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District Assembly 2009

 April 24-26, 2009 in Waukesha, Wisconsin

sharon-daloz-parks.jpgKeynote: Sharon Daloz Parks

Our theme this year is “Leadership in Times of Profound Change.” We will welcome keynote speaker Sharon Daloz Parks, author of “Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World”. As congregational, district and community leaders, what is asked of us in times of great change? Dr. Parks will lead us in exploring how we discern, inspire and mentor the next generation of leadership, while at the same time examining our own continuing practice of faithful and effective leadership in this complex age. It's a topic every congregation leader  wrestles with from time to time.

Dr. Parks, a participant in "Leadership for the New Commons" at the Whidbey Institute, is also the author of “Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith” (Jossey-Bass, 2000) and co-author of Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World (Beacon Press, 1996). Her latest book is “Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World”, published in 2005.  

Candidates for UUA President

Forum: UUA Presidential Candidates

The two candidates for President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman and Rev. Peter Morales will be part of a discussion forum. The forum will be moderated by
CMwD UUA Trustee, Justine Urbikas.

Dr. Hallman has been the senior minister of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, Texas, since 1987.

Rev. Morales has served as senior minister at Jefferson Unitarian Church (JUC) in Golden, Colorado.

You may download the brochure information as a PDF file. Register ONLINE by April 15! Print out a flyer (PDF) and post in your congregation!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, April 25
3:30 – 7:00 p.m. Registration, Vendors Open
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. UUMedia Team Orientation
6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Opening Celebration: Welcome – Free to the Public
8:00 – 9:15 p.m. Workshops – Session A
Saturday, April 26
7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration Continues
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Morning Worship
9:00 – Noon Children’s Morning Programming
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Keynote: “Leadership in Times of Profound Change” – Sharon Daloz Parks – Open to the public
for a small fee (see Registration Form)
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break with Beverages
10:45 – Noon Workshops – Session B
Noon – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 – 4:45 p.m. Children’s Afternoon Programming
1:15 – 2:45 p.m. CMwD Annual Meeting
3:00 – 4:45 p.m. UUA Presidential Candidates Forum – Open
to the public for a small fee (see Registration
Form)
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Banquet & District Awards
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. SPECIAL CONCERT: Southeast Wisconsin UU ChoralFest
Sunday, April 27
7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Closing District Assembly Worship Service featuring our Young Adults and the Children’s Choir of the North Shore Unitarian Church – Free to the Public
10:30 – Noon District Board Meeting

WELCOME

Leadership in Times of Profound Change
I invite you to join me and hundreds of Unitarian Universalists at the 2009 Central Midwest District Assembly! We will gather in Waukesha WI, for three days of worship, fellowship, and fun. We welcome Sharon Daloz Parks, author and independent scholar, as our keynote speaker to speak on our theme this year "Leadership in Times of Profound Change," followed later in the afternoon by a forum featuring the two candidates for UUA presidency, Peter Morales and Laurel Hallman. We are one of the few districts to get them both in person at our annual meeting. They will speak to us and will answer some prepared questions. Our UUA trustee, Justine Urbikas will moderate.

Our executives and staff regularly solicit your ideas about the kind of programming that will be most valuable to you and the leadership of your congregation. This year, we have recruited people to present workshops on such topics as ecology and sustainability, retaining visitors as involved members, and healthy congregations and covenants.

Our exciting Opening Celebration comes with music an inspiration. There will be a delicious banquet along with fabulous entertainment. We will gather Sunday morning for special worship. We will be together with UU friends, old and new, from across our CMwD!

The registration fee for the District Assembly itself is $155 - unchanged for the past 5 years! All events will be held at the Marriott Milwaukee West in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and overnight rooms may be reserved at the rate of $79 per night (rate applies when reserved by April 7). You can reserve rooms online. These rates are reasonable and you can help the District keep costs down by booking directly through the Marriott.

See you soon for a weekend of inspiration and celebration!!

