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C*UUYAN (Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network)

The Unitarian Universalist young adult and campus ministry network for individuals aged eighteen to thirty-five.

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven

A woman-honoring adult curriculum by Rev. Shirley Ranck, "Cakes" examines pre-Judeo Christian cultures that may have worshiped the female as divine. The concepts of equality and reverence for the female in a religious setting are eye-opening to many participants.

Camp de Benneville Pines

Camp de Benneville Pines is a retreat and conference center located in the Barton Flats area of the San Bernardino National Forest, about 90 miles east of Los Angeles.

Camp UniStar

a camp for Unitarian Universalist individuals and families and other like-minded people. It is located on Star Island in Cass Lake, a part of the Chippewa National Forest in northern Minnesota.

Campus Ministry

Resources to support you in the work of developing thriving and sustainable campus ministries.

Canadian Congregations

Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC)

The national organization of Canadian Unitarian congregations.

Canvass

Congregational Stewardship and Fundraising Resources includes information about how to conduct annual budget drives and capital campaigns.

CBCO (Congregation-Based Community Organizing)

An interfaith, multicultural model of social activism that brings together faith communities, labor unions, schools, and other groups to leverage their power to create social change. Many Unitarian Universalist congregations are part of CBCO networks.

CBD (Clara Barton District)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Connecticut, and western and central Massachusetts.

CBPC (Compensation, Benefits, and Pension Committee)

The CBPC provides oversight and education on compensation and benefits and the Unitarian Universalist retirement plan.

Cedar Hill Retreat Center

Founded and guided by Unitarian principles, Cedar Hill Retreat Center is a non-denominational retreat and learning center offering meeting space and accommodations to guests in Duxbury, MA.

Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal

The New Orleans Rebirth Volunteer Program allows volunteers from across the country and beyond to stand in solidarity with the people of the Gulf Coast for a just and equitable recovery. The Volunteer Program grew out of the Hurricane Relief and Social Justice project of the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, LA.

Central East Regional Group (CERG)

Serving Unitarian Universalist Congregations in the Joseph Priestley, Metro New York, Ohio-Meadville and St. Lawrence Districts.

Central Midwest District (CMWD)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Illinois, southwest Michigan, upper Michigan, eastern Missouri, eastern Wisconsin, and upper western Indiana.

Ceremonies & Rituals

Unitarian Universalist religious ceremonies, like the rest of our faith, are always unique, always changing, and are determined by the beliefs of the individuals participating. Some ceremonies within Unitarian Universalism, like weddings, often follow traditional formats. Others, such as our coming-of-age services, are wildly creative and constantly evolving.

CERG (Central East Regional Group)

Serving Unitarian Universalist Congregations in the Joseph Priestley, Metro New York, Ohio-Meadville and St. Lawrence Districts.

Certification, Congregational Membership

Certification of Membership is an annual process whereby member congregations report statistical information, and a certified membership number, to the Unitarian Universalist Association, following the established procedures for this reporting.

CFUU (Conservative Forum for Unitarian Universalists)

The Conservative Forum for Unitarian Universalists was founded in 1986. The mission of the CFUU is to ensure that all Unitarian Universalists are free to pursue a responsible search for religious truth and meaning in our societies and throughout the association regardless of their views on politics, economics or social issues.

CGEP (Charitable Gift and Estate Planning)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) office, in the Stewardship and Development staff group, that helps people include the UUA in their estate or charitable giving plans.

Chalica

Chalica, a weeklong Unitarian Universalist holiday in December, was first envisioned in 2005. Chalica devotes a day to each of Unitarian Universalism’s Seven Principles and invites families to conduct simple rituals at home.

Chalice Art

Chalice graphics and clip art for use and distribution by Unitarian Universalists (UUs) and UU organizations.

Chalice Lighter Program

Individual Unitarian Universalists contribute $10 or more up to three times a year to help a congregation in their district complete a special project linked to growth.

Chalice Lightings: Words for Worship

"At the opening of Unitarian Universalist worship services, many congregations light a flame inside a chalice. This flaming chalice has become a well-known symbol of our denomination. It unites our members in worship and symbolizes the spirit of our work."
—Dan Hotchkiss

Channing-Murray Foundation

Unitarian Universalist campus center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Charitable Gift and Estate Planning (CGEP)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) office, in the Stewardship and Development staff group, that helps people include the UUA in their estate or charitable giving plans.

