UMMAS Minister Gatherings

UMMAS organizes 3 annual Gatherings for ministers and their partners-in-ministry for personal and professional support, fellowship, networking and planning our events. (first weeks of February and May, and at Kanuga in September). Locations in February and May rotate throughout the subregion. 

February 2019: We returned to Seabrook Island, SC. Once again, the setting and the weather was great, the fellowship (with each other and the dolphins) was uplifting. We appreciated taking time to be together and relax. 

Our next gathering is May 6, 7, 8, 2019. Unity East of Atlanta, Conyers, GA hosted by Revs Francie and Warren Potter. 


sample retreat schedule:

3 pm: Arrive and check-in to rooms
4 pm: Heart checks
6:30 pm: Dinner
7:30-8:30 pm: Continue heart checks(?)

8 am: Breakfast

9 am: Finish heart checks
Noon: Lunch and Kanuga team meeting
1-3 pm: Free time
3-6 pm: Business meeting
6:30 pm: Dinner
8-10 pm: Campfire

8 am: Breakfast
Check-out by 10 am
10-11:30 am: Closing Circle 

These gatherings are a coveted time of fellowship for our ministers and their partners. We take time to give each other a valuable gift for ministers: to be heard with open hearts, to listen exquisitely, and to allow others to “be heard.”

We eat well and laugh much together, take walks, sit in the sun, and enjoy each other’s company. We birth ideas for our July and September events and get excited together about the envisioned programs. February and May Gatherings are a 2-day event and could run into Wednesday morning, if necessary. The September Gathering is on Monday and Tuesday before the rest of the Kanuga retreat-ants arrive. This “time apart for a while” is worth every moment each time, as we restate our support for each other and our ministries.

If you are new to the region and would like to join our circle, please contact the webmaster, Rev Pat Veenema, who will be happy to talk with you about