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Archives of Central East Region News
  • CER Hiring Event Coordinator

    The Central East Region is hiring an Event Coordinator to join our team. This position will be replacing Sue Tabone who will be retiring this year. We're looking for someone who has: Respect for, interest in and experience with religious congregations. Ability to work...
    9/22/2017
  • UUC Arlington VA Hiring Bookkeeper

    UUCA desires a skilled candidate with sharp accounting and donor database skills. Must be able to respond quickly and positively and work as a team. This is a 30-hour independent contractor position with possible opportunity to go to full-time direct hire within six months. Read...
    9/21/2017
  • Allegheny UU Church Receives Award

    Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church was selected by the planning team for this year's Celebration of Caring as the outstanding congregation of the year! Based on AUUCs commitment to social justice in the Northside of Pittsburgh including work on shelter meal, food pantry...
    9/15/2017
  • UUC Arlington Virginia hiring Youth and Young Adult Coordinator

    The UU Church of Arlington in Arlington, VA is hiring a part-time Youth and Young Adult Coordinator. The Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator will support a program of ministry for youth and young adults, their advisors, teachers, and families. This is a year-round...
    9/7/2017
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ September 2017

    Featured Resource: UU Leadership Institute Leadership Training is essential for all congregational leaders. In the past that meant a week away from home at a costly event. Now we offer an alternative - Leadership School online, on your schedule. In order to help...
    8/28/2017
  • First Baltimore Hiring Part-Time Volunteer Coordinator

    First Unitarian Church of Baltimore is seeking to hire a Volunteer Coordinator who would be responsible for recruiting, training, tracking, and developing volunteers from our congregation. The VC’s first priority is to ensure that the church is well-staffed with volunteers such...
    8/22/2017
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ August 2017

    Featured Resource: Primary Contacts Do you know who your congregation's primary contact is? The Central East Regional (CER) has moved to a primary contact staff system to ensure our congregations know who to reach out to for assistance. What this means is that each...
    7/27/2017
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ July 2017

    Featured Resource: Outreach Revolution Are you in charge of outreach? Need help? Here is a resource for you!  Join the Outreach Revolution! Unitarian Universalist (UU) values help people live better lives and create a better world. In a rapidly changing society,...
    6/27/2017
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ June 2017

    Featured Resource: Chalice Lighters This program has been in place for decades in most areas of the United States as a way to fund growth in Unitarian Universalist congregations helping to establish new congregations, improve and expand structures, fund new staff and...
    5/26/2017
  • UU Akron, OH Votes to Become Sanctuary Congregation

    On Sunday, April 23rd, the UU Church of Akron voted unanimously to declare itself a Sanctuary Congregation. They have already done much work in preparation for sanctuary and are now in the process of setting up space within their church for use by person(s) in sanctuary. The...
    5/5/2017
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ May 2017

    Featured Resource: Worship Web If your worship team is struggling to find readings and other worship materials, we recommend you visit the WorshipWeb pages of the UUA website. This site is filled with readings, stories, chalice lightings and more from a variety of sources on...
    4/27/2017
  • From Your Regional Staff

    Friends, The Unitarian Universalist Association is in the midst of a tumultuous time. UUA President Peter Morales and Chief Operating Officer Harlan Limpert have both resigned in the midst of controversy over UUA hiring practices. We can expect that our UUA Board will act...
    4/6/2017
  • Watch the CER UUA Presidential Candidate Forum

    For those of you who missed the forum on Saturday, April 1, or those of you who did watch it but want to review some of the things said, here is your opportunity. You can watch it on YouTube. We want to thank Cedar Lane UU Church for their hosting this event and for their...
    4/2/2017
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ April 2017

    Featured Resource: Summer Camps Attending summer camps and institutes strengthens connections to our faith for people of all ages. Experiences at summer camps can include week long age based camps, institutes for all ages, family retreats and specific training programs. When...
    3/27/2017
  • CER Congregations in the News this Week

    Normally we share news stories about our CER congregations via social media, but this week there are so many, it seemed best to share them all here. Shout out to Rachel Walden, UUA Communications Specialist who curates the list for us. The news this weeks ranges from health...
    3/3/2017
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ March 2017

    Featured Resource: Video Resources There are many, many videos out there and many places you can find video resources. Here are some tips for where you might find what you are looking for. The Central East Region and the UUA both have YouTube pages. On the Central East...
    2/28/2017
  • Join CER for UUA Presidential Candidates Forum April 1

    Join us on April 1 for Better Together: Central East Region Leadership Day and UUA Presidential Candidates Forum at Cedar Lane UU Church, Bethesda, MD. The day will consist of a 90 minute forum with the presidential candidates answering your questions and moderated by UUA...
    2/17/2017
  • Fall Interview Report: What did our Advisory Council find?

