2017 Annual Meeting

We are pleased to be welcomed back once again to the lovely Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia on June 8-10, 2017.

There will be a Members in Discernment (MID) Retreat on Thursday and Friday. MIDs have received information about this retreat. There will also be a Clergy Retreat on Thursday.

Registration deadline was Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
Onsite registration is available for meetings only.

If you would like to review the committee reports and meeting documents, click on the “Booklet” tab below to download a PDF of the meeting program booklet.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 8:
  • Retreat for Authorized Clergy: “When the Message is for Me.”
    • Registration and Fellowship 9:00 -10:00 a.m.,
      Retreat 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
    • As pastors, we spend a lot of time “shepherding the flock,” caring for others. How much attention do we pay to self care? (I think we know the answer to that!) Kate Stulce, Pastoral Associate for Spiritual Direction at Pilgrim Church, Chattanooga, invites you to take this opportunity to renew yourself through fellowship with other pastors, quiet reflection, group activities and discussion. Lunch is included.
  • Healthy Boundaries Training for Authorized Clergy
    • Training 101: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • These workshops are intended to equip ordained, commissioned, and licensed Clergy to understand healthy boundaries in ministry relationships. This training is in conjunction with our Disciples of Christ siblings. All authorized ministers are encouraged to participate in Boundary Awareness training at least every three years. Lunch is included.
  • Retreat for MIDs and PIEs: “Pastoral Issues in Addiction”
    • 12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m.
    • We will consider the latest research on the nature of addiction and addictive behaviors; become familiar with the content, structure, and efficacy of Twelve-Step Programs; and- through a series of case studies – probe the spiritual and pastoral help that we might be able to offer to those suffering with addiction. Lunch is included.
Friday, June 9
  • Retreat for MIDs and PIEs continues
    • 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
  • SEC Board Meeting
    • 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • 51st Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference
    • 12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m.
    • Annual Meeting on Friday will include times of worship, workshops, large group sessions and fellowship.  Meals, beginning with lunch, will be included.
Saturday, June 10
  • 51st Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference
    • 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • Annual Meeting on Saturday will include the Business Meeting for the Conference, times of worship, workshops, and fellowship.

Workshops

Friday, June 9 – 3:15 to 4:30 P.M

The Local Church as a Spiritual Center
Rev. Lou Kavar

Are you spiritual or religious? That’s the question often asked today. It’s based on an inaccurate understanding of both spirituality and religion.  Yet, it’s a distinction that’s widely accepted in society today. In this seminar, Dr. Lou Kavar will engage in a conversation of the ways spirituality is the foundation of congregational life.  The discussion will focus on the spiritual foundation of a church’s life as a community and faith.  Ways to re-vision the local church as a spiritual center rather than as a religious institution will be explored, including an assessment of spirituality and the congregation.

Clergy Community of Practice
Rev. Michelle Holtmann & Rev. John Gill

To support and nurture these clergy groups:

  1. Transitioning into ministry from student through ordination and the first few years of ministry
  2. Experienced clergy across the conference especially those in isolated settings
  3. Clergy serving as chaplains.

Come to our informational worship to learn and experience a Clergy Community of Practice group

Exploring Social Justice in Churches
Rev. Trish Greeves

“Private Faith and Public Practice: Living our Faith in Every Area of our Lives”

So which is it: “When you pray go into your room and shut the door” or “Don’t hide your lamp under a basket, put it out there for everyone to see.”  Should the church be involved in politics or should it limit its concerns to explicitly “spiritual” matters? This is a deeply divided time in the life of our country. It is important for the church to be clear about why, when and how to engage in today’s social, religious, political, and cultural issues from the unique perspectives of Christian faith.  Based on her recently published Prophetic Faith: Exploring Social Justice Advocacy as a Congregation, Rev. Dr. Trish Greeves will present a model for personal and communal holistic faith practices in private and public settings.

Protecting our People, Property and others Assets & Liabilities
Rev. Chris Goss

We recognize our assets in the church which is our people, our property and our community.  The physical property is in the billions of dollars.  The human capital is in the hundreds of trillions of dollars. How do we leverage our assets against our liabilities?

Saturday June 9, 2017 – 10:45 to 12 noon

Panel Discussion — Welcoming the Immigrant
Rev. Glenna Shephard, Cathy Davies, and Rev. Tom Hagood

We live in a world of people on the move. According to the United Nations, there are over 59.5 million forcibly displaced people in the world. The Bible is full of stories about God’s people being forced to leave their countries, Adam and Eve, Noah, Sarah and Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Naomi, Esther, Jeremiah, Jesus, Mary and Joseph to name some. We, in the United Church of Christ, find our grounding in God’s Word about how we are to treat the stranger in our midst. We believe we are called to offer an “extravagant welcome.”

