Seeking Spiritual Maturity and Religious Growth

MDD Gathering and Annual Meeting

October 13–14, 2017

UU Church of Boulder
5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder, CO 80303, USA
Boulder, CO 80303

Download a PDF of the complete MDD Annual Meeting Packet


Keynote by Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons
“Grown Up Souls: Spiritual Maturity and Religious Purpose”

Just as we seek to become physically, intellectually, and emotionally mature, so we need to reflect together on what it means to become spiritual adults, no matter what theological identity path we may have chosen to follow. What do the great souls of different traditions have in common with each other, and what can our communities learn from them?

Annual Meeting including election of MDD Board officers including, vice president, treasurer and ministerial rep.

Text of Rev. Dr. Gibbons’ AddressNotes from Rev. Dr. Gibbons Workshop [PDF]


Workshops

“Skills for Smalls”
with Rev. Sarah Schurr, PWR Staff

This workshop offers a basket of skills for congregations of 150 and fewer.  Hear the latest thinking about the gift of a small congregation in our faith. From leadership to worship to programs for children – your Congregational Life staff has ideas for you.  Rev. Sarah Schurr is the small congregation specialist on the PWR staff team and served as the first minister in a number of small congregation prior to joining the UUA staff.

“Outreach & In-Reach: Attracting, Integrating, and Nourishing Unitarian Universalists”
with Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh and Rev. Tandi Rogers, PWR Staff

A sea-change is happening in American religion, and spiritual needs have only grown more intense. Take home tools to help your congregation attract new people, successfully integrate them into community, and nourish their faith for the long haul. Take home ideas beyond membership class or signing the membership book. Learn how you can not only charge new members, but re-ignite long term members.

Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh has served as a lay leader and parish minister, and grew up in our host congregation the UU Church of Boulder. She is the Pacific Western Region’s specialist in faith formation and expert in outreach and social media, as well as the primary contact for MDD congregations in New Mexico, Western Colorado, and southern Metro Denver. While working on the UUA’s Outreach Team she developed a toolkit for congregational outreach (to be unveiled this fall) as well as the congregational website template that so many of our congregations use.

Rev. Tandi Rogers is our region’s specialist in emerging ministries and conflict transformation as well as primary contact for MDD congregations in Idaho, Utah, and Southern Colorado.  While the UUA’s Growth Strategy Specialist she started the blog Growing Unitarian Universalist and also worked closely with the UU Association for Membership Professionals to develop tools for congregations.

“A Conversation about Governance in the Larger Church”
With Rev. Christine Robinson, First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque

This workshop is for leaders in congregations with 300 member or more. We will talk about what governance model you are using, what’s working for you, what’s not, and what you see as the benefits and pinch points. After more than 30 years of ministry at the First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque, Christine Robinson is beginning this fall as a consultant to large churches in the Pacific Western Region.


Schedule and Agenda

Friday Oct. 13th
7-8 p.m. Ingathering

Saturday Oct.14
8:00 Registration and breakfast
9:00 Worship
10:00 Break
10:15 Keynote: Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons
11:15 Break
11:30 Business meeting
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Workshops
3:30 Closing
4:00 Departing


Annual Meeting Materials

Print copies of the Annual Meeting packet will not be distributed on site this year. However, select segments will be displayed on-screen during discussion at the annual business meeting. If you wish to have a paper copy, please print this PDF of the MDD Annual Meeting Packet to take with you. It will still be available online during the meeting if you prefer to access it electronically.

The MDD Annual Business Meeting will convene Saturday morning at 11:30. Please see the listing below for the meeting agenda, accompanying reports and additional materials.

If your congregation wishes to have delegate representation at the MDD Annual Meeting, please have your minister, a board officer, or their designee submit the online Delegate Certification Form by October 6.

MDD Gathering – publicity for your congregation’s newsletter and bulletin
Annual Meeting Agenda
Minutes from 2016 Annual Meeting
MDD President’s Report
Treasurer’s Report: Balance Sheet and Proposed Budget
Bylaws Change
Slate of Board Nominees
– Dan Arnow
– Judy Bentley
– Mary Wellemeyer
Litany of Leadership
Generosity Network
Chalice Lighter Program Report
Midwestern UU Conference


Accommodations

Home Hospitality

Request home hospitality from available spaces

Nearby Hotels

Boulder – Days Inn
S Boulder Rd Hwy 36 and Boulder Rd / Table Mesa Exit, Boulder CO  1-844-663-2269

Holiday Inn Express – Boulder
4777 Broadway, Boulder, CO  1-303-442-6600

St. Julien Hotel and Spa
900 Walnut St, Boulder, CO  80302 1-720-406-9696