Annual Meeting 

Every year the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences of the United Church of Christ (UCC) gather to make important decisions regarding their ministry, business, and future. It is also an important time for us to learn, grow, and celebrate! Depending on the year the three Conferences gather separately or all together.

In 2022, we will be gathering jointly on the afternoon of October 9th through the morning of October 11th. The event will be hybrid, offering ways to participate in person or online. The in-person form of the gathering will take place in Sioux City, IA. The event will be centered around the theme “Loving Is Who We Are” and 1 Corinthians 13:7 – There is no limit to love’s forbearance, to its trust, its hope, its power to endure.

Our time together will include workshops, a keynote speaker, worship, mission work, business meetings, and lots of time for connection. Curious about the timing of everything? Take a look at the schedule for in-person attendees and online attendees in either Central Time or Mountain Time.

A sketched Black-Eyed Susan blooms against a watercolor sunrise encircled by a garland of goldenrod, wild rose, and pasque with the text "Loving Is Who We Are: Joint Annual Meeting 2022"


Take a closer look at the schedule for the weekend to see what we’ll be up to!

Voting Delegates

Each congregation is entitled to representation and is allowed a certain number of voting delegates at the Annual Meeting of each conference. To learn more and to calculate the number of voting delegates allowed from your congregation, read the follow section of your conference’s bylaws.

Why should I attend JAM as a delegate?


Conduct the business of the Conference! Work with others to pass the budget, elect officers, revise bylaws, and more


Hear inspiring speakers!


Worship as the Body of Christ in a wider setting!


Connect with your Conference Staff and meet Phil Hart (Interim ECM)!


Fellowship and renewal!


Meet people in person whom you’ve only ever met on Zoom or connect with poeple in small groups online!


Make new friends and connections with clergy and laity!


Get a refresher on UCC Polity and why it matters!


If you’ve heard yourself saying you feel disconnected from the wider church, here’s an opportunity to get re-connected!

Keynote Speaker – Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell

Learn more about her and what she's offering at JAM!

Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell (she/her) has been in ministry as a UCC pastor, adjunct faculty member, hospice chaplain and grief educator, spiritual director, facilitator of writing, SoulCollage, and labyrinth groups, Forest Therapy guide, non-profit administrator, writer, and frequent speaker, workshop leader, and retreat presenter for over four decades. She dwells at the crossroads of spirituality and the earth, listening with us as we grow into our stature to be those who love, those who relish the breadth and depth of the sacred ordinary, and those who serve the wholeness and interbeing of our human and more-than-human neighbors. With her she carries these brief words from the poet Mary Oliver: Pay Attention. /Be astonished. / Tell about it.

At JAM she will present two keynote addresses: “Loving Is Who We Are (Part 1): It’s in the Soup” and  “Loving Is Who We Are (Part 2): Ground of Our Being”.

Workshop Leader – Dr. Dyanis Conrad

Learn more about her and what she's offering at JAM!

Dr. Dyanis Conrad (she/her) is a professor of Equity & Diversity in Education at Randolph-Macon College in VA. Her research centers on social and educational inequalities, racial literacy, critical social justice, and the deconstruction and disruption of colonial legacies. As a qualitative researcher, she seeks to develop a deeper understanding of the effects of racialized and colonized practices on the sociocultural and educational experiences of marginalized populations in order to improve community relationships and the educational experiences of underserved populations.

At JAM she will lead the workshop, “Loving Across Differences: Toward Culturally Sustaining Communities Where All Can Thrive”.

Workshop Leader – Rev. Dr. Kristen Leslie

Learn more about her and what she's offering at JAM!

Dr. Kristen Leslie (she/her) joined the Eden faculty in fall of 2010 as Professor of Pastoral Care and Theology. Her research has focused on intercultural pastoral theology; womanist and feminist pastoral counseling; pastoral theological implications of sexualized violence, particularly on pastoral counseling issues for survivors of acquaintance rape; and ministry in higher education with young adults. She has worked with chaplains in the U. S. Military on issues of sexualized and religious violence and religious intolerance. In 2005, she co-authored the report that brought to light the problem of Christian proselytizing at the Air Force Academy. In 2013, she was awarded a Navy contract to train Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard chaplains on matters related to military sexual assault. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, she serves on the board of Care and Counseling, a St. Louis-based pastoral counseling center and has served on several different governing boards for the denomination.

Workshop Leader – Rev. Kelly Gallagher

Learn more about her and what she's offering at JAM!

Rev. Kelly Gallagher (she/her) has worked both in Massachusetts and Minnesota as an Associate Conference minister, serving hundreds of churches and ministers in the United Church of Christ. She finds great joy in working with congregations as they discover their “why” and uncover who they are as the body of Christ in their place. She believes deeply in the covenantal polity of the United Church of Christ and loves to wrestle in relationship as we, together, continue to be church in this world. 

She will lead the workshop, “Loving through Covenant: Understanding UCC Polity as a lens for Unity and Hope”.

JAM Timeline

October 5th

Last day for online registration

October 9th

JAM events start at 5:00pm CT!

October 10th

The JAM fun continues!

October 11th

JAM activities finish by 12:00pm CT

Thank you to our vendors!

We are excited for you to have the chance to interact with all of our vendors during JAM 22. You will also have the chance to hear from several local authors including Rev. Charles Kniker, Rev. Mary Dyer, Rev. Katie Miller, and Rev. Curt Miner.