    The Central East Region has an Advisory Council of lay and ordained volunteers who work with the Director of Congregational Life, Rev. Scott Tayler, to both assess the needs of our congregations and to track the effectiveness of our regional staff in meeting those needs. The...
    2/7/2017
  • First Baltimore Celebrates Bicentennial of its Founding in February

    The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore is observing the bicentennial of its founding on February 10, 1817, in a weekend-long celebration on February 10-12, 2017.  First Unitarian is the oldest building in North America built to be and continuously used as a Unitarian...
    2/2/2017
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ February 2017

    Featured Resource: State Advocacy Networks Creating the beloved community requires the values and principles of Unitarian Universalism to be translated into the work of governments and legislatures, of policy and law.  State Advocacy Networks have the mission and purpose...
    1/27/2017
  • A Fond Farewell and a Bright Beginning

    January 16, 2017 In April of 2016, delegates to the St. Lawrence District Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of regionalization by supporting the dissolution of the St. Lawrence District in favor of the Central East Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association. ...
    1/16/2017
  • Original Blessing Announces New Programming Schedule

    Since Fall 2015, Original Blessing has met twice a month at Greenpoint’s San Damiano Mission Church, offering our special blend lay-led, uniquely inspired worship and celebration.  It is by the faithful goodwork of our core group that we’ve kept our fire burning, survived...
    1/9/2017
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ January 2017

    Featured Resource: 30 Days of Love So many of us deeply desire to live on the side of love when it comes to social justice movements. But what does that really mean? How can we be a nurturing, humble and steady hand on the side of justice in the face of violence and backlash...
    12/27/2016
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    12/19/2016
  • First Unitarian Church of Cleveland Celebrates its 150th Anniversary

    On January 14, 1867, our congregation was founded with the Bond of Union. On January 14, 2017 we will mark our 150th anniversary with a celebratory service and reception at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio. This event brings together UU congregations from the greater...
    12/13/2016
  • Summer Institute Looking for Tshirt Designs for 2017

    It’s that time of the year! No, not that thing with the carols… it’s time for us to ask our wonderful, talented community for designs for the Summer Institute 2017 t-shirt! As a reminder, the SI 2017 theme is “Beyond Lip Service: The Courage to Communicate UU Values.” What...
    12/12/2016
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ December 2016

    Featured Resource: Guest In Your Pulpit Does your congregation need Sunday morning speakers? Is your Worship Committee struggling to fill your calendar? The Guest in Your Pulpit program is designed to help all congregations of all sizes deal with this issue. The Guest in...
    11/29/2016
  • After the Election, From Your Staff

    Dear Congregations and Clergy of the Central East Region, Last night's election results are in, and we know that we are not alone in experiencing a wide range of emotions.  We know that many of you are rising to this new day with more questions than answers.  We do...
    11/9/2016
  • Unitarian Congregation of West Chester to Install Grammy Nominated Minister

    The Unitarian Congregation of West Chester will celebrate the Installation of Rev. Dan Schatz as their new Minister in a special service at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, in the congregation’s sanctuary at 501 South High Street. The service, which is open to the public, will...
    10/29/2016
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ November 2016

    Featured Resource: Commissioned Lay Ministry Program It had been a long awaited vacation: we were basking in the warmth of time with our grown children. Then my cell phone rang: a beloved 85-year-old member of the congregation had fallen; hip surgery was scheduled for the...
    10/28/2016
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ October 2016

    Featured Resource: UU World's Seeker Issue Looking for something to explain Unitarian Universalism to your visitors? Want some sort of outreach item you can give folks who ask about our faith? UU World’s first “seeker issue” is designed specifically as an introduction to...
    9/30/2016
  • 16th Annual Silent Witness Service

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County invites the public to join them in memorializing those who have been killed due to domestic violence in our county on Sunday, October 2 at 11:30 AM. The church is located at 2515 Churchville Road, Churchville. Speakers will...
    9/20/2016
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ September 2016

    Featured Resource: Primary Contacts Do you know who your congregation's primary contact is? The Central East Regional (CER) has moved to a primary contact staff system to ensure our congregations know who to reach out to for assistance. What this means is that each...
    8/26/2016
  • OMD Chalice Lighter Call Benefits UU Church of the South Hills

    The Ohio Meadville District (OMD) Chalice Lighter Call for August 2016 benefits the UU Church of the South Hills to purchase new carpet as part of their expansion project. This is an excerpt form the call: In order for the church to appeal to new and returning...
    8/26/2016
  • Forrest Church Award for Humanitarian Service Honors Co-Founders of #BlackLivesMatter

