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Yesterday โ€” 22 March 2023UUA.org Updates

Trusting Intuition

22 March 2023 at 05:53
On a road, a Black man in jeans bends down to talk through a passenger window to the car's driver.

Lynette Yetter

My intuition became honed, for safety and survival.

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Before yesterdayUUA.org Updates

Antiracism Resource Spotlight: UU Book Guides

20 March 2023 at 12:06
Beacon Press: Igniting Hearts & Minds

Beth Casebolt

Many UUs love to read. If reading is a passion for you, there are many great books out there on the topics of antiracism, anti-oppression and multicultural issues. Two great resources for these books and discussion guides for deeper engagement are Beacon Press and the annual UU Common Read.

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Nominations for Election at General Assembly 2023

16 March 2023 at 09:10
The UUA Nominating Committee submitted the following slate of nominations for elected boards, committees, and commissions, which will be part of the larger election at General Assembly 2023.

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Blaze by Blaze

15 March 2023 at 05:52
A trail is vaguely visible on a mossy forest bed, through thick trees. A blaze of blue paint appears on one of the many trees.

Erika Hewitt

Whatโ€™s your most memorable story about getting lost? What do you remember about finding your way home?

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Give Your Leaders a Good Start

12 March 2023 at 12:43
seedlings in starter pots in a greenhouse

Renee Ruchotzke

I think there are some lessons from growing plants that can also be applied to growing leaders. Having a congregational culture grounded in covenant and gratitude can help leaders thrive as they grow into new leadership positions.

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Unsticking My Mind

8 March 2023 at 13:37
The torso of an Asian person wearing an apron as they scoop freshly cooked rice out of a rice cooker.

Tomo Hillbo

We must unstick our minds if we want to bring change into the world.

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UUA Responds to Growing Legislative Attacks Against Trans and Nonbinary+ Kids and the LGBTQIA+ Community

6 March 2023 at 16:27
Five people of color are seen in a line, holding hands with arms crossed in a sign of solidarity.
The UUA responds to the most recent onslaught of oppressive laws and policies threatening the lives of trans and nonbinary+ children and the LGBTQIA+ community and continues to work for justice and the ability of all people to thrive.

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UUA Presidential Forum Comes to CER

6 March 2023 at 12:56
Arlington, VA Presidential Forum March 18, 2023
The first of the a series of four presidential candidate forums, will be held in the Central East Region at the UU Church of Arlington, VA on March 18 at 1 pm ET. You may attend live or online.

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Generous of Heart

1 March 2023 at 01:23
A cropped shot of two people holding hands in comfort across a wood table.

Lane-Mairead Campbell

12-Step recovery has provided me with perspective, forgiveness, and freedom from shame.

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Join Summer Institute 2023!

The call is coming from inside the house: Preemptive radical inclusion and practices for witness, self examination and change. Central East Region 2023 Summer Institute. Image of a rotary dial phone.

Central East Region Summer Institute

We hope YOU will join us in person or online July 9-15, 2023 for fellowship and fun as we build a truly Beloved Community at this yearโ€™s Central East Region Summer Institute, or CERSI.

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Opportunities for Connection ~ March 2023

26 February 2023 at 10:00
Graphic with UUA logo and list of dates and locations of 2023 UUA Presidential Forums

Central East Region of the UUA

Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - UUA Presidential Forums, GA 2023, Jubilee 3, Summer Institute, Neurodiversity Skill Up Series, Leadership Development and more!

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Contribute to GA 2023!

20 February 2023 at 14:39
Faithfully Becoming: General Assembly in Pittsburgh, June 21 - 25, 2023

Central East Region of the UUA

If you are interested in being a part of this year's General Assembly in Pittsburgh, PA and virtually, there are several options available to you. What is GA? General Assembly (GA) 2023 is in Pittsburgh, PA, which is in our region!...

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Susan Frederick-Gray: Leadership in Unprecedented Times

15 February 2023 at 03:00
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Elaine McArdle

Reflections on the transformational presidency of Susan Frederick-Gray.