Child Dedication/ Baptism

Rather than holding Christian-style baptism ceremonies, most Unitarian Universalist congregations have child dedication services for infants, young adopted children, or young children whose families have recently joined the congregation.

Children of Unitarian Universalist Ministers College Scholarship

College aid is offered to children of Unitarian Universalist Ministers; apply online.

Children's Products from the UUA Bookstore

Activity Books, Bibles and Bible Stories, Biography, Inspiration and Growing Up, Nature and Science, Picture Books, Posters, Religion-in-Life, Social Justice, Stories, Unitarian Universalist (UU) Principles, UU Sources, Worship and Prayer

Children's Religious Education

Resources that affirm Unitarian Universalist identity, as well as teach children about the wisdom of the world's religions.

Chorus of Faiths, A: Unitarian Universalists as Interfaith Leaders

A Tapestry of Faith Part program to develop Unitarian Universalist youth as interfaith leaders.

Christian Fellowship, Unitarian Universalist (UUCF)

The Unitarian Universalist (UU) Christian Fellowship is an organization of women and men, most of whom are members of a UU church, who are interested in exploring liberal Christianity within the context of their liberal religious faith.

Chrysalis Training Program

Managed by the Unitarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, the Chrysalis Training Program provides youth-adult led trainings for youth and adults including: Leadership Development Conferences, Spirituality Development Conferences, Basic Youth Advisor Training, Advanced Advisor Training, and Chaplain Training.

Chuck and Nancy Thomas Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a incoming first year student who has shown an outstanding commitment to Unitarian Universalism as a lay leader before preparing for Unitarian Universalist ministry.

Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF)

A Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation on the web and in print reaching people who do not belong to a local UU congregation or who wish to connect to UUs around the world. CLF publishes the Quest newsletter and offers a prison ministry and online education.

Church of the Younger Fellowship (CYF)

The CYF is a specialized ministry effort of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, designed to meet the needs of spiritual young adults ages 18-35. The CYF currently ministers to hundreds of young adults world-wide.

Church Staff Finances

Information, services and programs for Unitarian Universalist congregations and their ministers, religious educators and other employees in matters of benefit plans, aid funds, and fair compensation.

Church Staff Finances, Council on

The Council on Church Staff Finances works in cooperation with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and other affiliated organizations to provide information to local societies and their staff members concerning congregational financial management, staff compensation, the UUA Retirement Plan, the UUA Health Insurance Plan, and personal financial planning.

Church Staff Finances, Office of (OCSF)

The Office of Church Staff Finances provides information, services and programs for Unitarian Universalist congregations and their ministers, religious educators and other employees in matters of benefit plans, aid funds, and fair compensation.

Clara Barton District (CBD)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Connecticut, and western and central Massachusetts.

CLF (Church of the Larger Fellowship)

A Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation on the web and in print reaching people who do not belong to a local UU congregation or who wish to connect to UUs around the world. CLF publishes the Quest newsletter and offers a prison ministry and online education.

Closings: Words for Worship

If the “opening words” called people to worship and opened the time and space for this purpose, the closing words bring the service to an end and prepare people to return home. If the service has been thematically tied together, the words can be a summation, a parting thought, a final nugget for people to reflect on throughout the week.

CMWD (Central Midwest District)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Illinois, southwest Michigan, upper Michigan, eastern Missouri, eastern Wisconsin, and upper western Indiana.

COA (Coming of Age)

A program in which youth, generally aged thirteen to sixteen, learn more about their spirituality and faith. Members of COA groups usually learn about Unitarian Universalism, develop their own belief statements (often called credos), and visit other Unitarian Universalist congregations and the Unitarian Universalist Association headquarters in Boston. Also known as Affirmation groups. The equivalent of Christian confirmation groups.

COA (Appraisal, Commission on)

An elected committee which studies issues of significance to Unitarian Universalism, resulting in a published report made to the Association.

Code of Professional Practices, Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA Code of Conduct)

"We, the members of the Liberal Religious Educators Association, do affirm this Code of Professional Practices as our standard of commitment to the practice of religious education. This Code will be followed by all LREDA members who are or have been engaged as professional religious educators. It is supported by all who, by joining LREDA, indicate that they honor the importance of religious growth and learning in the congregations or communities they serve."

