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Central East Regional Group

  • This year, the Central East Regional Staff decided to offer a 3-part webinar on Board Basics. While normally an in-person, all day training, we realized that not all our congregations could take advantage of that. So the webinar idea was born. The purpose of the webinar is to be a primer in what it...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    About twenty years ago, I was sitting in my minister’s office, discerning whether I should put myself forward as a candidate for Moderator of the congregation.
  • By Patricia Infante
    The total eclipse of 2017 is nearly here, where the moon comes between the earth and the sun, upending all we thought we understood about the universe and our place in it. Science can explain the mechanics in ways that we humans can mostly understand but the enormity of this shadow play taking place...
  • By Joan Van Becelaere
    In Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio, interfaith classes confronting White Supremacy were developed in response to the larger community's clear lack of understanding on issues of racism....
  • By Beth Casebolt
    It's almost time for a new church year and you have new congregational leaders. Where do they find resources and training they need?...
  • UU Congregation of Athens and Sheshequin is one of those congregations that hadn’t sent a delegate to General Assembly for several years, so when the opportunity arose to send “virtual” delegates, it was a great way for us to make our voices heard.
  • Northern Virginia (NOVA) Congregations Collaborate to provide a Rich and Rewarding Teacher Training Program with the Help of a Faithify Campaign...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    My spouse and I are planning out a permaculture garden in the backyard of our new house. We don’t know much about permaculture yet, but we are learning. We are starting with the soil
  • “The Three Amigos”, as they call themselves, provide an entertaining presentation designed to bring people together, while respecting each other’s differences.
  • Some of you have asked questions about the history of anti-racism in the UUA. There are three videos we highly recommend to help you understand the history and some of the context in which our current conversations are taking place....
  • Unitarian Universalist presence in the state of West Virginia is deeply needed and wanted in today’s climate.
  • By Megan Foley
    I have not enjoyed spring this year in Washington D.C., where I live. I usually love the mild days of April, May and June in the Mid-Atlantic, where we have long stretches of blue sky days in the 70s.
  • By Hope Johnson
    From its Galveston, Texas roots, the observance of Juneteenth as the African American Emancipation Day began in 1865 and has triggered a series of far-reaching events that continue to reverberate over the decades—through the present, to the future.
  • By Andrea Lerner
    This program has been in place for decades in most areas of the United States as a way to fund growth in Unitarian Universalist congregations –...
  • By Central East Region of the UUA
    We are thankful for your support of all of the congregations in our Association through your contributions to the UUA Annual Program Fund and your Central East Region. Just think about all of the lives reached by Unitarian Universalism nationally, and the important, painful and necessary...
  • By Megan Foley
    One of the things I’ve been doing to prepare for General Assembly this year is to work through these excellent preparatory materials provided by the Planning team. As the GA webpage puts it, “General Assembly in New Orleans will awaken and deepen the commitment of Unitarian Universalists to the...
  • More than half of all Unitarian Universalist congregations are joining the #WhiteSupremacyTeachIn. Is your congregation one of them? If not, are you wondering what exactly this is?...
  • By Joan Van Becelaere
    The First Universalist Church (UU) of Lyons, OH is experiencing a revival in northwest Ohio. This small village (pop. 562) is just west of Greater Toledo, and the suburbs are steadily stretching out closer and closer to Lyons. The congregation’s new “G.O.D.” (Growth, Outreach, and Deeds)...
  • “The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election has done more than upset the political world. For Unitarians and Universalists—and many others—it has challenged the soul. Its meaning is far more than political. There are also moral, spiritual and religious meanings in what has happened and is happening....
  • By Megan Foley
    Sometimes you sit across from people you know well, even people you love, and you just cannot believe how far apart from them you feel.
  • For those of you who missed the forum on Saturday, April 1, or those of you who did watch it but want to review some of the things said, here is your opportunity....
  • Prepare your heart, mind, and spirit to enter into the Resist and Rejoice experience in New Orleans, arriving at General Assembly ready to learn what the people, culture, history, and geography have to teach! Check out these resources to help you prepare. Before heading to GA, print the READY...
  • By Megan Foley
    Who knows why our Central East Region staff decided to schedule our congregational check-ins for February this year? What a surprising opportunity it turned out to be to see how congregations turn from crisis and overwhelm to resolve and commitment....
