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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
Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd recently joined Rev. Erika Hewitt for a spirited conversation about how our Unitarian Universalist theology informs the the art and craft of worship....

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Congregational Leader Resources

Primary Contact Staff for the Central East Region

Central East Region of the UUA

If your congregation is like most, this is the time of year that you are experiencing the most leadership changes. New board members, committee chairs and even staff often begin their time with a congregation in July or August, just as the new church year is about to begin.

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Opportunities for Connection ~ August 2022

Primary Contact Staff for the Central East Region

Central East Region of the UUA

Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - Primary Contacts, Board Training Resources, OWL and Youth Trainings, and more!

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UUA Reaches Key Milestone in Search Process for New President: Next President Will Assume Role in Summer 2023

25 July 2022 at 16:45
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The UUA Presidential Search Committee (PSC) has reached a key milestone in its process for electing a new president. In April, the PSC opened applications in which interested individuals could apply through an online portal, which is now closed.

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Welcoming Neurodivergent Folx to Our Congregations

Neurodivergence Series

Evin Carvill Ziemer

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Darrick Jackson

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Alex Sherwood

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Sarah Gettie McNeill

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Jennica Davis-Hockett

The five of us have all known for some time that we, collectively, need to learn how to do a better job welcoming and fully including neurodivergent people in our congregations. As UUA and UUMA staff, we haven’t known how to do this or how we should help.

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Youth and Emerging Adult Realignment at the UUA

10 July 2022 at 18:55
Bookmark type of item with green plants on it with the sections: What is YEA Ministry Growing? 1. Faith Engagement, 2. Inspiring Congregation, 3. National Connections, 4. Local Gatherings with detailed paragraphs for each item.

Shannon Harper

Have you heard the exciting news about Youth and Emergent Adult Ministry (YEA) alignment across the UUA? If not, check out this video from the Lifespan Faith Engagement Office (LFE) where we explain what changes are being made and what lead to this reconfiguration.

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Shannon Harper Appointed Lifespan Faith Engagement Co-Director

7 July 2022 at 16:14
Shannon Harper in a white dress under the light of the moon
The UUA is pleased to announce the appointment of Shannon Harper as Lifespan Faith Engagement Co-Director, starting July 1.

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Loving with a Broken Heart

29 June 2022 at 13:59
An illustration, in tones of peach and pink, of a spiral of people holding hands, as seen from above.

Abbey Tennis

We must choose each other again and again, though conflict and through plenty.

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Unitarian Universalists Reaffirm Commitment to Racial and Reproductive Justice at General Assembly: More than 3,200 UUs come together for annual meeting

29 June 2022 at 13:00
UUs seated on general session stage with image of Meg Riley projected on a scree in background
More than 3,200 UUs from all 50 states came together virtually and in Portland, OR for this year's General Assembly. Delegates participated in voting democratically on denominational business and attendees joined in worship, workshops and justice making during the conference.

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Opportunities for Connection ~ July 2022

inSpirit UU Book and Gift Shop logo

Central East Region of the UUA

Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - inSpirit Bookstore, Board Training Resources, OWL and Youth Trainings, CERSI and more!

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General Session V and Closing Celebration, General Assembly 2022

26 June 2022 at 16:06
General Session IV will be live-streamed here, June 25, 2022. 6:30 a.m. EDT / 9:30 a.m. PDT. No registration required.
On-demand video: Angus H. MacLean Award RE, Award for Distinguished Service, President’s Award for Volunteer Service, Beacon Press Report, Installation of Newly-Elected Leaders

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Sunday Morning Worship: The Deal on Those Days, General Assembly 2022

26 June 2022 at 16:06
Sunday Worship will be live-streamed here, June 26, 2022. 6:30 a.m. EDT / 9:30 a.m. PDT. No registration required.
On-demand video: Join us virtually for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship.