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Information for Customers, Booksellers, Libraries, Educators, and Media

14 February 2023 at 14:24
Skinner House Books publications are distributed by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, a division of Ingram Publisher Services. Ordering information for customers, booksellers, libraries, educators & media

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Looking Back on Seventeen Years

13 February 2023 at 10:52
Patricia Hall Infante

Patricia Infante

As I prepare to retire from the Central East staff, it seems like the right time to do a little looking back at where weโ€™ve been together.

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Communion and Sustenance

8 February 2023 at 05:52
A Latinx mother and daughter embracing while cooking in the kitchen at home

Tania Mรกrquez

Food carries the love, wisdom, and stories of survival of a people.

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UU the Vote 2022 in Review

31 January 2023 at 22:49
ยฉ 2022 Christopher Northcross/UUA

Staff Writer

UU the Vote was back in 2022 to help organize, educate, and empower voters across the country.

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Love in the Complicated Places

1 February 2023 at 07:31
A child sits at a desk, reading, while in the background a teacher observes her.

Jo VonRue

Love shows up in complicated conversations.

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From the UUA President: Holding Tyre Nichols and Black Communities in Love and Prayer

31 January 2023 at 08:22
Washington, DC, USA - June 19, 2020: A young protester and celebrant of Juneteenth holds a sign that reads "I am my ancestors' wildest dream" at Black Lives Matter Plaza / Lafayette Square

Susan Frederick-Gray

A statement from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray in response to the devastating death of Tyre Nichols, a 29 year old Black man beaten to death by police in Memphis, TN.

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GA 2023 Volunteer Opportunities and More

30 January 2023 at 11:24
Faithfully Becoming: General Assembly in Pittsburgh, June 21 - 25, 2023
General Assembly (GA) 2023 is in Pittsburgh, PA, which is in our region! We invite you to join us in-person or virtually as best meets your needs.

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Opportunities for Connection ~ February 2023

29 January 2023 at 10:00
So You're Working on the 8th Principle.... Learn from other congregations doing anti-racism work. Worship - Workshops - Caucusing. Saturday February 25, 2023 on Zoom, 12-5 pm ET. Sliding Scale fee of $10-30-50. New Day Rising Central East Region.-

Central East Region of the UUA

Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - 8th Principle Conference, GA 2023, Winter Institute, Right Relationship Training, Pastoral Care Training, Summer Institute and more!

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Inspired by My Ancestors

25 January 2023 at 04:00
A small Black girl smiles, sitting at a table. Next to her, back to the camera, is a man we imagine to be her grandfather.

Melissa Jeter

Let us be grateful for the vital force that wakes us and moves us.

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From the UUA President: We Mourn with the People of Monterey Park, CA

23 January 2023 at 14:16
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Susan Frederick-Gray

UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray respond to news of yet another tragic shooting. Unitarian Universalists are ready to work with elected and community officials to support responsible gun legislation measures.

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No Child Goes Hungry Continues to Support Projects

23 January 2023 at 10:53
line drawing of a child holding a bowl over their head with the words No Child Goes Hungry
No Child Goes Hungry was featured in this blog before the pandemic, and we thought it would be a good time for an update. Find out what they are up to now and how they are helping congregations (and others) help fight child hunger.

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On the 50th Anniversary of Roe v Wade, Unitarian Universalists Remain Committed to Reproductive Justice

20 January 2023 at 09:07
Kate Frederick at SCOTUS Rally for reproductive justice in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in DC
On the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Courtโ€™s Roe v Wade decision that legalized access to abortion, Unitarian Universalists remain committed to reproductive justice, despite the changed legal landscape.

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From the UUA President: New Proposal for UU Principles and Purpose

18 January 2023 at 08:15
People holding hands in worship

Susan Frederick-Gray

The current changes being proposed to Article II of the UUA Bylaws, which contains the seven UU Principles and Purpose, are part of a longer history of ongoing reflection and change as we live into the fullness of our living tradition.

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Necessary Stillness

18 January 2023 at 07:36
The fingertips of a black person holding a small glass hourglass, whose black sand grains are trickling through.

Christine Slocum

Life doesn't have to be ever-upward in order to be well-lived.

