February 26 & 27, 2021 Virtual Faith Formation Conference

Theme: “Live it – Engaging the Sacred Texts Through the Lenses of Cultures”

Keynote Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Velda Love, Minister of Racial Justice, Justice and Local Church Ministries-UCC.

When faith seeks to understand the Hebrew Bible, the faithful seeker should approach the book with more questions than answers. There are mysteries and myths operating simultaneously and in tension when it comes to interpreting Scripture. Storytelling is as old as the human ability to communicate. The children hear them over and over again, and pass them on to their children. Stories are memorized and others are systematized through formal education.

I invite and welcome everyone attending “Live It – Engaging the Sacred Texts through the Lens of Culture” to lean in and journey with me to uncover and explore Scripture with  a cultural-critical lens that corrects the misconception that the Bible is “color-blind” and “culture-blind.”

– Rev. Dr. Velda Love

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2021 – Live It – Engaging the Sacred Texts Through the Lens of Cultures

Friday, February 26th 12:30pm to Saturday February 27th Noon

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February 27:

The Heartland Conference Faith Formation network connects, equips, educates, and inspires faith formation leaders in their work of nurturing disciples of Jesus Christ utilizing a framework called “Learn It, Live It, Share It!” Interested in learning more about the Faith Formation Network and how you can get involved? Contact the Conference Office at office@heartlanducc.org.

What is Learn It, Live It, Share It?

Learn it, Live It, Share It… is a dynamic and interactive approach to Christian faith formation developed in the Ohio Conference that engages the sacred texts of the Bible in their beauty and depth, calls forth a living out of God’s love, and invites others into the shared journey of discovery and discipleship. This transformational model is adaptable to many settings. It can change your life! Click here for more information (hoping to have a PowerPoint that this link would take you to). Training for implementing this model is available throughout the year and is announced through the monthly Heartland Conference eNews and the weekly Fast Five (click here to sign up).

An Annual two-day February Faith Formation Conference features nationally known speakers who inspire the work of Faith Formation in the Learn It, Live It, Share It! model.

Within the Heartland Conference we meet monthly to share resources with one another. Our meetings are held on the 3rd Monday at 7 pm ET and the 3rd Wednesday at 1 pm ET of each month. You can sign up to receive our email newsletters (click here to do so) in which we include links for these monthly meetings. You can also contact the Heartland Conference office (office@heartland.org) for meeting links.

Each month on the third Monday at 7 pm and the third Wednesday at 1 pm the Faith Formation Network hosts an online space for support, encouragement, and idea-sharing to empower faith formation leaders. Often the conversation focuses on the next liturgical season or special celebration on the Christian calendar. Always there is inspiration and great support! Pre-registration is not required. However to get the Zoom link, check the Heartland Conference Weekly Fast Five (sign up for our emails by clicking here) where the updated links are shared each month. You can also contact the Heartland Conference office (office@heartlanducc.org) for the online meeting links.

See our Curriculum & UCC Connections section (below) for resources you can use right now.

Curriculum Resources

The best peer-reviewed faith formation curriculum resource listing available is that of the Association of United Church Educators (AUCE). Whether it is Faith Formation in the season of COVID 19 or anti-racism or in the family or youth ministry or just about anything else you might be looking for, this well-organized listing with links is a great place to start. Click here to find out more.

Association of United Church Educators (AUCE)

AUCE is a national voice that advocates for excellence in faith formation and education ministries in the United Church of Christ for people of all ages. As a network of collegiality and partnership it helps to broaden the scope and depth of faith formation and education ministries in the local, regional, and national settings of the United Church of Christ. AUCE is also organized regionally and you can find the Great Lakes Association of United Church Educators (GLAUCE) on their site as well, a group many faith formation folks in our Conference are connected with. Click here to find out more and explore membership with AUCE.