The Connecticut Association of United Church Educators


Got Faith? The gifts [God] gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13 (NRSV)

CAUCE

is the Connecticut chapter of the Association of United Church Educators, a diverse group of educators in the United Church of Christ who recognize that strengthening programs of Christian education and faith formation is essential to the vitality of our churches in the 21st century. To that end, CAUCE offers a meeting place for all interested people in the state of Connecticut to come together for support, training, networking and advocacy.

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CAUCE serves as:

  • an advocate for Christian education and formation throughout the Connecticut Conference;
  • a sponsor of training events for teachers, youth leaders, educators, and others involved with Christian formation;
  • a source of research and information to churches and educators seeking guidance on compensation trends throughout our state;
  • a link to opportunities for local, regional and national workshops.

A highlight of CAUCE’s work is an annual seminar, including keynote speaker and workshops, addressing a current topic of interest to educators. This annual gathering is a great opportunity to share ideas and support with other Christian educators.

Vision Statement:

By the grace of the Holy Spirit, CAUCE aspires to foster communities
that affirm, inspire, equip, support, develop, and advocate for leaders of faith formation.

Membership in CAUCE

For more information, please contact any member of the Coordinating Council, listed on the CAUCE flyer.

The national Association United Church Educators: http://www.auce-ucc.org/AUCEhomepage/Home.html

Click here to download the CAUCE Brochure and Membership Application form.

CAUCE Compensation Guidelines for Faith Formation Leaders

Every three years the CT Association of United Church Educators (CAUCE) surveys leaders in faith formation from around our state and offers an updated set of compensation guidelines, affirmed by the Board of Directors of the CT Conference.  These pages (text and tables) are useful to understand the scope of support and compensation when a church employs a lay practitioner. Guidelines are offered for all such roles within local churches from very part-time to full time leaders.  Please note*- these are updated every 3-4 years. 

*The attached is the most recent version.

Click here for the CAUCE Compensation Guidelines.


Coordinating Committee Meetings

The Meetings of the Coordinating Committee are held once a month from September through June typically on the third Thursday of the month.  The agenda begins at 10 AM and goes through noon.  A social and ideas sharing time is held from 9:30 - 10:00 AM.

2018-19 Meeting Dates:

Fall 2018

September 20, October 18 and November 15.

December Christmas Social date/location TBA

Winter/Spring 2019

January 17, February 21, March 21, Combined April-May Meeting at NEAUCE*  (4/30-5/2)

 

*For more information on NEAUCE, the New England Association of United Church Educators event, click here.


CAUCE Reflects- 

A regular monthly feature for sharing wisdom, insights, and resources related to the work (ministry) of Christian faith formation in the local church for leaders in all formational settings of the local church.

Featured Blogs

September 2018- Welcome 'Home' by Tracy Fouke Bausum

October 2018- It's All About Relationships by Debi Mastroni-Kenyon


2017-18 Program Year

The dates below represent the CAUCE Coordinating Committee's Meetings for 2017-2018 While the work continues, it is sometimes useful to look back and recall earlier conversations.   Each prior program year's minutes will be catalogued below.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: 

Rosemary Lamie, CAUCE Scribe at RosemaryL@fccog.org 

(Click on the meeting date for minutes)

September 12 
October 10
November 14

December 12*
January 9 (front page) (page 2)
February 13
March 15
April 10

May 1st at NEAUCE

May 31st Annual Retreat - (below)

part 1 Business Minutes

part 2 Meditation-Salt and Light

 
*Social gathering, no minutes taken.

Curated Ideas to Share!

Your CAUCE Coordinating Committee and membership provide ideas monthly from a rich pool of creative, seasoned leaders who are actively engaged in the ministry of faith formation in a variety of settings and a variety of ways.  Here you'll find timely ideas to spark your own imagination or to incorporate.

Link here for the latest offering- A Writing to God Prayer Stations Plan!