Daniel
Rev. Dr. Daniel ÓConnell
President, Central Midwest District
Minister, Eliot Unitarian Chapel, St. Louis

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Podcasts and Media Team
We will be recording many of the events at this year’s District Assembly for broadcast over our web site. This will give those of you unable to attend in person an opportunity to participate. Read page 10 for further details on our first ever Media Team!
Opening Celebration – 6:30 p.m. Friday
This is a stirring tradition, with its music and welcome messages.
Worship Services
Join in fellowship with Unitarian Universalists from across the district in services designed to deepen our faith. Ministers from the Milwaukee UU congregations will conduct worship services throughout the program.
CMwD Annual Meeting – 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Saturday
Delegates will elect officers and hear district reports.
UUA Candidates Forum – 3:00 – 4:45 p.m. Saturday
Attendees will have an opportunity to hear Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman and Rev. Peter Morales discussing issues before the UUA as they run for President of the UUA to be elected at the upcoming UUA General Assembly June 24-28, 2009.
Banquet – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Join leaders of the Central Midwest District for a celebratory dinner.
Southeast Wisconsin UU ChoralFest – 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Saturday
ChoralFest is an annual event sponsored by the Southeast Wisconsin UU Council. This will be a special concert performed by choirs from 7 congregations.

Getting to the Milwaukee Marriott West

Driving Directions: Follow I-94 to exit 295 west of Milwaukee at Highway F North. Hotel will be on left.
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UUMedia Team

Do you have experience recording and podcasting worship services and events for your congregation? Would you like to learn how if you don’t? Then join the CMwD Media Team as we record audio, video and photos of our District-sponsored events and post them on the web for use by our congregations. We're especially looking for a team of volunteers to record workshops and events at our District Assembly.

You will have an opportunity to be trained on the use of equipment and in the expectations of the CMwD Media Team prior to DA. You will also have the opportunity to work with District staff on ways to post media to your website. Volunteers at DA will receive a discount on their registration fee. If you have your own equipment you’d like to gain experience using, by all means, bring it with you!

To join the Team for this year’s District Assembly, sign up on the Registration form and join us at 5:00 Friday, April 24 at the DA venue, the Milwaukee Marriott West, for an Orientation session.

Sandwiches, snacks and beverages will be provided.

WORKSHOPS: Session A

8:00 – 9:15 pm Friday

A1 OWL -- Not Just For Junior High - Michelle Richards
The Our Whole Lives program is a unique, comprehensive sexuality program which affirms we are all healthy, sexual beings for our entire lives. We'll explore why offering only the program for junior high is providing only part of the picture and examine why this lifespan program is important for all ages to experience.
A2 Fresh Ideas for Lifespan Faith Development Programs – Dori Davenport Thexton, panel coordinator
Join a panel of experienced Religious Educators to hear about innovative programs and creative ideas they are using in their
congregations. Beryl Aschenberg from First Unitarian-Milwaukee, Maria O'Connor from UU Church West in Brookfield
and Dan Schlorff from Bradford UU Church in Kenosha will share new and interesting approaches to building UU identity and community for all ages.
A3 Web Weavers & Electronic Communications Round Table - Gretchen Ohmann & Bob Sandidge
This is an opportunity for Congregational Technical professionals to get together to discuss issues of mutual interest.
A4 Coed Cakes? Can it be done? - Nancy Irons
Cakes for the Queen of Heaven examines, “How would your life have been different if, when growing up, the divine had been imaged as female?” Participants share their experiences as women in today’s patriarchal society. Can such workshops include men? Join us as we explore how to offer Coed Cakes. Experienced Cakes facilitators, representing the CMwD Women & Religion Committee and the UU Women's Connection (UUWF successor) will jointly present this workshop.
A5 Facing the Future: Leveraging Facebook to Expand Your Reach – Young Adult Steering Committee & Kimberlee Tomczak
Many congregations find Facebook helps them promote events and connect with members. This workshop will provide a beginner’s guide to creating profiles, groups, and event pages that will help them advertise initiatives and grow their spiritual networks. We will also discuss terminology, privacy controls, and real world success stories.
A6 The UU Parent: Bringing the Principles Home - Mary Sue Reutebuch
I will take each principle and assist with meaningful ways to help DREs guide parents and teachers regarding home and UU connections - i.e., positive discipline, service, rituals, literature, acceptance, and social justice.
A7 The Future of GA: Change is Coming! – Rev. Dr. Daniel ÓConnell
“Every generation needs a new revolution”, wrote Thomas Jefferson. The UUA Board’s Fifth Principle Task Force is charged to examine GA’s democratic process, transparency and sustainability. Come discuss the recommendations our task force is considering and why. We need you to be part of this particular revolution!
A8 Developing Caring Congregations - Robert Skrocki, Toni Maddi and Marie Smith
Presenters from three different Congregations will present their dreams, successes and challenges in addressing the needs of members with physical, mental and emotional disorders. A highlight will be a demonstration of the use of musical storytelling to educate congregations. New resources such as the UUA’s Equal Access Website and caucuses will be discussed.
A9 A Stream Of Living Souls – Rev. Denise Tracy
Stories of our Ancestors, who created the change for the future we are now living, can help us understand how to support the changes we wish to see. Our forebears have lessons to teach and are models of transformation. These stories can be used in Worship, In Sunday School and in sermons to present to Unitarian Universalists positive and affirmative role models for supporting future change

