Each learning session includes a facilitator guide, video, resources, and activities to help folks explore the unique history, governance structure, and theological commitments of the UCC.Read More
The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer will complete a four-year term as General Minister and President on August 1, 2019. In the fall of 2018, The United Church of Christ Board of Directors (“UCCB”), the body responsible for nominating the General Minister and President to the General Synod, will receive a report regarding the Renomination of Rev. Dorhauer from its Renomination Committee. The UCCB must then decide whether to recommend Rev. Dorhauer to the 32nd General Synod for “call by election” to a second term.Read More
Nathan Watts has been approved for ordination, pending his Ecclesiastical Council to which you are invited to attend at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 at The Good Shepherd UCC .Read More
On Wednesday, May 23 at 11 a.m. AZ time / noon NM time / 2 pm Eastern, Heather Kimmel, UCC General Counsel, will be leading a webinar on Sex Offenders in Your Congregations: Recommendations and Best Practices sponsored and hosted by the Insurance Board.
The webinar is directed to Local Church pastors and lay leaders. It is open to anyone, including people/churches who are not participants in the Insurance Board program.
Rincon Congregational UCC in Tucson opened its doors to over 200 delegates, visitors, and vendors this past weekend for Annual Meeting! We thank them for their radical welcome and warm hospitality!Read More
We have three food trucks coming for Friday's lunch! Preview the menus here.Read More
Acting on the recommendation of the Associate Conference Minister Search Committee, the Executive Board has called Rev. Dr. Barbara Doerrer-Peacock as Associate Conference Minister for the Southwest Conference.Read More
We waded (waited!) through a bit of uncertainty, but now "Roots and Wings" - Camp 2018 is full-speed ahead. Our new deadline for camp registration (this one will be the FIRM deadline) is May 16.Read More
The Endowment Fund Management Committee and the SWC Executive Board are pleased to announce that the Southwest Conference (SWC) has entered an agreement with Bernstein Private Wealth Management (“Bernstein”), a unit of AllianceBernstein L.P (“AB”), to become our Endowment Fund investment manager," says Conference Minister Bill Lyons. "In this capacity, Bernstein will provide the SWC a range of philanthropic planning and investment services." Founded more than 50 years ago, Bernstein is a leading investment advisor to high-net-worth families and institutions, trusts, estates, foundations, endowments and pension plans.Read More
The SWC Executive Board is recommending approval of a balanced budget for FY 2018-2019 which begins July 1.
Money follows mission. The proposed budget reflects a strong emphasis on strengthening local churches through revitalization efforts, money to support our new church start in Taos and for an additional new church start, and what Conference Minister Bill Lyons calls "futuring the church."Read More
Delegates to the SWC Annual Meeting will be asked to consider ratification of changes to the UCC Constitution. The Executive Board voted not to ratify the changes and is recommending that delegates also vote not to ratify the changes. Writing for the Executive Board, secretary Karen Richter explains the Executive Board's rationale.Read More
Examining, Articulating, and Resourcing the Nature, Purpose, Composition, Covenantal Autonomy and Definition of ‘the basic unit of life and organization of the United Church of Christ’ for the Twenty-first Century
Southwest Conference United Church of Christ
A Prudential Resolution
Submitted by the Southwest Conference Board of DirectorsRead More
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The Southwest Conference holds in prayer Mrs. Doris Miles and her family. Rev. Dr. Lionel Miles died in his sleep early Monday. Dr. Miles was born in South Africa Nov. 21, 1931. He graduated from Roosevelt University, Northern Baptist Seminary, and Pacific School of Religion where he earned his D.Min. in 1977. Dr. Miles was ordained by the American Baptist Convention on July 7, 1957. Most of his ministry was served in the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ. In the Southwest Conference Dr. Miles served as interim minister of Church of the Beatitudes (1994-1995).
A celebration of Dr. Miles's life will be held on Monday, April 2, 11 a.m. at his church of membership, Shepherd of the Hills UCC, 5524 E Lafayette Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85018.
Answers to some frequently-asked questions about the upcoming Annual Meeting. Don't see your question/answer here? Email it to Wende at email@example.com and we will answer it and add it to this post.Read More
Annual meeting delegates will be asked to approve amendments to the Southwest Conference bylaws at the 2018 annual meeting to be held in Tucson, April 20th and 21st.Read More
ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) provides preparation and a plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event.Read More
Dear Colleagues in Ministry,
I have some crucial updates for you regarding youth and camp opportunities this summer.
In an effort to be the best stewards we can be of the Conference resources, we have set our DEADLINE MUCH EARLIER for our summer offerings this year. It is APRIL 4.
April 4 is the deadline for CAMP REGISTRATIONS and for registering high school youth for the WESTERN REGIONAL YOUTH EVENT.Read More
The United Church of Christ recently welcomed Amanda Sheldon as the new Program Associate for UCC Disaster and Refugee Ministries. She will be working with Mary Schaller Blaufuss, Team Leader, UCC Humanitarian & Development Ministries (One Great Hour of Sharing) and Zach Wolgemuth, Executive of UCC Disaster Ministries.Read More