2019 Annual Meeting

53rd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference

Thursday, May 30 to Sunday, June 2
Pleasant Hill Community Church, UCC
Pleasant Hill, Tennessee

“That We May All Be One” – Notice the unique wording that we have chosen for this year’s theme? It is based on the motto of the UCC, “that they may all be one” (John 17:21). The SEC Annual Meeting 2019 will be one you recognize, but is packed with new, informative, and exciting opportunities. Check out each link as they are made live. There is much to see!

Special Guest

Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer
General Minister and President
United Church of Christ

The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer currently serves as ninth General Minister and President of the UCC. With a personal theology shaped in the passionate conviction that God is love and God is just, John has embodied the United Church of Christ’s vision of “A Just World for All” throughout his ministry.

This year Annual Meeting registration is working a little differently. You will register for Annual Meeting ($50) and then choose one for the following meal plans.

  • Meal Plan A- $30: This meal plan includes all meals from Friday Lunch through Sunday Breakfast (6 meals total)
  • Meal Plan B- $25: This meal plan includes Lunch Friday through Lunch Saturday (4 meals total)
  • Meal Plan C- $15: This meal plan is for those attending Saturday only and includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday (2 Meals)
  • Meal Plan D- $0: This meal plan only includes dinner Friday which is being sponsored by Uplands Village (1 Meal)
  • Meal Plan E- $0: This meal plan is for those who want to provide their own food and do not wish to attend the dinner Friday.

Housing is not provided. If hotel expenses would prevent you for participating in Annual Meeting, please email Rev. Heather Fosburgh at [email protected]. There are a limited number free overnight accommodations on a first come, first served basis. See the “HOUSING” tab below for more details.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 30

  • Healthy Boundaries Training for Authorized Clergy
    • Training 101: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 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 four years.
  • Retreat for MIDs and PIEs
    • Retreat begins at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, May 31

  • Retreat for MIDs and PIEs continues
    • 8 a.m. – 12:00 noon
  • 53rd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference
    • 12:00 – Registration opens, Expo Opens, Box Lunch
    • 2:00 – Opening Worship
    • 2:30 – “That We May All Be One” with Rev. Char Burch, Southeast Conference & Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, UCC General Minister and President
    • 3:00 – Break
    • 3:30 – First Plenary Session
    • 4:45 – Break
    • 5:00 – Polynesian/Hawaiian Themed Pig Roast sponsored by Uplands Village
    • 6:30 – Workshops
    • 8:00 – Dessert Social

Saturday, June 1

  • 53rd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference
    • 7:00 – Breakfast
    • 9:00 – Workshops
    • 10:30 – Break
    • 10:45 – Workshops
    • 12:30 – Lunch and Celebrations
    • 2:00 – Second Plenary Session
    • 3:00 – Worship – Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer preaching
    • 4:30 – Break
    • 5:00 – Dinner
    • 6:30 – Southeast Conference Celebrates!

Sunday, June 2

  • 53rd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference
    • 6:30 – Breakfast
    • 9:00 – Workshops
    • 10:45 – Worship with Pleasant Hill Community UCC
    • 12:00 – Safe travels home




Following the theme for the Annual Meeting, this year’s workshops have been organized following 4 different tracks. This means that if you are interested in a particular aspect of the theme, you can find at least one workshop addressing that particular focus during each workshop time. Of course, you do not need to follow any particular track and can just choose what is appealing to you during each workshop time. Learn more about the tracks.

Friday 6:30p – 8:00p

  1. Glenna Shepherd “Conversation in Theological Diversity”
  2. Jennifer Crenshaw “Welcoming our Veterans and their families: Recognizing the challenges of re-integration and building a pathway to care”
  3. Gavin Warren “A Brief Summary of Gender”
  4. Don Harris “Church Marketing Best Practices”
  5. Char Burch “What Holds us Together as the Southeast Conference?”
  6. Marie Fortune “Healthy Ministry Begins with Self- Care”
  7. Cara McKinney “Restoring Dignity at Home and Abroad”
  8. Gail Ford “How We Are Bringing A Community Solar Array to Pleasant Hill”

Saturday 9:00a – 10:30a

  1. Carrole Moss “Stewardship and Ministry… and Why Your OCWM Support Matters”
  2. Alan Ballentine “Doing Justice-Loving Mercy-Walking Humbly: Engaging Your Church in Social Justice”
  3. Ellen Sims “Resurrection, Faith, Ministry: The Unlikely Story of an LGBT Youth Program in the Deep South”
  4. Bryan Jones Shattering the Mental Health Stigmas”
  5. John Dorhauer “Conversation with the General Minister and President of the UCC”
  6. Sheri Collins “Where Do I Start in Retirement?”
  7. Sue Peeples “Grow Your Own Church Green Team”