WORKSHOPS: Session B

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Saturday

B1 Four Keys to a Sustainable Future – Rev. Michael Schuler
Sustainability is a popular concept in environmental, economic and urban design circles, but the principle is one that each of us can usefully apply in our own daily lives. This workshop will highlight the behavioral "precepts" that help produce positive, sustainable results in our families, communities, ecologies and personal lives.
B2 Lifespan Leadership Development - Kaiya Iverson & Rose Riccio
Lifespan leadership development begins with the first visit. What kinds of conversations develop a pool of leaders? When should those conversations begin? How can current leaders model the behavior you want in future leaders? How can leadership be less onerous so more will step up? What kind of training helps?
B3 Presidents’ Round Table – Rev. Ian Evison
Worried about the economy? Rethinking governance? Frustrated with three hour meetings? This is an opportunity for Congregational Leaders to get together to discuss issues of mutual interest. We will also discuss highlights from the keynote presentation as they apply to leadership and congregations.
B4 Administrators’ Round Table – Rev. Brian Covell & Peggy Boccard
Stuck in an old database? Concerned about disaster prevention? Congregational Administrators will join to discuss issues of mutual interest affecting their congregations.
B5 Growing Young Adult and Campus Ministry in the CMWD - Karen Barrett-Wilt & Kimberlee Tomczak
Is your congregation struggling with young adult and campus ministry? Is your program thriving? Come share your frustrations and jubilations as we create a district-wide team to work together. Let’s share resources and join in conversation as we build a network to help build strong young adult and campus ministries! B6 Evangelistic Thinking for UU Churches – Rev. David Owen-O’Quill There is a spirit stirring in our congregations and with it a powerful desire to have a real impact on our culture. The most powerful way to do this is through reaching new people with our faith. This workshop will look at systems of growth, but more importantly we will explore what it means to lead with a missional mindset.
B7 Improving Communications: Attitudinal/Spiritual Way of Perceiving – Rev. Bret Myers
Looks briefly at how we communicate, and techniques for healthy communication. Emphasis on communicating in conflict, as a spiritual discipline, and out of your "true self" -- all from a perspective of acting out of who you envision yourself to be as a spiritual/ethical person.
B8 Membership Development Staff Roundtable - Dori Davenport Thexton
Get together to discuss issues of mutual interest and to talk about welcoming visitors and integrating new members.
B9 Shared Leadership in Congregations - Gretchen Ohmann
Explore the ongoing paradigm shift from a hierarchical or pyramid model of social organization to a horizontal or network style. We will utilize consensus building, facilitators, group roles and relationships, tasks, and conflict resolution to help a group accomplish its goals.