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Amplify Unitarian Universalism in Appalachia

26 June 2022 at 13:52
Image of the UU Congregation of Charleston, WV, a one story tan building with a yard with a tree and a black wrought iron fence and a sign on the fence.
At the Sunday service at General Assembly yesterday, Rev. Gretchen Haley charged us to reach out in partnership with other congregations in underserved areas, where the struggle with reproductive justice, trans care and LGBTQ issues is significant. This is your chance to live that charge. In the...

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General Session IV, General Assembly 2022

25 June 2022 at 16:06
General Session IV will be live-streamed here, June 25, 2022. 6:30 a.m. EDT / 9:30 a.m. PDT. No registration required.
On-demand video: Article II Study Commission: Covenant, Election Results, Discussion of Actions of Immediate Witness

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General Session III, General Assembly 2022

24 June 2022 at 16:05
General Session III will be live-streamed here, June 24, 2022. 6:30 a.m. EDT / 9:30 a.m. PDT. No registration required.
On-demand video: Response to SCOTUS ruling overturning Roe v. Wade; Article II Study Commission: Values and Sources of Inspiration; Bylaw Amendments

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Synergy Bridging Worship: Replanting Interdependence, General Assembly 2022

24 June 2022 at 16:05
Synergy Bridging Worship will be live-streamed here, June 24, 2022. 1 p.m. EDT / 4 p.m. PDT. No registration required.
On-demand video: This is a transformative multigenerational worship. Be inspired and illuminated at a celebration of treasured worship elements, rites of passage and brilliant contemporary music.

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President's Report, General Assembly 2022

23 June 2022 at 16:03
Photo courtesy of Susan Frederick-Gray

Susan Frederick-Gray

Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray: "We were made for this moment. We are the people we have been waiting for. May we be the people that we are called to be."

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From the UUA President: UUs Remain Committed to Reproductive Justice

24 June 2022 at 10:44
UUs holding repro justice signs at a rally outside Supreme Court
In response to the US Supreme Court's ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women Health Organization case, which overturns Roe v. Wade, UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray reaffirms Unitarian Universalist commitment to reproductive justice.

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Service of the Living Tradition, General Assembly 2022

23 June 2022 at 16:03
Service of the Living Tradition will be live-streamed here, June 23, 2022. 1 p.m. EDT / 4 p.m. PDT. No registration required.
On-demand video: This serviceΒ honors fellowshipped and credentialed religious leaders. The sermon, Radicals Rise Up -NOW Is A Moment, was delivered by Pastor Jacqueline Duhart.

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General Session I, General Assembly 2022

22 June 2022 at 16:04
General Session I will be live-streamed here, June 22, 2022. ~1:45 p.m. EDT / ~4:45 p.m. PDT. No registration required.
On-demand video: welcome, introductions, and adoption of rules.

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General Session II, General Assembly 2022

23 June 2022 at 14:38
General Session II will be live-streamed here, June 23, 2022. 6:30 a.m. EDT / 9:30 a.m. PDT. No registration required.
On-demand video: Article II Study Commission: General Introduction and Purpose, President’s Report, Side With Love Collection, Commission on Social Witness Report and Admitting AIWs to the Final Agenda, Theological Framing

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We Will Only Rise

22 June 2022 at 04:58
Seen from below looking up, a circle of BIPOC people clasp hands.

JeKaren Olaoya

We have to keep finding ways to widen the circle of care and concern.

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What Comes Before GROW??: Sowing Seeds Of Course!

17 June 2022 at 12:02
Sowing Seeds, August 3-6, Pittsburh PA, Youth, Justice, UU Faith. Image of white lights scattering across a black background.

Shannon Harper

Grounded and Resilient Organizing Workshop (GROW), a joint program between the UUA and the UU College of Social Justice, is aimed at workshopping challenges faced by young adults who are active in organizing/justice making spaces. Sowing Seeds is the precursor of this program.

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Our Great Calling

15 June 2022 at 05:12
Against a sunset, an adult holds up a child with their arms outflung joyfully

Nathan Ryan

We have a holy obligation to bring about paradise on this earth; each generation helps us do that.

