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Mark your calendars now! 2013
Heartland District Assembly April 12-13, 2013 Horizon Convention Center
Muncie, IN "Claiming the Future in Two Parts" This year’s District Assembly will have two main components: conversations and decisions on the future of Heartland District, and conversations and reflection on the changing world of religion.
Over the past two years, your Heartland Board and Staff have been looking at the best ways to be organized to work toward the changing world. The decision has been made that the staff will be (and currently are) working in a regional model, sharing staff and services with Central Midwest and Prairie Star Districts to create the MidAmerica region.
Delegates to Heartland’s District Assembly are being asked to decide the future governance that will move us into a vision of a new era in Unitarian Universalism in MidAmerica. The three Boards are sharing much information to help you know about this (see the Heartland website, and also sign up for our HeartLine newsletter to learn more). Come prepared to help shape our response to the changing future.
Second, we will be joined by staff from the UUA’s Growth Strategies Office as they present our keynote address:
Claiming the Future: How Unitarian Universalism Can Thrive in a Changing World
Unitarian Universalism has grown incrementally over the past three decades, while mainline churches have struggled with numerical decline and aging membership. Current trends suggest that the coming decades will be challenging ones for religious communities and that most traditions will suffer steep declines, while a handful will actually prosper. How can Unitarian Universalists outperform the curve in the years ahead? What characteristics of our faith point toward a robust future? What things might we need to leave behind? What bedrock values can we never surrender?
Stefan Jonasson has been Director of Growth Strategies for the Unitarian Universalist Association since 2011. During his 22-year career at the UUA, he has also served as District Executive for Western Canada and the Director for Large Congregations.
Tandi Rogers has been the Growth Specialist for the Unitarian Universalist Association since 2011. Prior to this, Tandi was the long-tenured Programs Specialist for the Pacific Northwest District of the UUA.
Make your plans to join us in Muncie in April! Apply to present a workshop HERE!
What is District Assembly?
Each year, in early April, District Assembly is the time we come together to
learn from each other, join together in worship, and renew our commitment and
understanding of what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. It is also
the time we come together to conduct the business of the District. Our
keynote speaker brings a message to inspire and rejuvenate all who attend.
Other UU leaders and educators will present a variety of educational
opportunities in the form of workshops and focus groups. Delegates from
congregations vote on matters important to the District.
year, the Heartland District Board of Trustees awards the
Charlotte Cowtan Award
to a member congregation recognizing the important work they have done in
furthering Unitarian Universalism within our communities and our district.
Anne Miller Award,
presented by the Heartland Lifespan Religious Education Committee,
recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to Lifespan
Religious Education, both at the local level and in the larger RE community.
Cancellation Policy...Cancellations made in writing
email@example.com) up to 10 days before the event are eligible for a 50% refund of
fees. Cancellations made in writing (email) after 10 days before the
event are not eligible for a refund. Registrations may be transferred
to another person with notification in writing (email) prior to the event.
are seeking to make attendance at District Assembly easy for families with
children; therefore, we are again offering childcare at this District Assembly
for young people ages 3 to 11 during the programming day on Saturday. The
cost per child is $20.00 and includes all meals and snacks.
Deadline for childcare registrations is April,
While we support and encourage families to attend, we're stymied about
childcare. In the past, there has been very little call for childcare, and
there has also been times when we created a program for registered children, but
they did not show up. We're trying to figure out why it is that folks
don't appear to want/need the service, or what would make it more attractive.
This year we see as a chance to get your feedback and to decide the future of
childcare at District Assembly. The District underwrites the costs by more
than 80% of the cost for children - we pay a minimum of two childcare workers,
rent for the space, and food and snacks for the young people. We love to
do this when it's a needed and used service; we'd love not to pay for this if it
isn't suiting anyone's need.
Please le us know what you think.
Whether you are bringing children or not, email
Lisa Presley at firstname.lastname@example.org to
let her know what you think about the childcare. We need your input to
make this work and work better.
District member congregations are entitled to send delegates to District
Assembly. The number of delegates each congregation is entitled to send is
based on the congregation's certified membership to the Unitarian Universalist
Association (UUA) each February. To see the UUA guidelines, which are also
used by the District, please go to
Delegate Information on the UUA website. Voting documents for the 2013
District Assembly will be available in early March 2013.
and organizations are invited to exhibit products, services and programs at District
Request to Exhibit form should be submitted to the District
office by April 2013. Group Reservations...Congregations that have paid their Fair Share
contributions to the District and the UUA in the previous fiscal year
are eligible to receive one free
adult registration with every seven paid adult registrations.
When submitting a Group Registration to the District
office, please send a separate registration form for each individual in the
group. Members of a group should not submit registration forms separately.
Group registration fees can be paid with one check for the whole amount, or by separate checks
from each group member. Fees should accompany the group registration.
funding is based on individual donations to this fund. This year, there is
limited funding available. All registrants are encouraged to add money for
the fund. Please complete
Scholarship Request Form to request a scholarship.Your request will be reviewed and an answer will be
given by mid-March. Submit your
District Assembly Scholarship Request Form to the District office at
Heartland District, 5351 E. Thompson Rd., #229, Indianapolis, IN 46237-4094, or
email to email@example.com. Request deadline: April 2013