Prophetic PurposeApril 26-28 in Waukesha, Wisconsin (near Milwaukee)

* Provocative keynote speakers: Rev. Nate Walker and Rev. Nicole Kirk
* Inspirational worship services
* Informational workshops
* Historic annual meeting
* Friendship and community
* Banner Parade!

Delegates: get informed on the Regionalization process!

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Keynote Speakers: Rev. Dr. Nicole Kirk and Rev. Nate Walker

Rev-Dr-Nicole-KirkRev-Nate-WalkerRev. Dr. Nicole Kirk is on the Meadville Lombard faculty as the first Rev. Dr. J. Frank and Alice Schulman Professor in Unitarian Universalist History. In May 2012, Nicole received her doctor of philosophy degree in American church history from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she also received a doctor of ministry degree in 2007. She served as a teaching fellow at Princeton Theological and Princeton University for five and a half years.

Rev. Nathan C. Walker is honored to serve as the minister of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. Nate's preaching has gained national attention, including delivering the John Murray Distinguished Lecture; and joining with former UUA President John Buehrens to participate in the Minns Lectures; speaking on church/state relations at the National Constitution Center; and recently giving the installation sermon for Rev. Meg Riley and the Church of the Larger Fellowship.

Delegates: get informed on the Regionalization process!

President's Welcome

rev-bill-sassoPlease join us for District Assembly 2013 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on April 26th-28th!

Unitarian Universalists from all over our Central Midwest District will be present for this very special gathering, and I hope you will be one of them! On Friday evening, the infectiously enthusiastic Rev. Nicole Kirk, who has recently joined the faculty of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, will share her insights about Unitarian Universalist accomplishments and experiences and how they have shaped today's UU congregations and movement in our region. Saturday morning will feature the notable Rev. Nate Walker, a creative minister, an inspiring social justice leader, and an innovative congregational leader. Nate will work forward from our historical foundations to sketch exciting opportunities that our future may hold. On Saturday afternoon, we’ll have the opportunity to make UU history in our annual district business meeting, as our delegates cast their votes regarding formation of the MidAmerica Region of the UUA. This vote will be the culmination of a multi-year process that has engaged CMwD congregations and leaders, our partners in the Heartland and Prairie Star Districts, and the UUA.
Beyond these highlights, DA 2013 promises a set of stimulating and informative workshops, as well as the chance to renew continuing friendships and to create new ones!

I look forward to seeing you in Waukesha at DA 2013!

Sincerely, (signed) Bill Sasso -- President, CMwD

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 26
3:30 – 7:00 pm    Registration, exhibitors & bookstore open
6:00 – 6:30         Banner Parade preparation
6:30 – 7:15         Opening Celebration
7:30 – 9:00         Presentation and conversation with Rev. Dr. Nicole Kirk

Saturday, April 27
7:00 – 8:00 am    Breakfast served
8:00 – 9:00         Registration, exhibitors & bookstore open
8:30 – 9:00         Worship    
9:00-10:45          Keynote presentation and conversation with Rev. Nate Walker
11:00 am-12:15   Workshops Session 1
12:15-1:30 pm     Lunch – During lunch, CMwD Business meeting begins with awards and reports
1:30-3:15            Business meeting continues, Regionalization discussion & vote followed by elections
3:30-4:45            Workshops Session 2
5:00-5:30            Worship
5:45                   Cash Bar opens / Dinner at 6:15 followed by Presentation

Sunday, April 28
8:00 – 9:00 am    Breakfast Buffet
9:30 – 10:30       Worship Service
10:45 - 1:00        Board Meeting with lunch


Music at District Assembly will kick off on Friday, April 26th with an invitation to singers from the Central Midwest District. Watch for more information from Ruben Piirainen, Music Director at UU Church West in Brookfield, WI, this year’s DA Music Coordinator.


We have a terrific variety of workshops lined up, addressing all aspects of congregational life. A final listing of them will be published on our web-site and made available to all who are registered for District Assembly.

Bookstore and Exhibitors

Peruse and purchase the latest and most popular books from the UUA bookstore. You will also be able to see what your fellow UUs across our district are doing and creating in their expressions of our UU values.

Podcasts and Media Team

Do you have experience recording and podcast¬ing worship services and events for your congre¬gation? We're looking for volunteers to record events at DA. These recordings give those of you unable to attend in person an opportunity to participate.  To join the Team, sign up on the Registration form and join us at 5:00 Friday, April 27 for an Orientation session, where sandwiches, snacks and beverages will be provided.

Registration Information

Register online
If you would like a paper registration form, please contact the District Office, 312-636-9724

Full Adult Registration
The fee of $215 (or the “early bird” pre-April 10 rate of $165) covers all DA events and all meals.

Saturday Only rate of $100 will allow you to participate in all events up through the afternoon worship on Saturday, and includes lunch.  Saturday-only registrations will only be accepted until April 10.

Students and Young Adults
For a reduced fee of $55, full time students or young adults (younger than 35) may register as full participants including meals. Student and Young Adult registration fees are subsidized by donations from generous contributors.

Reduced Rates
A volunteer rate of $120 is available (only until the April 10 deadline) to those who contribute 2 hours of time during the District Assembly. Volunteer opportunities include: Greeting and directing participants, Registration table, Bookstore sales & setup and Media Team.

An Exhibitor Table fee for vendors not choosing full registration is available for $35 with the opportunity to purchase lunch for $20.  Requests for financial assistance will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please donate to our Young Adult/Student Subsidy fund
The Subsidy Fund supports Young Adult and full-time student participation in DA by covering the additional costs not covered in their reduced rate.  This is an option on the online registration form, or you may include a donation with your check. THANK YOU for your generosity!!


