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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!
A.S.K. : A Congregational Discernment Program
“Where is the Spirit leading you now?” Your church may be asking some form of this question. You might be in the midst of a pastoral transition, dealing with membership changes, having building issues, financial struggles, or see the community rapidly changing around...
Want to connect? Join us for coffee!
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.
Deepen you and your church’s commitment to environmental justice and care for all of creation.
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.
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:
- The completed application form.
- 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.
- A 250-word response to the following questions: Why are you pursuing seminary education? What are your long-term goals?
- 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.
Hear From Your Staff
Interim Conference Minister’s Four Month Report: Part One – New Staff Pattern
Dear Friends, This is the first of three emails I will be writing you to provide an “Interim Executive Conference Minister’s Report” at the four-month mark of my time here in the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences of the UCC. This email will focus on the...
Staff Vlog from ACM Rev. Samantha Houser: Suicide Prevention Month
Friends, the month of September is suicide prevention month. And, I'm supposed to offer words about that in this monthly video eNews. But, what I really wanna say is thank you. Thank you for surviving, and not just your past, or that series of events, or that specific...
Greetings from Rev. Hart, Interim Executive Conference Minister
Dear Friends, Grace and Peace to you! It is week 4 for me in the Tri-Conference and I am learning a lot, getting to meet many of you, and generally settling into Omaha, where I am living. I am very thankful for the opportunity to come and be in ministry with you as...
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