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Regarding Scam Emails

It has come to our attention that many are receiving emails that appear to be from our District Superintendents asking for help or to send gift cards.  These are scam emails where someone is impersonating them.  Please take note of the email address of any emails that you receive from the Bishop, District Superintendents or Conference Staff.  The email address will always be from @wisconsinumc.org. 

Please do not reply to any email that you are not certain of where it came from.  Please do not click any links included within the body of the email.  Mark the email spam.  If you find that you have responded to a scam email, immediately change the password to your email and mark the email spam.  Please remember that no one from the Conference Office will ever ask you for money or gift cards.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Lisa Wink at lwink@wisconsinumc.org in the Communications Department.

October Latino-Hispanic Workshop:
Holistic Care Amid Pandemic Times

The Conference Committee for Hispanic/Latino ministries is inviting all Latino/a pastors of the Wisconsin Conference to participate in workshop titled "Holistic Care Amid Pandemic Times: A Workshop on Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Health."

The workshop will be held in Spanish and tailored to the complex multi-cultural reality of a spiritual leader in the 21st century. Rev. Sonia Baca-Zuniga will be leading the facilitation along with the implementation team which includes Revs. Anita Lang, Lourdes Magalhães, and Luis Velasquez. Save the date! Join us on Friday, October 22 from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. For more information, please contact Rev Lourdes at wumcpastor@solarus.net

El Comité de Ministerios Hispanos / Latinos de la Conferencia les invita a todos los pastores latinos de la Conferencia de Wisconsin a participar en el taller titulado" Cuidado integral en tiempos de pandemia: un taller sobre salud mental, emocional y espiritual”.

El taller se llevará a cabo en español y se adaptará a la compleja realidad multicultural de un líder espiritual en el siglo XXI. La Rev. Sonia Baca-Zuniga liderará la facilitación junto con el equipo de implementación que incluye a la Rev. Anita Lang, Rev. Lourdes Magalhães y Rev. Luis Velasquez. ¡Reserve la fecha! Únase a nosotros el viernes 22 de octubre de 6:00 pm a 8:30 pm. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Rev Lourdes en wumcpastor@solarus.net

Inquiring about Ministry Retreat

Do you know someone who is feeling called into ministry? 
Maybe you are feeling called, but don’t know where to begin.

The Inquiring about Ministry Retreat is the starting place to exploring ministry in the United Methodist Church in Wisconsin. The retreat will be at Pine Lake from Friday, October 15 - Sunday, October 17. To register, please contact Rev. Ty Hines at bordmin@wisconsinumc.org. Read more

Bridging the Gap: Gaining Competency to Create Shalom in Multicultural Contexts

All Laity and Clergy are invited to attend this training retreat taking place from September 10th - 11th at Pine Lake. The registration deadline is September 3, 2021 at noon or as soon as registrations meet the capacity of 50 people. 

This training's purpose is to acquaint participants with the reasons discrimination and marginalizing behaviors occur in multicultural settings and to provide tools and resources that will assist participants to identify and eradicate the behaviors and practices leading to discrimination and marginalization of persons.  Learn More
Register Now

Lead 2022 Conference and Young Adult Cohort- Speaker Deadline Extended to August 15th

Registration for the LEAD 2022 Conference in San Diego is now live! LEAD will be held in San Diego, CA from January 23rd-26th, 2022. 

LEAD creates space for Christian leaders to be vulnerable and courageous, connects them around their hopes for the future, and equips them to bring those hopes into realty. LEADers see a vision of the kin-dom of God and are willing to go through anything to get there. 

Speakers will be chosen from an application process that closes August 15th and will present on a variety of topics. Registration to attend is now open. Learn more about LEAD UMC

2021 WI Conference United Methodist Women Annual Gathering

The Wisconsin Conference United Methodist Women are planning an in-person Annual Gathering On Oct. 15-16, 2021 at First United Methodist Church- Baraboo. The theme of the meeting is:  Knitted Together for God’s Good Work. Presenters include Rev. Barbara Certa-Werner on Finding Peace in an Anxious World and Tony Kearney, Sr., Executive Director Northcott Neighborhood House. Registration Deadline is October 1, 2021. 

More information & Register

For questions, contact Kay Waugh, dalekay@att.net, 920-366-6354 or 920-434-7101

Mission News & Information


Midwest Mission Immediate Need- School Supplies

Midwest Mission is in urgent need of:
   - Rulers (12" long with metric)
   - Colored Pencils (12 pack)
   - Scissors (student size)
   - Monetary donations to buy kit items in bulk


Please visit the website to see a full list of Midwest Mission supply needs.

Other Resources


New Webinar: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity

Join Robert P. Jones, author of White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, as he discusses with author Jennifer Harvey why Christianity’s role in white supremacy cannot be overlooked any longer.

In this discussion with Harvey, they will discuss why and how Christians must confront these truths of our history and present, so that we might salvage our faith and our futures. This is an essential conversation for church leaders struggling with how to address equality in their congregations and work toward repairing our past. 

Find out more & Register for the webinar on Thursday, August 19th at 2:00pm CT

Virtual National Men's Gathering 

The Commission on United Methodist Men has announced that its 2021 Virtual National Men's Gathering will be August 28, beginning at 10am U.S. Central time. 

The event will feature keynote speeches from the Rev. Ron Bell of Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Rev. Tom Albin, recently retired as director of Spiritual Formation and Congregational Life for the Upper Room. Read press release or Register for event

Online Lay Servant Ministries Course:
Come to The Waters

Deepen your congregation's experience of baptism, confirmation and reaffirmation of baptism through this wide-ranging study of By Water and the Spirit, Scripture, church history and United Methodist theology and practice of the sacrament. The course runs August 30- September 11, 2021, and considers preparation of adults for baptism and the unique challenges of the digital- and pandemic- age. Read more and Enroll Now!


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