Injustice Anywhere Update
Sep
27
2:00pm 2:00pm

Injustice Anywhere Update

  • Centennial Christian Church - St. Louis (map)
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Mid-America Disciples Clergy and Congregations Event
Injustice Anywhere Update
Special Guests: GMP Rev. Terri Hord-Owens Minister of Reconciliation Rev. April Johnson

Time: 2:00PM-5:00PM
5PM Dinner & Fellowship
6PM Protect Action Participation (Optional)

Description: Gather with Disciples leaders and local protest clergy to hear about what’s been happening in St. Louis since the verdict in the Stockley case and to process our public witness, and to equip clergy and congregations for action.

Agenda:
- Updates from STL Racial Justice Group
- Hear from GMP and Reconciliation Minister
- Question & Answer Session
- Connect and process with other Disciples
- Direct Action Training

Register online now!

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Reconciliation Special Offering
Oct
1
8:00am 8:00am

Reconciliation Special Offering

The Special Offering is used to fund our Church’s mission imperative to become an pro-reconciling and anti-racist church utilizingexperiential education, inclusive worship and intentional dialogue. Our efforts to promote healing, relationship and restoration in the whole family of God are enlivened by funds from this offering. Through it we are able to provide programs for leadership development, curriculum for dialogue and learning, and partnerships within the Church and our communities. Learn more here.

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ATiiM Annual Conference
Oct
4
to Oct 5

ATiiM Annual Conference

  • Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Association of Trained Intentional Interim Ministers Annual Conference will be October 4-5 at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center.  The theme: Bringing Justice: Immigration and Civil Rights will feature two speakers - Rev. Dr. Damayanthi Niles, Professor of Theology at Eden Seminary and Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon, Acting Executive of UCC Justice & Witness Ministries and Senior Pastor of Christ the King UCC in Florissant, MO.  Both have broad experience in bringing people together in response of faith to issues such as immigration and civil rights, as well as sensitivity to those who struggle with the biblical command to bring God's justice.  Both were likewise identified as for their response in faith to the crisis in Ferguson, MO.

Registration and payment can be made by mail and online at www.cciwdisciples.org and at www.ilucc.org.  Please share this information with colleagues who may be interested in this special event.

Event brochure   ***   Event registration form

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Revealing A Future Vision from the Past
Oct
14
9:00am 9:00am

Revealing A Future Vision from the Past

  • First Christian Church - Boonville (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dr. M. Eugene Boring, one of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)'s most respected New Testament Biblical Scholars will be presenting three lectures at the Boonville First Christian Church on Saturday, October 14, 2017.  This one-day event explores the theme "Revealing A Future Vision from the Past" and is the inaugural event for the newly established Boonville First Christian Church Izola Jones Annual Lectureship Fund.  Because of this fund, the event is open to the public free of charge.   

For more information on Dr. Boring's presentations and how to register click here. Find a printable bulletin insert here.

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Disciples Seminarians Conference
Oct
19
to Oct 22

Disciples Seminarians Conference

Registration is now open for this year's Seminarians Conference. The gathering will take place in Indianapolis, IN beginning on Thursday October 19, 2017 and ending on Sunday October 22, 2017. This is a great opportunity for Disciples seminarians to learn about various aspects of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), including information about general ministries, opportunities and programs available for ministers, and additional resources. The Seminarians Conference is also a wonderful opportunity to meet, network, and fellowship with other current Disciples seminarians.

The cost of registration is only $75.00; however, deferred payment is available. Find all the information here.

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Regional Gathering - Clergy Day
Oct
20
1:00pm 1:00pm

Regional Gathering - Clergy Day

This Regional Gathering has been planned to work in conjunction with Festival of Sharing.

The clergy day (Friday) will start with a training session from 1 to 4. Ministers have their choice of two different topics for this session. The first is a Boundary Training (Ministerial Ethics) designed as a second level for those who have had boundary training before. The cost of this session is $30. The other is an Introduction to MissionInsite: Knowing Your Church's Mission Field and Growth Potential. This session is an overview of the demographics program that the Region has made available to all congregations. The cost of this session is $10.

At 4:00 we'll convene for "We are the Mid-America Region...The Good, The Bad, and The Holy." Participants will learn more about what's happening in our Region and meet the two new "settled" Regional Minister Team members.

The day qualifies as five hours of continuing education towards the annual 15 hour requirement.

Find more information, including lodging, on the event flyer.
REGISTER ONLINE

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Regional Gathering - Clergy & Laity Day with Festival of Sharing
Oct
21
8:00am 8:00am

Regional Gathering - Clergy & Laity Day with Festival of Sharing

We begin today at the Festival of Sharing taking part in hands-on mission opportunities, hearing a speaker from Heifer International, and visiting displays.