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Flower Ceremony Centennial

17 January 2023 at 13:58
A pale background with pink flowers, the UUA logo, and the words "Flower Ceremony Centennial, 1923-2023"

Erika Hewitt

Celebrate 100 Years of the Flower Ceremony! The first Flower Ceremony was held in Prague, in June 2023, led by Rev. Norbert ฤŒapek.

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Resource Highlight: How Do We Keep Our Congregations Safe?

16 January 2023 at 10:02
padlock with the word security etched on it, lsicking a door sut

Sana Saeed

Beloveds, with a rise in white supremacist violence and destructive behavior it is understandable that more congregational leadership are considering how to protect their community right now.

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inSpirit 2024 Call for Submissions

10 January 2023 at 17:01
Skinner House Books, the imprint of the Unitarian Universalist Association, invites members of UU communities to submit proposals for the Spring 2024 inSpirit title. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2023. If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified of the decision in May.

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Protectors of Agency

11 January 2023 at 08:43
A pink placard reading "Don't take away my birth control" taken at a Planned Parenthood Rally in New York City. In the background, the stonework of a courthouse is visible.

Deborah Weiner

As sacred beings, we hold the wisdom to know what is best for our own selves.

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AntiRacism Resource Spotlight: Developing Ease Across Difference

9 January 2023 at 10:22
image of a table with a formal placesetting, two plates, napkin, silverware, several stem glasses

Renee Ruchotzke

When I was growing up, my mother spent a lot of time talking to me about etiquette. My father was an immigrant, and my motherโ€™s parents were working poor. My parents were chasing the American dream, and had bought a house in an affluent neighborhood....

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Meeting the New Year

4 January 2023 at 05:01
The number "2023" with vintage letterpress printing blocks on rustic wooden background

Tim Atkins

Iโ€™m proud to belong to a living religious tradition that embraces evolution, both scientifically and spiritually.

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Opportunities for Connection ~ January 2023

29 December 2022 at 14:00
Yellow letters G and A, with silhouette shapes of people in front

Central East Region of the UUA

Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - GA 2023, 8th Principle Conference, Winter Institute, Stewardship Trainings, Right Relationship Training, Pastoral Care Training, Jubilee 3 Anti Racism Training and more!

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O Holy Night

21 December 2022 at 06:17
A lit Moravian star lamp hangs in what appears to be a church, with a few lit Christmas trees blurred in the background.

Joanna Fontaine Crawford

If love is a law, how may I follow it with more faithfulness?

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Announcing Our New CER Staff Person

19 December 2022 at 11:36
headshot of Lenore Bajare-Dukes

Central East Region of the UUA

The Central East Region is pleased to announce that Lenore Bajare-Dukes will be our new congregational life staff person to replace Patricia Infante when she retires. Lenore will begin March 6 and work part-time with Patricia for the month of March before joining the team full-time in April....

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UUA Hires Joy Berry as Children and Families Faith Development Specialist

16 December 2022 at 10:10
Headshot of Joy Berry
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is pleased to announce they have hired Joy Berry as the Children and Families Faith Development Specialist, starting January 23. The position has been re-established as part of the Lifespan Faith Engagement (LFE) team to fully integrate the needs of...

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Leading Las Posadas

14 December 2022 at 04:41
A crowd of people in Mรฉxico in a posada procession outdoors.

Tania Mรกrquez

Every time we open ourselves to one another, we become more human.

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The Waiting Time

7 December 2022 at 08:40
A straw-filled manger in a stable, with the Christmas star in the window

Megan Lloyd Joiner

Advent encourages us to be present in each moment of waiting.

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Special Event: Singing for Liberation

6 December 2022 at 14:30
Holding a music binder and gesturing, Paul Vasile leads a group in singing
Come sing with us on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 in a live webinar.

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2023 UUA Presidential Election

5 December 2022 at 09:34
Chalice at the Service of the Living Tradition, General Assembly 2013, Louisville, Kentucky
Information, updated regularly, on the 2023 election for UUA President. UUs, through their congregational delegates, elect the UUA President. Voting begins in June and culminates at our General Assembly.

