Our Calendar

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.

Brave Space Open Conversations. Anti-Racist: 1st Mondays. LGBTQ+ Inclusive/ONA: 2nd Mondays

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!

Clergy leaders in our Conferences can meet for online discussion with our ministerial staff at 12:00pm CT on Tuesdays and for fellowship/coffee hour on Thursdays/ Visit www.ucctcm.org/calendar for the Zoom link.

Ministers’ Moments and Clergy Coffee Hour

Join Ministers’ Moments on Tuesdays at 12:00pm CT and Clergy Coffee Hour on Thursdays at 12:00m CT to connect with your colleagues and Conference staff! More Zoom and event info in the calendar events below.

Oct
23
Sat
Memorial Funds: Gift or Stumbling Block @ Zoom
Oct 23 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Memorial Funds can provide much needed financial resources for congregations to engage in a special project, repair, or mission. At the same time, Memorial Funds can be controversial and contentious or be left untouched. How can we make the best use of Memorial Funds?

Join Rev. Andrew Warner (UCC Generosity Outreach Officer, teaching stewardship skills to pastors and leaders—previously served as a local pastor in Wisconsin) to think about your congregation’s approach to receiving, holding, and using Memorial Funds in ways that best honor the memory of a church member and move the mission and ministry of your congregation forward.

To receive the zoom link for this informative session, please email Patty Rehrig at the Penn Northeast Conference.

Oct
25
Mon
A Time for Contemplative Practice @ Zoom
Oct 25 @ 8:00 am

A Time for Contemplative Practice is an opportunity for people in our Conferences to gather for the purpose of engaging in contemplative practices together, to set the intentions for the coming week, and to become equipped to lead similar gatherings in their own communities and contexts. Some of the practices we will encounter are Centering Prayer, holding space for one another in silence, Lectio Divina, and Visio Divina.

The gatherings will happen every Monday on Zoom at 8:00am and 3:00pm CT from October 4th through November 8th (October 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th and November 1st and 8th). The morning session are specifically for clergy (MIDs, retirees, and ecumenical partners) and the afternoon sessions are open to both clergy and congregants. Session hosts include ACMs Rev. Kendy Miller and Rev. Sarah Rentzel Jones. You are encouraged, but not required to come to sessions on a weekly basis. You will receive the Zoom information via email after registering (be sure to check your spam folder if you don’t see it in your inbox!).
Faithful Conversations about The 1619 Project @ Online - Live and Recorded
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa invites you to join with communities of faith across Iowa in faithful conversations about The 1619 Project. Slavery in the United States has been referenced as our “original sin.” Given that context and the fact that many communities of faith justified enslavement and benefited materially from it, or, on the flipside, worked for its elimination, it is critical the faith community intentionally study slavery and its lasting impact on the generations during and after.

The New York Times’ The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones et al. is a valuable vehicle to begin a conversation within the context of faith. The Pulitzer Center and its excellent resources provide tools that enhance the original project and community conversations. Faith leaders in the Faithful Voices for Racial Justice project of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa took on the task of designing a series to pull together the pieces for community conversation, intentionally layering in questions regarding one’s faith and how it might inform our approach to the issues raised by The 1619 Project.

Each week via live stream on YouTube, a group of faith leaders will discuss a section of the writings from The 1619 Project — doing so from their faith perspective. Faith communities are encouraged to host a small group(s) to read the sections ahead of time, watch and listen to the faith leader conversation, then hold their own conversation using the format and tools provided on the faithful-voices.org website.

By registering here, you will receive the live stream weblinks for the weekly faith leader discussions which can be viewed Monday evenings at 6:30pm CT (live) or anytime during the week on the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa YouTube channel. This Faithful Conversations series is a wonderful opportunity to enter into some good, rich, thought-provoking conversations on the history of race and racism in our nation and its impact on communities today.

Learn more about the event series and find the registration link here!

Oct
26
Tue
Ministers’ Moments @ Zoom
Oct 26 @ 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

Oct
27
Wed
Monthly Worship Planning Retreat @ Zoom
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Join pastors from around the Tri-Conference for collaborative worship planning days. Each retreat day will offer time for reading the texts aloud, silent reflection, group sharing of insights and Holy Spirit guidance followed by time to process, plan, and write for that week. We are gathering to make intentional space for planning worship 4-6 weeks ahead, work collaboratively, and share thoughts and ideas about the RCL texts for each Sunday. If you join us monthly, you will have Advent thought through and planned by the end of October!
Each retreat will be held on Zoom on the last Wednesday of the month. The retreat days will begin at 9:00am CT and finish by 3:30pm CT. Questions about the event? Contact ACM Rev. Kendy Miller at kendy@ucctcm.org.