Not Your Mother’s Youth Ministry: How 60 LGBTQ Teens Became a Youth Group
Rev. Ellen Sims and Justin Litaker

This workshop will explain why and how a small, new church chose as their focal community ministry the creation of a weekly support group for LGBTQ teens. Presenters will share 1) the method of group discernment used by the congregation to determine their signature ministry, 2) the means of finding partners and resources to create a safe space for LGBT teens, and 3) the successes and challenges of a nontraditional model for youth ministry in which the church ministers to youth in the community context, not within the ministries of the church.

Let’s Get Started!
by Rev. Michelle Holtmann & Rev. John Gill

This session is an extension of Clergy Community of Practice and will be a time to start to form groups and leaders.  It will go into more details of the nuts and bolts of a group.  During this session we can develop the types of groups needed and their descriptions.  It will also be a time to begin to develop covenants for your group.

Local Church as a Spiritual Center
Dr. Lou Kavar

Are you spiritual or religious? That’s the question often asked today. It’s based on an inaccurate understanding of both spirituality and religion.  Yet, it’s a distinction that’s widely accepted in society today. In this seminar, Dr. Lou Kavar will engage in a conversation of the ways spirituality is the foundation of congregational life.  The discussion will focus on the spiritual foundation of a church’s life as a community and faith.  Ways to re-vision the local church as a spiritual center rather than as a religious institution will be explored, including an assessment of spirituality and the congregation.

The Local Church and the MID Process
Rev. Valerie Coe-Lowder

The local church is where the call to ministry is first articulated and cultivated.  This session will discuss how the local church can support your Member in Discernment throughout the process. If you have a MID in your congregation or someone feeling the pull in to authorized ministry this session is for you.  We will also provide documents and resources to help along the way.

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Leaders

Marie Bacchiocchi, Interim Conference Minister

Marie joined the Southeast Conference in March 2017, coming to us from the Central Atlantic Conference where she served as an Associate Conference Minister. Marie was raised Roman Catholic in Mansfield, Massachusetts where she learned how to be an ardent Boston sports fan. She received her BA from Mount Holyoke College, her M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and her MAT in elementary education from Rhode Island College.

SharRon Jamison, Motivational Speaker

SharRon holds a BA from Hampton University and a MBA from Nova Southeastern University; and is currently pursuing her Masters of Divinity degree at the Interdenominational Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She serves as a minster at the Victory for the World Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia. SharRon is going to help the Conference begin thinking about our vision for the future.

Peace Congregational, Clemson, SC

Tiny houses project.

Trish Greaves

Social Activism in the church

Musicians

Carol Shane, Pianist (Church of the Savior, Knoxville)

Jess Chancey, Vocalist (Kirkwood United Church of Christ)

Special Guests

Scott Shirai, Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship

Scott’s role is to fulfill the major gifts program of the United Church of Christ with the primary responsibility of securing gifts for the UCC in the eastern half of the U.S. in support of its many invaluable programs and projects.

Exhibitors

  • Back Bay Mission Trip
  • Blowing Rock Conference Center
  • Capital Campaign Grants
  • Church Building and Loan Fund
  • Commission on Licensed Ministry
  • Common Global Ministries
  • Conference Grants
  • Cornerstone Fund
  • Dream in Progress book sale
  • Insurance Board (Christopher Goss)
  • Lutheranch
  • Office of Stewardship
  • PATHWAYS
  • Piedmont College
  • Retired Clergy Retreat
  • SharRon Jamison
  • Southern Regional Women’s Retreat
  • Upper Room

Housing

New Bedford Hall

Built in 2009, New Bedford Hall is named for New Bedford, Mass., and the area in New England where many of the first Congregationalist supporters of Piedmont College lived. Suites in this residence hall include private rooms with a shared bath. There are two floors with elevator access. New Bedford features an outdoor deck with a view of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and a whimsical whale-shaped weathervane. This residence hall has a study, laundry room, lobby with big screen television and pool/ping pong combination table. New Bedford Hall suites include two bedrooms with a bathroom connecting the dorm rooms. Each room is set up with a bed, dresser, desk, microwave and fridge, night stand, and closet. Two people share a bathroom with a shower and sink. Toilets are separated by a door from the rest of the bathroom.

