Albuquerque Airport hotel

2910 Yale Blvd SE, Albuquerque NM 87106

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