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Advent Hope

Posted on Dec 8, 2017 by

The theme for the first Sunday in Advent is traditionally considered to be Hope.  The scriptures normally shared on the first Sunday speak of a future event that is able to rid the world of its problems.  In many places of worship the theme for the day will focus on acknowledging the challenges facing the […]


Posted on Dec 1, 2017 by

Happy New Year! This week, yes the first week of December marks the beginning of a new Church Calendar Year. The Church calendar always begins with Advent, which are the four Sundays proceeding December 25. So along with Happy New Year, I can also proclaim, “Happy Advent!”, but I don’t know if anyone does that. […]

Demolition has Begun

Posted on Nov 14, 2017 by

The dust is flying, fine small Styrofoam bead insulation is in the air, and asbestos floor tiles are being professionally removed.  The Faville renovation has begun in earnest!  A crew of 6 to 12 volunteers have removed approximately 80 cubic yards of building waste from carpeting to wall paneling and insulation, and we have just […]

Performing Ministry

Posted on Nov 6, 2017 by

Our final piece of the UCCI mission statement is the act of performing ministry.  The verb performing is used in multiple setting in our language, a musician performs a song, a surgeon performs a surgical procedure and here at Pilgrim Center and at Moon Beach we perform ministry.  There is an element of precision to […]

Radical Hospitality

Posted on Nov 1, 2017 by

The next piece of our mission statement is “Practicing Hospitality”.  I really appreciate the reality that we use the word “Practicing” in our statement.  Practicing implies that there is always room for improvement.  If I practice for a particular sport I am attempting to improve my game.  If I practice a musical instrument I am […]


Posted on Oct 27, 2017 by

We will love God, one another, and the Earth by providing sanctuary, practicing hospitality, and performing ministry. I have spent the previous three weeks exploring how UCCI lives out the first half of our mission statement.  This week I would like to continue in the exploration by unpacking the concept of providing sanctuary.  Traditionally the term Sanctuary […]

Loving Earth

Posted on Oct 17, 2017 by

Loving Earth The third element of the UCCI mission statement is loving the earth.  This practice seems to be a natural fit for an organization focused on outdoor ministry.  Whether we are running a bunch of kids to exhaustion with a high energy game on our playing field, or participating in a quiet evening vesper […]

Loving One Another

Posted on Oct 4, 2017 by

The second piece of the UCCI mission statement mentions ‘loving one another’.  As I write this I am reflecting on the fact that this week we woke up to the news of yet another horrific mass shooting in our country.  Clearly as a country we have a long way to go.  Right now there are […]

Loving God

Posted on Sep 28, 2017 by

We will love God, One Another, and the Earth by Providing Sanctuary, Practicing Hospitality, and Performing Ministry. This phrase is the mission statement for UCCI and it fits well with our slogan “Ignite your fire, feed your soul, build your faith,….in nature’s sanctuary.”  Many organizations exert a significant amount of effort and intentionality in creating mission […]

UCCI Executive Director Announcement!

Posted on Sep 25, 2017 by

Dear lovers of Outdoor Ministry in Wisconsin: The UCCI Board of Directors is proud to announce that on September 7th, 2017, they voted unanimously to name Glenn Svetnicka as Executive Director of UCCI.  In this role, Glenn will oversee the vision for UCCI, financial and program management of both Moon Beach and Pilgrim Center, marketing […]