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Happy Holidays from the Central East Region Team

5 December 2022 at 11:48
CER Staff on Zoom holiday photo. Headshots of Beth Casebolt, Renee Ruchtozke, Patricia Infante, Sana Saeed, Evin Carvill-Ziemer, Megan Foley, a stuffed meerkat and Sunshine Wolfe with purple and pink backgrounds with snow on them.

Central East Region of the UUA

We hope for joy, peace, love and at least a little bit of fun for you over the next few weeks. The UUA will be closed from December 19 to January 3 so we can find some of the same. The Better Together blog will be on a break for December 26 and January 2 and return on January 9. Weโ€™ll see you in...

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Opportunities for Connection ~ December 2022

28 November 2022 at 14:00
Office of Church Staff Finances Logo (OCSF)

Central East Region of the UUA

Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - New Salary Program, GA 2023, 8th Principle Conference, Winter Institute, Stewardship Webinar Series, Management Training and more!

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Being Grateful

28 November 2022 at 11:12
2018gratitudecloud

Central East Region of the UUA

With Thanksgiving just past and the holiday season approaching,ย this marks the beginning of the season of thankfulness and gratitude. And so we want to take this opportunity to say Thank You.

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Long May They Wave

23 November 2022 at 04:33
A Progress Pride flag on a flagpole, with a blue sky and bright sun behind it.

cristy cardinal

Queer joy is resistance.

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From the UUA President: Our LGBTQIA+ Siblings are Sacred, Whole and Divine

21 November 2022 at 11:21
In the middle of a Pride parade, a trans woman in a white cowboy hat poses with a rainbow fan.
UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray responds to the devastating news of a shooting in Colorado that was a targeted act of violence against the LGBTQIA+ community.

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Marking the 25th Anniversary of the UUAโ€™s Commitment to Anti-Racism

21 November 2022 at 09:27
A colorful, whimsical banner hangs on a church chancel: "people united against racism"

Sana Saeed

A report developed over five years by the UUA Racial and Cultural Diversity Task Force entitled โ€œJourney Towards Wholenessโ€”The Next Step: From Racial and Cultural Diversity to Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racist Multiculturalismโ€ led to an almost unanimous vote by the 3,000 General Assembly...

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Small Decisions

16 November 2022 at 06:31
Against a field of early evening stars, a path winds its way around a grassy hill and out of view.

JD Stillwater

Little changes can snowball into massive impacts.

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Congregational Salary Program

15 November 2022 at 13:30
Colorful scarf draped around thick white candle with an artistic chalice flame in the background

Jan Gartner

The UUA offers a Congregational Salary Program as a service to congregational leaders. We're introducing a fresh approach, including an emphasis on process and a new structure for our Recommended Salary Ranges.

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Candidate for UUA President: the Rev. Dr. Sofรญa Betancourt

15 November 2022 at 10:00
headshot of the Rev. Dr. Sofรญa Betancourt, wearing dark glasses, a red necklace with a red pendant, and dark gray patterned blouse
The Rev. Dr. Sofรญa Betancourt has been nominated for UUA President by the Presidential Search Committee. Learn more about the candidate and find links to the candidate's website and social media.

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Presidential Search Committee Nominates Rev. Dr. Sofรญa Betancourt for UUA President

15 November 2022 at 09:43
A flame rises from the flaming chalice, a symbol of Unitarian Universalist faith.
The UUA Presidential Search Committee announces their nomination of the Rev. Dr. Sofรญa Betancourt, an experienced leader and theologian in Unitarian Universalism, for UUA President for the 2023-2029 term.

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Board Statement on the Presidential Search Committee's Nomination for UUA President

15 November 2022 at 09:04
The UUA Board shares its thoughts on the Presidential Search Committee's nominated candidate for UUA President.

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Where Are the Children and Families?

14 November 2022 at 12:33
image of an old wooden church, with someone on a ladder looking at the window and another adult holding the ladder and 2 children assisting nearby

Evin Carvill Ziemer

Itโ€™s a common question right now. Itโ€™s not just your congregation! What can congregational life look like for the children and families attending now?

