"Who Do We Say We Are?" is the theme for the United Church News Editors Conference, set for the second weekend in March, March 8-10, 2002, to be held at UMR Communications in Dallas, where United Church News is printed.
This will be the largest United Church News editors conference yet. As of this issue, United Church News will publish 23 Conference editions besides the national edition. The meeting will give all those who work on United Church News the opportunity to meet and discuss common concerns and the future of the paper.
The weekend will feature
Critiques of our newspapers by award-winning writer and editor John Lovelace, Editor Emeritus of United Methodist Reporter;
A presentation on how to write a feature article by the editor of The Disciple magazine, the Rev. Patricia "Patti" Case, winner for three straight years of the ACP award for best feature story;
A theological perspective on why identity is crucial to the UCC by the Rev. Robin Meyers, pastor of Mayflower Congregational UCC in Oklahoma City and Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Oklahoma City University;
Discussion time for Conference editors with national United Church News staff; Bible study led by the Rev. Robert Chase, Publisher of United Church News and Team Leader of the UCC's Proclamation, Identity and Communication Ministry;
A tour of UMR Communications and a chance to meet UMR staff;
Sunday morning worship at Central Congregational UCC in Dallas, led by the Rev. Chip Hastings, pastor.
Circulation of United Church News for this issue is about 115,000, more than double the 55,000 subscribers on board when the new format began last July. According to a formula established by the UCC Research Office, each published copy represents 1.8 readers, putting current readership at 207,000.