THE 226TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE VERMONT CONFERENCE

April 23 - 24, 2021 

*OUR FIRST VIRTUAL CONFERENCE!!*



We are excited to welcome our keynote and preacher the Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO. As pastor, Rev. Blackmon leads Christ The King in an expanded understanding of church as a sacred launching pad of community engagement and change. This ethos has led to a tripling of both membership and worship attendance over the last seven years, expanding membership engagement opportunities, and the establishment of community outreach programs.

A featured voice with many regional, national, and international media outlets and a frequent contributor to print publications, Rev. Blackmon’s communal leadership and work in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, MO has gained her both national and international recognition and audiences from the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican. She was appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon and to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House by President Barack H. Obama. Rev. Blackmon co-authored the White Privilege curriculum for the United Church of Christ and toured the nation with Rev. Dr. William Barber of Moral Mondays and Repairer of the Breech, Rev. Dr. James Forbes of The Drum Major Institute and pastor emeritus of The Riverside Church in New York, and Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on the Bus proclaiming the need for a Moral Revival in this nation.  




 

 

 

On Friday, April 23, the Vermont Conference presents a special panel discussion:
"What is the Minority Experience in Vermont?"

 

Vermonters pride themselves on their progressive social history from abolition of slavery in the state constitution to being the first in the nation to legally recognize LGBTQ+ civil unions and marriage equality. But not everyone has experienced such progress. Though Vermonters are right to celebrate such milestones, they must also contend with the underbelly of Vermont’s history and current issues surrounding racial, social and religious acceptance.

Vermont is demographically the whitest state in the United States as well as the least religious in terms of active participation in religious institutions. People of color, new immigrants, refugees and those who pray in an understanding different from Christianity face ambivalence at best, and downright scorn and intimidation at worst. However, the majority of Vermont’s white population is either unaware of, or refuses to examine, its dominant role in the experience of non-white, non-Christian, non-immigrant populations in this state.

The Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC) seeks to present the attendees of its 2020 Annual Meeting with a window into the minority experience in Vermont through a panel discussion with representatives of different minority groups including African-Americans, Muslims, First Nations, refugees and migrant laborers. Our panelists will be asked to offer their stories and experiences about living in Vermont, the challenges they face and how the members of the Vermont Conference’s local churches may be effective allies and advocates for equality.

 

 

Workshops Offered at Annual Meeting!

  • Social Justice and the UCC- Lead by Traci Blackmon
  • Global Ministries
  • Environmental Ministries with Fred T.
  • Advocacy and Community Organization with Debbie I.
  • YOUTH @AM - "I am from here" with Elisa Lucozzi

 

Resolutions to the 226th Annual Meeting of the Vermont Conference, UCC

 

Resolutions to the 226th Annual Meeting must be submitted in proper format and by the deadlines listed in the guides and templates below.

 

Annual Meeting Resources

Information to help prepare for Annual Meeting