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Building a Diverse Multicultural Community In Pittsburgh

13 June 2022 at 12:21
exploring food inequality and insecurity and they related to race. A webinar sponsored by the Greater Pittsburgh UU Cluster. Saturday, June 18, 2022, 10a-12p ET. Free to all, registration required.
Unitarian Universalism has long been built on the active relationships not just IN our congregations but BETWEEN them and with our communities. UUs of Greater Pittsburgh (also known as the Greater Pittsburgh Cluster) lives this value with compassion and spirit.

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LGBTQ Family Building

28 May 2022 at 19:40
Article or product image
An authoritative, comprehensive, and easy-to-read guide to parenthood and family building for LGBTQ people. Available for pre-order!

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All That Shimmers

8 June 2022 at 04:49
A group of people, backs to the camera, walk holding a giant rainbow flag under their heads, as if in the middle of a Pride parade.

Laura Solomon

To be queer is to know the ways of holding all that shimmers to the light.

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Widening the Welcome

cartoon of people lying in a circle from widening the welcome

Megan Foley

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Sana Saeed

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Evin Carvill Ziemer

Our mandate as Unitarian Universalists is to build Beloved Community in our congregations, and learning to draw our circles of welcome wider and wider is a growth opportunity for our churches.

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Video Engagement Strategy

6 June 2022 at 11:28
Image of Peter Bowden in front of digital screens.

Peter Bowden

The need for our congregations to effectively engage with people online has never been greater! In this free five-session series, Peter Bowden shares video-based strategies to support online visitors, increase engagement with weekly worship themes, and amplify advocacy and witness efforts.

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Resources for Congregational Board Members

cartoon of four humans around a round table, view from above.

Central East Region of the UUA

Welcome and thank you to all of you who have agreed to join or continue on your congregation's board

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From the UUA President: Let's Meet the Moment at GA 2022

3 June 2022 at 06:42
Audience members sing; a parents arms surrond a child

Susan Frederick-Gray

Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray shares key details and highlights for this year's annual conference of Unitarian Universalists, General Assembly. GA will be a multiplatform experience, taking place in Portland, OR and online from June 22 - 26, 2022.

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Us, Human, Here

1 June 2022 at 09:21
a pink heart, apparently drawn on chalk, on a badly cracked concret surface

Laura Solomon

We are an angry and beautiful people.

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Opportunities for Connection ~ June 2022

cartoon of four humans around a round table, view from above.

Central East Region of the UUA

Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - Board Training Resources, General Assembly 2022, OWL and Youth Trainings, CERSI and more!

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From the UUA President: We all deserve to live in our communities without fear.

25 May 2022 at 13:05
Older woman and children

Susan Frederick-Gray

UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray responds to the horrific violence at an elementary school in Uvalde, TX that took the lives of 19 children and two teachers.

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I Am Here, Growing

25 May 2022 at 07:58
The hands of a Black person cradle the new lettuce leaves growing in their garden.

Melissa Jeter

Growing connects me to ancestors who had their hands in the dirt because it was keeping them alive.

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Small Congregations at GA 2022

23 May 2022 at 10:26
The General Assembly logo, featuring the red UUA chalice to the left. The GA theme β€œMeet the moment: Reimagining radical faith community” 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.
The list of workshops at General Assembly is long and often it's hard to find things that work for small congregations. Where are the programs and ideas that can help your congregation thrive?

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From the UUA: We Must Confront And Dismantle White Supremacy

18 May 2022 at 14:45
Five people of color are seen in a line, holding hands with arms crossed in a sign of solidarity.
In response to the tragic shooting in Buffalo, NY, the UUA reaffirms its commitment to anti-racism and calls on the United States to confront its racist history and dismantle white supremacy.

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A Way in the Wilderness

18 May 2022 at 01:01
From behind, the silhouette of a U.S. Marine in dress uniform with a blue sky and a few clouds

Susan Maginn

None of us are mission-making machines.

