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 attending these camps and institutes, UU’s from all over our region experience the living of our UU values in communities outside the walls of our congregations, strengthening their ties and commitment to Unitarian Universalism. Youth who attend summer camps tend to have deeper ties to our faith.
There are a number of camps, conferences and trainings that take place over the summer each year in our region and nearby.
- Summer Institute is a week long intergenerational family camp held at Oberlin College, OH July 9-14, 2017. This camp is run by a regional committee and supported by staff.
- Goldmine Youth Leadership School takes place in two locations and on two dates. This camp is geared towards high school youth interested in developing leadership skills.
- Thrive Leadership School for Youth of Color will be at UU Congregation of Annapolis, MD July 26-30.
- RE Week at the Sea offers training opportunities for Religious Educators August 13-19 in Ocean Grove, NJ
Additional opportunities are available from UUMAC, Unirondack and Murray Grove. Visit our Camps and Institutes page for details.
LAST CHANCE - CER Hosting UUA Presidential Candidate Forum April 1
The Central East Region will be hosting the three candidates for UUA president at a forum on April 1 at the Cedar Lane UU Church in Bethesda, MD. This event will be livestreamed throughout the region. We have a webpage with a map and descriptions of the events currently planned. It's not too late to register!
To learn more about the election process please check out these materials: 2017 Election Voting FAQ and be sure to consult the UUA's simple and straightforward voting reference guide for delegates. You can vote as an off site delegate or cast an absentee ballot, you do not need to attend General Assembly to vote as a congregational delegate in the election.
General Assembly is Coming - Are you ready?
General Assembly will take place in New Orleans, LA on June 21-25 this year. Registration and housing open on March 1. Volunteer applications are due March 31. Learn more about General Assembly at the UUA website.
There will be a pre GA workshop - Resist and Rejoice: Undoing Racism with The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond June 20-21 in New Orleans. For details and registration visit www.uua.org/getready.
Prepare your heart, mind, and spirit to enter into the Resist and Rejoice! experience in New Orleans, arriving at GA ready to learn what the people, culture, history, and geography have to teach. Check out these resources to help you prepare. Choose at least one activity from each of five categories: Encountering New Orleans, Understanding Intersections, Enhancing the Capacity to Build Relationships, Centering the Experiences of People of Color, and Examining Whiteness. Before heading to GA, print the READY booklet from the webpage and tell us what you did. Turn in your list at the UUA Expressway to receive a READY ribbon to affix to your GA name badge!
Better Together Blog: Focused Church
Who knows why our Central East Region staff decided to schedule our congregational check-ins for February this year? What a surprising opportunity it turned out to be to see how congregations turn from crisis and overwhelm to resolve and commitment.
I happened to have planned a video call with DC area clergy for the day after the election. What a surprising crowd turned up. It seemed that everyone wanted to be together in an incredibly tender time. They were a shocked and overwhelmed lot. They were afraid for the vulnerable among us. They wondered how they would craft their Sunday message when they themselves were struggling. They wondered how to minister to both the devastated Democrats and the unseen but present Republicans. They were confused and hurting.
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News from the UUA
Skinner House invites members of UU communities to submit proposals for the Spring 2018 inSpirit title. (The inSpirit Series was previously known as the Meditation Manual Series.) Meditations can be prose or poetry, humorous and personal or formal and liturgical. Your submissions should include at least 5 and no more than 10 complete pieces of original work, and a cover letter. Visit their website for details.
Join us in a Show the Love response to answer the call to justice, compassion, resistance and healing in our communities. Add your congregations' vigils, demonstrations, projects, and events to the Show the Love map. Together, we see how strong and wide our love can be. Check out the Show the Love resource page for regular updates to help you plan your congregation's response.
Compensation and Staffing News - Are you interested in receiving regular updates with tips and resources on compensation, staffing, and personnel matters? Sign up for Compensation and Staffing News, a new monthly publication from the Office of Church Staff Finances. Developed with supervisors and human resources teams in mind, topics may also be of interest to administrators, finance committees, and others who assist with employment matters.
New publications from the UUA - New publications available are In the Interim: Strategies for Interim Ministers and Congregations, Second Edition, Pagan and Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism and A Documentary History of Unitarian Universalism: From the Beginning to 1899. Visit the Publications Page for details.
The UUA is hiring for several positions. Find job descriptions and application information at their Job Openings webpage.