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UUA Health Plan introduces low-premium option for 2014
November is open enrollment month for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Health Plan, just as it is every year. But this year there's a twist. Congregations and other eligible organizations have the opportunity to compare the UUA's health plan options with those offered by the federal Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
When the UUA Health Plan was organized in 2007, it was the only viable option for many congregations. Now, for the first time, the health care exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provide an alternative that congregations can choose to look at. To compete with the ACA's low-premium, high-deductible plans, the UUA is introducing its own bronze-level option. Read more.
No secrets or magic to good congregational fundraising
Dr. Wayne Clark, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Congregational Stewardship Network director, gets the question all the time: “What’s the one thing we can do to make our stewardship campaign successful? What’s the secret?”
And his answer is always the same. “There is no secret or magic formula.” Instead, he says, “It’s all about what you’re selling. You have to make a clear and compelling case to the congregation as to why you are asking for the money. What difference will people’s money make? What can we do as a congregation that we can’t do without more money? Read more.
Small groups help members connect and congregations grow
In the late 1990s the Rev. Dr. Glenn Turner, of Maine, and the Rev. Bob Hill, of Texas, began promoting a novel idea. They proposed that what was missing from many of our congregations was small groups, where people could connect in meaningful ways for “intimacy and ultimacy.” Groups where people could tell their stories and listen to the stories of others. Groups where people could relate to each other on a deeper level than they could on Sunday mornings.
"People come to church for two reasons,” said Hill. “One is to find friends and community, and the other is to ‘be lifted out of the ordinary,’ to have a place to relate to others on a deeper level.” Read more.
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Last updated on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
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