Plymouth Hall

Built in 2010, Plymouth Hall is named for the area of New England where passengers on the Mayflower landed in 1620 and commemorates the Piedmont’s long Congregationalist heritage. Suites in this residence hall include private rooms with a shared bath. There are two floors with elevator access. Plymouth features an outdoor deck with a view of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and a weathervane in the shape of a shallop—a small sailboat. This residence hall has a study, laundry room, lobby with big screen television and pool/ping pong combination table. Plymouth Hall suites include two bedrooms with a bathroom connecting the dorm rooms. Each room is set up with a bed, dresser, desk, microwave and fridge, night stand, and closet. Two people share a bathroom with a shower and sink. Toilets are separated by a door from the rest of the bathroom

Housing Registration

All located in Swanson Center Atrium. Piedmont College has requested the following times so as to honor their student’s busy schedules.

  • Wednesday: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Contact Numbers

  • “RD On Call”: 706-968-3377
  • Campus Police: 706-939-1349

About Our Hosts

Piedmont College pedestrian_bridge

Founded in 1897, Piedmont College is a comprehensive liberal arts institution and also offers a variety of career-oriented majors, including education, business and nursing. Total enrollment is approximately 2,800 students on campuses in Demorest and Athens, Georgia.

The Demorest campus is a traditional residential campus located in rural Habersham County, and the Athens campus is designed for commuting students and is located near downtown Athens. Both campuses offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, including education specialist programs and an education doctoral program.

Piedmont College is a member of the United Church of Christ Council for Higher Education. They offer scholarships for students who are members of a UCC church.

James MillichampJames F. Mellichamp is the thirteenth President of Piedmont College. His career at Piedmont began in 1982 as a member of the music faculty. He advanced to become the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, then Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost before being elected as President in 2012.

Under his leadership, the college has flourished. He has guided the academic program development of the college for the past fifteen years during which time new majors were added in almost every discipline from undergraduate through doctoral levels. A dedicated teacher, he holds the rank of Professor of Music and maintains an active studio of young organists.

With a performance career spanning more than forty years, Dr. Mellichamp has made prominent appearances as an organist throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. His concerts include solo recitals at such notable venues as the Washington Cathedral, Berlin Cathedral, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.

After study at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. Mellichamp was an international organ scholarship recipient for two years at the Hochschule fuer Musik, Herford, Germany. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Piedmont College is a smoke-free environment.

Retreats

  • Retreat for Authorized Clergy: “When the Message is for Me.”
    • Registration and Fellowship 9:00 -10:00 a.m.,
      Retreat 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
    • As pastors, we spend a lot of time “shepherding the flock,” caring for others. How much attention do we pay to self care? (I think we know the answer to that!) Kate Stulce, Pastoral Associate for Spiritual Direction at Pilgrim Church, Chattanooga, invites you to take this opportunity to renew yourself through fellowship with other pastors, quiet reflection, group activities and discussion. Lunch is included.
  • Retreat for MIDs and PIEs: “Pastoral Issues in Addiction”
    • 12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m.
    • We will consider the latest research on the nature of addiction and addictive behaviors; become familiar with the content, structure, and efficacy of Twelve-Step Programs; and- through a series of case studies – probe the spiritual and pastoral help that we might be able to offer to those suffering with addiction. Lunch is included.

Training

  • Healthy Boundaries Training for Authorized Clergy
    • Training 101: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • These workshops are intended to equip ordained, commissioned, and licensed Clergy to understand healthy boundaries in ministry relationships. This training is in conjunction with our Disciples of Christ siblings. All authorized ministers are encouraged to participate in Boundary Awareness training at least every three years. Lunch is included.

Directions to Piedmont

Daniel Hall - Piedmont College-3To Piedmont College Demorest Campus
165 Central Avenue
Demorest GA 30535

800-277-7020

From Atlanta: Take I-85 North 31 miles to I-985. Take the I-985 North / LANIER PKWY exit- EXIT 113- on the LEFT toward GAINESVILLE. North of Gainesville, I-985 becomes GA-365. Continue on GA-365 North about 44 miles to the GA-105 / US-441-Business Route exit toward GA-385 / DEMOREST / HELEN. Turn LEFT onto US-441 Business Route / GA-105. Continue to follow US-441 Business Route 2.1 miles to the Piedmont campus in Demorest.

Or click here to get directions via Google Maps

Piedmont College is a smoke-free environment.

Annual Meeting registrants will be housed in campus housing. All facilities are accessible.

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