Our Calendar

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Announcement: In consideration of the health concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the IA, NE, and SD Conferences and the national setting of the UCC recommend that in-person, large group events be canceled and postponed for the time being. If you make any changes to your event please contact Aidan Spencer at aidan@ucctcm.org. At the recommendation of UCC HR, your conference staff may not be attending events in their regular capacity for their own health and the health of others.

For more information and Conference support through this time, look at our COVID-19 resources.

Ministers' moments

Thursdays at 12:00pm

(Tuesdays and Thursdays after July 21st)

Before submitting an event, please consider it’s timing and size in relation to the current pandemic. We will not be promoting in-person gatherings at this time.

Submit an Event

Fill out the Submit an Event Form to share an event or program for the wider Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences of the United Church of Christ.

NOTE: Please consider the timing and size of the event in relation to the current pandemic.

Event Follow-Up

How did your event or program go? We’d love to hear about it and help others hear about it too. Share your stories and photos through the Event Follow-Up Form.

Jul
10
Fri
Search and Call Webinar in the IA, NE, and SD Conferences of the UCC @ Online Event
Jul 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
During this challenging and uncertain time we acknowledge that many of our authorized ministers are still participating in the search and call process as well as our local churches. Rev. Darrell Goodwin and Rev. Samantha Houser who steward the search and call process for Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota Conferences would like to help you get to know more about our conferences and answer any questions you might have about search and call in the Heartland.

The webinar will be hosted on Zoom, registration is required.

Contact Rev. Darrell Goodwin at darrell@ucctcm.org or Samantha Houser at samantha@ucctcm.org if you have any questions.

Jul
11
Sat
CCAM Meeting @ Iowa Conference UCC
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

2nd Saturday (every month) at Iowa Conference Office; 9:00am-2:00pm; Contact is Ellis Arnold at ellis@ucctcm.org.

Jul
14
Tue
Brave Space: Open Conversations about Whiteness and White Privilege Today @ Zoom
Jul 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
All people in the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences are invited to join Rev. Diane Schmitz for conversation. Rev. Diane is an ordained UCC minister and her work focuses on racial equity work with predominantly white churches, schools, and organizations. She will be hosting Brave Space* particularly for white people in our conferences to process, ask questions, and openly dialogue about the events that have been unfolding in our country and why. She’ll help raise up conversation and ideas that address how race shows up at personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels and how we all are called to recognize and interrupt racism.

*Brave spaces invite participants to summon the courage to be authentic, speak openly, take risks, explore, experiment, learn, and change. Brave spaces are created by commitments to stay engaged, to not shy away from the discomfort real learning and growth may require, and to be open to letting go of previous ways of understanding. Brave spaces are not “safe”; they can be challenging. And, they are a needed part of transformational work.

Tuesdays at 12:00pm until 1:30pm CT from June 30th through July 21st.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82679951404
Dial by your location: +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 826 7995 1404
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdsusVvwnl

Jul
16
Thu
Ministers’ Moments: A Space for Authentic Conversation About Ministry @ Zoom
Jul 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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

Jul
21
Tue
Brave Space: Open Conversations about Whiteness and White Privilege Today @ Zoom
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
All people in the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences are invited to join Rev. Diane Schmitz for conversation. Rev. Diane is an ordained UCC minister and her work focuses on racial equity work with predominantly white churches, schools, and organizations. She will be hosting Brave Space* particularly for white people in our conferences to process, ask questions, and openly dialogue about the events that have been unfolding in our country and why. She’ll help raise up conversation and ideas that address how race shows up at personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels and how we all are called to recognize and interrupt racism.

*Brave spaces invite participants to summon the courage to be authentic, speak openly, take risks, explore, experiment, learn, and change. Brave spaces are created by commitments to stay engaged, to not shy away from the discomfort real learning and growth may require, and to be open to letting go of previous ways of understanding. Brave spaces are not “safe”; they can be challenging. And, they are a needed part of transformational work.

Tuesdays at 12:00pm until 1:30pm CT from June 30th through July 21st.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82679951404
Dial by your location: +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 826 7995 1404
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdsusVvwnl

Preaching from the Inside Out: The Adventure of Preaching Without A Manuscript @ Online Event
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Start date: July 21st, 2020
Length: Six weeks, one session per week from 1:00pm-2:30pm
Platform: All sessions will be held online
Cost: $200, contact Samantha Houser for scholarship information at samantha@ucctcm.org
Registration: Register here by July 17th
NOTE: This counts towards Continuing Education for ministers in our conferences!

