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Welcome friends! As we often say in the United Church of Christ (UCC), no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! As you navigate your way through our website you will find stories, resources, and connections that are intended to introduce newcomers to our beloved church, provide tools for seasoned leaders on church committees and boards, and offer points of interest to the many others in between. Make yourself at home here, reply to a story the insight you gleaned from it, and if you feel inspired to add and grow our ministry, find the Donate button in the main menu to make your contribution! We are glad you are here!

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Clergy Coffee Hour is a time for clergy in our Conferences to connect and visit online! It happens weekly on Thursdays at 12:00pm CT / 11:00am MT and lasts for about an hour. Members of our Conference Staff might pop in and visit as well!

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A Just World For All

United in Spirit, inspired by God’s grace we welcome all, love all, and seek justice for all.

Creation Justice

Deepen you and your church’s commitment to environmental justice and care for all of creation.

Disaster Response

Help communities, churches, and individuals with long-term recovery from natural disasters.

Open & Affirming (LGBTQ+)

Build inclusive spaces that welcome the full participation of the LGBTQ+ community.

Anti-Racism Work

Help eradicate systemic and institutional racism through connection & conversation.

UCC W.I.S.E. for Mental Health

Advocate for all persons with mental illness who are falling through the fraying safety net.

Iowa Funding Future Leadership (FFL) Scholarships

The Iowa Conference is delighted to offer these Funding Future Leadership Scholarships through the generous giving of many of our churches during a special offering which is taken early in the year. The 2023 offering was taken on January 15th, but churches can take this special offering at a time that works best for them. Funds for the 2023 scholarship must be received by March 5th, 2023.

Learn About the 2023 Application Process and See the Application Materials

To apply for funds, you must be:

  • A Members in Discernment (MiD) in the Iowa Conference United Church of Christ
  • Enrolled at least half time in seminary

If you meet these requirements, please complete and submit the following application materials:

  1. The completed application form.
  2. A letter of reference from one of the following: discernment advisor, seminary faculty member, Academic Dean of the seminary, or other UCC minister with standing.
  3. A 250-word response to the following questions: Why are you pursuing seminary education? What are your long-term goals?
  4. A letter attesting to your standing from the pastor of sponsoring church.

    Please send all application materials via email to Sue Johannsen or to the following address:

    ATTN: Funding Future Leadership
    3014 Provence Ln
    Muscatine, IA 527671

    Incomplete applications will not be considered for a scholarship award.

    DEADLINE: April 15th, 2023

    Questions? Email Sue Johannsen.

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    Embracing a Mindset of Abundance

    My name is the Reverend Samantha Houser and I am one of your Associate Conference Ministers in the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota Conferences and today I want to talk about the idea of a scarcity mentality. I was introduced to the idea of the ‘scarcity mentality...

    Contemplating the Future Church

    Greetings to the Beloved Community of the Tri-Conference! My name is Kendy Miller and I am the newest addition to the ministerial staff as Associate Conference Minister for Congregational Vitality. In the years ahead I hope to dream with you about what’s next for your...

    The Sweetness of Carrots

    One of the experiences of my life that greatly informs my ministry is growing up with a father who was a pastor, which is a huge part of what called me into ministry after watching how he did things; and losing him to leukemia in 2012. It may seem like a heavy thing...

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