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UUA Mourns the Loss of 1 Million Americans Due to Covid-19

5 May 2022 at 15:04
Several people wearing masks stand, in church, holding out their hands as if in prayer.
The UUA honors the 1 million Americans who have died due to COVID-19 and continues to seek ways to support those who are most vulnerable within and beyond UU congregations.

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The Sacred Choice

11 May 2022 at 05:21
A newborn infant lies on a bed next to their mother, whose torso reveals stretch marks and other signs of recently giving birth.

Leslie Ahuvah Fails

Motherhood must be a choice. It cannot be chosen for us.

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

9 May 2022 at 10:35
footprints in the sand going both directions

Beth Casebolt

It's the old adage two steps forward, one step back - every time we think we're making progress back to "life as it was" something happens to push us back into that waiting zone.

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To Bless and Be Blessed

4 May 2022 at 05:58
A Latinx mother crouches down to adjust her small child's backpack straps, smiling lovingly.

Tania MΓ‘rquez

Blessing something or someone is a way of expressing my gratitude and reverence for them.

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UUs Remain Committed to Supporting Reproductive Justice, Will Continue to Fight for Abortion Access

3 May 2022 at 11:43
young women protesting
In response to a leaked draft Supreme Court decision apparently upending nearly 50 years of abortion access, the UUA reaffirms its commitment to reproductive justice.

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Congregations Benefit from Chalice Lighter Grants

2 May 2022 at 13:19
CER Chalice Lighter Logo
Is your congregation dreaming of a project that could make a huge impact in its mission and growth, but in need of some additional funding to make it possible? Do you want to add a new staff position or increase the hours of an existing position so that you can enrich your congregation’s outreach...

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Opportunities for Connection ~ May 2022

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

Central East Region of the UUA

Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - General Assembly 2022, Youth Trainings, UUA Presidential Search Begins, Emergent Strategizing Workshop and more!

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Unitarian Universalists Honor Workers’ Dignity and Support the Labor Movement

28 April 2022 at 10:56
Florida UUs participate in β€œWitnessing Together for Farmworker Justice” with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

Susan Frederick-Gray

UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray shares a statement of UU solidarity and support for workers and the labor movement.

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A UUMAC Memory

25 April 2022 at 12:29
UUMAC, Unitarian Universalist Mid-Atlantic Community with a chalice logo
Each night of UUMAC in the blistering heat of July my friends and I went on a walk. Despite having just met each other we formed a deep bond

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Governance at General Assembly

30 March 2022 at 14:13
UUA Board Governance at General Assembly

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UUA President Application Process Opens April 4

4 April 2022 at 04:00
@ 2022 UUWorld UUA

Elaine McArdle

Association’s next chief executive and spiritual leader to be elected at General Assembly 2023

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CERSI 2022 Goes Multi-Platform!

18 April 2022 at 11:00
Central East Region Summer Institute Logo
CER Summer Institute (CERSI) is back in person but is also virtual. 2022 brings us the first ever MULTI-PLATORM CERSI! Sounds kind of futuristic, right? Well, if you can’t join us in person at California University of Pennsylvania (CalU) then you can still participate online.

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UUA Launches UU the Vote for 2022 Elections

14 April 2022 at 10:33
UU the Vote Logo
UU the Vote is a nonpartisan civic engagement initiative focused on strengthening democracy and organizing for justice, accountability, and healing.

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Alabama’s Anti-Trans Legislation is Dangerous and Dehumanizing

7 April 2022 at 16:33
silky velvety transgender pride flag
UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray responds with moral outrage to recent anti-trans legislation in Alabama and offers unequivocal support all the trans and non-binary people.

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The UUA Celebrates Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to U.S. Supreme Court

6 April 2022 at 14:54
statue of a woman holding a sword and scales
The UUA celebrates the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court because her experience and credentials give us hope for the future of this country.