After lunch at the Festival or elsewhere in Sedalia, we'll meet at 1:30 at First Christian Church (200 S Limit Ave, Sedalia, MO 65301) for desserts, discussion groups, and closing worship. Cost for this portion of the event is $10, but is free to all clergy who attended one of yesterday's sessions.

Find more information, including lodging, on the event flyer.
REGISTER ONLINE

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Disciples Women Fall Retreat
Nov
3
to Nov 5

Disciples Women Fall Retreat

  • First Christian Church - Bonne Terre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

SAVE THE DATE!

The Southeast Gateway women will be hosting this Regional event. More information will be posted as it becomes available. Please note that the beginning and ending times are approximate and will be confirmed as the schedule is completed.

The theme this year is "All Things Are Possible." The featured speaker will be Betty Quicksall who participated in the 2016 Global Ministries Woman to Woman Pilgrimage to South Africa and Ghana.

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Developing a Spiritual Response to Domestic & Sexual Violence
Nov
4
9:00am 9:00am

Developing a Spiritual Response to Domestic & Sexual Violence

This event is brought to us by the NW Commissioning Ministry Team.  Clergy can receive up to 5 hours of CEUs depending on their level of participation.  Terry Robison, member of the NW Commissioning Ministry Team has been working in partnership with the Maryville Children and Family Center for the past six months to provide this opportunity.  The goal of the training is to encourage local community partnerships to be created to work together to create a spiritual and healing response to domestic and sexual violence. 

This event is being presented by the NW Commissioning Ministry Team in response to requests for CEU events that are accessible to clergy in the NW part of the state.   The workshop facilitator is Meghann Kosman, a Court/Victim Advocate at the Maryville Children and Family Center.  The event is open to clergy with the recommendation for teams that include pastors, laity, and community members.   The registration fee is $10.00 to cover the cost of lunch and snacks and will be collected the morning of the training event.  For event details and registration information, see the event flyer.

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National Council of Churches Christian Unity Gathering
Nov
8
to Nov 10

National Council of Churches Christian Unity Gathering

What does it mean to live as a follower of Jesus today?

Through powerful speakers, seminars, and presentations we will find inspiration to come together as people who are called to bind up wounds, fight injustice, and protect the poor and vulnerable.

Resilience:  How do we grow, adapt, and thrive when we get discouraged?Resistance: What does it mean to “stand in the way?”
Persistence: Where do we go to find the strength to remain engaged?

Our 2017 Christian Unity Gathering will examine all these questions through our theme, “Resilience, Resistance, and Persistence.” Come and be inspired and equipped for the long journey ahead! Learn more.

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Mid-America High School Winter Retreat
Jan
13
to Jan 15

Mid-America High School Winter Retreat

Mark your calendar now for this youth event! Leaders are currently working out details, which we'll post as soon as we can, but here's what we know so far:

  • All high schoolers across the Region are invited and encouraged to attend.
  • Our CRY and CYF Conference cabinet members are participating in the planning of the event.
  • The theme and activities will reflect the fact that it will take place on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, focusing on our continuing work for justice.
  • We will have online registration available soon.
  • The cost will be as low as possible, likely $99, and we hope to make scholarship funds available.

Please continue to consult this page, and our weekly Update newsletter, where we will communicate more information as it becomes available.

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People to People Spiritual Pilgrimage to Chiapas, Mexico
Apr
17
to Apr 26

People to People Spiritual Pilgrimage to Chiapas, Mexico

You are invited to take part in the Mid-America Regional People to People Spiritual Pilgrimage to Chiapas, Mexico April 17 – 18, 2018. The Pilgrimage is sponsored by CCMA and Global Ministries. Our CCMA Mission Co-worker Partner, Elena Huegel, and the Intituto de Estudios e Investigacion Intercultural will be our hosts. The pilgrimage is open to nine adults (age 18 or older) from across CCMA. Dr. Larry Colvin, Regional Minister Team member will serve as regional group leader.

Disciples Women are asked to provide funds for emotional & physical first aid kits for migrants and refugees.

Learn more about this opportunity
Tentative itinerary
Registration form - registrations due by November 1, 2017 (form will download in Word)

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DoC/UCC Youth Event
Jun
19
to Jun 22

DoC/UCC Youth Event

  • Grinnell College - Grinnell, Iowa (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is a multi-state event with our partners in the United Church of Christ, and our Regional Minister Rev. Dr. Paul Koch is on the planning team. It is for youth completing grade 6-12. The keynote team is the Convergence Music Project featuring Andra Moran and Christopher Grundy. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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Reconciliation Special Offering
Sep
24
8:00am 8:00am

Reconciliation Special Offering

The Special Offering is used to fund our Church’s mission imperative to become an pro-reconciling and anti-racist church utilizingexperiential education, inclusive worship and intentional dialogue. Our efforts to promote healing, relationship and restoration in the whole family of God are enlivened by funds from this offering. Through it we are able to provide programs for leadership development, curriculum for dialogue and learning, and partnerships within the Church and our communities. Learn more here.

