Changing the Conversation:

                     A Third Way for Congregations


Wednesday October 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM CDT
Thursday October 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM CDT

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Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center 
2668 East 873rd Road
Oglesby, IL 61348

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Conference Schedule


Wednesday, October 2

10:00 a.m    Registration

11:00 a.m    Welcome, Orientation & Opening Worship1

11:15 a.m.     Session 1 – Anthony Robinson

12:30 p.m.     Lunch on your own - Free Time – Relax, Hike Starved Rock trails, visit Illinois Waterway Museum or nearby State Parks

3:30 p.m.    Session 2 – Anthony Robinson

6:00 p.m.    Dinner

 7:00 p.m.    Session II – Anthony Robinson

 9:00 p.m.    Adjourn, snacks


Thursday, October 3

8:00 a.m.     Dining Room Opens

(Breakfast on your own)

9:00 a.m.      Morning devotions

9:15 a.m.      Session 4 – Anthony Robinson

10:30 a.m.     Break

11:00 a.m.     Session 5 – Anthony Robinson

12:15 p.m.     Annual ATiiM Meeting

12:30 p.m.     Lunch

1:30 p.m.     Session 6 – Anthony Robinson

3:00 p.m.     Evaluation and closing

3:15 p.m.     Leave or stay to enjoy Starved Rock State Park and environs


David Kniker

22nd Annual Conference of the ATiiM 


Anthony Robinson’s book, “Changing the Conversation: A Third Way for Congregations” proposes a “third” way beyond the typical “conservative/ traditional” and “liberal/progressive” arguments and conflicts to move the mission and vitality of the church to new levels.

For that reason clergy are invited and encouraged to invite a lay member to share in the presentations and the beginnings of a new conversation.  To encourage lay participation the fee has been reduced to $95.00 which includes materials, breaks, Wednesday dinner and Thursday lunch.



 Anthony B. Robinson,  an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, has served four congregations-- most recently Plymouth Congregational UCC in Seattle.  Today, his ministry and mission is to “Strengthen Congregations and their Leaders.” He is a Senior Consultant with the Center for progressive Renewal and coordinates the Resource Center for Ministry team of The Samaritan Center of Seattle. 

He is a graduate of Willamette University and holds a Masters Degree in Cultural and Intellectual History from the University of Oregon.  He received his Master of Divinity from New York’s Union Seminary and did post graduate study at Harvard Divinity School.



Register by clicking the link below, followed by making your payment in one of two ways:

1. Mail with a check to ATiiM, %CCIW, 1101 North Main Street, Bloomington, IL 61701-1753


2. Pay Online by clicking on the links found in your confirmation email.  If you need assistance with online payments, please contact Tracy Diehl at (815) 758-3497 or

Clergy: $145.00 (early registration fee of $130.00 before September 15, 2013).

Non Clergy:  $95.00 

Fee includes materials, break, Wednesday dinner and Thursday lunch.

Extra meal costs for guest/spouse: Dinner $20.00; Lunch –  $16.00.

ATiiM  Dues: $25.00 per calendar year. If 2014 dues are paid with registration, you can choose a book from selected books in the Conference Bookstore.



Please note: Starved Rock Lodge will hold rooms until September 2, 2013.

The Lodge offers excellent dining, pool, whirlpool and other amenities. The State Park offers many hiking trails, a visitor center and nearby shops and historical sites in Utica and along the Illinois River. A trolley tour of Starved Rock Park and the Illinois Waterway Museum, as well as a guided hike may be available for a small fee. Please indicate your interest on the registration form. Upon receipt of your registration an e-mail confirmation will be sent.

Expected rates for Starved Rock Lodge:

East Lodge-double/double: $115/night

- West Lodge-queen-queen: 125/night

above single/double occupancy, extra person $10/room/night

Please make your own room reservations at Starved Rock Lodge by calling (800) 868-7625. Indicate you wish to reserve a room set aside for ATiiM block.  Senior Discount (10%) is available if you ask when you reserve or check in.

Starved Rock

Starved Rock State Park:        Click on “Parks & Recreation” for directions.

If you wish to share a room at Starved Rock, email Dave Kniker at or contact by telephone at (309) 853-7814. He will assist in coordinating such requests.

Additional rooms are available in Oglesby, about 15 minutes from Starved Rock Lodge. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel:

Days Inn

I-39 &  Oglsby exit 54

(815) 883-9600 

$99.99 - plus tax –

Continental breakfast                                                                                           

Best Western

I-39 & Oglesby exit 54

(815) 883-3535

$89.99 plus tax—Continental breakfast