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Showing Up For Our UU Living Tradition

7 April 2022 at 11:49
Breakout group in deep discussion
Announcement of upcoming opportunities to participate in decisions that will shape the future of Unitarian Universalism: General Assembly, presidential search, and Article II review.

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We Keep Rising in Love

6 April 2022 at 06:56
Seen from high above, a human crowd forms two hands and a heart shape on white background

Molly Housh Gordon

You can crush Love down, bury it, cover it over, but it will rise.

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Attending GA? Attend Webinars with the UUA Board!

4 April 2022 at 14:39
Prepare for Ga 2022. Join the Board's Webinars. Pre-register now!
General Assembly can be an amazing experience, especially in-person but even on line. It can also be overwhelming to those who haven't attended before, or who haven't attend in a while.

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Application for UUA President (2023-2029)

1 April 2022 at 11:00
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Application for UUA President with a term lasting from 2023-2029

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Application for UUA President (2023-2029)

1 April 2022 at 11:00
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Application for UUA President with a term lasting from 2023-2029

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Return and Remember

30 March 2022 at 07:36
A person in pink robes, mostly cropped out of the photo, holds a Qur'am and Muslim prayer beads.

Summer Albayati

When the holy month of Ramadan approaches, it becomes a beautiful reminder to return to myself.

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Opportunities for Connection ~ April 2022

CER Chalice Lighter Logo

Central East Region of the UUA

Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - Chalice Lighters, General Assembly 2022, UU the Vote 2022 Launch, Spring Seminar, Summer Camps and more!

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Who Are We?

28 March 2022 at 10:41
Hello tag

Wren Bellavance-Grace

I imagine people all over New England walking into sanctuaries, looking around and wondering, Who even are we anymore? Who are we? We don’t know; we haven’t met us before. At least, we haven’t yet discovered who we are now.

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Video Engagement Strategy with Peter Bowden

24 March 2022 at 12:29
White man in black shirt smiles and waves with multiple video screens in the backgroun
Unitarian Universalist coach and trainer Peter Bowden offers a live video series to help congregations support online visitors, increase engagement with worship, and amplify advocacy and witness efforts.

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The Power to Save

23 March 2022 at 01:41
A mother and daughter, holding hands, walk on a path through a forest. They are smiling at one another, and are seen from behind.

Sara Palmer

May we forever perceive the ways we can empower others.

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So You Passed the 8th Principle, What’s Next?

21 March 2022 at 10:30
Now is the time for The 8th Priniciple!

Sana Saeed

Recently, I’ve been getting messages from more and more congregations who have passed the 8th principle. This is exciting!

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Learning How to Fail

16 March 2022 at 06:40
A close up of two competitors, mid-match, at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Shinbun Championship (2017).

Christine Slocum

White supremacy culture tells me that I’m only "good" if I’m perfect, treating all falls as hard stops.

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Nominations for Election at General Assembly 2022

15 March 2022 at 14:53
nomination slate for UUA board and committee volunteer positions to be elected at GA 2022

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Garden Story Part 2: The LAP Plan

14 March 2022 at 12:28
Liminal Action Plan: Trauma and Grief Informed, Responsive, Relational, Playful, Efficient, Shared, Forgiving, Temporary. White background, with colored squares with words on them

Shannon Harper

Remember the classic Dr Seuss book, Oh the Places You’ll Go? Arguably the most quoted text at High School graduations and a favorite baby shower gift? Ultimately inspirational, it paints a seussical story of both the ups and down, trials and tribulations involved with becoming who we are meant to...

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The Defiant Spark

9 March 2022 at 06:24
In dim light, a person holds their hands out, palms forward, obscuring their face. A few bright sparks hang suspended between their hands.

David Kohlmeier

You didn’t earn your worth, and you can’t lose it. Because you exist. Period.

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Supporting Those Impacted by the Crisis in Ukraine

7 March 2022 at 16:41
Photo of the Ukrainian flag with white text reading "Support for Ukrainian Refugees"
In response to the outpouring of concern, the UUA shares the most up to date information on how UUs in this country and around the world are responding and amplify the ways that we can all help.

