October 17-18, McCormick Theological Seminary, 5460 S. University Ave., Chicago, ILRead More
Rev. Teresa Blythe is creating a national list of all the spiritual directors (clergy and lay) affiliated with the UCC. This list is designed for use in networking and resource sharingRead More
The Southwest Conference, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Arizona, Grand Canyon Synod (ELCA) and the De Cristo and Grand Canyon Presbyteries (PCUSA) are cosponsoring “Church Insurance 101” hosted by the UCCIB (UCC Insurance Board) at First Presbyterian, Casa Grande, on Saturday, January 18, 2020.Read More
Last Thursday, the conference office received the following news from John Houllette, moderator for Desert Garden UCC:
“Pastor Sam peacefully went to be with the Lord just before midnight last night. Time of death will be officially recorded as today, July 18. I don't know much else at this time.”
Memorial Service: Sunday, July 28, 3 p.m. at Desert Garden UCC. Clergy are invited to robe/white stoles and process. A reception will follow the service.
May Sam rest in the peace of God’s eternal light. May the saints and angels welcome him into the presence of God as a faithful servant of Christ. And may the hope that Jesus’ resurrection gives us comfort Alla, the Desert Garden church family, and everyone who knew and loved Sam.
From Rev. Trayce Potter, Minister for Youth & Young Adult Engagement:
We are looking for youth & young adults (ages 12–25) to submit original pieces of work to be used in the creation of worship materials for National Youth Event 2020.
The theme of the event is: Unite for the Earth! Unite for Justice! Unite in Faith!
Poems, prayers, song lyrics, devotions, reflections, drawings, paintings, and other pieces of art are welcome.Read More
At the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Southwest Conference we adopted a prudential resolution to be sent to the 32nd General Synod of the United Church of Christ. Last week a committee of General Synod 32 considered our resolution and a similar resolution sponsored by the Southern California Nevada Conference. The two resolutions were combined after the committee added their wisdom. Delegates adopted the combined resolution titled Discerning, 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.Read More
Check out a small sample of the hundreds of photos taken at camp!Read More
Camp is coming up in just 3 weeks! Here's some handy camp information from our director, Jay Deskins:
Campers love getting mail at camp! It's a reminder from their family, church, and friends that they're remembered while at camp! It's great to send letters!Read More
Save the date!
January 18, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church in Casa Grande
The Southwest Conference, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Arizona, Grand Canyon Synod (ELCA) and the De Cristo and Grand Canyon Presbyteries (PCUSA) are cosponsoring “Church Insurance 101” hosted by the UCCIB (UCC Insurance Board).Read More
Keeping with tradition, the Local Arrangements Committee of the Milwaukee Conference is organizing several General Synod Social Justice Opportunities. All this year's projects are inspired by the Church's Three Great Love initiative.
The host committee is also encouraging Synod attendees to visually share ways, via the Shine! Lighthouse, that they are living into the UCC's Three Great Loves in their own communities.Read More
ICYMI: Eli Johnson is leaving the Southwest Conference staff. We’ve benefited from Eli’s many gifts and talents. He shepherded the conference through the transition to integrated digital communication and membership management. We owe him our thanks for expanding the office’s capacity to serve our churches by improving our efficiency.
Now we’re faced with the process of filling his position. Read on for the position description and application process.Read More
The Southwest Conference bids Eli Johnson farewell with our good wishes as he leaves the conference staff to become Human Resources Trainer with the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community. Eli has served the SWC for more than three years, first in Relational Communications and then as the Assistant to the Conference Minister.Read More
Our combined DUCC (DOC/UCC Church Camp) staff met last Saturday and we are super excited for CAMP!!!Read More
The 2018-2019 Southwest Conference Ministerial Compensation Guidelines figures are determined by Southwest Conference church reporting forms submitted in early 2019 and reflect 2018 financial and membership figures.Read More
Jack Evans, former Poet Laureate of the Southwest Conference, was asked to be one of three theological reflectors at Synod this year. He is to create a poem to reflect the atmosphere and respond to the theme (light) of the event, and is scheduled to perform his work on the evening of June 24th.Read More
The 2019 Southwest Conference UCC Annual Clergy review form is available for all Conference Clergy to complete.
“The annual Information Review is a basic obligation to maintain good ministerial standing…” (United Church of Christ Manual on Ministry).
This survey is a means for authorized ministers to participate in the Information Review in order to uphold the covenantal relationship with their Conferences and Associations.
Please complete and submit this form by Friday May 31st, 2019 at 5:00pm (MST).Read More
Nathan Watts was ordained on Sunday, May 5 at The Good Shepherd UCC in Sahuarita! Congrats!Read More
Some of us love camp so much we just wish we could live there. If that’s you, or someone you know, read on for a message from our church camp site in Prescott, Emmanuel Pines Camp.
Unique opportunity for just the RIGHT person! Emmanuel Pines is a growing faith-based camp and we are on the hunt for our next amazing servant-leader team members 15 years and older! (Must be 18 or older for onsite housing.) Bring your personality, your ideas, and your skills and join us.
The all staff training/camp kick-off day is May 23, and we would love to secure most of our summer staff by that date!Read More
Dear Members and Friends of the Southwest Conference:
I bring you greetings in the name of our Still Speaking God. My name is Michael Curry and I am thrilled to serve the Southwest Conference as Lay Minister for Disability Education, Advocacy, and Awareness.
My time as a member in discernment in the Southwest Conference began on February 13, 2014 and came to a close on February 13, 2019. During my time in discernment, I had a difficult time deciphering how God envisioned using me and the gifts that I bring to our shared table where I always hoped to be a voice to those who have been silenced and marginalized by the stigma of mental health challenges. I spent a lot of time thinking and dreaming about the ideal ministry setting for me never once imagining that I would receive and accept a call to serve on the Southwest Conference staff as Lay Minister for Disability Education, Advocacy, and Awareness.
Read more about Michael’s new position, and find out how he can be helpful to you and your church!Read More