Annual Meeting
2017 Warm Up Workshops

Prior to the annual meeting, there will be two workshops offered to lay and clergy on Friday, October 20, 2017, from 9:30 am - 4 pm at the St. John Evangelical UCC in Collinsville, Illinois.

Cost is $35/person. Lunch is included.
Warm Up Workshop Registration  pdf

1 pm – 4 pm
Storytelling in Worship
presented by Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs
Jim Bear Jacobs was born in 1977 in St. Paul, MN. He is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation, an American Indian tribe located in central Wisconsin. He has degrees in Pastoral Studies and Christian Theology and has served various churches as youth minister, adult Christian educator, and director of Men’s Ministries. He is a cultural facilitator in the Twin Cities and works to raise the public’s awareness of American Indian causes and injustices. He is a convener of “Healing Minnesota Stories," a committee dedicated to creating events of dialogue and education particularly within faith communities.

9:30 am – 4 pm

The Secret Lives of Pastors

presented by Rev. Shana Johnson, Designated Conference Minister

This workshop is for all those who love the church and are curious about the lives of pastors. It will be an honest and humorous look at the call of a local church pastor – what a minister does and why, as well as the relationships between a pastor and the congregation.

9:30 am – 4 pm

History and Governance of UCC

presented by Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell

The history of the UCC can help churches understand the differences of the original denominations that seem to create times of conflict in the present day church. Developing an understanding for this “bottom-up” structure of governance will help congregations understand the benefits and challenges of sharing the covenantal relationships churches have with each other. Rev. Brunell teaches classes designed to understand the history and polity of the UCC.

9:30 am – 4 pm

Understanding Personalities Through Enneagrams

presented by Dr. Jill Baker

The enneagram is an insightful tool that defines personalities in nine distinct types, examining those types in times of growth and stress. It can illuminate your spiritual development and add to your knowledge of why you react certain ways in certain situations. It can also help you understand how you interact with other types. This one-day crash course will introduce the nine personality types of the enneagram and help students determine their type, sub-type or instinct, and wing. It will also look at the emotional centers and underlying motivations for each type. The last portion of class will explore how different types interact with each other, particularly in church settings.

2017 Annual Meeting

October 21, 2017

Gateway Convention Center

8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Click here to register online.
Call for Church Delegates
Complete Delegate Packet pdf

Jim Bear Jacobs was born in 1977 in St. Paul, MN. He is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation, an American Indian tribe located in central Wisconsin. He has degrees in Pastoral Studies and Christian Theology and has served various churches as youth minister, adult Christian educator, and director of Men’s Ministries. He is a cultural facilitator in the Twin Cities and works to raise the public’s awareness of American Indian causes and injustices. He is a convener of “Healing Minnesota Stories," a committee dedicated to creating events of dialogue and education particularly within faith communities. He presently lives in Coon Rapids with his wife Susan and three (soon to be four) young children.

General Synod Results of Resolutions
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  • Passed RESOLUTION OF WITNESS: A MORE JUST ECONOMY: $15 Minimum Wage, Living Wages and Job Creation
  • Passed RESOLUTION: Toward Disability Justice: A Call to the Church and Churches
  • Passed RESOLUTION (as amended): On Corporal Punishment of Children in Homes and Institutions
  • Passed RESOLUTION OF WITNESS: in Support of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Passed RESOLUTION: On Recognizing and Studying Gun Violence as a Public Health Emergency
  • Passed RESOLUTION: Supporting Authorized Ministries of Underrepresented Clergy: A Call for Greater Representation & Economic Justice
  • Passed RESOLUTION OF WITNESS: The Earth is the Lord's--Not Ours to Wreck. Imperatives for a New Moral Era
  • Passed RESOLUTION: Affirming the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Boycott of @Wendys
  • Did NOT pass RESOLUTION OF WITNESS: The Disparity of Rights of Adoptees to Access Birth Records for Adults (Needed a 2/3 majority vote)
  • Passed MOTION: Adoption of the Proposed Changes to the Constitution and Bylaws concerning governance of the national setting.
  • Passed MOTION (as amended): On Establishing Procedures for Cultural Diversity Training for Authorized Ministers
  • Passed RESOLUTION: Bring Down the Wall in the Caribbean: Ending the U.S. Embargo on Cuba
  • Did NOT pass MOTION: Resolution of Witness in Support of Legislation Authorizing Aid in Dying (needed a supermajority)
  • Elected Rev. Penny Lowes as Assistant Moderator of the 32nd General Synod
  • Elected Mr. Norman Williams as Moderator of the 32nd General Synod
  • Elected the slate of candidates for Nominating Committee submitted by the Business Committee
  • Elected the slate of candidates for the Board of Directors submitted by the Nominating Committee.

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Here is ISC's own Rev. Sue Artt, now Conference Minister for the Rocky Mountain Conference and former pastor of St. Paul UCC in Nashville, in front of the General Synod Delegate floor.  It should help you get a feel for being there. Next to Sue is the Assistant Moderator, Norman Williams, a Chicago banker.