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Support for Ukrainian Refugees

3 March 2022 at 09:41
Photo of the Ukrainian flag with white text reading "Support for Ukrainian Refugees"
As the situation in the Ukraine unfolds, we in the International Office echo the messages shared by UUSC’s president the Rev. Mary Katherine Morn and by the Rev. Ashley Horan of the UUA’s Organizing Strategy Team. We invite congregations to support the Hungarian Unitarian Church directly (pdf)...

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Asking for Help

2 March 2022 at 01:04
Seen from behind, at the beach, a father has his arm lovingly wrapped around his child's shoulder.

Quinn Gormley

Happy kids are safer kids, because happy kids have adults they can ask for help.

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A Disability Day of Mourning Reflection: March 1 is Disability Day of Mourning

28 February 2022 at 13:40
We Fight for Disability Day of Mourning

Jessi Sadaka

Today we grieve for disabled people who have been murdered by the same people who should have loved and supported them: their family members. For me, a broader pain accompanies this grief, about how strong ableism is and how deeply it is engrained throughout our society.

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Opportunities for Connection ~ March 2022

26 February 2022 at 16:00
Screen shot of UU Institute website with Leadership Course offerings

Central East Region of the UUA

Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - UU Institute Update, General Assembly 2022, Sacred Season of Activism, Pi Day, Jubilee 3 and more!

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Diversity of Sexuality and Gender is a Gift

25 February 2022 at 15:22
A transmasculine gender-nonconforming person and transfeminine non-binary person waking up together in bed
There is pain and outrage in our hearts because Texas Governor Greg Abbott has escalated the attacks on transgender people living in his state, especially trans youth, by equating medical care with child abuse.

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Event Recap: Using Art as Advocacy

23 February 2022 at 13:17
A mosaic of four videoconference screenshots: The upper left is a woman with glasses, dark hair, and a colorful sweater; the upper right is a woman with dark hair and a black shirt; the lower left is a man with glasses, salt-and-pepper beard, playing a flute; the lower right is a woman with blonde hair wearing a black shirt.

Rose Singleton

β€œUsing Art as Advocacy” was a webinar hosted on February 17, 2022 by the UU@UN (Unitarian Universalist Association’s office at the United Nations). This event showed how art can be used to build community and inspire change in chaotic times. Art can result in profound social change when used...

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Connecting Across Differences

23 February 2022 at 06:38
A man in an orange prison jumpsuit reads a letter, smiling.

Anonymous

Praise be for our connection. Help us to learn from each other.

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Spring Resources for Congregations

21 February 2022 at 11:15
Central East Region UUA Logo
Are your congregational members looking for resources for trainings and education? There are several opportunities for learning, networking and sharing coming up in the next few months.

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The Unexpected Sacredness of Things

16 February 2022 at 06:42
A hand holding a censer, in which burning copal incense releases smoke.

Tania MΓ‘rquez

Every time I find the sacred unexpectedly, I am filled with awe and surprise.

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Starting Fresh

9 February 2022 at 05:11
A woman stands, eyes closed and hands up in a meditative pose, on a crosswalk with the blurred impressions of passersby around her

Lynette Yetter

I was often being a stern taskmaster over my mind. I yearned for more openness and joy.

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Lessons from a Crisis

7 February 2022 at 12:05
Image of a tree covered in ice, with branches around it on the ground and over a small play area for children

Beth Casebolt

Last week I skimmed over an article that talked about how Americans love to be the heroes but never want to do the long term work to make lasting change. And I wondered about that. Was it true? And then the storm of this past weekend happened.

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Claiming My Worth

2 February 2022 at 06:44
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JeKaren Olaoya

I affirm that I am worthy of being good enough to touch hearts and souls, and connect others to Spirit.