Registration Information

Instructions: Register online at www.regonline.com/690962. Those using the paper registration form should fill out the registration form completely. Every adult needs their own registration form. Children should be registered on the responsible adult’s registration form. (See below) Mail form(s) with check to: District Assembly, Central Midwest District – UUA, 1555 Sherman Ave, Ste 345, Evanston, IL 60201.
Hotel Reservations: The Milwaukee Marriott West is located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. A rate of $79 per night for a room is available by mentioning this event. To assure your reservation, book early! To reserve your room call 1-262-574-0888 or Fax: 1-262-574-7599. When reserving, be sure to ask for the rate for the “corporate code” CMMCMMA. You may also register online at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mkemw-milwaukee-marriott-west/
Adult Registrations: The fee of $155 covers admission, workshops, scheduled events and meals with the exception of the Saturday banquet. Please note the separate line on the Registration Form for the banquet options, be sure to specify your choice of entrée for the banquet.
Student and Young Adult Registrations: For a reduced fee of $45, full time students or young adults may register. Student and Young Adult registration fees are subsidized by scholarship donations.
Child Registrations: Several children may be registered for Saturday programming or Saturday child care during the day using the same form of the responsible adult. Please see the provision for this on the online registration system. If you use the paper registration, please include a separate sheet with the registered children’s names, ages and any allergies. All children’s registration and child care requests must be received by the deadline, April 15th.
Workshop Registration: No advance registration is necessary.
Late Fee: A late fee of $35 applies to registrations received after April 15th.
Reduced Rates: A volunteer rate of $115 is available (until the April 15th deadline) to those who can contribute 2 hours of time during the DA. Volunteer opportunities include: Registration table, Bookstore Sales & setup and UU Media Team. Requests for financial assistance may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Please donate to our scholarship fund to support Young Adult participation in the District Assembly. This is an option on the online registration form, or you may include a donation with your check. Donations are gratefully accepted to ensure our Young Adults can participate fully in District Assembly.

REGISTRATION FORM:

2009 Central Midwest District Assembly
Mail-In Registration Form

GENERAL INFORMATION:

NAME:


FULL ADDRESS:


TELEPHONE:


EMAIL:


CONGREGATION:


ARE YOU A DELEGATE? __ YES   __ NO

__ VEGETARIAN?

__ ACCESSIBILITY / OTHER SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:


 

ADULTS:
FULL REGISTRATION AT $155 (AFTER APRIL 15, $190)
INCLUDES CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST & LUNCH ON SATURDAY, BREAKFAST ON SUNDAY AND SNACKS AND
BEVERAGES THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND. BANQUET ADDITIONAL CHARGE BELOW
$__________
YOUNG ADULTS:
FULL TIME STUDENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS AT $45
INCLUDES SATURDAY EVENTS AND SAME MEALS AS ABOVE. BANQUET ADDITIONAL CHARGE BELOW
$__________
OTHER DINING OPTIONS: SATURDAY - BANQUET AT $35. CIRCLE ONE:
BEEF  SALMON   VEGETARIAN
$__________
CHILDREN:  
SATURDAY PROGRAM AND CHILD CARE: 9:00 AM – NOON / 1:15 PM – 4:45 PM. NOTE:
ALL CHILDREN’S PROGRAM REGISTRATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY APRIL 15TH.
NO. OF CHILDREN __________ X $20 PER CHILD
AGES: _________________________________
$__________
ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:  
__ I WOULD LIKE A DISPLAY OR VENDOR TABLE AT $35 (AFTER APRIL 15TH $55) $__________
__ I WOULD LIKE TO APPLY AS A VOLUNTEER FOR ONE 25% DEDUCTION OFF THE FULL REGISTRATION RATE WITH A 2 HOUR MINIMUM TIME COMMITMENT. $115 (AFTER APRIL 15TH $140)
I'll HELP WITH:
$__________
__ REGISTRATION
__ BOOKSTORE SETUP AND SALES
__ I’LL JOIN THE UUMEDIA TEAM AND ATTEND THE ORIENTATION AT 5:00 ON FRIDAY, APRIL 24.
 
__ I WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR ______ YOUNG ADULTS AT $45 EACH $__________
__ I AM REQUESTING HOME HOSPITALITY (DEADLINE FOR REQUESTS IS APRIL 15.)  
__ I WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND ONLY ONE SINGLE EVENT AT DA. $25 ($35 AFTER APRIL 15TH.) $__________
I CHOOSE THIS ONE EVENT:
__ ONE WORKSHOP SESSION A
__ ONE WORKSHOP SESSION B
__ KEYNOTE SPEECH
__ CANDIDATES FORUM
IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND MORE THAN A SINGLE EVENT, YOU MUST PURCHASE FULL REGISTRATION.
 
TOTAL:
ENCLOSE CHECK TO “CENTRAL MIDWEST DISTRICT” WITH “DA” NOTED IN MEMO FIELD
$__________
Mail form(s) with check to:
District Assembly
Central Midwest District – UUA
1555 Sherman Ave, Ste 345
Evanston, IL 60201
RATES DO NOT INCLUDE HOTEL ROOM. MAKE RESERVATIONS WITH THE MARRIOTT AT 1-262-574-0888
 










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