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Planning for Financial Sustainability in Changing Times

The General Assembly logo, featuring the red UUA chalice to the left. The GA theme โ€œMeet the moment: Reimagining radical faith communityโ€ is arranged in a circle. Pink letters GA are in the center, with a white web decoration to represent the World Wide Web connecting our multi platform event. In front of the letters GA, there is a purple silhouette of eight people holding hands. The persons depicted are of of varying shapes and sizes.

Stewardship for Us

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Barry Finklestein

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Liz Coit

Many congregations are at a financial crossroads, but are our annual budgeting and financial planning processes up to the challenge? Build your congregationโ€™s roadmap for a sustainable โ€“ thriving -financial future.

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Unitarian Universalists Remain Committed to Democracy

9 November 2022 at 15:08
Many-colored hands reaching upward
UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray reflects on the ways that organizing around elections is grounded in Unitarian Universalist theology.

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Our Struggle and Our Power

9 November 2022 at 00:12
On a chain-link fence, frayed rope or twine has been used to weave a heart shape.

Erika A. Hewitt

Of all the things "faith" can mean, to me it means believing in us.

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Mistakes & Miracles: UU Common Read Discussion Guide

Cover of Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism

Susan Dana Lawrence

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Karin Lin

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Nancy Palmer Jones

The UU Common Read of Mistakes & Miracles is a four-session discussion series engaging congregations on the road to Beloved Community.

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Our Faith Demands We Protect Democracy

4 November 2022 at 06:00
ยฉ AnnaStills /Getty Images/iStockphoto

Susan Frederick-Gray

Unitarian Universalists commit to defend voting rights as sacred.

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Called to Heal

2 November 2022 at 02:14
A broad, green leaf held by a Black woman's hands. A small tattoo of a heart is on her wrist.

Melissa Jeter

Love is reaching through the generations with expectations that I live through challenging times.

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Congratulations 8th Principle Congregations!

31 October 2022 at 10:54
text of title

Central East Region of the UUA

In 2013, the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, PA became the first congregation to approve the 8th Principle.

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Opportunities for Connection ~ November 2022

29 October 2022 at 14:00
Cover of Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism

Central East Region of the UUA

Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - 2022-23 Common Read, GA 2023, Article 2 Draft, OWL Training, Sociocracy Webinar, Neurodiversity Program, Stewardship For Us webinars and more!

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Unfinished Business

26 October 2022 at 01:46
A Black person with their back to the camera sits, holding the hand of a Black elder who's lying in a hospital bed.

Karen G. Johnston

How much notice would I want ahead of time before I die?

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Being in Covenant

24 October 2022 at 12:19
A circle of people, from above, with hands extended into the center of a circle.

Beth Casebolt

Covenants have been at the foundation of Unitarian Universalism in the United States since 1648. What many donโ€™t realize is that the covenants not only were important between the members of the individual congregations, but also among the congregations.

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Mistakes & Miracles: UU Common Read Discussion Guide

Cover of Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism

Susan Dana Lawrence

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Karin Lin

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Nancy Palmer Jones

The UU Common Read of Mistakes & Miracles is a four-session discussion series engaging congregations on the road to Beloved Community.

Continue reading "Mistakes & Miracles: UU Common Read Discussion Guide"

Unitarian Universalists Commit to Addressing Ableism: Memorandum of Understanding Between UUA and EqUUal Access Continues Efforts to Promote Disability Justice

19 October 2022 at 10:00
People gathered smiling and laughing, some standing and some in scooters, with GA banners in background
A memorandum of understanding building on the historic partnership between EqUUal Access and the UUA ensures more resources and staff to address ableism within Unitarian Universalism and to support equity in the engagement of disabled people in society as a whole.

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Part of the Mystery

19 October 2022 at 01:50
A branch contains a dozen monarch butterfly chrysales, in various stages of development. A monarch's wing pattern is visible in one of them.

Laura Shay

Witnessing the lifecycle of a monarch butterfly has made me a better chaplain.