Saturday 10:45a – 12:15p

  1. Bryan JonesShattering the Mental Health Stigmas”
  2. Don Harris “Church Marketing Best Practices”
  3. John Dorhauer “Conversation with the General Minister and President of the UCC”
  4. Glenna Shepherd “United in Song”
  5. Heather Fosburgh “Supporting Members in Discernment”
  6. Carrole Moss/Marsha Brown “Taking it Back to Church: A Mini Boundary Awareness Training for Laity”
  7. Tanya Barnette “Sanctuary of the Heart: Developing New Ways to Accompany our Immigrant Neighbors”
  8. Michael Malcolm “Faith to Fight: Faith and Environmental Justice”

Sunday 9:00a – 10:30a

  1. Gavin Warren “A Brief Summary of Gender”
  2. Heather Fosburgh “How Does the UCC Work? – Polity 101”
  3. Cara McKinney “Restoring Dignity at Home and Abroad”
  4. Don Harris “Greening Your Church: Getting Started”


Rev. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President, The United Church of Christ

The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, author and theologian, currently serves as ninth General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. Dorhauer received a B.A. in Philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College (1983), and has a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary (1988), the same year John was ordained in the United Church of Christ. John received a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary (2004); his area of focus — white privilege and its effects on the church. With a personal theology shaped in the passionate conviction that God is love and God is just, John has embodied the United Church of Christ’s vision of “A Just World for All” throughout his ministry.


Rev. Char Burch, Transitional Conference Minister, Southeast Conference

Originally from Eastern Pennsylvania, Char grew up in the United Church of Christ. She is a graduate of Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV; the University of Illinois, Chicago; and McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago. Char has specialized in Interim Ministry, resulting in 36 years of serving as interim minister for local churches and interim conference staff positions in the Northern California-Nevada, Hawaii, Pacific Northwest, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri Mid-South, Penn Central, and Penn West Conferences. Char is delighted to now claim Pleasant Hill, Tennessee as her home with her husband, Larry. They are both active in their local church (Pleasant Hill Community Church, UCC) and various volunteer organizations.


  • Training and Counseling Center at St. Luke
  • Back Bay Mission
  • UCC Insurance Board
  • Global Ministries
  • Eastern Conference Connections
  • Fair Trade from Pleasant Hill
  • Uplands Village
  • Upper Room UCC Fellowship
  • Retired Servants Retreat / Women’s Retreat
  • Plymouth Harbor
  • Salvaged Soul Designs


The hotels listed are all in Crossville, appx. 8 to 11 miles east on I-40. We do not have a recommended hotel, but are listing these for your convenience. Please check with the hotels directly for rates and availability.

Uplands Village has three units available for rental for Annual Meeting at 75/night. Contact Heather to reserve a unit- they sleep two people in one bed and have a kitchen, bath and TV. First come, first serve. Sorry, sold out.

There are also a number of AirBnB rentals available in the area.

If paying for housing will prevent you from being able to attend Annual Meeting, please contact Heather Fosburgh.

Quality Inn
(appx $94/night)
4035 Highway 127 N

Baymont (Wyndam Hotels)
(appx $74/night)
4038 Highway 127 N

Executive Inn
(appx $46/night)
4083 Highway 127 N

Super 8 (Wyndam Hotels)
(appx $82/night)
2543 E First St

Red Roof Inn
(appx $61/night)
105 Executive Dr

Economy Inn
(appx. $58/night)
3406 N Main St

Hampton Inn
(appx $95/night)
64 Hospitality Drive

Comfort Suites
(appx $101/night)
2581 E First St

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
(appx $128/night)
560 Peavine Rd

Cumberland Mountain State Park
(appx $100/night)
24 Office Drive

About Our Hosts

Pleasant Hill Community Church is an Open and Affirming, Whole Earth, Global Mission, Just Peace congregation of the United Church of Christ. With roots in the post-Civil War work of the American Missionary Association and deep connections with Uplands Village, a UCC-affiliated retirement community here in Pleasant Hill, PHCC remains a vibrant center for social justice work and theological exploration. Our membership includes over fifty retired clergy men and women, chaplains, and missionaries who create a deep sense of UCC identity and a commitment to global mission.

Uplands Village has a warm and long-standing connection to the United Church of Christ, but we are an ecumenical community and invite and welcome people of all faiths and creeds to join us… right here at home. Uplands Village is home to more than 300 diverse people who bring an astonishing range of experiences and backgrounds, united by a shared belief that retirement living can not only allow but expand opportunities to live lives of commitment in the service of others.


Members in Discernment Retreat

The retreat for MIDs and PIEs will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 30 and concludes at noon on Friday, May 31, 2019. More details will be available soon.

Clergy Retreat

Look for a clergy retreat to be held in January 2020.

Directions to the Conference

Pleasant Hill Community Church
67 Church Drive
Pleasant Hill, TN 38578
[email protected]

Air Transportation

Pleasant Hill is equidistant from three airports: Knoxville (83 miles), Chattanooga (98 miles), and Nashville (102 miles). The Nashville airport has almost 500 flights per day, while Knoxville has about 50 and Chattanooga about 20. We recommend you check online to see which city and carrier has the best flights for you.