    This year’s Forrest Church Award for Humanitarian Service—honoring individual/s demonstrating courage, influence and selfnessness in the betterment of our world (see previous recipients) will honor the co-founders of #BlackLivesMatter: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal...
    8/23/2016
  • Peace Pole Project Comes to Harford County

    Through a generous donation from retired Homestead Wakefield teacher Leigh Brown Faunce, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County has planted a Peace Pole near the entrance to their church in Churchville.  Ms. Faunce saw her first one at the Unitarian...
    8/16/2016
  • CER Hires Shannon Harper as Youth and Young Adult Coordinator

    The Central East Region’s staff is excited to announce the hire of Shannon Harper, our new Youth and Young Adult Coordinator.  Shannon will be starting on September 1st and is already scheduling trips to meet youth, young adults and professional religious educators around...
    8/8/2016
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ July 2016

    Featured Resource: CER Blogs and Website There are a number of ways you can keep up with what is happening in the Central East Region (CER). The Better Together Blog is written by our staff. The blog features events and activities that our clusters and congregational...
    6/28/2016
  • Building Your Stewardship Team: Assemble the Right Team

    Part of the Nurturing Stewardship Series. Part of the secret to successful stewardship programs lies in building and engaging your stewardship team the right way; recruit with an eye towards skills and teamwork, lay out clear guidelines for what is to be accomplished,...
    6/15/2016
  • UUs of the Cumberland Valley Hiring Director of Lifespan Faith Development

    UUs of the Cumberland Valley (UUCV) is looking to welcome a creative leader to help us develop our Religious Education program and to continue to foster a multi-generational environment rooted in our Unitarian Universalist identity. Hours & Compensation: 20 hours per...
    6/9/2016
  • UU Fellowship of Harford County to Host Culture Camp

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County will sponsor a camp which explores a different country every day. It will be held July 25 - 29 at their church located at 2515 Churchville Rd., Churchville from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM each day. Kindergarten through 5th grade...
    6/7/2016
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County Will Celebrate 60th

    The public is cordially invited to attend the 10:30 AM service on Sunday, June 12 at 2515 Churchville Road, Churchville to join in the celebration of UUFHC's 60th anniversary. It will commemorate the path the Fellowship has taken over these past years and will be followed by a...
    6/2/2016
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ June 2016

    Featured Resource: Youth Programming The Central East Region provides training in Youth Ministry to youth advisors, religious professionals, other adult volunteers, and youth leaders. We believe that youth deserve ministry that is both sensitive to their developmental stage...
    5/28/2016
  • CER Staff Changes

    Dear Clergy, Congregational Leadership and Congregants of the Central East Region, Joan Van Becelaere and I are excited to announce some staff changes that will be coming over the summer as we continue to regionalize. First, from July 1, 2016 on, the Regional Lead...
    5/23/2016
  • The Results are In - Metro NY District

    The Metro New York District is excited to announce our delegates have voted to dissolve our district in favor of our Central East Region. Within the next few months, in accordance with New York State laws, the district will dissolve, as such. This is a truly an exciting and...
    5/7/2016
  • Stewardship For Us: Frictionless Giving

    Fire up those Smart Phones “Good morning.  Our service is about to begin, take out your smart phones and get ready.”  Let’s face it, smart phones are going to be an increasing presence in congregation life for connection and e-Giving, including during the Sunday...
    5/2/2016
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ May 2016

    Featured Resource: UU Leadership Institute Are you a new leader in your congregation? Are you someone who would like to hone your organizing skills? Or perhaps you are looking for help with dealing with change in your congregation. We can help! The Unitarian Universalist (...
    4/29/2016
  • Central East Advisory Council Survey Results

    In Fall 2015, the recently created Central East Regional Advisory Council conducted in-depth interviews with a limited number of congregational leaders and clergy around the region.    This fall survey focused on Large Church leaders, Congregational Cluster...
    4/19/2016
  • The Results are In - Joseph Priestley District

    The delegates to the Joseph Priestley District Assembly voted by a 97 percent majority to affirm the authority of the Joseph Priestley District Board of Directors to dissolve the District governance structures and to participate fully in the Central East Region of the UUA!...
    4/10/2016
  • On A Scale of 1 -10 (10 = Great), I Would Rate Stewardship on Our Website at About -3

    Does the title above sound familiar? Your website is effectively your Electronic Commons and your Electronic Front Door. It’s where potential visitors find you and where members come for information, ideas, and inspiration. Where and how stewardship is seen on your website is...
    4/8/2016

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