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GA 2022 - Virtual and In Person

31 January 2022 at 12:46
UUA General Assembly 2022 Porland, Oregon
Some of us are ready to be with other people, to mix and mingle and be in community. Our risk is low, we're vaccinated and we're ready. Some of us are high risk or have someone who is high risk in our circles and we need to stay closer to home and out of crowds....

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30 Days of Love for 2022

17 January 2022 at 10:07
Standing on the Side of Love 30 days of love
Each year from MLK day to Valentines Day, the Side with Love team provides us with resources to celebrate and explore our 30 days of Love. This year, each week of 30 Days of Love will focus on one of Side With Love’s intersectional justice priorities. Although each week will have a primary focus,...

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Opportunities for Connection ~ February 2022

29 January 2022 at 16:00
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Central East Region of the UUA

Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - Faithify, COVID-19 Strategies, GA 2022, Second Slice of Pi, Widening the Welcome, Jubilee 3 and more!

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The Rest That Will Heal Us

26 January 2022 at 06:46
A photo, from above, of a Black mother with daughter lying down on cozy couch in living room, cuddling and napping together at home.

Atena Danner

If I want well-being to be my truth, I must reclaim and protect it.

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Need Funding for a Project? Check out These Options

24 January 2022 at 11:47
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Central East Region of the UUA

There have been a lot of questions recently about fundraising options for congregations in different situations, so we thought a blog to help you understand the different types of grant vehicles we have available and when to use which ones would be helpful.

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COVID-19 Delta Variant Gathering Guidance

5 January 2022 at 19:00
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Here is guidance from the UUA about around gathering in person as new variant emerge.

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Getting Involved with the Article II Study

22 January 2022 at 14:03
Reimagining Article 2 Small Group Ministry Guide Square
Get involved in the Article II Study Commission's work, participate in these resources and provide your feedback.

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Responding to shareholder pressure, Chevron to exit Myanmar over human rights abuses

21 January 2022 at 15:08
The Unitarian Universalist Association, along with other investors and members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, recently co-filed a shareholder resolution with Chevron triggered by human rights abuses in Myanmar....

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Copyright and Worship

20 January 2022 at 09:28
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In early 2022, various UUA pages addressing different aspects of copyrightβ€”particularly copyright issues in worshipβ€”were removed to shift focus to our new Copyright Primer for Congregations. Please visit that page to learn more.

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UUA Responds to Events at Congregation Beth Israel

19 January 2022 at 15:17
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A statement in response to the horrific and profoundly disturbing hostage situation that took place earlier this week at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas.

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Here. Beautiful. Sacred.

19 January 2022 at 06:26
In a yoga studio, called Fat Yoga, seven people move into a powerful pose on their yoga mats.

Andrew Tripp

To understand that my humanity and my abundant flesh both demand dignity is to embrace fat liberation.

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30 Days of Love for 2022

17 January 2022 at 10:07
Standing on the Side of Love 30 days of love
Each year from MLK day to Valentines Day, the Side with Love team provides us with resources to celebrate and explore our 30 days of Love. This year, each week of 30 Days of Love will focus on one of Side With Love’s intersectional justice priorities. Although each week will have a primary focus,...

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UUA Appoints Shige Sakurai as Director of Equity, Belonging and Change

13 January 2022 at 12:09
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The UUA is very pleased to announce the appointment of Shige Sakurai as Director of Equity, Belonging and Change. Shige succeeds Taquiena Boston in the role, who retired in December 2021 after over two decades of service on UUA staff.

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Love Is Showing Up

12 January 2022 at 07:10
Two Black women pack toys into a box, as though preparing a donation

Melissa Jeter

Every time someone showed up for me, I learned that love is greater than skin deep.

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A Time to Simplify

A minister speaks during online worship on a home laptop.

Megan Foley

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Evin Carvill Ziemer

January 2022 is a time to simplify. Your regional staff have been saying β€œnow is the time for easy programs” for months now. This month we mean it more than ever. We don’t know how this omicron surge will impact every congregation, of course, but the very high case numbers mean we’re all...

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