2021 Annual Meeting: Healing Forward

Annual Meeting June 18-19, 2021

Welcome to the 55th Annual Meeting – which will be held virtually! Our theme of “Healing Forward” provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the brokenness that we have seen and experienced this past year while looking forward to who God is calling us to be.

Registration is now OPEN! The cost for both delegates and visitors is $35 per person (scholarships available). Registration includes access to the Thursday Pre-Event; Worship; Workshops; and Business session. Register online here. (If you cannot use online registration, please contact Heather to learn how you can register offline.)

Delegates: According to our Bylaws, each church is entitled to three lay delegates. Churches of over one hundred members are entitled to one additional delegate for each one hundred members or major fraction thereof, with no church having more than ten delegates. In addition, all authorized ministers holding standing in the Southeast Conference are voting delegates.

Tech Team: We are in the process of creating our “Tech Team.” These are individuals who will assist us with managing the Zoom platforms for our workshops and assisting with the technical aspects of the Business Meeting. If you know someone who is interested in being part of the Tech Team, please contact Rev. Heather Fosburgh at [email protected] or 404-719-6572.

Opening Worship Videos: We are seeking videos that have someone from your church saying, “We praise you, Re-Creating God”. This can easily be done on a phone or computer. It can be done by one person alone or one person surrounded by other members of the congregation during a zoom meeting. The videos will be used as responses during the Gathering Prayer or other parts of the Worship. Email or text the video to Rev. Heather Fosburgh at [email protected] or 404-719-6572.

Outreach pictures or video clips: We are seeking pictures/video clips of members of your congregation involved in mission or justice projects this past year. This may include such things as delivering or giving out food; marching for as a Black Lives Matter witness; sewing masks; etc. We are seeking pictures/video clips showing that even during a pandemic, our church members have continued to be about mission. The pictures/video clips will be shown during the Offering time of worship, as a reminder that our offerings to God include our time, passion, and commitment. Video clips/pictures should be emailed or texted to Rev. Heather Fosburgh at [email protected] or 404-719-6572.

Advertise your church or special project: This is an opportunity for your church to celebrate or advertise during the Annual Meeting. You can purchase time for a short video or picture to be shown. Perhaps you are celebrating a church anniversary, or want to honor your pastor or lift up something special. You supply the picture or the video. Cost: 15 seconds – $25; 30 seconds – $50. In addition to showing it during the Annual Meeting, it will be included on the Annual Meeting website for everyone to view. Interested? Contact Rev. Char Burch at [email protected].

Our tentative schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 17 – 7 pm (EDT)
    • Special presentation about “Juneteenth” led by Bishop Yvette Flunder, pastor of City of Refuge UCC, Oakland, CA, and Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries.
  • Friday, June 18
    • 7 pm (EDT) – Opening Worship
    • Including Preaching by the Candidate for the position of Conference Minister and Holy Communion
    • 8:30 pm (EDT) – Social Hour
  • Saturday, June 19
    • 9 am (EDT) – Workshops
    • Break
    • 10:30 am (EDT) – Workshops
    • Break
    • 12:45 pm (EDT) – Business Meeting
    • 3:30 pm (EDT) – Closing Worship

Watch this website for more details and updates including registration information, materials for Annual Meeting, etc.