Archives of Central East Region News
Archives of Central East Region News and Blog
  • Nature as Beloved

    As we move into the new normal, we have a chance to find models of community and connection that reflect our vision of who we are.
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 8/10/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Davies UU Congregation Hosts Public Action

    On the morning of Saturday, June 6, members of the Davies UU Congregation drove to their congregation’s parking lot where they one by one came forward to stand in front of the church’s doors, holding up a protest sign or a beloved sacred text of their choosing.
    8/3/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • It Takes A Village: Our Commitment to Connection

    We recognize our interdependence - and we feel it even more poignantly in the midst of the isolation of the global pandemic. We need one another. We need ways to reach out and strengthen relationships, fostering more neighborly interactions and support systems. We need a village.
    By Michelle Buhite | 7/27/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ August 2020

    Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - Primary Contacts, UU Leadership Institute, Time to Update Your Leadership, and more.
    7/24/2020
    Filed in: CERG News
  • These Certain Times

    I see commercials sometimes that refer to these as “uncertain times”. I don’t know. I think things are becoming pretty certain. I think it’s pretty certain that we’re suffering, pretty certain that our neighbors and families are sick and dying...
    By Megan Foley | 7/13/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Supporting Youth and Young Adults

    If you attended virtual General Assembly last month, you probably read or at least heard about the Responsive Resolution that was adopted: Supporting and Investing in Youth and Young Adults in Unitarian Universalism.
    By Shannon Harper | 7/6/2020
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ July 2020

    Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - Virtual Summer Camps, Time to Update Your Leadership, Resources for COVID-19 and more.
    6/29/2020
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Mt. Vernon UU’s Climate Action Team Launches Arts for Mother Earth

    Have you heard? There’s a new group at MVUC! Arts for Mother Earth. We’re an active branch of the Climate Action Team, an award-winning environmental initiative that is now long term.
    By Mt Vernon Unitarian Church, Alexandria, VA | 6/29/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Get In the Way!

    “Get In The Way!!!” Congressman John Lewis has reminded us for years that it is our turn to actively make a difference.
    By Hope Johnson | 6/22/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Farewell from Paula Cole Jones

    It is time to say farewell to you as my position with the Congregational Life staff in the Central East Region of our UUA comes to an end on June 30th. I am passing the baton on to Sana Saeed, who will serve you beginning July 6th.
    By Paula Cole Jones | 6/15/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Has Your Congregation Updated Your Leadership Information?

    It's that time of the year again. Your congregation has held its annual meeting and elected new officers, or its on your schedule. You have new committee chairs appointed to lead your work for next year. But have you told anyone outside the congregation about these changes?
    By Central East Region of the UUA | 6/8/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Sharing the Load

    How can congregations support each other in this time of online worship? These five congregations have a unique approach.
    By Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe | 6/1/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ June 2020

    Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - CER Networking Calls, Virtual General Assembly, COVID-19 Resources
    5/29/2020
    Filed in: CERG News
  • CER Staff Offer Networking Sessions

    CER Staff Offer Networking Sessions. Mondays at 4, Tuesdays at 6:30, Wednesdays at 5 and 6, Fridays at 1 ET.
    5/29/2020
    Filed in: CERG News
  • CERSI Creates Alternatives for Event

    Each year hundreds of UUs look forward to Central East Region’s Summer Institute (CERSI) especially the hugs, ice cream with families, long conversations with friends, pop up jam sessions and interesting classes. However, like everything else in the Summer of 2020, Summer...
    By Amy Kent | 5/25/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • CER Staff Offer Gatherings for Congregational Leaders

    We are living in times that are upending our routines and requiring us to think in new ways. We know there is no tried-and-true answer "out there" for us to research.
    By Central East Region of the UUA | 5/18/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Youth and Young Adult Programming for Summer

