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Opportunities for Connection ~ April 2016
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Featured Resource: General Assembly 2016

The theme for GA 2016 will be Heart Land: Where Faiths Connect. The faith world is increasingly multifaith. People are crossing borders of religion and spiritual practice to create wholeness in their lives individually and collectively. General Assembly 2016 in Columbus will assembly leaders and communities of many faiths to worship together, learn from one another, and create a new vision of faith that no longer divides us but connects us to an interdependent future that works for all.

Registration and housing reservations for General Assembly (GA) 2016 are now open! This year's GA will take place June 22-26 in Columbus, OH and will include a Ware Lecture from award-winning broadcaster and bestselling author Krista Tippett. Financial aid is available for those who apply by March 31. Registration rates increase on May 1. Visit the website for mroe information. Choir registration is now open if you want to sing in the GA choir.

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association for the democratic process.

Cristina Sanchis

Meet The Staff: Cristina Sanchis, Regional Administrator

Cristina serves as the Financial Manager for the Central East Region, prior to which she served as District Administrator for the Joseph Priestley District. Cristina lives in Wilmington, Delaware with her husband and in her free time enjoys seeing what she can of the world. You can reach Cristina Sanchis at  csanchis [at] uua [dot] org (csanchis [at] uua [dot] org). Learn more about Cristina at her UUA staff bio page.

Rev. Joan Van Becelaere

CERGing Forward Blog: 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 leaders, and those who had experienced either the old in-person or current on-line leadership school in the Central East Region.

There were literally hundreds of pages of comments, feedback, good ideas and suggestions gathered during the interviews.  All of this material has been given to the Central East staff and will be used in setting goals for next year and beyond.

Read the full post.

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District Assemblies Around the Region

District Assembly is just around the corner! This year's District Assemblies are very important as delegates will be asked to vote on measures to do with regionalization. Each district plans its own District Assembly. Dates and basic information are listed below. Additional details will be added as they become available.

  • St. Lawrence District ~ April 1-2, 2016 ~ Syracuse, NY. Theme speaker is Rev. Sue Phillips. Theme is Covenant. Onsite Registration Available, see webpage for details.
  • Ohio-Meadville District ~ April 2, 2016 ~ Akron, OH. Theme speaker is Rev. Susan Ritchie. UUA Moderator Jim Key will also be in attendance. Theme is Better Together. Onsite Registration Available, see webpage for details.
  • Joseph Priestley District ~ April 8-9, 2016 ~ York, PA. Keynote speaker is UUA Moderator Jim Key. Theme is "Congregations in Covenant: Living the Interdependent Web". Registration is now open.
  • Metro New York ~ May 6-7, 2016 ~ Morristown, NJ. Theme speaker is Taquiena Boston, UUA Director of Multicultural Growth and Witness. Theme is Better Together. Registration is now open.
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News from the UUA

Apply to Beta Test new UU Promotional Toolkit. Unitarian Universalists are doing wonderful, life-changing ministry in their congregations and faith communities. But is the good word getting out? The Promotional Toolkit will help UU congregations and groups reach new audiences with tools and tips for promoting outreach opportunities online and in the community. If your UU congregation or faith community wants to reach beyond your four walls, consider joining the Promotional Toolkit Beta-Testing program. Participants receive custom materials, UUA support and an up to $250 matching grant, and commit to doing an outreach project this spring. Groups interested in reaching interfaith families, LGBTQ families and young activists are especially encouraged to apply. Apply by April 1. Details at. uua.org/outreach/toolkit

UU UNO Internships Available - The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office is currently accepting applicants for our summer internship program. The UU-UNO’s internship program is open to rising high school seniors (16 yrs+) and college students. Our internship program provides young people an exciting opportunity to learn about the United Nations and to work in support of its efforts to eradicate injustice and promote peace and human rights around the world. Interns working at the UU-UNO conduct research, build partnerships within the UN and NGO community, work on our communications, and develop resources. Our office focuses on a series of advocacy areas which are: LGBTQ Rights, Climate Justice, Women’s Rights, Every Child Is Our Child, and Racial Justice. The deadline for applications is April 15th. Learn more at their website.

The UUA Bookstore has a new name! It is now called In Spirit: UU Gift and Book Shop. Same website, new logo. Still your resource for all things UU.

Learn more about General Assembly in Columbus in 2016.

New publications from the UUA - Three new books available for preorder. Christ for Unitarian Universalists: A New Dialogue with Traditional Christians by Scotty McLennan, Love Beyond God: Meditations by Adam Lawrence Dyer and Cultivating Empathy: The Worth and Dignity of Every Person - Without Exception by Nathan C. Walker. Visit the Publications Page for details.


The UUA is hiring for several positions. Find job descriptions and application information at their Job Openings  webpage.

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