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Annual Clergy Informational Review

Annual Clergy Informational Review

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).

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Hiring opportunities at Emmanuel Pines Camp

Hiring opportunities at Emmanuel Pines Camp

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! 

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Michael Curry, Lay Minister for Disability Education, Advocacy, and Awareness

Michael Curry, Lay Minister for Disability Education, Advocacy, and Awareness

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!

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Annual Meeting photos

Annual Meeting photos

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Southwest Conference UCC is in the books! Thanks to all who contributed to its success. In addition to the photos she took, Wende crawled through your Facebook accounts and found some fantastic pictures. Image credits to: Doug Bland, David Huisjen, Jay Deskins, Cindy Parker, Gordon Street, JJ Johnson, and Bill Lyons.

If you have photos that you’re willing to share, please send them to Wende. Email wgonzales@uccswc.org, or through the SWC Facebook page via Messenger.

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UCC All-Church Read

UCC All-Church Read

Evicted, based on years of embedded fieldwork and data, points to eviction as a root cause of poverty. UCC congregations throughout the country are encouraged to organize book discussion groups around Evicted in ways and at times that best suit them and participate in the All Church Read.

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Annual Meeting food truck menus

Annual Meeting food truck menus

After such a wonderful experience last year, we’ll continue the partnership of local businesses and food trucks to offer lunches for the 2019 Annual Meeting. You’re invited to choose and purchase items based on your dietary and budget preferences.

Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available and on the menu.

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Hope Partnership and New Beginnings at Annual Meeting

Hope Partnership and New Beginnings at Annual Meeting

Four Questions Every Leader Should Ask

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Gilberto Collazo, President Hope Partnership

Churches that are making a difference in their context have a clear sense of their mission and purpose. These are discoveries that happen when we engage in transformational work. What are the questions we need to wrestle with to go from being a church for “us” to a church living God’s mission into the world—questions that change the focus of how we use our resources? Come and learn from stories of congregations who have named a future story that reflects God’s mission in their communities.

Hope Partnership has worked with over 1,300 congregations within many different denominational contexts to help them engage in this important transformational work.

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