Preaching without a manuscript, without nailing every word into place ahead of time, is an invitation to sound our voices down to their depths, into that place where our authentic expression lies. We tap our insides for the internal authority that dwells there, allowing us to speak our truth in conversation with text and context. We each learn our own natural ways of organizing spoken material and freed of furniture or papers, we can embody our message, with all of who we are, more fully, among those who are gathered with us. When we preach without a manuscript, we risk entering with boldness into the flow of Spirit. We also tend to give our imagination more room to stretch. As a result, our sermons are less likely to resemble a lecture and more likely to be a living engagement between speaker and congregation, an engagement that begins with the preacher’s words and ends in the hearts and actions of the hearers.

Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell taught adjunct at Eden Seminary and Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis in several seasons over a period of seventeen years. She earned a Doctor of Ministry from Aquinas Institute of Theology and did her doctoral work on internal authority for preaching. Her home base is in Chicago, and she currently pastors a small church, is a spiritual director and writer, and frequently serves as a program, workshop, and retreat leader.

A word from the instructor, Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell: “People who inquire about Preaching from the Inside Out sometimes doubt their capacity to preach without words scripted on paper ahead of time. I remind them of how often they are asked a theological or spiritual question informally that they answer on the spot without writing out what they have to say on paper first. Preaching from the Inside Out introduces various strategies for preachers to organize material that they can remember for delivery and that listeners can remember for embodiment of the preached word in their daily lives. During the course, there are two preaching opportunities for each class member. Preaching from the Inside Out relies on my spiritual writing practice called Wild With Words. Participants develop a preacher’s journal utilizing this writing practice to dive into their unscripted depths where the sound of their genuine voice lies. Wild With Words is consistently effective in keeping our word flow open. And finally, preachers also explore and enter into some of the specifics of who they are through a series of short interlocking reflective papers. The two texts for the course are Charlotte’s Web by E. W. White and How Then Shall We Live by Wayne Muller. When our preaching lives rise from the bedrock of who we are within, as Spirit stirs among us, what is called out is a fuller response from our listeners. Preaching from the Inside Out is collaborative and creative. It builds community while setting loose the courage for all to speak transforming truth. It values far more the conversation than the perfect words.”

Jul
23
Thu
Ministers’ Moments: A Space for Authentic Conversation About Ministry @ Zoom
Jul 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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

Jul
28
Tue
Ministers’ Moments: A Space for Authentic Conversation About Ministry @ Zoom
Jul 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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

Preaching from the Inside Out: The Adventure of Preaching Without A Manuscript @ Online Event
Jul 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Start date: July 21st, 2020
Length: Six weeks, one session per week from 1:00pm-2:30pm
Platform: All sessions will be held online
Cost: $200, contact Samantha Houser for scholarship information at samantha@ucctcm.org
Registration: Register here by July 17th
NOTE: This counts towards Continuing Education for ministers in our conferences!

Preaching without a manuscript, without nailing every word into place ahead of time, is an invitation to sound our voices down to their depths, into that place where our authentic expression lies. We tap our insides for the internal authority that dwells there, allowing us to speak our truth in conversation with text and context. We each learn our own natural ways of organizing spoken material and freed of furniture or papers, we can embody our message, with all of who we are, more fully, among those who are gathered with us. When we preach without a manuscript, we risk entering with boldness into the flow of Spirit. We also tend to give our imagination more room to stretch. As a result, our sermons are less likely to resemble a lecture and more likely to be a living engagement between speaker and congregation, an engagement that begins with the preacher’s words and ends in the hearts and actions of the hearers.

Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell taught adjunct at Eden Seminary and Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis in several seasons over a period of seventeen years. She earned a Doctor of Ministry from Aquinas Institute of Theology and did her doctoral work on internal authority for preaching. Her home base is in Chicago, and she currently pastors a small church, is a spiritual director and writer, and frequently serves as a program, workshop, and retreat leader.

A word from the instructor, Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell: “People who inquire about Preaching from the Inside Out sometimes doubt their capacity to preach without words scripted on paper ahead of time. I remind them of how often they are asked a theological or spiritual question informally that they answer on the spot without writing out what they have to say on paper first. Preaching from the Inside Out introduces various strategies for preachers to organize material that they can remember for delivery and that listeners can remember for embodiment of the preached word in their daily lives. During the course, there are two preaching opportunities for each class member. Preaching from the Inside Out relies on my spiritual writing practice called Wild With Words. Participants develop a preacher’s journal utilizing this writing practice to dive into their unscripted depths where the sound of their genuine voice lies. Wild With Words is consistently effective in keeping our word flow open. And finally, preachers also explore and enter into some of the specifics of who they are through a series of short interlocking reflective papers. The two texts for the course are Charlotte’s Web by E. W. White and How Then Shall We Live by Wayne Muller. When our preaching lives rise from the bedrock of who we are within, as Spirit stirs among us, what is called out is a fuller response from our listeners. Preaching from the Inside Out is collaborative and creative. It builds community while setting loose the courage for all to speak transforming truth. It values far more the conversation than the perfect words.”

Jul
30
Thu
Ministers’ Moments: A Space for Authentic Conversation About Ministry @ Zoom
Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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