A BRIEF HISTORY
The UCC Musicians National Network, Inc. (UCCMNN), traces its origins to December 15, 1992 when David Carnell, David Furniss, Arthur Clyde, Morris Pike, and Ansley Throckmorton met in Cleveland to develop a plan for musicians to introduce The New Century Hymnal through training workshops around the UCC. Catherine Thiedt, Paul Sadler and Marty McMane joined the group to plan for the March 1994 gathering of representatives from every conference. At that meeting, the enthusiatic participants urged that the network be expanded to include all musicians, workshop leaders and planners in the UCC. Invitations were sent to every local church in 1995, and by March of 1996, more than 600 directors of music, organists, choir directors, pastors, educators, and interested lay persons had registered to be a part of the network.
The goals have remained as they were stated in 1995:
+ to foster communication, dialog, and sharing ideas among those engaged in music ministry,
+ to provide educational resources and opportunities that address musical issues and needs in various church settings, and
+ to promote the significance of music in the ministry of the church and the revitalization of worship in the UCC.
Adapted from "A Note from the Steering Committe" August, 1999
Today, the UCCMNN has over 2500 registered members. Membership is free and open to anyone interested in the worship life of the church.
The UCCMNN is sponsored by Local Church Ministries of the UCC (thanks to "Our Church's Wider Mission") and supported by the office of the Minister for Worship, Music, and Liturgical Arts in the Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team. In 2008, the Steering Committee was replaced by a Board of Directors, necessitated by the organization's incorporation.
The UCCMNN holds a national music, worship, and arts conference roughly every two years.
June 22-25, 2012 - "Renew, Refresh, Reimagine" - Country Club Congregational (UCC) - Kansas City, Missouri
June 28 - July 1, 2010 - "Don't Just Sit There!" - First Plymouth Congregational Church - Denver, Colorado
August 14-18, 2008 - "Sing! Prayer and Praise" - The Bath Church (UCC) - Akron, Ohio
August 4-7, 2006 - "God is Still Singing...Through ALL Our Songs" - Chapel Hill United Church of Christ - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
August 13-16, 2004 - "Worshiping Into God's Future" - Cleveland, Ohio (Church House)
August 3-6, 2003 - "Worship that Tranforms, Music that Moves, Arts that Engage" - St. Thomas University, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
August 6-8, 2001 - "Enriching Worship for Our Diverse Ages and Traditions" - Cleveland, Ohio (Church House)
August 1-4, 1999 - "Worship: New Skills for a New Century" - Chicago Theological Seminary
August 1997 - "Building Spirit and faith through Music" - Heidelberg College, Tiifin, Ohio
2014 Date and Location to be announced!