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Central East Regional Group

Better Together

  • On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis.
  • By Megan Foley
    One of the things we don’t get here in Washington DC is the slight nip in the air that tells you that the school year is about to begin (and allows you to wear your new school clothes rather than your old sweaty summer clothes for another month) but nevertheless, it is September, and it’s the official season....
  • By Kathy McGowan, Jonipher Kūpono Kwong, Renee Ruchotzke
    As Susan Frederick-Gray mentioned during her president’s report at General Assembly in June, LeaderLab is a tremendous resource for congregational leaders.
  • The UU Congregation of Greater Canton (UUCGC), though fewer in members, has had an important compassion and justice presence in their community. A few years ago they started a project to collect books for incarcerated individuals at the Stark County Jail, which got a lot of community response and participation.
  • A Primary Contact is assigned to every congregation in the Central East Region. Do you know who yours is and what they do?
  • On August 25, 1619, the ship the White Lion arrived in Hampton, Virginia. The ship contained enslaved Africans. This is the first recorded arrival of Africans in America. This year, this anniversary will be commemorated at Fort Monroe as a day of healing and and reconciliation.
  • Our UU congregational tradition practices freedom of both pulpit and pew. Ministers are given the privilege to share their understandings from the pulpit, and member are free to agree or disagree.
  • At UUCA, the storm’s heavy rain resulted in almost 70 percent of the church’s lower level being covered in one to two inches of standing water – causing significant water damage to the affected areas.
  • By Evin Carvill Ziemer
    I was spending the late afternoon before the June 2018 UU Minister’s Association Ministry Days exploring the hotel and riding the escalators with my 3 and 4 year old children while we waited for the Opening Reception (“party” to my children).
  • California here we come - PA that is. Summer Institute (CERSI) is moving to California University of Pennsylvania just south of Pittsburgh for next year. Next year on July 12-18, 2020 the CERSI community will convene in California, PA.
  • By David Pyle
    One of the blessings of getting out of your normal surroundings is that it inspires you to see thing anew when you return
  • By First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, Ithaca, NY
    UU Society of Ithaca, NY uses and recommends new way of keep events green by using The Dish Truck.
  • By Beth Casebolt
    General Assembly ended yesterday, the whirlwind week of workshops, services, business meetings, and the exhibit hall is now over for another year. As I write this many are starting the trip home from Spokane, WA.
  • By Beth Casebolt
    In our regional staff team we joke about our “superpowers”. These are fun, amazing skills each of us have that we like to joke about - for example, one of us can tetris 7 people’s luggage and equipment into the back of van in a matter of minutes, and another can knit fruits, veggies and animals out of yarn.
  • By Amy Kent
    For 40 years a group of dedicated volunteers, leaders and staff have created Summer Institute, an intentional intergenerational community.
  • By Shannon Harper
    What kind of leaders do[es] our faith and our planet need in a future that is as close as tomorrow? What does sustainable leadership look like when burnout and overwhelm are so prevalent?
  • It's time to get prepared for General Assembly 2019!
  • By Megan Foley
    Summer is bringing some staffing changes to Central East Region.
  • By Megan Foley
    I’ve been reflecting on the many ways that our churches would do well to describe the ways they aren’t attached to the habits and practices of this world. We UUs are not only called to make this world better. We are often called to do so by subverting the dominant paradigm, by creating and living a counter narrative to
  • By Amy Kent
    Last March, I began a journey to learn the history of the Movement (the Civil Rights Movement) in Alabama. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s I had been taught about Rosa Parks in Montgomery; the March from Selma to Montgomery; and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham that killed 4 young girls.
  • Each one of our congregations have a ministry context – the neighborhood and community where our church is located. If we knew more about our neighbors, we could be intentional about offering programming that meets the real needs of the community.
