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Photos appearing to the right were taken at the recent meetings at LTS where Kathy Clark presented on PATHWAYS and Tim Downs was present for discussions.
Alabama-Tennessee Association Fall Meeting - "Making Connections"
"Making Connections" was the theme of the Alabama-Tennessee Association Fall Meeting, which took place on September 30 and October 1. Hosted by Howard Congregational UCC in Nashville, the biannual gathering was a time of creative worship, interesting workshops, wonderful fellowship, and excellent preaching.
Georgia-South Carolina Association Gathers for Fall Meeting
Following lunch, the gathering came together for business, in which they elected Elizabeth Clement and Debbie Spearman as moderator and vice-moderator of the association respectively to begin in their offices following the spring annual meeting. Debbie Spearman gave an update on the status of the Transforming Churches, Transforming Lives Campaign. The event ended with a panel representing Virginia-Highland Church, Pilgrimage UCC, Circular Congregational UCC, and First Congregational UCC, Atlanta in a free wheel conversation about church as sacred space. The spirit of the meeting was warm and enthusiastic noting all the signs of renewal and vision that are taking root in the association.
East Alabama-West Georgia Association Gathers for 79th Annual Meeting and 111th Session of the Alabama Christian Council
Tim Downs gave an annual financial report for the association. There is $28,482.28 in the checking account, and a balance of $104,861.23 in the United Church Foundation account for theological scholarships. This money came from the sale of First Congregational Church, Roanoke. AL. Downs then gave a report on the conference. He said that while the vitality and growth of the conference was not evident in this association, there is no doubt that the successes of today are built on the commitments that were made by those before us. Much of that growth is in urban areas across the South, and the only urban area in this association is Columbus.
We then received reports from each of the churches present. United Columbus noted that they still have four members who meet in a Burger King when their pastor, Jim Johnson is in town. The church building which they have turned over to the Columbus Historic Foundation is being renovated. Oakgrove Congregational Christian Church is continuing to “rock and roll”, although it is struggling with membership. It was reported in the words of Monty Python that Sandy Creek UCC, “ain’t dead yet”. Following additional report, elections were held and Wayde Washburn was reelected moderator, Ira David, elected vice-moderator, and Betty Moon will continue as secretary. The Association voted to dedicate $3500 to staff support in the Conference.
The keynoter for the occasion was Mike Stroud, the director of the History Project. He traced the history of this association from the earliest days of James O’Kelly to W.M.J. elder who with his family established 22 churches on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, beginning in modest brush arbors. He noted with particular thanks the roles of Millard Fuller and Jimmy Lightbourne in bring about the formation of the Southeast Conference over the objections of the segregationists at this time.
Capital Campaign Continues Growth
Living into the Future of Theological Education
A Breathtaking Blue Ridge Retreat
A Faith Inspired Look Toward WholenessOn the beautifully, colorful fall weekend of Oct. 7-9, hundreds of women from the southern region joined together for a time of fun, fellowship, relaxation and spiritual encounter. This all took place at the United Church of Christ's Southern Regional Women's Retreat held at the UCC Conference Center in Blowing Rock, NC. We experienced together "A Faith Inspired Look Toward Wholeness" with UCC's Minister for Health Care Justice, Barbara Baylor, complete with many motivating and educational workshops,
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