Welcome to the Conference calendar! On this page you’ll find events hosted by the Conferences, Associations, local churches, and our partner organizations. You can filter the events by clicking on the “Categories” button in corner of the calendar. Click on each category again to remove it and return to the main calendar.
Have an event to share? Fill out the “Submit an Event” form. When planning your event, please pay close attention to the recommendations from the CDC, the Conference, and your local health officials regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. Until further notice, your Conference staff will not be attending in-person events, but welcome the invitation to join you virtually – attending if it’s hosted online, sending in a video to be included, sending a written message, etc.
Monthly Brave Space Open Conversations
Join Open Conversations (OC) for Anti-Racist Congregations in the Making (1st Monday of the month) and OC for LGBTQ+ Inclusive and ONA Congregations in the Making (2nd Monday of the month). More info in the calendar!
Dr. Karen King, Professor at Harvard Divinity School, relates Gospel narratives and early church history’s confrontation with evil to today’s world events. Two Saturday morning sessions, offered remotely, are: “Jesus’ Crucifixion: Martyrdom and U.S. Lynching” and “The Gospel of Mary Reads the Gospel of John: The Spiritual Life as Ascent to God.” Sunday morning begins with a webinar, “The Third Life of Mary Magdalene,” and includes Dr. King preaching the sermon of the 10:30am worship service.
To see the program and register, go to AmesUCC.org and select Theologian in Residence from the top menu choices. The event is free, but donations are appreciated.
2020 marked the 150th anniversary of the founding of the First Congregational Church of Red Oak, Iowa, in 1870. Unfortunately, our anticipated celebration had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, we are prayerfully going forward to observe this significant anniversary. We would be honored to have you join us. Further details will be provided at a later date.
You are invited to attend the installation of Rev. Cathy Jurgens at Zion UCC in Waukon, Iowa on September 19th at 3:00pm CT! At this time there are no covid precautions in place for the in-person gathering. You can contact Rev. Cathy Jurgens (contact info listed above) to find out more details or to know if something has changed as the event approaches. A video will be posted following the service.
Are you an actively serving authorized minister or lay pastor? Join your ministerial staff and fellow clergy for Zoom meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:00pm CT. These are public, non-confidential conversations for our active church leaders to check in and hold each other in a peaceful space, ask questions, and pray together in the midst of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. If you need individual support, reach out to any of your ministerial staff to set up a call.
Join on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/704150031
Can fundraising be ministry? Can stewardship be spiritual? The Cultivating Generous Congregations Seminar with the national setting this fall offers an opportunity for pastors and lay leaders to explore faithful, practical, and tested ways to promoting generosity in our congregations. We will draw on current research, seek guidance from the wisdom of scripture, and discuss the best practices in church-based fundraising. Pastors and leaders participating in this program will be equipped to lead an effective stewardship campaign and, more broadly, help their congregation reclaim generosity as a spiritual practice. The seminar meetings will be held on Tuesdays – September 21st, October 5th & 19th, and November 2nd, 16th, & 30th. Seminars run from 6:30pm to 8:00pm EST. There will be readings, videos, and reflections to complete in-between seminar meetings. The program costs $300 for a team of two leaders (additional participants $150 each).
Learn more and register by September 14th using this link: https://cvent.me/VnEgLK
A program partnered with Ministers’ Moments (Tuesdays at 12:00pm CDT), Clergy Coffee Hour is a time for clergy in our Conferences to connect and visit via Zoom. Sessions will be hosted by Rev. Kate West, Rev. Les Parmenter, and Rev. Mark Lee. All Clergy in our Conferences are welcome to join via the Zoom information below:
Topic: Clergy Coffee Hour
Time: 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) every week on Thursdays.
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NOTE: We will not meet on November 26th (Thanksgiving), December 24th (Christmas Eve), or December 31st (New Years).
Building an Inclusive Church (BIC) training helps you design and implement a journey for your faith community to publicly and intentionally welcome people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. Building an Inclusive Church equips you with ways to create dialogue, deepening relationships throughout your faith community rather than sparking debate and division.
To help prevent the spread of Covid-19 all BIC trainings will be held online through Zoom. ReconcilingWorks is grateful to still be able to support this holy ministry as we best care for ourselves and one another.
To register and find more information, visit: https://www.reconcilingworks.org/trainings/bic/
You are invited to the installation of Rev. Dixie Laube on September 25th at 1:00pm CT! The event will be livestreamed on the Osage UCC and Eden Presbyterian Church Facebook pages and later posted to each church’s YouTube channel (linked on their facebook pages). If you attend in person, please respect social distancing guidelines and wear a mask if you are not feeling well. There is hand sanitizer as you enter the sanctuary, and the sanctuary is being sprayed down every week to help kill whatever virus might be in the building. For more information on the church’s covid precautions, contact Rev. Dixie Laube (contact info listed above).