Annual Celebration 2018:

Tipping Toward the Enduring Good

If you can represent our church and attend…please see Rev. Gaye

You’re Invited!
We are pleased to invite you to the 44th Annual Celebration & Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Conference, June 7-9, 2018 at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center in Black Forest, CO! The meeting will be hosted by the Metropolitan Denver Association. 
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés writes: “Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.”
This year’s theme, Tipping Toward the Enduring Good, is inspired by the above excerpt from her poem, “We Were Made for These Times.”Special Guests
Our Keynote Speaker & Workshop Facilitator will be Bruce Reyes-Chow. He is a prolific and celebrated author whose latest book is Rule #2: Don’t Be an Asshat (An Official Handbook for Raising Parents & Children). 
From his website: Bruce is a pastor, author, consultant, and coach, and speaks and teaches on faith, race, parenting, and technology in a variety contexts. He is committed to living and expressing a Christian faith that is beautifully complex, unimaginably just, and excruciatingly gracious.Schedule & Agenda This year, the Celebration is one day shorter, and will begin with our Thursday night reception and conclude after lunch on Saturday. Guests will have the option of staying another night—read more about that below!

In addition, we’ll be providing youth programming all day Friday and Saturday morning for children of attendees! If your children would like to visit La Foret and enjoy hiking, sports, games, crafts, singing, and more, please RSVP to connect@rmcucc.org so we can plan accordingly. This additional youth programming is FREE (please, only children of registered attendees :).

You can view our Draft Grand Agenda here, which includes meeting blocks, workshop session details, meal times, celebrations, and information about the optional retreat.

Please note: This Grand Agenda is subject to change. 

Register for Annual Celebration 2018
Soul Time: 
An Optional Spiritual Retreat To strike the balance of energizing discussions and vital downtime—and because the meeting is one day shorter—we are offering an optional spiritual retreat at La Foret. The retreat will begin Saturday afternoon after the meeting, and will run through 10 a.m. on Sunday. Your hosts will be Conference Minister Rev. Sue Artt and Associate Conference Minister Rev. Erin Gilmore, who will offer a few optional activities and the chance to meet with them one-on-one.
If you have any questions, please contact Erin. We hope you will join us for this spiritually enriching, soul-fortifying retreat!

Important Info & Deadlines

Nominations: 
You are invited and encouraged to send in nominations for both Association and Conference positions, which can be done using this Google Form. We invite you to view the Draft 2018 Nominating Report, which lists all positions, filled and vacant. If you have questions, please contact the Nominating Committee at nominating@rmcucc.org.

2019 Ministry Plan: 
We’ll approve our proposed Ministry Plan for 2019. These will soon be available on our website, included in the final Program Guide, and distributed in the 30-Day Notice.

2019 Clergy Compensation Guidelines: 
We will review and approve the 2019 Clergy Compensation Guidelines. These will soon be available on our website, included in the final Program Guide, and distributed in the 30-Day Notice.

Proposed Resolutions:
We are now accepting resolution forms. These forms, which can be viewed, printed, and downloaded from our website, must be filled and returned to us by April 25, 2018. Please email these forms (and/or any questions you have) to erin@rmcucc.org.

UCC ByLaws:
At the UCC’s 2017 General Synod, the membership voted to approve our new UCC ByLaws. In order for these to go into effect, they need ratification from the Conferences. These ByLaws will be introduced at the beginning of the meeting, and voted on before we break on Saturday.

Boundary Training at Annual Celebration:
We will offer first-time and renewal Boundary Training to our clergy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 at La Foret. You will be able to sign up for the training during the registration process. The Boundary Training fee is included in your Annual Celebration registration.