Archives of Central East Region News
Archives of Central East Region News and Blog
  • In 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....
    By Central East Region of the UUA | 11/27/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Preparing Your Faith Community for the Unexpected

    Recent tragic events are causing many congregations to pay closer attention to the safety of their people and the security of their spaces. We all like to think of our congregation as a safe space that offers sanctuary from the world beyond but churches everywhere have become...
    By Patricia Infante | 11/20/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Responding to Violence in Our World

    A few weeks ago I took my seat on a Jet Blue flight that would take me from San Diego to JFK in about 5 short hours. I had just left the wonderful Mosaic Makers Conference where we figured out ways to center the experience of the global majority in Unitarian Universalism—and...
    By Hope Johnson | 11/13/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • UUA's Commission on Institutional Change

    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Commission on Institutional Change is charged with long-term cultural and institutional change that redeems the essential promise and ideals of Unitarian Universalism.
    11/6/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • UUA Announces Promise and Practice of Our Faith Campaign

    The following letter was set to all congregations announcing the new Promise and Practice of our Faith campaign this month.
    10/30/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Pumpkins Offer Opportunity for Community and Learning

    UUCCN, the UU Congregation of Central Nassau,Garden City NY initiated the Pumpkin Patch—outreach to our local community, the larger Long Island community, and the Navajo community in New Mexico
    By Hope Johnson | 10/23/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Navigators USA Founded in UU Congregation

    Here is an example of how our congregations are providing support and filling a need for both UUs and the greater community....
    10/16/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Does Your Congregation Provide Trauma Support to Members?

    At one time in our country people joined a religious community because it was expected that they do so. At the heart of what they sought within the community lay a societal norm and a sense of “Being Human Religiously” to quote James Luther Adams. They came seeking social and...
    By David Pyle | 10/9/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • CER Hiring Event Coordinator

    The Central East Region is hiring an Event Coordinator to join our team. This position will be replacing Sue Tabone who will be retiring this year.
    10/2/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ November 2017

    Featured Resource: inSpirit - the UUA Bookstore ...
    9/27/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ October 2017

    Featured Resource: UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn ...
    9/27/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • UU Berks County Receives Reading NAACP 2017 Community Impact Award

    The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County was honored to be the recipient of the Reading Branch NAACP's 2017 Community Impact Award at the 30th Annual Freedom Fund Gala. Rev. Dr. Aaron Wilford, Jr., PA Commission on African American Affairs, delivered the Keynote...
    9/26/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn Fall 2017 Dates Announced

    Through public witness, education, and introspection, our faith is coming to understand that fighting white supremacy means both resisting its most blatant forms “out there,” and disrupting its systemic manifestations within.
    9/25/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • UUA Names Two Books as this Year's Common Read

    Each year, a committee of the UUA selects a book to be the Common Read. Having one common book that individuals and congregations can read together along with a study guide can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience,...
    9/18/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Allegheny UU Church Receives Award

    Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church was selected by the planning team for this year's Celebration of Caring as the outstanding congregation of the year! Based on AUUCs commitment to social justice in the Northside of Pittsburgh including work on shelter meal, food pantry...
    9/15/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Defending our Freedom of Religion for All

    “People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.” I remember these words of Dorothy Day as I think about the work we must do- all of the small and large steps we must take - to end hatred and...
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 9/11/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Love Resists Assists Congregations In Social Justice Work

    Have you heard of the Love Resists Campaign? The Love Resists Campaign is activating people of faith and conscience to resist the criminalization of our neighbors and communities, and create a safer, more just, welcoming, and sustainable world. The campaign offers a prophetic...
    9/4/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ September 2017

    Featured Resource: UU Leadership Institute ...
    8/28/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Board Basics Series Helps Boards Develop Skills

    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...
    8/28/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Helping Leaders Find Their Way

    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 Renee Ruchotzke | 8/21/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Finding Our Way Through the Darkness

    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...
    By Patricia Infante | 8/14/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Interfaith Anti-Racism & Anti-Supremacy Work in Bellville, OH

    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 Joan Van Becelaere | 8/7/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Resources for Congregational Leaders

    It's almost time for a new church year and you have new congregational leaders. Where do they find resources and training they need?...
    By Beth Casebolt | 7/31/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ August 2017

    Featured Resource: Primary Contacts ...
    7/27/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Churches come together to celebrate GA "virtually"

    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.
    7/24/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • NOVA Congregations Use Faithify to Provide Teacher Training Program

    Northern Virginia (NOVA) Congregations Collaborate to provide a Rich and Rewarding Teacher Training Program with the Help of a Faithify Campaign...
    7/17/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Serving with Mutuality

    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
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 7/10/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Help First UU Society of Marietta Sponsor Interfaith Dialogues

    “The Three Amigos”, as they call themselves, provide an entertaining presentation designed to bring people together, while respecting each other’s differences.
    7/3/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ July 2017

    Featured Resource: Outreach Revolution ...
    6/27/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Resources for Understanding the History of Anti-Racism in the UUA

    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....
    6/26/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • UU Charleston Improving through Faithify Campaign

    Unitarian Universalist presence in the state of West Virginia is deeply needed and wanted in today’s climate.
    6/19/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • The Flowers of Turbulence

    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 Megan Foley | 6/12/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • What on Earth is Juneteenth?

    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 Hope Johnson | 6/5/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ June 2017

    Featured Resource: Chalice Lighters ...
    5/26/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Are you familiar with Chalice Lighters?

    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 Andrea Perry Lerner | 5/22/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Update on the Annual Program Fund

    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...
    By Central East Region of the UUA | 5/15/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • From Your Regional Lead: Prepping for General Assembly

    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...
    By Megan Foley | 5/8/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • UU Akron, OH Votes to Become Sanctuary Congregation

    On Sunday, April 23rd, the UU Church of Akron voted unanimously to declare itself a Sanctuary Congregation. They have already done much work in preparation for sanctuary and are now in the process of setting up space within their church for use by person(s) in sanctuary. The...
    5/5/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Is Your Congregation Participating in the #WhiteSupremacyTeachIn?

    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?...
    5/1/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ May 2017

    Featured Resource: Worship Web ...
    4/27/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • First Universalist Lyons Experiencing Revival

    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,...
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 4/24/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Singing Our 'Broken Hallelujahs': The Prophetic imperative in a Messy World

    “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...
    4/17/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Thoughts in a Turbulent Time

    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.
    By Megan Foley | 4/10/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • From Your Regional Staff

    Friends, ...
    4/6/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Watch the UUA Presidential Candidates Forum

    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....
    4/3/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Watch the CER UUA Presidential Candidate Forum

    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. ...
    4/2/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ April 2017

    Featured Resource: Summer Camps ...
    3/27/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • GA Preparation Materials Available

    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,...
    3/20/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Focused Church

    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 Megan Foley | 3/13/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore

    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.
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 3/6/2017
    Filed in: Better Together

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