Register now: https://triconf.secure.force.com/default/CnP_PaaS_EVT__ExternalRegistrationPage?event_id=a2C1U000002E6DeUAK&

Oct
28
Thu
Clergy Coffee Hour @ Zoom
Oct 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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.
Passcode: CoffeeHour

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Meeting ID: 847 9287 2924
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NOTE: We will not meet on November 26th (Thanksgiving), December 24th (Christmas Eve), or December 31st (New Years).

 

Climate Change: Faith, Conversation, Science @ Zoom
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Climate Change: Why We Must Care and What We Can Say–Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is well-known for her ability to connect action on climate change to values, whether those values are love of God’s creation, love for children and grandchildren, or something else. As a highly regarded climate scientist, she’s also learned the best ways to have respectful, persuasive conversations about climate change. She’ll highlight key points of her new book, Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World.

More on the speaker:
Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D., is an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change, one of the most pressing issues facing humanity today. But Katharine may be best-known to many people because of how she’s bridging the broad, deep gap between scientists and Christians— work she does in part because she’s a Christian herself. She’s been named by Christianity Today as one of their 50 Women to Watch, she serves as the World Evangelical Alliance’s Climate Ambassador and as the science advisor to the A Rocha USA, the Evangelical Environmental Network, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, and she currently hosts the PBS digital series, Global Weirding: Climate, Politics and Religion. She is the Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy and a Distinguished Professor and Chair at Texas Tech University.

This event is sponsored by First-Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln, NE. The free event will be held on Zoom! To learn more and find the Zoom information, visit: https://www.firstplymouth.org/cat

Nov
1
Mon
A Time for Contemplative Practice @ Zoom
Nov 1 @ 8:00 am

A Time for Contemplative Practice is an opportunity for pastors to gather for the purpose of engaging in contemplative practices together, to set the intentions for the coming week, and to become equipped to lead similar gatherings in their own communities and contexts. Some of the practices we will encounter are Centering Prayer, holding space for one another in silence, Lectio Divina, and Visio Divina.

The gathering will happen every Monday morning on Zoom at 8:00am CT from October 4th through November 8th. Most sessions will be hosted by ACM Rev. Kendy Miller and occasionally by ACM Rev. Samantha Houser.

Register now to participate in this event series (you are encouraged, but not required to come to every session). You will receive the Zoom information via email after registering.

BRAVE SPACE: Open Conversations for Anti-Racist Congregations in the Making @ Zoom
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Clergy and congregation members in the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences are invited to join the Conference Ministerial staff and Conference Collaborating Partners for conversation centered on building an Anti-Racist Church. Join in to learn how to cultivate Brave Spaces in your congregation, share ideas for beginning or continuing Anti-Racism work in your congregation, dialogue about current events and their impact, build relationships with people across the Conferences working to dismantle racism, and discern how to take the next faithful step.

We will meet on Zoom at 7:00pm CT on the first Monday of each month starting March 1st, 2021.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84054669781

Faithful Conversations about The 1619 Project @ Online - Live and Recorded
Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa invites you to join with communities of faith across Iowa in faithful conversations about The 1619 Project. Slavery in the United States has been referenced as our “original sin.” Given that context and the fact that many communities of faith justified enslavement and benefited materially from it, or, on the flipside, worked for its elimination, it is critical the faith community intentionally study slavery and its lasting impact on the generations during and after.

The New York Times’ The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones et al. is a valuable vehicle to begin a conversation within the context of faith. The Pulitzer Center and its excellent resources provide tools that enhance the original project and community conversations. Faith leaders in the Faithful Voices for Racial Justice project of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa took on the task of designing a series to pull together the pieces for community conversation, intentionally layering in questions regarding one’s faith and how it might inform our approach to the issues raised by The 1619 Project.

Each week via live stream on YouTube, a group of faith leaders will discuss a section of the writings from The 1619 Project — doing so from their faith perspective. Faith communities are encouraged to host a small group(s) to read the sections ahead of time, watch and listen to the faith leader conversation, then hold their own conversation using the format and tools provided on the faithful-voices.org website.

By registering here, you will receive the live stream weblinks for the weekly faith leader discussions which can be viewed Monday evenings at 6:30pm CT (live) or anytime during the week on the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa YouTube channel. This Faithful Conversations series is a wonderful opportunity to enter into some good, rich, thought-provoking conversations on the history of race and racism in our nation and its impact on communities today.

Learn more about the event series and find the registration link here!