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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.

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Aug
11
Tue
Ministers’ Moments: A Space for Authentic Conversation About Ministry @ Zoom
Aug 11 @ 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
Aug 11 @ 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.”

Congregations in Search and Call @ Zoom
Aug 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

During this challenging and uncertain time, we acknowledge that many of our churches are still participating in the search and call process. Rev. Darrell Goodwin and Rev. Samantha Houser who steward the search and call process for Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota Conferences would like to assist our congregational leaders leading these processes in their local settings and answer any questions that may have arisen over the past few months.

Register now: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CqRXpd-lRxmI-CQZKx8-cw

Aug
13
Thu
Ministers’ Moments: A Space for Authentic Conversation About Ministry @ Zoom
Aug 13 @ 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

Aug
16
Sun
Rite of Ordination for Kerryn Oliver @ https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89878572440
Aug 16 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
The Northeast Association of the Iowa Conference invites you to participate in the Rite of Ordination for Kerryn Oliver on August 16, 2020 at 4:30 pm.  Members and friends of the Conference are invited to join via Zoom through the invitation below.

In addition to attending via Zoom, people are invited to send a photo greeting, a cutout symbol of hands, doves, or other “spirit” symbols, or any greeting of your choice to aldenucc@gmail.com, or P O Box 45 Alden, IA 50006. Greetings and symbols will be used in the altar area during the service.

More about Kerryn:  Kerryn Oliver has served as the Associate Pastor of the Alden and Jewell United Church of Christ since 2005. She is a graduate of the CENTER/LEARN program, holds a Masters degree in Education from Viterbo Unitersity, A Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and an Associate of Arts degree from Ellsworth Community College. She is certified with the International End of Life Doula Association. She has also taught music in the public schools for 22 years. She and her husband, Mike, have two grown children: Erin (Brett) Bandow of Iowa Falls, and Mark (Michelle) Oliver of Alden, six grandchildren, two spoiled dogs and two spoiled cats. Kerryn’s hobbies include reading, flower gardening, and playing the piano.


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Ordination of Kerryn Oliver
Time: Aug 16, 2020 04:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Aug
18
Tue
Ministers’ Moments: A Space for Authentic Conversation About Ministry @ Zoom
Aug 18 @ 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
Aug 18 @ 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.”

Aug
20
Thu
Ministers’ Moments: A Space for Authentic Conversation About Ministry @ Zoom
Aug 20 @ 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

Aug
25
Tue
Ministers’ Moments: A Space for Authentic Conversation About Ministry @ Zoom
Aug 25 @ 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
Aug 25 @ 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.”