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Sep 07, 2023

Exciting Opportunities to Serve on the Board of Directors

The Michigan Conference Board of Directors (BOD) is seeking to fill four open positions.

The key role of Treasurer to serve as the CFO of the Conference is open.  The new Treasurer should have significant previous experience serving a church or non-profit in a financial role.  Additional experience and credentialing as a financial professional would be valuable.

There are two positions open for At Large representation on the Board of Directors.  At Large reps must hold local UCC church membership in the Michigan Conference.  There is also an opening for a Liaison role that requires holding local church membership in the Grand West Association.

The BOD is committed to inclusion and charged with a balance of representation across a diverse intersection of demographics.  Lay persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in learning more about being considered for nomination for one of these positions please contact Rev. Liz Larrivee, Nominating Committee Chair, Vice President BOD at

If selected by the Nominating Committee, your name will be presented for a vote at the October 28 Annual Meeting to join the Board of Directors.

Thank you for your generous consideration of ministry service to the wider church in a BOD leadership position! We’d love to have you as part of the team!!

Aug 11, 2023

Video Invitation to Annual Meeting 2023

and Registration for Vitality Day September 30, 2023

Part-Time is PLENTY Event (in-person OR Zoom)

Research shows many congregations have cut costs dramatically and increased vitality at the same time.  They do it by redesigning how pastors and laypeople work together.  Join the Michigan Conference UCC as we engage in conversation with Rev. G. Jeffrey MacDonald to help equip local churches living into new forms of ministry.

* Registration includes lunch and a copy of the book for in-person participants, and video access to the event for 1 month for all registered participants. Online participants will be sent a unique Zoom link before the event.


Jul 14, 2023

A Reflection on General Synod 34

By Delegate Rev. Dan Barnum-Steggerda – Grand West Association

Our United Church of Christ — not perfect but promising to continue trying…not perfect but striving to live one with another in sacred covenant with our God, our Savior, and the inspiring Spirit that makes us one! We, together, with God, can and will MAKE ALL THINGS NEW! (foundation Isaiah 43:18-19)


Jun 07, 2023

New Michigan Conference Website

New and improved content and layout at the SAME address, utilizing UCC Everywhere. UCC Everywhere gives your church the opportunity to have a modern, easy-to-manage and custom website so that faith-seekers and current members alike can learn and engage in what your church has to offer.

May 03, 2023

Trauma Informed Church

Thank you to Dr. Mary Crnobori

for leading participants through an informative presentation, and to Rev. Jo Bahr, Rev. Lawrence Richardson, and Rev. David Wheeler, for offering thought-provoking conversation about how to be aware of trauma and its effects on the people we care for in our church communities.

The April 27 Michigan Conference UCC Webinar – Trauma Informed Church – was recorded and is available to watch HERE

Resource Sheet was provided by Dr. Mary Crnobori and notes from the chat and conversation can be found HERE


Apr 05, 2023

From Your Conference Minister

On #TransDayOfVisibility – 3.31.2023 – and everyday as Michigan Conference UCC Minister, responsible for the care of 140 churches, and as a proud parent, I want to be clear: You are all beloved by the amazing mysterious God who made us all. Pretty sure that same God wants their human beings to catch up and do the same.

~ Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel

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Mar 08, 2023

Area Conference Minister Ruth Fitzgerald to Retire May 31

Dear Friends,

I write to share this letter from our Area Conference Minister Ruth Fitzgerald, who has faithfully served the Grand West Association since March 2019, announcing her retirement. While I did not get near as much time with Ruth as I would want, I will always be grateful for her warm welcome and wisdom in my first year. On behalf of the Michigan Conference, I thank God for Ruth’s ministry, for the chance to thank her in the months ahead, and for the blessings she shares about her ongoing vocation, in this letter to us all.

Peace and Blessings,
Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel
Conference Minister



Feb 08, 2023

Winter Retreat for Michigan Youth

What do you get when you put 22 youth, 6 youth advisors, and a Conference Minister together?

A whole lot of FUN!!

Youth and leaders from 4 Michigan Conference UCC churches gathered for a Youth Winter Retreat January 28-29, 2023. Youth also had the opportunity to attend worship led by Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel. A special thanks to all who were present, and all who helped support and organize this wonderful opportunity for fellowship. Youth shared that they love how the church helps them find friends, builds community, teaches them new things, and feeds them!!

It was a wonderful weekend filled with all that, and MORE!!

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