2017 Annual Gathering Documents
Business Meeting Documents
2018 Draft Budget Summary
2018 Proposed Clergy Compensation Guidelines
Nominating Committee Report – 2017 Annual Gathering
Outdoor Ministry Plan with Appendix 1
Outdoor Ministry Plan Appendix 2 – Financial Forecast
Unconference 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: We all know that the best parts of a conference really happen during the breaks. Those times when you meet someone while drinking coffee and learn about an innovative ministry she is doing. Or when you have time to discuss the struggles another church is also having in designing their website.
The Unconference, led by Rev. Ryan Byers, pastor of Christ Church UCC, Fort Thomas, KY and board member of UNCO, made those short, ‘best parts’ and turned them into the main feature of the day. We shared ideas about planting communities, writing liturgy, creating art, innovating technology, and so much more! YOU brought the conference. The hosts and many volunteers provided a space and facilitated bringing individuals together for UNCO.
Dinner Church 6 – 8 p.m. — Building upon the wild excitement about our “Beer and Hymns” gathering at last year’s annual gathering, we offered another encounter with an innovative model of ministry that involved singing, praying and eating together! Rev. Kay Ann Albright and MK O’Haver from Bridges of Grace UCC in Charleston, WV, led us in a Dinner Church experience — one in which the simple music and liturgy was built around a full meal together! Incredible food was prepared (along with some of you serving as sous chefs!) by Chef Rah Imani of the Culinary Agency and member of Move United Church in Columbus.
Informal Young Clergy Gathering after Dinner Church – Nicole Havelka invited young-ish (under 45) clergy for socializing and beverages at Time and Change. We talked, relaxed, and enjoyed being present with one another at the end of the day.
Business and Worship 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
On Saturday morning, we heard a compelling story told by Wolfgang Dzieran, a lay member of our ministry partner church, the Evangelical Church in Westphalia, Germany. Every few years, his hometown of Bad Lippspringe hosts a 6-month-long state flower and garden fair. This year, when they expected 500,000 fair visitors, residents from seven different religions (Bahai, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and Sikhs) joined forces to create a Faith Garden (GlaubensGarten) to show visitors that a peaceful and respectful cooperation of people of different faiths was, and is, possible. The project not only impressed their visitors, but it changed the participants themselves.
The day concluded with worship featuring the powerful preaching of Rev. Courtney Clayton Jenkins. A visionary pastor and teacher representing a new generation of leaders, Rev. Clayton Jenkins serves as the Senior Pastor and Teacher of South Euclid United Church of Christ (formerly Euclid Avenue Congregational Church). At the age of 27, Rev. Jenkins made history when she became the first woman, first African American and the youngest pastor called to lead this special congregation. Since that day in 2010, Rev. Jenkins has led the multi-cultural, and multi-generational, congregation to become the vibrant church that it is today, but first she had to lead it out of the ashes.
Just six months before Rev. Jenkins was asked to serve, the historic church was struck by lightning and the architectural gem was completely destroyed by fire. With courage, the congregation called the young and dynamic “hip-hop” preacher to become their pastor to allow God to do “a new thing.”
We would like to thank Westerville Community UCC for being wonderful hosts!
We’re grateful for the support of the following sponsors:
- United Church Homes – Premier Partner
- MTSO: Methodist Theological School in Ohio – Premier Partner
- UCC Insurance Board – Saturday’s Lunch
- UCC Cornerstone Fund – Refreshment Break & Young Clergy Scholarships
- United Church Funds – Refreshment Break
We would like to thank the following Annual Gathering exhibitors:
- Back Bay Mission
- Chicago Theological Seminary
- Crossroad Child & Family Services, Inc.
- Eden Seminary Bookstore
- Heidelberg University
- Lancaster Seminary
- Ohio Conference German Working Group
- Ohio Council of Churches
- SARA (Sharing America’s Resources Abroad)
- Trinity UCC Wooster
- UCC Council for Health & Human Service Ministries
- UCC Cornerstone Fund
- UCC Disabilities Ministry
- UCC Insurance Board
- United Church Funds
- United Church Homes
- Veterans Ministries
- Washington UCC