    This blog post was supposed to be about UU Youth and Young Adult opportunities for this summer. But as the UUA and the camps, conferences and campuses we work alongside begin to cancel all summer in-person events, we’re left in a weird time of knowing and not knowing.
    By Shannon Harper | 5/11/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Introducing Our New CER Staff - Sana Saeed

    Although we’re sad to see the interim tenure of the fantastic Paula Cole Jones come to an end on June 30th, we are delighted to announce that we’ve hired a new, permanent field staff person to begin with us on July 6th: Sana Saeed.
    By Megan Foley | 5/4/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ May 2020

    Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - Virtual General Assembly, COVID-19 Resources, UU the Vote Hosts Webinar.
    4/29/2020
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Murray Grove Offers Online Programs and Plans Sestercentennial Celebration

    To assist you with virtual outreach to your congregants in the midst of the pandemic, Murray Grove has launched the first in a series of free online programs by three prominent, global presenters in their respective fields.
    By Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center | 4/27/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Are We the Long-Haul People?

    Early in the pandemic crisis my mind kept wandering back to a poem written by my former minister and mentor, Rev Rudy Nemser. The poem, “Long-Haul People,” reminds me that congregations thrive on a million small acts of attention and commitment over weeks, months and years.
    By Patricia Infante | 4/20/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • How is Your Body, Mind and Your Spirit?

    Friends, how is it with your bodies, minds and spirits these days? Are you doing regular check-ins with yourself? Noticing some things that weren't there before?
    By Shannon Harper | 4/13/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Ohio Youth Learn About Homelessness

    For the last eleven years, youth at West Shore UU Church have spent a cold winter’s night outdoors to raise awareness of homelessness in our community. This year, we decided to do things a little differently. We added a day of learning at an organization working with people...
    By West Shore UU Church, Cleveland, OH | 4/6/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ April 2020

    Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - General Assembly 2020, Pastoral Message from Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, Seaway Gathering, Safer Congregations Resources, Calendar Changes.
    3/30/2020
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Community UU Congregation in White Plains Shares Outreach Plan

    Are you struggling with how to share your virtual programming with your members? Here is a resource for you!
    By Community UU Congregation at White Plains, White Plains, NY | 3/30/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • CERSI is My Carrot

    I woke up smiling today, on Day Seven in our current State of National Emergency, declared by the President on Friday the 13th. How can I smile in the midst of a viral pandemic, you ask? I can think of two big reasons.
    3/23/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • The Church is its People

    What a week we have had. Seven days ago we were looking at when we might consider switching to virtual services and wondering if a week or two might serve. By Thursday we were rapidly moving to most churches canceling services and moving to virtual alternatives.
    By Beth Casebolt | 3/16/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Event Changes in the Central East Region

    Due to the threat that COVID-19 poses to susceptible members of our UU families and communities, we will be canceling, postponing or re-imagining all regional events for March and April.
    By Megan Foley | 3/11/2020
    Filed in: CERG News
  • CER Resource Pages: Conflict Engagement and How to Have Difficult Conversations

    Conflict is natural and exists in each and every congregation offering opportunities for growth and change. The goal for congregations is to develop a keen awareness of unhealthy conflict so that it can be diffused before it blows up into a major crisis.
    By Hope Johnson | 3/9/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • UU Wilmington Delaware Re-Dedicates Building

    Today we are here to celebrate and re-dedicate our house of worship. Believe it or not, this is the culmination of work that began five years ago with a building assessment which produced our Building Condition report.
    3/2/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ March 2020

    Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - General Assembly 2020, Seaway Gathering, CERSI & UUMAC open registration and Congregations as Good Employer Resources.
    2/27/2020
    Filed in: CERG News
  • How to Attend GA 2020 on a Budget

    Looking for ways to save money and still attend General Assembly this year? These tips can help.
    By Central East Region of the UUA | 2/27/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Get "All In For Climate Justice" at the UU-UNO's Intergenerational Spring Seminar!