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Who Tells Your Story

17 October 2022 at 10:24
Mel Hoover lights the chalice at General Assembly

Renee Ruchotzke

Our Unitarian Universalist history is also enriched by the sharing of perspectives that differ from the white male narrative.

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Embracing Possibility in Times of Change

12 October 2022 at 14:53
An abstracted image of two trapeze artists doing an aerobatic act, their arms stretched out to one another as one person is suspended in air
A worship video collection about living faithfully during in-between times

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Letting Go in Love

12 October 2022 at 14:33
A few dog paw prints in the sand

Ndidi Achebe

My vet said, โ€œShe's telling you thank you for letting her go.โ€

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How We Die

5 October 2022 at 06:52
A close-up of a hand holding the hand of a patient lying in a hospital bed.

Meg Barnhouse

Dying is scary, but we are brave, and we can talk about it together.

Continue reading "How We Die"

Surviving a Plague, Again! - National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NGMHAAD

30 September 2022 at 15:32
Two adult men, walking hand in hand looking smiling and happy; with the words "September 27 National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Let's Stop HIV Together."
In 2008 the National Association of People with AIDS launched this observance day to recognize the disproportionate impact of the epidemic on gay men. National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day reminds us that the first for LGBTQ health equity is not over. #NGMHAAD

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Help Create Summer Institute 2023

Central East Region Summer Institute Logo

Central East Region Summer Institute

Summer Institute is looking for workshop proposals and artwork designs.

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Opportunities for Connection ~ October 2022

28 September 2022 at 14:00
Young Unitarian Universalist Project YUUP a fledgling network for UU youth & bridgers to forge connections and support each other

Central East Region of the UUA

Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - YUUP, GA 2023, Pittsburgh Cluster Gathering, Lay-Led Congregations Program, Right Relationship Team Training, Neurodiversity Program, Climate Justice webinars and more!

Continue reading "Opportunities for Connection ~ October 2022"

Be-coming Out

28 September 2022 at 10:59
A vibrant colourful sunset or sunrise sky over limestone pavement landscape and a wind-bent English Hawthorn tree at Twisleton Scar, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, UK

Heather McDuffee

I wasnโ€™t really โ€œborn this way.โ€ I grew this way.

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Updating our Unitarian and Universalist History Poster

100 Unitarian & Universalists, Foundation, Faith, Future poster. Do you have htis outdated poster hanging in your church? Now is the time to update and celebrate the diveristy of our faith! 40% increase in representation of marginalized groups. Paving the way for Growth and Change. Journeying toward Beloved Community. A project of the 8th principle transformation committee of teh Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron.

UU Church of Akron, Fairlawn, OH

Do you have a poster hanging in your congregation titled 100 Unitarian and Universalists who Made a Difference? Have you every really taken a good look at it?

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Some Kinds of Help

21 September 2022 at 06:03
On a rocky outcrop in what appears to be inclement weather, one person strenuously pulls another person uphill.

Shaya French

We donโ€™t need to understand why someone sets a boundary to respect it.

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The Dory Fish and Stressful Times

19 September 2022 at 11:55
Blue Tang Fish, a blue fish with dark blue and yellow markings in front of coral in an aquarioum

Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe

Have you noticed that you forget things more now than you remember doing before? Or perhaps you have communicated events and decisions in your congregations or communities and folks insist they have never heard it before? I am sure you can think of other examples in your life, family, or the...

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Retracing My Steps

14 September 2022 at 08:36
Seen from the chest up, a side view of three generations: a Black son, father, and grandfather standing side by side.

Glen Thomas Rideout

I rise on the shoulders of ancestors whose names I can not know.

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The Only Constant is Change

12 September 2022 at 12:13
Cristina Sanchis

Central East Region of the UUA

Over the last month or so, readers of this blog have seen a post by Amy Kent about her promotion to Congregational Life as Executive Administrator and her transition out of the region October 1. Then you heard from Patricia Infante about her plans to retire the end of this year. We have one more...

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New Year, New Challenges

2 September 2022 at 15:30
In front of a church altar, about a dozen school backpacks are stacked up.

Natalie Briscoe

Your regional staff is very aware of the challenges you face in this upcoming year, and we are working together to provide resources as well as online spaces to gather, learn from one another, and get through this year with gusto.

