Archives of Central East Region News
Archives of Central East Region News and Blog
  • 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
  • The Season of Gratitude

    As we enter into the season of gratitude, this “savoring” time that leads to the Harvest, I find myself thinking of the nuanced differences between appreciation and gratitude.
    By Hope Johnson | 11/11/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Have you heard of No Child Goes Hungry?

    No Child Goes Hungry (NCGH) is a nonprofit envisioned and created by UU minister, Rev. Kären Rasmussen. With the dream of eliminating childhood hunger in every neighborhood, NCGH's concept is pretty simple.
    11/4/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Video from the New Day Rising Conference - MNY

    Video from the New Day Rising Conference in Manhasset, NY
    11/1/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ November 2019

    Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - The UUA Common Read, Small Congregations Resources, Small Congregations Webinar Series, New Ways of Doing Youth Programming and more!
    10/29/2019
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Congregations Working Together

    At a time when resources are not always at a level we would like them to be at, we may find that pooling our resources with our neighboring congregations is beneficial. We are literally Better Together in this sense.
    By Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe | 10/28/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Election Work in Our Congregations

    Resources for congregations working in this year's upcoming elections.
    10/21/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Featured Resource Pages—Communications and Social Media

    Featured Resource Pages—Communications and Social Media
    10/14/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Shifting How We Support Youth Leaders

    This past summer Central East Region piloted a new leadership experience for Youth called River Rising.
    By Shannon Harper | 10/7/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • A Time for Reconnecting

    Although there will undoubtedly be a few more warm days ahead, Autumn has started weaving brilliantly colored autumnal threads. This season does not work especially well for me because winter is, for me, a harsh and cold season.
    By Hope Johnson | 9/30/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ October 2019

    Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - Faithify, Communications Resources, Board Training Series, New Day Rising and more!
    9/27/2019
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Allegheny UU Church Children Show Support for Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

    Allegheny UU Church Children Show Support for Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh as part of a Beautification project.
    9/23/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Join Us for the Climate Strike September 20, 2019

    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.
    9/16/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • The Start of New Things – And More Staff Adjustments in CER

    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...
    By Megan Foley | 9/9/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • LeaderLab Offers Resources, Classes and More for Congregational Leaders

    As Susan Frederick-Gray mentioned during her president’s report at General Assembly in June, LeaderLab is a tremendous resource for congregational leaders.
    By Kathy McGowan, Jonipher Kūpono Kwong, Renee Ruchotzke | 9/2/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ September 2019

    Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - LeaderLab, New Day Rising, Youth Advisor Training, Small Congregations Program and more!
    8/29/2019
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Prison Literacy Project in Northeast Ohio

    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...
    8/26/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Do You Know Who Your Primary Contact Is?

    A Primary Contact is assigned to every congregation in the Central East Region. Do you know who yours is and what they do?
    8/19/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Bells will Ring on Sunday, August 25 in Commemoration of Important Moment in the History of the United States of America

    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.
    8/12/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Artist Inspired by Seven Principles

    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.
    8/5/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ August 2019

    Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - Primary Contacts, New Day Rising, Youth Advisor Training, Small Congregations Program and more!
    7/30/2019
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Who Are You Expecting?

    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).
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 7/29/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Small Numbers, Infinite Possibilities

    We know that small congregations are sharing the Love and Grace of Unitarian Universalism with their people and their communities every day. We also know that small churches can be faced with big challenges. Together we can help small congregations reach toward their greatest...
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 7/23/2019
  • Help UU Church of Arlington Recover from Historic Flooding

    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.
    7/22/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Summer Institute is Moving!

    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.
    7/15/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Returning Home

    One of the blessings of getting out of your normal surroundings is that it inspires you to see thing anew when you return
    By David Pyle | 7/8/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Finding Unique Ways to Be Green

    UU Society of Ithaca, NY uses and recommends new way of keep events green by using The Dish Truck.
    By First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, Ithaca, NY | 7/1/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ July 2019

    Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - New Documents from Office of Church Staff Finances, Resources from General Assembly, time to update your leadership and Summer Programming still has openings!
    6/28/2019
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Bringing General Assembly Home

    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 | 6/23/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • What is Your SuperPower?

    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,...
    By Beth Casebolt | 6/14/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Summer Institute Celebrates 40 Years

    For 40 years a group of dedicated volunteers, leaders and staff have created Summer Institute, an intentional intergenerational community.
    By Amy Kent | 6/10/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Why a New Leadership School for Youth? River Rising

    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?
    By Shannon Harper | 6/3/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ June 2019

    Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - GA Prep Webinars, River Rising, RE Week, and CER Staffing Changes
    5/27/2019
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Preparing for General Assembly 2019

    It's time to get prepared for General Assembly 2019!
    5/27/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Some Goodbyes, Some Welcome Backs, But Same CER Team Spirit of ‘Better Together’

    Summer is bringing some staffing changes to Central East Region.
    By Megan Foley | 5/20/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Create a Counter Narrative in Your Church

    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...
    By Megan Foley | 5/13/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Can't Afford Summer Institute? Apply for a Scholarship

    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.
    5/6/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • A Trip Through Living History

    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...
    By Amy Kent | 4/29/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ May 2019

    Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - Cluster Programs Offered by Staff, RE Trainings this Summer and Seaway Gathering
    4/27/2019
    Filed in: CERG News
  • How To Answer the Question: Who Is Our Neighbor?

    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.
    4/22/2019
  • Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapons on Display

    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
    4/15/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Does Your Congregation Talk About Stewardship Year Round?

    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!
    By Patricia Infante | 4/8/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Summer Institute is for Families

    This weeks' blog post is by guest writer, Brian Hagemann at First UU Columbus. ...
    3/31/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ April 2019

    Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! This month - UUA Jobs Board, Safety Conference, Seaway Gathering, Summer Camps
    3/28/2019
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Walls and Windows

    “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”
    By Hope Johnson | 3/25/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • A Message from Dr. Dennis Wellnitz, Joseph Priestley District

    A Message from Dr. Dennis Wellnitz, Joseph Priestley District on dissolving the district.
    3/18/2019
    Filed in: Better Together

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