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Central East Regional Group

Better Together

  • 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 Perry 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....
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    What would Unitarian Universalism look like if we trained our lay leaders as highly as we train other religious professionals such as ministers and religious educators? We would no longer be able to joke that we’re too disorganized to be called “organized religion.”...
  • By Megan Foley
    You may remember that last spring the UUA was embroiled in a controversy over hiring practices for staff such as myself who serve our congregations.
  • By Amy Kent
    Summer Institute is a great vacation option for families, youth and adults of all ages! It is an all-inclusive vacation that includes meals, accommodations and enough programing that you have plenty to choose from. Sometimes people are nervous to go the first time. Well this is the story of our...
  • By Beth Casebolt
    Attending General Assembly is a whirlwind of activity. Attending for your first time can be overwhelming! Your Central East Region team wants you to feel prepared. Here are some resources we think you might find helpful. Several are good for off site attendees as well as on site attendees....
  • After developing a vision statement, it can sometimes be difficult to communicate how it should impact the ministry of the congregation. The UU Fellowship of Greater Cumberland created this stunning Vision Visual to help guide that process. They plan to share it at…and post it…. So that it can...
  • Fifty people left UU Fellowship of Harford County early on Saturday, March 24 for the rally in Washington, D.C. The experience seems to have resonated with the students who attended as well as the adults....
  • By Joan Van Becelaere
    “Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. (W.E.B. DuBois)...
  • Our five congregations in Westchester participated in the Prideworks for Youth Conference on March 14, 2018. Prideworks is an annual county-wide conference for about 500 LGBTQ youth and allies, and UU’s have been an important part of the conference in its almost two decades of existence, when it...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    As Unitarian Universalists have been growing into deeper understanding of White Supremacy Culture, being interculturally respectful and competent, and learning how to avoid the pitfalls of cultural misappropriation, we are learning to learn and share the stories and contexts behind the songs we sing...
  • By Patricia Infante
    Innovation! Adaptation!! Experimentation!!! We live in a time of incredible change and shifting paradigms. Technology continues to zoom along at a pace that is breathtaking and society seems to be chomping at the bit for the next big thing. At the same time, some of the things we thought we could...
  • By David Pyle
    One of the joys of serving Unitarian Universalism as a member of the Central East Regional Staff has been the commitment of the leadership of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the members of our congregations to my also serving as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserves. Combining these two...
  • The Commission on Appraisal is particularly happy to invite your participation in a brief survey to help prepare to select our next topic of study. The Commission serves similarly to a “think tank” on larger issues facing Unitarian Universalism. Our recent study was on class in the UUA....
  • Grounded in a deep belief that we are all prophets, Unitarian Universalists ask, “How can we faithfully meet the demands of our time?” The call to witness and act for justice in our society and in the world is clear. So, too, is the call to examine our structures and practices, dismantling and...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    It’s no secret to UU’s that I work with that my call to ministry is lay leadership development. I take shared ministry seriously, and I want our lay leaders to be every bit as equipped to lead as our religious professionals....
  • By Hope Johnson
    February. Black History Month. I celebrate Black History every day of my life so I find it odd to devote one month in the year to celebrating Blackness.
  • By Megan Foley
    2018 is upon us and your Central East Region staff team is looking ahead to a year of change, growth, and continuity.
  • You don’t have to be in a growing area to see growth and vitality in your congregation. What you do need is energy, focus and a strong sense of purpose. Recently, Andy Crabb, the President of the First Unitarian Church of Youngstown, OH, posted how his congregation had a significant increase in...
  • By Beth Casebolt
    The Central East Region has some staffing changes we want to announce....
  • By Megan Foley
    You should have recently received information about the new formula the Unitarian Universalist Association will be using for congregational giving in the Central East Region beginning in July – a formula that uses your operating expense budget as a guide, rather than the number of members you have...
  • By Central East Region of the UUA
    Our staff are still on holiday break (most will return to our offices tomorrow) so we bring you a reading from Worship Web as we start a new year....
  • By Central East Region of the UUA
    From all of us at the Central East Region, we wish you Happy Holidays and a joyous New Year....
  • Is your congregation looking to be relevant in a culture where most mainstream white religions are in decline? Many UU congregations are growing, even areas that have declined economically. What is their “secret sauce?”...
  • By Evin Carvill Ziemer
    This is the season of Advent. The time of waiting and emptying and not knowing.
  • On October 21, 2017, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF) was honored to host five visitors from the 1800’s, mostly the Civil War era, through the inspiring performances of the Female Re-enactors of Distinction (FREED).
  • 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....