  • By Joan Van Becelaere
    That’s the title of a recent book written by Joani and Thom Schultz. The title shouldn’t shock many of us anymore. There is a lot of evidence for its assertion.
  • General Assembly 2017 will be held in New Orleans, LA on June 21-25. Registration and housing for the general public open March 1. Here is some basic information you need to know about GA. The theme this year is Resist and Rejoice!...
  • The Central East Region has an Advisory Council of lay and ordained volunteers who work with the Director of Congregational Life, Rev. Scott Tayler, to both assess the needs of our congregations and to track the effectiveness of our regional staff in meeting those needs. The Advisory Council...
  • During the Martin Luther King Day Weekend, the Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek, in Newark Delaware, invited racial justice organizer and activist Chris Crass to present a Courage for Racial Justice / Courage for Liberation Conference and Training that brought together area congregations...
  • Many churches celebrate important anniversaries, but it’s rare that congregational historians take a wider view. But when Bill Parke, the Church Historian of the UU Church of Buffalo noted this anniversary, he researched the topic and came up with this lovely display and story....
  • By Hope Johnson
    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” MLK, Jr....
  • So many of us deeply desire to live on the side of love when it comes to social justice movements. Organizer (and Unitarian Universalist) Elandria Williams talks about the role of our faith in social movements as providing ‘spiritual and political fortification’....
  • From all of us at the Central East Region, we wish you Happy Holidays and a joyous New Year....
  • By Douglas Taylor
    At the beginning of November, Jo VonRue (our Ministerial Intern here in Binghamton) and I traveled up to the Standing Rock camp in North Dakota to support the Sioux tribe. They are fighting to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipe Line on sacred lands and which threatens their water supply....
  • By Jennifer "Jo" VonRue
    by Jo VonRue...
  • By Hope Johnson
    The Advent Season offers each of us an opportunity to recognize that it is not only a season of waiting, but also a season of preparation. It’s a Both/And.
  • 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....
  • The New River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, in Beckley, WV has coordinated two interfaith demonstrations. The theme was Standing On the Side of Love. They joined the UU Congregation of Charleston for a third demonstration on the same topic....
  • The 2016 election results were astonishing no matter on which side of the divide you fall.
  • By Central East Region of the UUA
    Dear Congregations and Clergy of the Central East Region,...
  • “I heard people call it a "wake-up call" and say that they were "inspired and energized." -- Rev. Joe Cleveland, UU Congregation of Saratoga Springs, NY....
  • If you've looked on Faithify lately you'll have seen a project called No Child Goes Hungry.
  • The First UU Society of Marietta, Ohio (FUUSM) has gone solar! Solar panels were installed at the First Unitarian-Universalist Society of Marietta (FUUSM) during the week of October 17. This installation establishes FUUSM as the first religious organization in Washington County to have solar...
  • By Sandra Fees
    Rev. Sandra Fees, Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County in Reading, Pennsylvania was selected to be the 2016 Poet Laurate for Berks County PA.
  • Have you seen the new UUA video: We Are Unitarian Universalists?...
  • By Hope Johnson
    As I left the Nassau Boulevard Station of the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) on the first Sunday of October, I was in a hurry to meet my dear friend Matt Meyer, Master UU Drummer who was leading the service. I stood at the traffic light at the corner of Nassau & Stewart waiting for the light to...
  • Spring 2016 Central East Region Congregational Life Advisory Council Survey...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Two rivers flow along the Southern Tier of New York—the Chemung through Big Flats and the Susquehanna the Susquehanna through Binghamton--and converge just south of the border in Athens, Pennsylvania before flowing south to Towanda. Another convergence occurred when the UU Congregation of...
  • What does the inspiring legacy of two Americans who worked to end the WWII refugee disaster mean for us now? Join the conversation on September 20 while, only a few blocks away, the United Nations will be talking about the worst refugee crisis since WWII. Come get a sneak peek at Ken Burns' new...
  • The Moral Revival led by Rev. William J. Barber, who was a speaker at our General Assembly in June, will be holding a Day of Moral Action at state capitals across the country.
  • Welcome to a new church year!...
  • The clergy of the Capital and Northern Virginia Clusters released this statement this week in reaction to the ongoing violence in the United States....

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