    The 2020 Intergenerational Spring Seminar on Climate Justice is almost here! Discussions and events surrounding climate justice will be held for three days. Here's an overview of what to be excited about, from worship to workshops.
    By Alana Campbell | 2/24/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Looking for Summer Fun? Try UUMAC

    UUMAC, or the Unitarian Universalist Mid-Atlantic Community, gathers together for one week each year to build community and deepen our Unitarian Universalist faith through fun, friendship, music, dancing, learning and worship.
    2/17/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • What’s In a Phrase?

    Most – if not all – of our current social ills (war, the climate crisis, racism, immigration, economic inequality, for-profit healthcare, for-profit schools, mass incarceration) are a result of a worldview that looks at both people and planet as things to be used to profit those...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 2/10/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Our Kids and the Klimate!

    On January 7, the Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church (MVUC) CAT (Climate Action Team) Education group organized a Kids and Klimate! Day for young people from PreK to 12th grade.
    By Mt Vernon Unitarian Church, Alexandria, VA | 2/3/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ February 2020

    Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - WorshipWeb, Conflict Resources, River Rising, GA2020, CER is hiring and What Happens at CERSI?
    1/29/2020
    Filed in: CERG News
  • CER Resource Pages: Stewardship for Congregations

    Stewardship and generosity in congregations is one of our most important ministries, and is an expression of our covenantal practice of working together towards a common mission grounded in love and justice.
    By Patricia Infante | 1/27/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Growing Up at Summer Institute

    My first Summer Institute was at Bethany College in 1996. I was 19, and couldn’t wait to hear what everyone had been talking about. They weren’t wrong. I grew up in the Young Adult program, first being one of 4 total young adults, watching it grow into the robust program it is...
    1/20/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • How Do We Know When We Need Each Other?

    I don’t know if you’re like me, but I have trouble asking for help. First, it takes me forever to figure out I need help. Then I feel strange and awkward about asking - I don’t want to bother anyone.
    By Megan Foley | 1/13/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Want to join the CER Team? Job Opening for Field Staff

    Want to join the CER Team? Job Opening for Field Staff
    By Megan Foley | 1/6/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Featured Resource Pages—Smaller Congregations

    Featured Resource Pages—Smaller Congregations
    12/30/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ January 2020

    Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - UU the Vote, Stewardship Resources, Money Mythbusters, GA 2020, CER is Hiring!, Summer Institute is looking for volunteers.
    12/27/2019
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Happy Holidays from the Central East Regional Team

    From all of us at the Central East Region, we wish you Happy Holidays and a joyous New Year and extend a deep appreciation for our congregational leaders who do so much for our faith.
    12/23/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Looking Ahead to Summer? UU Mid-Atlantic Community Meets Then!

    UUMAC, or the Unitarian Universalist Mid-Atlantic Community, gathers together for one week each year to build community and deepen our Unitarian Universalist faith through fun, friendship, music, dancing, learning and worship.
    12/16/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Are You Willing to Experifail*?

    We live in a perfectionistic society. If you can’t do it perfectly, don’t do it at all. That attitude stifles creativity, thinking outside the box, trying something new. Why? Because we may fail and if we fail it may get plastered all over social media so everyone will know.
    By Beth Casebolt | 12/9/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Beyond the Binary Offered In Syracuse NY

    First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse is once again hosting its annual Building Beloved Community Beyond the Binary conference on February 8, 2020 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
    By First UU Society of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY | 12/2/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ December 2019

    Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - Conversations for Liberation, Leadership Development Resources, Winter Programs, GA 2020 Registration is open, The Season of Gratitude and more!
    11/27/2019
    Filed in: CERG News
  • With Gratitude...

    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.
    11/25/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Are You Thinking about Summer? How About CERSI!

    It's time to start thinking about summer and the Central East Region Summer Institute (CERSI - formerly SI)!
    11/18/2019
    Filed in: Better Together

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