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Ministry Days Programming

Monday Registration, Reception, and Welcome

Pick up your registration materials at the Columbus Hyatt Regency anytime between 2:00 and 7:30 on Monday and stick around for our opening reception!  The UUMA Board of Trustees is looking forward to greeting you and our colleagues from the Ohio-Meadville Chapter will welcome you to Columbus with a song led by their incoming president, Scott Rudolph.

Tuesday Opening Worship

What does it mean to center that which is marginalized within ourselves and within society – to step out of the comfort of what we have known and change the way we engage our hearts and minds? As we come together for worship and renewal, members of the UUMA’s Committee for Antiracism, Anti-oppression and Multiculturalism will offer worship on what it means to collectively risk decentralizing the comfort of what we have known.

A Child Dedication Ceremony will be part of this morning's service.  If your family would like to participate, please contact Janette Lallier.

Keynote Speaker: Rev. John Dorhauer

Maintaining Relevance, Credibility and Vitality in a Postmodern World

"We are living through a time of enormous change. This isn’t generational change; this is a shifting of the paradigms. Many of the assumptions  about what made religious leaders and movements relevant and vital through the time of the Enlightenment no longer apply. What is it that 21st century leaders need to know in order for religion to evolve, maintain its functionality, and continue to reshape the human community for the common good? I will explore those themes in this keynote address."

- Rev. Dorhauer


About the Presenter

The Rev. John C. Dorhauer, former conference minister of the Southwest Conference of the UCC, is the ninth general minister and president of the United Church of Christ.
Prior to his role at the Southwest Conference, Dorhauer served as associate c
onference minister in the Missouri Mid-South Conference, and also served local churches in rural Missouri. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, where he studied white privilege and its effects on the church. His new book, Beyond Resistance: The Institutional Church Meets the Postmodern World, will be released in June.

 Dorhauer is passionate about justice. Two statements that shape his theology are: "God is love. God is just." Along with his passion for justice, Dorhauer has a passion for and love of baseball – specifically the St. Louis Cardinals – music, literature and poetry. He has been married to his wife for nearly 31 years and they have three children. 


Dorhauer was elected at the 30th General Synod of the United Church of Christ to be its 9th General Minister and President, which met June 26-30, 2015 in Cleveland. He has initiated a vigorous and ambitious 100 day program, which has resulted in a number of key initiatives designed to repurpose this denomination to be part of a 21st century movement to transform the world for the common good. 

Tuesday & Wednesday Lunch Time Meet-Ups

In an attempt to provide much needed time for you to connect with your colleagues, we have opened the schedule to allow for longer lunches. We hope that you will use this time to enjoy one of the many restaurants in the area. Please note: to help lower costs we will only be providing fuller snack breaks. No breakfasts will be provided.

This year we are making easier than ever to gather groups of people together over lunch (you can also plan an evening gathering!) Building on the success of this program at the Institute we have revised our Meet-up group for Ministry Days.  Anyone can create a Meet-up or look over what’s been created and join in. Visit for information on how to participate.


Collegial Conversations


Titles of conversations will be announced in April. If you have an idea or would like to see a certain topic addressed please contact Don Southworth by February 15.


UUA Presidential Candidate Action

Leaders of the UUMA will present what we feeling are key questions concerning the UUAs role in partnering with the UUMA in nurturing excellence in ministry.   The candidates will speak to our questions, in this 2-hour session fashioned in a manner similar to community organizing actions.


Evening Vespers

Experience peace, inspiration and deepening at this Vespers Service held from 7:30-8:30 on Tuesday Night at the Columbus Hyatt Regency. With music, story, ritual, and meditation, a chance for us to feel the power of connections to help us in our ministries.  Welcoming all ages and diversities of callings to professional religious leadership.


Wednesday: 25/50 Worship

Continuing a long tradition, UUMA Colleagues will gather Wednesday morning in celebration of Ministry.  This year’s speakers, representing ministers ordained in 1966 and 1991, will be the Reverends Joseph Bassett (50-year class) and Joel Miller (25-year class).


Joel Miller is currently the Interim Minister for the UU Church in Canton, NY. He was previously the Interim Minister of the UU Fellowship of Corvallis, OR, the Senior Minister of the UU Church of Buffalo, and the New Congregation Minister of the Columbine UU Church in Littleton, CO. In the church office when the Columbine High School shootings occurred in 1999, he responded in the aftermath of the tragedy. Joel's internship was with Mark Belletini in Hayward, CA in 1989, and Mark is Minister Emeritus of the First UU Church of Columbus, OH. Columbus is Joel's hometown and the First UU Church here is where he grew up UU. 


Joe Bassett was raised in The First Congregational Unitarian Church of Northboro on Sophia Fahs Beacon Curriculum and Junior Choir Festivals. Before  graduating from Harvard Divinity School he spent a year studying post Biblical Judaism at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Twelve years later he received an MA in liturgy from the University of Notre Dame. Joe was ordained in 1966 by Church of the Unity in Winchendon  Massachusetts. After a thirty eight year ministry he be came Minister Emeritus of the First Church in Chestnut Hill ,Mass. That prototypical  small church  informed ;  the Religious Arts Guild Song Book,  the Beacon  RE Kit ,The Adventures of God's Folk and  a book ,Theology for Pew and Pulp[it .I  served as MSR for the M ass Bay District  an d have been a member of King's Chapel since  Divinity School.




Annual Meeting

There is a lot going on in the UUMA.  Join us for our annual meeting when we will hear about new initiatives, approve our budget, elect new leaders and celebrate those who have served. Stand with your Colleagues and be part of UUMA History. While we hope ALL of our members can join us in Columbus we are excited to offer “official”  off-site voting and participation for the first time this year. 

Berry Street Lecture

If Our Secrets Define Us” — Rev. Gail Seavey

Gail S. Seavey graduated from HDS and was ordained at her home church, the First Universalist Society of Rockport MA in 1990.  She has served congregations in California, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and has been at her present call, The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, TN for 11 years.  She presently serves on the TN Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, as the Executive Secretary for Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) a Gamaliel affiliate, atrained UUA advocate and as a UUMA coach.   She has been married to artist James Seavey for 47 years – together they have two grown sons and two young granddaughters. 

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