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Charting Our Course: Restorative Justice in Missouri
Sep
22
8:30am 8:30am

Charting Our Course: Restorative Justice in Missouri

  • Missouri State University - Plaster Student Union (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On September 22nd at the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, join justice practitioners, victim service advocates, school administrators, teachers, school counselors, academics, social workers, human service professionals, social justice advocates, and others to network and learn about restorative practices in Missouri. Conference tracks include community, school/education, and justice system.

The keynote speaker is Stephanie Frogge and our own Phil Snider of Brentwood Christian Church will lead one of the breakout sessions. Learn more and register.

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Persons in Ministry Retreat
Sep
18
to Sep 20

Persons in Ministry Retreat

This year's theme is "Pastoral, Prophetic, Perturbed: Ministry in Turbulent Times."

The speaker for this year's retreat is Rev. John Thomas, who has recently retired from Chicago Theological Seminary and is a former General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.

Registrations due September 11th. $135. Please make lodging reservations directly with the Inn at Grand Glaize.

Thanks to the Rickman Leadership Development Fund, ministers attending PIM for the first time will have 100% of their registration costs returned to them.  (2nd year returnees - 50% and 3rd year returnees - 25%).  Lodging, extra meals and transportation remain your responsibility.  Rebate forms will be handed out at the retreat.  Authorized ministers who wish to receive a rebate must be current on their required Boundary & AR/PR trainings and have turned in their 2016 Continuing Education Report.

Very special thanks to Rev. Ed Varnum who has written a theme song for the retreat! 
Have a listen!           Music & lyrics

Event brochure
Event registration form (must be completed even if paying online)
Online payment (scroll down to Registrations section of UCC Donation page)

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Trivia Night
Sep
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Trivia Night

  • First Christian Church - Frankford (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The trivia night will be located in the church's fellowship hall, with doors opening at 6:30 and the first question being asked at 7 p.m. Registration is $10 per person or $80 per team. Teams are limited to eight members. Proceeds will go towards paying for a new roof for the church.

All ages are invited to join in the night filled with food, fellowship, and plenty of ah-ha moments! This is going to be fun evening and you can reserve a table for you and seven friends by emailing frankfordchristianchurch@gmail.com.

Pretzels and other snacks will be provided at each table and the CWF will be providing a sandwich buffet for $5 throughout the evening. Printable flyer.

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Men's Human Trafficking Retreat
Sep
16
9:30am 9:30am

Men's Human Trafficking Retreat

  • St. John's Episcopal Church - Springfield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Retreat will be for men only and focus on Human Trafficking with an emphasis on sex trafficking. It is being sponsored by the Brotherhood of Saint Andrew, an Episcopal/Anglican men's organization with over 5,000 members in the United States. The event is open to all men with a small fee of $20.00 to cover the cost of lunch and snacks.  

The only way to end sex trafficking is for men to start accepting responsibility for their actions. The September 16 retreat is an effort to encourage men to consider their actions, and take responsibility to end modern slavery.

This invitation comes to all Disciples men from the Brotherhood of Saint Andrew through Drury University's Rev. Dr. Peter Browning. Participation earns continuing education credit for clergy. Registration form.

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Opening Gates, Opening Hearts: Christian Responses to Offender Re-entry
Sep
16
9:00am 9:00am

Opening Gates, Opening Hearts: Christian Responses to Offender Re-entry

  • Christian Fellowship Church - Columbia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Voices of Reentry” Join us as we explore offender reentry in a different way. This daylong training workshop will present three different journeys to and through reentry as well as two continuing education sessions. These sessions will provide attendees the opportunity to learn more about Prison Fellowship Ministries, behavioral and mental health topics, 4-H LIFE, and an introduction to what you or your congregation can do to help with reentry ministries.

Find information here.

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Boundary Training
Sep
16
9:00am 9:00am

Boundary Training

  • First Christian Church - Sedalia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This training will fulfill the requirement of all active clergy to participate in a boundary training session once every three years.

This event may be cancelled if there are not at least 20 participants registered by September 9.

The fee for this session is $55, which includes lunch and all distributed materials. Please register online here. Or use the mail-in registration form.

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Our Common Life: Sustainability Through Interfaith Connections
Sep
12
11:00am11:00am

Our Common Life: Sustainability Through Interfaith Connections

This presentation is offered by Missouri State University as part of its Public Affairs Week.

Eboo Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core www.IFYC.org a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm.

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Lake Ozark CC 75th Anniversary
Sep
9
5:30pm 5:30pm

Lake Ozark CC 75th Anniversary

On Saturday, September 9th, Lake Ozark Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will have a dinner to celebrate their 75th  Anniversary. They expect members, family members, past members and friends of their church to attend, and hope people from the area churches will come help them celebrate. This will be an exciting event!