Code of Professional Practices, Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (Ministers Code of Conduct)

Covenant, Code of Conduct, Ethical Standards, Expectations of Conduct, Accountability Procedures, and Standards of Professional Practice from the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA).

College of Social Justice, Unitarian Universalist (UUCSJ)

The mission of the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) is to increase the capacity of Unitarian Universalists to catalyze justice. UUCSJ is a formal collaboration of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

Collegium: an Association of Liberal Religious Scholars

A primarily Unitarian Universalist independent association established to encourage collaboration among scholarly members of our clergy and laity who share similar interests; to promote significant theological reflections within and about the Unitarian Universalist movement and other liberal religious movements; to disseminate resources, research, and findings which bear upon the problem of how liberal religion is to address the contemporary situation; and to sustain our heritage of the learned ministry.

Coming of Age (COA)

A program in which youth, generally aged thirteen to sixteen, learn more about their spirituality and faith. Members of COA groups usually learn about Unitarian Universalism, develop their own belief statements (often called credos), and visit other Unitarian Universalist congregations and the Unitarian Universalist Association headquarters in Boston. Also known as Affirmation groups. The equivalent of Christian confirmation groups.

Committee on Ministry (Ministry, Committee on)

The Committee on Ministry is concerned with the spiritual health of the entire ministry of the congregation—as a reflection of mission fulfillment. This  Committee on Ministry model was invented in the early nineteen eighties and honed as a working model over an almost ten year period in a mid-sized congregation. This refinement brought it into being as an effective agent for keeping mission and ministry at the cutting edge of congregational life.

Committees, Congregational

The Congregational Handbook section on governance includes resources for various congregational committees.

Committees, Unitarian Universalist Association

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) relies upon energetic, committed, visionary Unitarian Universalist volunteers to serve the twenty-plus committees, panels, and task forces that work with staff and the UUA Board to carry out the mission of the Association.

Common Ground I/II/III

Common Ground I and II were large representative gatherings of youth and adults held in the early 1980s. They symbolize the transition from Liberal Religious Youth (the previous organization for Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth) to Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU), the current organization for UU youth. Common Ground III refers to the gathering proposed to the YRUU governing body in 2004, which did not pass using the consensus process.

Common Read, Unitarian Universalist

A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time.

Communications Staff Group

Through print and electronic publishing, public witness, communications consultation, marketing, and product distribution, the Communications Staff Group serves congregations by providing information and enhancing the visibility of Unitarian Universalism in the public arena.

Compensation, Benefits, and Pension Committee (CBPC)

The CBPC provides oversight and education on compensation and benefits and the Unitarian Universalist retirement plan.

Conclave

Conclave was the annual gathering of district Religious Education chairs until 2002. A new training program, Covenanting for Excellence in Religious Education, was created to replace Conclave.

Conflict Management

Resources to help turn conflict into opportunities for building community by examining together what we value the most, and clarifying our purpose and mission as a community.

Congregation-Based Community Organizing (CBCO)

An interfaith, multicultural model of social activism that brings together faith communities, labor unions, schools, and other groups to leverage their power to create social change. Many Unitarian Universalist congregations are part of CBCO networks.

Congregational Advocacy & Witness, Office of

This Unitarian Universalist Association staff group (renamed to Witness Ministries) supports Unitarian Universalist congregations in building and sustaining justice-seeking, inclusive, multicultural faith communities.

Congregational Handbook: How to Develop a Healthy and Vital Unitarian Universalist Congregation

This resource is intended as a web-based reference and guide for member congregations in the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Congregational Life Staff Group

Congregational Life supports the health and growth of congregations and other Unitarian Universalist communities through Congregational Stewardship Services, Growth Services, Large Congregation Services, and District Services.

Congregational Properties and Loan Commission (CPLC)

The CPLC manages Unitarian Universalist Association funds designated to provide service to our congregations that have property and land needs. The CPLC provides support to congregations seeking financing for those purposes.

Congregational Stewardship Services Staff Group

Specially trained consultants are available to guide and coach congregations through assessment visits, strategic planning, annual budget drives, financial feasibility studies, capital campaigns, and planned giving programs.