  • The Melanie Pescan Memorial scholarship fund was started in order to bring people with financial hardships to Summer Institute. The scholarship pays for at least part of their attendance fee.
  • Children’s artwork from Hiroshima 1945 (on loan from the collection at All Souls UU in D.C.) is featured in the exhibition “Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapons,” on view at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center
  • By Patricia Infante
    Many congregations are in the waning days of their annual stewardship campaign. Are you thinking, “whew, glad that’s done until next year?” Well…not so fast!
  • This weeks' blog post is by guest writer, Brian Hagemann at First UU Columbus. ...
  • A Message from Dr. Dennis Wellnitz, Joseph Priestley District on dissolving the district.
  • By Evin Carvill Ziemer
    "Trans people have a wide range of gender identities and a wide range of ways of adapting, and being unable or unwilling to adapt, to a world that doesn’t often accept us. We come in the full range of human differences which impact how others respond to our transness."
  • By Hope Johnson
    “Walls and Windows” by Judy Small and Pat Humphries is one of my favorite songs. It is described as “an anti-war song written from a woman’s perspective. The song asks that we recognize ourselves in the people, who are on the other side of the fence”
  • Summer Institute is an intentional intergenerational community that gets created and re-created each summer as we come together to live fully as Unitarian Universalists.
  • By Shannon Harper
    The Central East Region is excited to announce the creation of a new week-long youth leadership experience happening this summer in 2019. Rising River will include several aspects of the previous Goldmine Leadership School but with lots of new exciting changes.
  • By Beth Casebolt
    You are invited to join us for General Assembly June 19-23, 2019 in Spokane, WA for The Power of We
  • By Andrea Perry Lerner
    Yet we've learned that conflicts can present great opportunities for building community by examining together what we value the most and clarifying our purpose and mission as a community.
  • Music at Summer Institute: A Symphony of Shared Experience. “There’s a lot of opportunities for music at SI. I think you’d really love it.”
  • Opportunities to Be a Part of Summer Institute
  • By Central East Region of the UUA
    Holiday Greetings from the CER Staff
  • By Beth Casebolt
    Are You Prepared for Winter's Wrath?
  • CERSI Highlight - A Young Adult’s Reflection on the Youth Program
  • By Shannon Harper
    Join us for Youth Ministry Revival March 1-3, 2019 in Bethesda, MD!
  • Innovative Ways to Collect Donations from First UU Church of Niagara, Niagara Falls, NY.
  • Video from the New Day Rising Conference
  • By Megan Foley
    Creative Darkness, closest friend, you whisper in the night;...
  • This blog is by guest Tyler Coles....
  • By Central East Region of the UUA
    With Thanksgiving past and the holiday season approaching, this marks the beginning of the season of thankfulness and gratitude. And so we want to take this opportunity to say Thank You....
  • By Megan Foley
    This past summer, I was pondering. Many of my congregational interactions went something like this: “We want to play a role in furthering racial justice work in our congregation, and figure out ways we might be contributing to white supremacy culture. We just can’t decide what to do!”...
  • By Patricia Infante
    I have just returned from the annual Fall Conference of the Liberal Religious Educators Association in Houston TX. The theme was “Changing the Narrative” and issues of white supremacy culture within our denomination and the urgency of empowering and sustaining leaders of color were central. What...
  • Dr. Ysaye Barnwell will be the theme speaker for Summer Institute 2019, July 7-13 at Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH.
  • There are many opportunities for all of us to learn more about various social justice issues in our homes, congregations or at trainings and events around the region. Here is a sampler of what is available. If you know of others, please recommend them in the comments!...
  • Ohio Issue 1, if passed, will dismantle much of the mass incarceration system in Ohio by reducing felony drug possession convictions to misdemeanors retroactively. This aligns with our UU commitments to resist white supremacy, embody solidarity with those harmed by the prison system and...
  • Two years ago, UU Church of Amherst, NY member Maria Ceraulo read a story online about a “Little Free Food Pantry” and thought, “Huh, we should do this,” and began floating the idea to her congregation. The congregation applied for and received a very generous grant from the Network of...

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