The 5:30 p.m. dinner will be catered. The cost is $15 per person. Children under 5 will be free. Please make your reservations by calling the church office at 573-365-3366. Reservations are required and must be paid by September 3rd.  

They hope you will join them to share your memories, honor their founders, and celebrate their history!

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Northeast Disciples Women Fall Assembly - Postponed
Sep
9
9:30am 9:30am

Northeast Disciples Women Fall Assembly - Postponed

9/6/17 - Received word that this event is being postponed.
Will publish new information as it becomes available.

The theme for this Assembly is "Women of God - From Rib to Backbone." 

The focus scriptures are from Genesis 2:
(18) And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
(22) And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

$12 includes lunch. Reservation required. Learn more on the flyer.

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Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training
Sep
9
8:15am 8:15am

Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training

  • First Christian Church - Chillicothe (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is the entry level Anti-racism training provided by our Mid-America Regional Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism team. The schedule includes speakers, video, interactive experiences and conversation. Attendees will learn to:

  • Name and understand key terms/concepts related to racism
  • Describe current and historic examples of institutional racism, white privilege, civil and human rights in the U.S.
  • Explore and articulate biblical foundations for justice ministry
  • Engage in informed dialogue about current issues of racism and work toward reconciliation in the U.S. and in local communities
  • Begin to develop personal and community-based “Next Steps” to address systemic racism in participants’ own communities.

This training will fulfill the requirement of all active clergy to participate in a PR/AR training session once every three years.

This event may be cancelled if there are not at least 25 participants registered by September 2.

The fee for the session is $50, which includes lunch and all distributed materials. Please register online here. Or use the mail-in registration form.

Please note:
The training session begins at 9. Check-in opens at 8:15.
This session was originally scheduled to take place at FCC in Cameron but was changed 5/3.

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Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training
Aug
19
8:15am 8:15am

Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training

  • Webster Groves Christian Church - St. Louis (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is the entry level Anti-racism training provided by our Mid-America Regional Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism team. The schedule includes speakers, video, interactive experiences and conversation. Attendees will learn to:

  • Name and understand key terms/concepts related to racism
  • Describe current and historic examples of institutional racism, white privilege, civil and human rights in the U.S.
  • Explore and articulate biblical foundations for justice ministry
  • Engage in informed dialogue about current issues of racism and work toward reconciliation in the U.S. and in local communities
  • Begin to develop personal and community-based “Next Steps” to address systemic racism in participants’ own communities.

This training will fulfill the requirement of all active clergy to participate in a PR/AR training session once every three years.

The fee for the session is $50, which includes lunch and all distributed materials. Please register online here

Please note that the training session begins at 9. Check-in opens at 8:15.

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Faith Adventures Camp
Jul
24
to Jul 28

Faith Adventures Camp

This camp is for all ages of children and youth. 

CYF - grades 9-12
Chi Rho - grades 6-8
JYF - grades 3-5
Try-It - grades K-2 (with an accompanying adult) July 27-28 only

$180 if registered by June 30, $200 after June 30.
Try-It $90 by June 30, $100 after June 30. Additional child $50.
Register online   ***   Learn more about our other programs.
Visit the Faith Adventures website.

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Christian Regional Youth (CRY) Festival
Jul
17
to Jul 20

Christian Regional Youth (CRY) Festival

This event is for youth finishing grades 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12. 

The theme this year is "Finding God in the Ups and Downs" and the scripture is Romans:8:38-39.

Registration fee is $210 until June 1, $235 after June 1. ***REGISTER ONLINE***

Printable flyer   ***   CRY Facebook page   ***   More info about other summer programs

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Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
Jul
16
to Jul 21

Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

  • William Jewel College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Five-Day Academies for Spiritual Formation (ministry of The Upper Room) are offered all around the world, but rarely, if ever at this low price. And, NEVER before have they been in Kansas City. Finally, it is super rare to find a 5 Day Academy for Spiritual Formation during the summer when teachers and college/grad school folks could actually attend.

This Summer, its happening at William Jewel College. An ecumenical group who've completed 2 Year Academies have been planning, and St. Paul's School of Theology is co-sponsoring.

Early registration (by May 31) $350     Standard registration (after May 31) $395
Find all the information here.

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NEOLA Try-It Camp
Jul
14
to Jul 16

NEOLA Try-It Camp

  • Covenant Point Camp & Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This camp is for children from 4 years to completing grade 2, and an accompanying parent/grandparent. Campers will receive specific information from the director, including packing list and definite start/end times, after registration. $180 if registered by May 1, $205 after May 1. This price is for one adult and one child. Additional adult $70, additional child $55.

Register online   ***   Learn about our other summer programs

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