Congregations

Find a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We look forward to your visit!

ConnectUU

ConnectUU is an online interface to assist young adult Unitarian Universalists (UUs) communicate with one another, register for events, and find Young Adult groups in their area.

Conservative Forum for Unitarian Universalists (CFUU)

The Conservative Forum for Unitarian Universalists was founded in 1986. The mission of the CFUU is to ensure that all Unitarian Universalists are free to pursue a responsible search for religious truth and meaning in our societies and throughout the association regardless of their views on politics, economics or social issues.

Consultation on Ministry to and with Youth

The Consultation on Ministry to and with Youth was a two-year process to revision, renew and support our Association's ministry to and with youth.

Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network (C*UUYAN)

The Unitarian Universalist young adult and campus ministry network for individuals aged eighteen to thirty-five.

Continuing Education for Ministers

The Ministerial Development Office gathers, assesses, and promulgates information about effective ministerial development programs and opportunities for ministers and ministerial teams.

Continuing Education for Religious Educators

Resources for professional development for religious educators.

Council of Unitarian Universalist Camps and Conferences (CU2C2)

The organization of Unitarian Universalist camps, conference centers, and regularly occurring conferences.

Covenant Groups

Small Group Ministry provides a format with which we nurture connections and explore spirituality within our congregations.

Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS)

A national organization for Unitarian Universalists who embrace earth-based, pagan, and wiccan spirituality.

CPLC (Congregational Properties and Loan Commission)

The CPLC manages Unitarian Universalist Association funds designated to provide service to our congregations that have property and land needs. The CPLC provides support to congregations seeking financing for those purposes.

Creating Home

A Tapestry of Faith program for children (grades K-1) to help them develop a sense of home that is grounded in faith.

Credentialing, Congregational Delegates

Only certified member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association may send voting delegates to General Assembly (GA). Delegate credentials are mailed to certified congregations in late February by the GA Office.

Credentialing, Ministers

The Ministerial Credentialing Office works with persons preparing for the Unitarian Universalist ministry by communicating the requirements of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, relating to theological schools, administering scholarship aid, and supporting opportunities for field education, internships, workshops, and other programs.

Credentialing, Music Leaders

Through the Music Leadership Credentialing Program, music leaders in our congregations develop a foundational understanding of three main areas of knowledge: Music Skills and Resources, Unitarian Universalist Heritage and Values, and Leadership and Interpersonal Skills.

Credentialing, Religious Educators

The Religious Education Credentialing Program works to strengthen Unitarian Universalist religious education through the continued development and professionalization of lay religious educators, and to provide a clear and effective system for standards and recognition of these achievements.

CSRI (Socially Responsible Investing, Committee on)

This committee maintains and assists with the implementation of socially responsible investing policies and practices that reflect Unitarian Universalist values with respect to funds over which the Trustees have responsibility.

CSW (Social Witness, Commission on)

The mission of the Commission on Social Witness is to engage individuals, congregations, and districts in an ongoing process of study, action and reflection on pressing social issues to deepen our faith, to foster a greater sense of association among Unitarian Universalists, and to proclaim our vision of justice in the world.

CU2C2 (Council of Unitarian Universalist Camps and Conferences)

The organization of Unitarian Universalist camps, conference centers, and regularly occurring conferences.

CUC (Canadian Unitarian Council)

The national organization of Canadian Unitarian congregations.

Curricula, Unitarian Universalist Association

Embodying a faith development focus for our congregations, Tapestry of Faith is a series of programs and resources for all ages that nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love.

Curriculum and Resource Developers, Unitarian Universalist (UUCARDS)

Creating, promoting, and distributing religious education materials for Unitarian Universalists.

Curriculum Mapping

Use the updated (independent) Unitarian Universalist Curriculum and Resource Developers website in place of the obsolete Curriculum Mapping site, which has been removed.

CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans)

A national organization for Unitarian Universalists who embrace earth-based, pagan, and wiccan spirituality.

CYF (Church of the Younger Fellowship)

The CYF is a specialized ministry effort of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, designed to meet the needs of spiritual young adults ages 18-35. The CYF currently ministers to hundreds of young adults world-wide.

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Last updated on Tuesday, December 13, 2011.

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