As our local congregations have found, moving to a virtual platform changes things! It’s not unusual that Conference Annual Meetings overlap and this year is no exception. The Hawaii Conference Annual Meeting is October 4-10 and the KO Annual Meeting is October 5-11. What’s unusual is that members of different conferences can intentionally share resources and attend the annual meeting of other Conferences. But virtual annual meeting and networking makes that possible.
What’s the connection, other than the dates? For one church in Florida, Coral Gables UCC, it’s the relationship that has been built through Conference Minster Edith Guffey and the Pastor Rev. Lauri Hafner who have known each other for over twenty years. But while the relationship was the foundation, the resources available through KO has been the most important. Members of Plymouth UCC trained members of Coral Gables in the use of the UCC White Privilege Curriculum; Coral Gables has a German Church worshipping in their building that they consider part of their ministry so they are very interested in our partnership and the programs on the agenda by our German partners, especially on how Black Lives Matter has impacted life in Germany.
While the connection to the Hawaii Conference may seem less direct, the UCC is a small church! In talking with the Conference staff about our program; they were immediately interested in contacting Rev. Rosemary Maxey as she is well known throughout the UCC! But they didn’t know about her video that we introduced them to and is now on their agenda. Members of the Conference may join us for some of the evening sessions and workshops. and we are invited to join them as well. We know that the time difference is challenging! You can find the schedule for the Hawaii Conference Annual Meeting here
While we can’t literally welcome people to annual meeting with a warm hug or handshake, it’s good to name the new things that happening.