Milwaukee Marriott West
W231 N1600 Corporate Court, Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Toll-free:  1-800-228-9290

The District Assembly rate is $89
and is guaranteed through 5 p.m. on April 10, 2013

Mention CMWD to get this rate

CMwD Board of Trustees

Rev. Bill Sasso (2014)
President  Carbondale IL
Jeff Reed  (2014)
Vice-President  Fond du Lac WI
Nancy Armstrong (2015)
Treasurer  Normal IL
Tracey Koch (2013)
Secretary  Naperville IL
Rev. Dr. Sydney Morris (2014)
Ministerial Trustee  Houghton MI
Rev. Erik David Carlson (2014)
UUA Trustee Stockton IL
Suzi DeBeers (2015)
Trustee at Large  Waupaca WI
Vera Dowell (2015)
Trustee at Large  Oak Park IL
Rob Zimmerman (2015)
Trustee at Large  ___
Kenneth Pechtl (2013)
Youth Trustee  Deerfield IL

CMwD Staff

Rev. Ian Evison
Congregational Services Director
Dori Davenport Thexton
Faith Development & Growth Director
Peggy Boccard
District Administrator
Michelle Richards
Events Coordinator
Megan Selby
Online Community Coordinator
Nancy Combs-Morgan
Regional Youth/Young Adult Ministries Lead
Gretchen Ohmann
Regional Technology Coordinator

Attention Ministers, Presidents, Religious Educators and Administrators:

Call for Meeting

DA2013 logo 1400pxThe 2013 District Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Central Midwest District of the Unitarian Universalist Association will be held the weekend of April 26 to 28, 2013 at the Milwaukee Marriott West, W231 N1600 Corporate Court, Waukesha WI 53186.

The annual Business Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 with reports and awards during lunch and business beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Morning Workshops

Regionalization and What it Means

Ask questions of the Presidents of CMwD, Heartland and Prairie Star one last time before the vote. Bring your questions and hear about the upcoming changes and the positive results which regionalization could bring. Facilitated by Rev. Bill Sasso, President of the Central Midwest District along with Jeff Reed, Vice President of the CMwD Board.

Meet the Fahs Collaborative

Explore how The Fahs Collaborative Laboratory for Leaders in Faith and Learning – housed at Meadville Lombard Theological School – might support your congregation/community’s work of multi-generational faith formation. Dr. Mark A. Hicks, director of The Collaborative, will share lessons learned from the inaugural year, plus model some of the collaborative strategies that hold promise for our Movement.

Why Teach UU History?

By exploring how our sense of history can help us shape our vision of the future in religious education, we will examine the many overlapping stories that connect us to our past and help us make sense of the present. Facilitated by Michelle Richards, credentialed religious educator, author, and congregational consultant.

Introduction to Reproductive Justice

Learn about the Reproductive Justice movement which seeks to create a world where all children are raised in safe and healthy environments, pregnancies are planned and healthy and a positive expression of sexuality. Presented by Gretchen Ohmann, Co-convener of Continental UU Women and Religion.

Personality Types in Congregations

Introvert or Extrovert? Rely more upon thinking or instinct? Explore the Myers-Briggs identity types and how they can help you better understand congregational life and membership integration. Presented by Dan Wiseman, congregational consultant and Membership Director for Countryside UU Church.

Conversation about Global Ends

Have you ever wondered what the UUA does? Do you have ideas about how the UUA could better serve our congregations and our faith movement? Now is your opportunity to contribute to this important conversation! The UUA Board is currently seeking input about the revised Global Ends of the Association and wants to here your ideas and feedback. Join us for a facilitated discussion with UUA Trustee Rev. Erik Carlson.

Afternoon Workshops

An Activist Congregation or a Powerful Congregation?

Does social action at your church consist of a small group of the same people trying to do lots of things making them burned out and frustrated? Come learn about a way of building your congregation as a community which creates energy, builds power and gets things done — together! Presented by Rev. Scott Aaseng.

Rooted in the Past: Reaching for the Future

Discover the best of what was, is, and will be about the ministry of your congregation. Using appreciative inquiry principles, we will explore the story of you and your congregation and link them to the future, helping you understand and create vision, mission, and purpose statements to dream a new future for you and your congregation. Facilitated by congregational consultants Mike Murschel and Rev. Denise Tracy.

Do the Math: Strategies for Divestment at Your Congregation

In his recent "Do the Math" tour, climate activist and founder of Bill McKibben talked about the scary math of climate change and what we can do now. He recommends that campuses and religious institutions divest from fossil fuel stocks. We'll tell you about how we are approaching this at First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, and what you can do in your congregation. Presented by Terry and Bruce Wiggins, Mark Gill, and Rev. Drew Kennedy.

Envisioning Our Future

Take part in a visioning session for the future of transformative youth and young adult ministry and hear results of “Thoughtful Conversations” when youth and adults were invited to share their insights on what is needed for engaging and sustaining youth and young adult ministry. Facilitated by Nancy Combs-Morgan, Youth and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator.

Facebook, Google Chat, Tweets and More: How Social Media Can Be Used Effectively in Unitarian Universalist Congregations

Today's children, youth, and young adults have all grown up with social media and they expect to find it everywhere — even at church. Learn the best tools and how to use social media to attract new members and stay connected with current ones. Presented by Michelle Richards, credentialed religious educator, author, and congregational consultant.

*** PLUS ***

Don’t miss our annual Presidents' Roundtable (for all congregational Board Members) and Administrators' Roundtable (for congregational and district administrators).

In which the vote to form a new MidAmerica Region was passed!



Includes the Banner Parade and introductions

Nate Walker PART 1

Nate Walker PART 2