2022 Annual Meeting

56th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference

June 24 and 25, 2022
Montgomery, Alabama

Join us for the Southeast Conference’s 2022 Annual Meeting, “Reflecting on Our Past, Focusing on Our Future.” Our Annual Meeting will be a hybrid event with the ability to participate both online and on-site in Montgomery, AL. Community Congregational UCC, working with Unity UCC and First Congregational UCC, is our hosting congregation.

Annual Meeting will have the opportunity to connect with folks around the conference, learn from one another through workshops, worship together with our opening and closing worship, and plan for the future of the Southeast Conference in our Annual Business Meeting.

Special Guest

Rev. Traci Blackmon
Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries
United Church of Christ

Schedule of Events

All Times Central Daylight Time

FRIDAY – June 24

  • 9:00 – 12:00       Time for attendees arriving early to tour Montgomery and visit local sites
  • 12:00                    Registration open
    • With time to explore the Expo
    • Lunch
    • Communities of Practice to Gather
  • 1:30                      Gather for Opening Prayers
  • 2:00                      First Plenary Session
    • With time to meet our special guests
  • 3:15                      Break
  • 3:30                      Workshops
    • With workshops for youth
    • Rev. Traci Blackmon
    • And other topics for Lay Members and Ministers alike!
  • 4:45                      Break
  • 5:00                      Dinner:
  • 6:50                      Worship – Rev. Traci Blackmon preaching 
  • 8:00                      Ice Cream Social

SATURDAY – June 25

  • 8:15 – 8:45          Morning Prayer and Praise
  • 9:00                      Workshops
    • More presenters from around our conference with a concentration on Social Justice issues facing our communities
  • 10:15                    Break
  • 10:30                    Keynote and Q&A – Rev. Traci Blackmon
  • 12:00                    Lunch and Celebrations
  • 1:30                      Second Plenary Session
  • 3:00                      Worship – Rev. Kim Wood preaching

Registration Fees

IN PERSON
Adult Full Event$110
Adult Friday Only$70
Adult Saturday Only$70
Children (0-5)$25
Children (5-Youth)$25
Exhibitor-Attending Meeting Events$110
Exhibitor-Not Attending Events$60
Youth$50
Youth Leader$50
 
VIRTUAL
Zoom Attendee$45

Delegates

Wondering how many people your church can send?  Anyone is welcome to come as a visitor and participate in all our Annual Meeting has to offer.  We are excited to offer childcare this year so that Annual Meeting will be more accessible to everyone.

Each church in the Southeast Conference is also invited to send delegates to Annual Meeting.  Each church can send three delegates. Churches with over one hundred members are entitled to one additional delegate for each additional one hundred members or fraction thereof. For example: 101 members = 4 delegates, 201 members = 5 delegates, 301 delegates = 6 delegates, etc. No church shall be entitled to more than ten delegates.

Also- all ministers who hold standing with the Southeast Conference have voice and vote in our meeting, so they can represent your minister in addition to the lay delegates from the church!

Workshops

All Times Central Daylight Time

Friday, June 24 at 3:30 PM

  • Youth Only: Meet the Mayor (Montgomery Mayor Steve Reed)
    • Steven L. Reed was sworn in November 2019 as the 57th Mayor of the City of Montgomery, Alabama He is the first African American to hold the position.
  • Clergy Women of Color Forum (Rev. Traci Blackmon)
    • The Reverend Traci Blackmon is the Associate General Minister, Justice and Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ.
  • The Myths of Homelessness and Poverty (Rev. James Pennington)
    • The Reverend James Pennington is the Executive Director of Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi.
  • Interrupting the Violence: Gun Violence and Our Communities (Onoyemi O Erinkitola)
    • Onoyemi (Oni) Erinkitola is an activist and organizer who works with Faith in Action in Birmingham, AL.
  • Churches Joining Forces (Part 2): Congregation and Community Partnerships (Rev. Jennifer Sanders and Rev. Paul Ecknes-Tucker)
    • The Reverend Jennifer Sanders is pastor of Beloved Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
    • The Reverend Paul Eknes-Tucker is pastor of Pilgrimage United Church of Christ, located in the United Church Center in Birmingham.

Saturday, June 25 at 9:00 AM

  • Youth Only: A Conversation on Being Church (Rev. Traci Blackmon)
    • The Reverend Traci Blackmon is the Associate General Minister, Justice and Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ.
  • Environmental Justice and the Church (Kyle Crider)
    • Kyle Crider is the Program and Policy Director for Alabama Interfaith Power & Light and an environmental/energy consultant.
  • The Myths of Homelessness and Poverty (Rev. James Pennington)
    • The Reverend James Pennington is the Executive Director of Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi.
  • Affecting Systemic Change Against Gun Violence (Dana Ellis)
    • Dana Ellis is an activist and organizer who works with Mom’s Demand Action and the Poor People’s Campaign, as well as the Birmingham League of Women Voters.
  • Budget Hearing (Michael Bowen and Rev. Jennifer Baker)
    • Michael Bowen serves as the Treasurer and sits on the Board of Directors of the Southeast Conference, United Church of Christ.
    • The Reverend Jennifer Baker serves as Chairperson of the Southeast Conference’s Stewardship and Finance Committee.

Downloads

Housing

The Southeast Conference has three blocks of rooms reserved at three different hotels that are not too far from the site of Annual Meeting.  Each hotel has a different price point.  Please note that breakfast will be on your own Saturday morning. Some of the hotels have breakfast while others do not.

For larger groups, AirBNB might be a good route to go as there are some houses in the area that can house six to nine people.

HOTELRATES/BREAKFASTCANCELLATIONMEETING ROOMS
Hilton Garden Inn
Exit 4 Midtown
$159 without breakfast
A la carte breakfast available
No group reservation code – may be cheaper to book outside of group rate
48 hrs prior to check-in for individual reservationsY
Marriott Courtyard
Exit 6 Midtown
$108 without breakfast
$118 with breakfast
15% lodging tax
Reservation Code Link:
Book your group rate for UCCSEC
June 10Y
TowneSuites
Exit 11 Eastchase
$135 – includes breakfast
Book your group rate for SEC United Church of Christ
June 9thY
AirBNB – Downtown / Cottage Hill / The QuartersStarting at $125/nightPer AirBNBN

Directions

There has been a change of venue. We will be meeting at First Christian Church (DOC) in Montgomery. We are grateful to the leadership of Community Congregational UCC, who have worked hard to find a new site when the air conditioning went out in their church. Thank you so much, Pastor Ray, and your leadership for finding our new site.

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
1705 Taylor Road
Montgomery, AL 36117

Concerned about COVID and traveling? Masks will be required while we are meeting, and we will have social distancing in place as well.