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Choosing to Connect

7 September 2022 at 08:00
Cropped shot of a group of businesspeople standing together and holding hands in a modern office

Priscilla Shumway

It's my actions and choices that determine my connection to others.

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Deepening Diversity in Worship

Inside a church, Black people stand as if listening to a preacher or choir.

JeKaren Olaoya

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Erika A. Hewitt

If youโ€™re trying to build a worship service that's anti-racist and decenters whiteness, you start in one spot.

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Networking Sessions Return for 2022-23

5 September 2022 at 10:54
2022-23 CER Networking Sessions. Meet with other congregational leaders, share challenges and successes and ask questions of peers and CER Staff. 4 dates, 2 time options each date. 12:30-2 pm ET and 6-7:30 pm ET on Sept 15, Nov 10, Jan19, Apr 20. Details at the CER website.

Central East Region of the UUA

Join us for our quarterly networking session. CER staff will be on each call to answer questions, but our main focus will be what you can learn from and share with each other.

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Your Life Could Depend on It

31 August 2022 at 05:26
A candid black-and-white shot at night, looking through window of nearby pizza parlour. Two workers are seen from behind as they prepare food.

Sarah Skochko

There is no such thing as unskilled labor.

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Rethinking UUA Salary Recommendations: Improving Practicality, Advancing Equity, Leading with Integrity

UUA Salary Recommendations - Rethinking for Practicality, Equity, and Integrity

Jan Gartner

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Sean Griffin

We're undertaking the first significant revisiting of the methodology behind our Salary Recommendations since the UUA Compensation Program was introduced in 1995.

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Opportunities for Connection ~ September 2022

Faithify Crowdfunding for UU projects. Congregations, organizations, and people living Unitarian Universalist values in the world. Explore open campaigns or start your own at www.faithify.org

Central East Region of the UUA

Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - Faithify, Ingathering Video, Networking Calls, BIPOC Gatherings, Staff Changes and more!

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โ€œTo Everything there is a seasonโ€ฆโ€

29 August 2022 at 11:50
Patricia Hall Infante

Patricia Infante

As the seasons of the year move inexorably to the next, so it is for me as I prepare to move into the season of retirement later this year or early in 2023. My transition is a happy one โ€“ part of a life plan that includes more time for beloved family, days spent camping and visiting

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How Do We Bring Folks Back?

22 August 2022 at 12:24
Stylized graphic of a welcoming person in front of an open door with a UU Chalice on it
We're now into our third year with COVID and while somethings are getting back to "normal" many other things are not. Services are being offered in person, but attendance is down. Hybrid offerings are still happening but we're still not seeing people show up. Why is this? And what can we do?

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UUA Board Calls for Volunteers for Bylaws Renewal Team

19 August 2022 at 11:15
The UUA Board of Trustees will soon be appointing members to a five to seven person Bylaws Renewal Team. This team will lead the work in reimagining and rewriting the UUA Bylaws.

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Make โ€œA Warm Welcomeโ€ Part of your โ€œNew Normalโ€

17 August 2022 at 15:24
Stylized graphic of a welcoming person in front of an open door with a UU Chalice on it

Sharon Dittmar

Any time someone enters online or in-person congregational space, there are several opportunities for multiple connection points from which a long-term relationship can continue and grow.

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Change is Coming

15 August 2022 at 11:16
Amy Kent

Amy Kent

Change is the only constant in life was first said by Greek philosopher, Heraclitus. And boy was he on to something there!

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A Cloud of Ministers

8 August 2022 at 14:28
Image of clouds in the sky around the sun. Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Renee Ruchotzke

Last summer, East Shore UU Church in Kirtland, Ohio had just been through a very difficult year. Along with the continued challenges with the pandemic, they had to say goodbye to their developmental minister after 5 years. The search for a new minister ended in disappointmentLast summer, East Shore

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The Alchemy of Worship

4 August 2022 at 12:05
An altar with a lit candle, crowded by jars of herbs and flowers and other ritual objects
Worship is relational and even transformational, but it's not informational.

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