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Central East Regional Group

  • 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 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...
  • By Paula Cole Jones
    The communities where we live and work and go to school are constantly changing. The nation and the wider world is constantly changing.
  • THE RESULTS ARE IN! Summer Institute finally has a new name, chosen by an overwhelming majority vote of members of the SI community, and that new name is… Central East Region Summer Institute! Our new name is practical and descriptive, it echoes our old name (switching OMD to CER), and, as a...
  • By Beth Casebolt
    I love tennis. I play it whenever I can (rather badly) and I am an avid fan. If there is tennis on TV, that’s what is showing at my house. I follow a number of the athletes, I’m on top of the news from the sport, I know exactly where the tour is going next, I have every tournament’s app on my...
  • By Andrea Lerner
    Recently we highlighted the Central East Region (CER) Chalice Lighter Program, sharing the HOW of applying for growth focused grants, and now we want to focus on WHY you as an individual should support this grant program....
  • By Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe
    Introducing our new staff, Rev. Sunshine Wolfe.
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Our church needed a new roof and we didn’t have the money to pay for it. We had a member who yelled at people during coffee hour. New members weren’t stepping up to volunteer, let alone be leaders. When new people did step up, their ideas were ignored....
  • The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark in Newark, Delaware, led by members Karen Barker and Catriona Binder-Macleod, recently applied for and received a $500 grant from the Fund for UU Social Responsibility
  • By Alex Kapitan
    Is your congregation ready to take your welcome to the next level?...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    We are living in a time of great change, where the forces of greed, selfishness, and fear have been unleashed and the future is unclear.
  • By Beth Casebolt
    Do you have new board members joining your leadership team this year? Do you have returning board members?...
  • Each year congregations as asked to give to the Central East Region and the UUA to support us in providing services to all our congregations. Congregations that give the recommended amount are called Honor Congregations. Do remember that the UUA year runs from July 1 through June 30th so this report...
  • By Megan Foley, Woullard Lett
    As sometimes happens within the Army Reserve, Rev. David Pyle informed the UUA this week that mission changes have led to his unit not taking a Chaplain overseas on their upcoming mission, and as such he would not be going on leave from the UUA as planned.
  • One of the things I love about summer is the way you can let concepts and ideas seep into you in a new way, swim around in your heart and gut, forming their own new paths of meaning and inspiring more active steps when the time is right. In that vein, the Central East Region would like to offer a...
  • We are delighted to announce that Paula Cole Jones will be joining the Central East Regional staff for one year as field staff, to fill in for Rev. David Pyle as he deploys to the Middle East.
  • By David Pyle
    For the last four years, I have had the honor of serving the congregations of the Central East Region of the UUA, first as the District Executive of the Joseph Priestley District, and then as a Primary Contact and as a specialist in governance, staffing, ministry, and pastoral care.
  • July 1 marks the beginning of the summer season for the UUA. During July and August, the UUA has a shorter work day from 9a to 4p. Our regional staff also work shorter days during these two months....
  • July 1, 2018 at 6 pm ET. You are invited to gather to remember the extraordinary Wendi Winters.
  • By Beth Casebolt
    Whew! We're recovering from a long week at General Assembly in Kansas City, MO. As this publishes, many of your CER staff are traveling home from Missouri and wading back through our email inboxes. We'll be back in our offices and caught up by next week....
  • If you are unable to attend General Assembly, the UUA's annual business meeting in Kansas City this year, you have other options to participate, including being a delegate. It's not too late to decide to do any of these options!...
  • By Shannon Harper
    Summer is a glorious season. Traditionally it’s sold as a leisure time, a time to relax, enjoy yourself, get outdoors and have some fun.
  • Attending General Assembly can be an overwhelming experience even for those who have attended several times. Being a delegate and needing to understand what is happening in plenary is even more challenging....
  • The annual Seaway Gathering and Gould Lecture was held on April 13-14, 2018 at the First UU Society of Syracuse, NY....

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