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 (UU) Leadership Institute is offering several Summer 2016 courses for only $30 per course per semester.
- Healthy Leadership 101 is for new and experienced leaders alike and will help you develop an understanding of how your congregation functions as an interconnected organize system of relationships. This class is led by Rev. Renee Ruchotzke.
- Organizing on the Side of Love; Tools and Tips for Interconnection and Impact with Caitlin Breedlove and Nora Rasman of Standing on the Side of Love will look at different models of community organizing and how they can be used in our social justice work.
- Leading Change in Changing Times with Rev. Renee Ruchtozke will help congregational leaders develop the tools to understand the dynamics of change with different change theories and how to apply them.
Courses open on June 1 and will run through September 15, 2016. For more information, visit the website or contact info [at] uuinstitute [dot] org
Meet The Staff: Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson, Congregational Life Staff
Joining the team as Congregational Life Consultant in September 2015, Hope describes herself as “Jamaican, by way of the world.” Her program manager role weaves together specialties in congregational conflict resolution and transformation, multiculturalism and cross-cultural engagement Hope serves as primary contact for congregations in and near Long Island, NY. She also serves as Minister of the UU Congregation of Central Nassau, NY. Hope brings a wealth of experience from years of wider UU leadership (UUA, UUMA, and UUSC.) Passionate about lessons from the civil rights movement through today, she serves as president of the Living Legacy Project. You can reach Hope Johnson at hjohnson [at] uua [dot] org. Learn more about Hope at her UUA staff bio page.
CERGing Forward Blog: Wisdom Seekers
The initial goals of the Wisdom Seekers were to facilitate linkage between our Central East Region congregations and our UUA Board, and to identify replacements for our District Assemblies. The Transition Team discussed a variety of approaches to achieve these goals and established a Working Group to explore them in depth.
The conclusion of the Wisdom Seekers Working Group regarding linkage was to build on existing channels and mechanisms and to encourage and expand their linkage activities. They first identified what exists today and soon realized that a whole new structure would be largely redundant and could compete with and dilute our existing mechanisms.
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It's Time for Your Yearly Updates
Every year our congregations change their leadership. To ensure that your leaders are getting information they need from us, we need you to go to myuua.org and update your congregation's information. Please know, we use your information in myuua.org to set up our lists of congregational leaders, so it is really important that you update that information after your elections or whenever a leadership change happens. Learn more about this at the UUA website.
News from the UUA
Announcing a new Discussion Guide: The Book Thief. Delve into the 2013 film, The Book Thief set in Nazi Germany and based on a best-selling book by Markus Zusak. Three 60-minute sessions (including a quiz) are designed for youth and adaptable for an older or multigenerational group that may include young adults and adults. Watching the film together as a group is optional; not included in session time. Download it from the UUA 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.