Celebration of Life for Dr. Don Fausel

An active contributor to the Southwest Conference Blog, Dr. Don Fausel, passed away  peacefully on June 12, 2017, at the age of 87. 
 
A resident at Beatitudes Campus, Don was an Emeritus Professor at Arizona State University, College of Public Programs, where he taught and held various administrative positions for thirty years. After he retired, he wrote his memoir, From Blind Obedience to a Responsible Faith and became a blogger on his website responsiblefaith.com.

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Update on Bill

Bill called the office today (Friday, June 16) to say he is doing well and is officially home from the hospital. He wanted to thank everyone for the kind wishes and many prayers.

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Welcome, Rev. Dr. Barb Doerrer-Peacock, as the Southwest Conference UCC Acting Associate Conference Minister!

Welcome, Rev. Dr. Barb Doerrer-Peacock, as the Southwest Conference UCC Acting Associate Conference Minister!

Dear SW Conference Friends and Colleagues,
I'm honored to  be entrusted with filling in for Bill in order to allow him important time and flexibility for a good recovery.  In spending the last week trying to get up to speed, I've been impressed with the thoroughness and ways Bill and our staff keep the bazillions of details well in hand. With their help, and your patience, I'm sure we'll be able to keep the work of our beloved Conference going for the next few months.

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Let's Be Social!

Let's Be Social!

New page on the website! Find the latest feeds from our Social Media presence and links to help you find us, follow us, and friend us. Let's Be Social!

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United Church Funds to host a Planned Giving Workshop in the SWC

United Church Funds representative Matthew Wagner will host a planned giving workshop at the Southwest Conference office on Tuesday, May 16, 11 am - 1 pm (lunch included).

Learn about starting or strengthening your church's planned giving program. Ask questions about ways to include planned gifts in your estate. The event is open to members of the Southwest Conference and our United Church Funds covenant partners. Please RSVP to the SWC office by May 9th (602-468-3830 or ejohnson@uccswc.org).

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Proposed Bylaws

Proposed Bylaws

Delegates will be asked to approve revised Southwest Conference bylaws at the 2017 annual meeting to be held in Albuquerque, May 5-6.

In the spring of 2016 the Mission Planning Board (MPB) representatives began reimagining 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.

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