2018 Annual Meeting: Being Shaped… and Reshaped

Join us for the Southeast Conference’s 52nd Annual Meeting, June 8 & 9 at Piedmont College in Demorest, GA

The Annual Meeting this year will continue our discussion of our year of discernment with listening sessions and speakers and workshops to help us think about, talk about, and discern the future of the Southeast Conference.

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.

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.

REGISTER ONLINE

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 6

  • 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.

Thursday, June 7

  • Retreat for Authorized Clergy
    • Registration and Fellowship 9:00 -10:00 a.m.,
      Retreat 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Retreat for MIDs and PIEs
    • 12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, June 8

  • Retreat for MIDs and PIEs continues
    • 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
  • SEC Board Meeting
    • 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • 52nd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference
    • Annual Meeting on Friday will include times of worship, workshops, large group sessions and fellowship. Meals, beginning with lunch, will be included.
      • 10:30am: Registration opens
      • 10:30-11:30am: Board of Directors check in and assignment pick up
      • 12:00-1:30pm: Lunch
      • 1:30-3:30pm: Business Meeting
      • 3:15-3:30pm: Break
      • 3:30-4:15pm: Keynote #1: Rev. Courtney Stange-Tregear
      • 4:15-4:30pm: Break
      • 4:30-5:30pm: Workshops
      • 5:30-7:00pm: Supper
      • 7:00-8:30pm: Worship with Rev. Ray Speller, Senior Pastor, Community UCC, Montgomery, AL preaching, chapel
      • 8:30-10pm: Evening Activity: Dance Party led by Rev. Marie Bacchiocchi and Rev. Dr. Brice Thomas and Ice Cream Social

Saturday, June 9

  • 52nd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference
    • Annual Meeting on Saturday will include the Business Meeting for the Conference, times of worship, workshops, and fellowship.
      • 8-9am: Breakfast
      • 9-9:45am: Keynote #2: Rev. Courtney Stange-Tregear
      • 9:45-10:15am: Business Meeting #2
      • 10:15-10:30am: Break
      • 10:30-11am: Keynote #3: Scott Shirai, UCC Major Gifts Coordinator
      • 11am-12pm: Workshops
      • 12-1:30pm: Lunch
      • 1:30-3pm: Business Meeting #3
      • 3-3:45pm: Worship with Communion, chapel

Workshops

Workshops will be announced soon.

Downloads

The booklet will be published soon.

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.

To Be Announced

Special Guests

Scott Shirai, Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship

Scott Shirai joined the national setting last year as a Regional Major Gifts Officer for the eastern U.S.  He has a deep background in nonprofits and was the recipient of three “innovator awards” for fundraising and research in ceremonies at the White House from 2004 through 2006.  Prior to that, he reorganized and administered a corporate foundation for a Fortune 1000 company.  That experience and of having served and led several nonprofit boards have given him the perspective of being on “both sides of the table.”  Before joining the nonprofit sector, he was an investigative reporter/morning anchor for an NBC affiliate and subsequently an award-winning specialist in marketing/communications.  Scott is accredited in public relations and one of about 300 Fellows in the 22,000 member Public Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows.

Exhibitors

Exhibitors will be announced soon.

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 information will be announced soon.

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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