The 2020 Annual Conference in Ann Arbor, MI
Saturday, January 25, 2020
The Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries Annual Conference is heading to Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 29 through August 2, 2020! It has been twenty years since we last visited Michigan, and this marks our first conference in Ann Arbor!
The Conference Planning Committee (CPC) recently spent a day engaged in deep conversations about the goals and structure of the 2020 conference, the work we are called to do as music leaders, and the ways in which the conference can best support the mission of the Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries.
To support the Board's dedication to being an anti-racist, anti-oppressive organization, the CPC has identified the conference theme of "Amplifying Voices from the Margins."
The core values of the conference are:
- technology as an important and valuable tool; and
The core curriculum for 2020 focuses on:
- developing a common language around the cultural shifts we are facing both within the AUUMM and the broader UU denomination;
- developing a more practical & responsible understanding of non-Eurocentric music; and
- exploring the absence of “God” in many of our congregations, more specifically, resistance to the liturgy and language of our Christian roots.
Present a Workshop in Ann Arbor
We are grateful to all who submit a workshop proposal and appreciate the time and care taken in offering your ideas. Our conference is only as strong as our members and those who share their expertise and passion with our colleagues.
We are looking for workshops that describe forward thinking, innovative work and that speak to the aforementioned core values and/or curriculum. Selected workshops will appeal to a wide variety of music leaders: composers, instrumentalists, vocalists, song leaders, children’s music leaders and music directors.
Submit your workshop idea
Other opportunities to share include:
Join a Program Team
Program teams work to create an overarching vision for the Association and the conference in the areas of Repertoire, Education, and the Songleaders Convergence.
Learn more and apply
Offer a Worship Station
Every morning, attendees have the option to choose from a number of worship stations. These are half hour sessions to awaken the mind and body. Appropriate areas to consider include guided meditation or prayer, yoga or stretching, and massage, to name a few. Attendees are free to participate in any of these programs.
Submit your worship station proposal
Conference Planning Committee
Each year, a group of dedicated volunteers come together to plan the annual conference. We are truly grateful for their time and energies. This year's Conference Planning Committee is:
Bea Ann Phillips, Program Manager and Planner
Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, MI (Host)
Sarah Billerbeck, Jefferson Unitarian Church, Lakewood, CO
David Glasgow, UU's of the Cumberland Valley, Boiling Springs, PA
Nancy Holland, UU Church of Studio City, Altadena, CA
John Hubert, First Universalist Church of Denver, CO
Matt Meyer, Sanctuary Boston, Boston, MA
Susan Peck, First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque, NM
The Conference Planning Committee would like to thank CPC member and our host, Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, Director of Worship and Music at First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor.