UCC Illinois Conference Annual Meeting 2008 - 1

I'm soon headed to Bloomington, IL for the 44th annual meeting of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ. We're holding the meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington. This year's theme is Revive . . . Refresh. . . Renew!

I'm looking forward to reconnecting with friends, finding ways to be a more unified conference, hearing from some great local and national speakers, and even leading music at one of the worship services!

Here's this year's speaker lineup:

  • Rev. Cally Rogers-Witte - Executive Minister of Wider Church Ministries
  • Susan M. Sanders - Minister/Team Leader for Global Sharing of Resources with the UCC Wider Church Ministries
  • Mary Kuenning Gross - Executive for Refugee & Immigration Ministries of the Wider Church Ministries
  • Sandra Gourdet - Area Executive for the Africa Office of Global Ministries
  • Rev. Felix Ortiz-Cotto - Executive for the Latin America/Caribbean Office, Wider Church Ministries.
  • Kawana Hunter – member of Good News Community Church in Chicago and speaker for our closing worship service on Saturday. (That's the service where I get to lead music!)

The Justice and Witness committee has invited all to have an informal 'Sacred Conversation on Race' during our meeting, too! I'll find out more about where we're going to have this conversation when I check in later this morning.

I'm also going to be staffing the Pathways to Promise table in the exhibit area as well as finding ways to promote i.ucc.

It's going to be a full weekend! I'll post about my experiences at the meeting here -- check back!

1 comment:

Traci said...

hi kirk! i hope you have a great time. that conference seems awesome. take good mental notes for the one with rev feliz, the OCWM Latin America guy... maybe he can give E and I a job someday Ñ= (oh dear, i{m on a spanish keyboard and all the symbols are screwed up)