Archives of Central East Region News
Archives of Central East Region News and Blog
  • Capital and Northern Virginia Cluster Clergy Release Statement

    The clergy of the Capital and Northern Virginia Clusters released this statement this week in reaction to the ongoing violence in the United States....
    8/22/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Peace Pole Project Comes to Harford County

    Through a generous donation from retired Homestead Wakefield teacher Leigh Brown Faunce, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County has planted a Peace Pole near the entrance to their church in Churchville. Ms. Faunce saw her first one at the Unitarian Universalist...
    8/16/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Leveraging Their Location

    “Wayside Pulpits” have been mainstays at UU congregations for decades. They started out as outside display cases that hold an uplifting quote from a famous sage (or other respected source) printed on heavy poster-sized paper. Some examples are:...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 8/15/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • CER Hires Shannon Harper as Youth and Young Adult Coordinator

    The Central East Region’s staff is excited to announce the hire of Shannon Harper, our new Youth and Young Adult Coordinator.
    8/8/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • CER Hires Shannon Harper as Youth and Young Adult Coordinator

    The Central East Region’s staff is excited to announce the hire of Shannon Harper, our new Youth and Young Adult Coordinator. Shannon will be starting on September 1st and is already scheduling trips to meet youth, young adults and professional religious educators around the...
    8/8/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • 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 | 8/1/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Central Unitarian Church Visits Partner Church in Prague

    Members of Central Unitarian Church in Paramus, NJ visited the Prague Unitarian Congregation in the Czech Republic from May 9 - 15. Members of both congregations hiked to the the Jan Hus pulpit, the rock located in the Benešov region southeast of Prague on which the early church...
    7/25/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Juneteenth Celebrations

    JUNETEENTH is a time for reflecting and rejoicing. From its Galveston, TX origin in 1865, the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States, and beyond....
    By Hope Johnson | 7/18/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Find Your Primary Contact

    All four districts have now voted to dissolve and regionalization is now fast becoming a reality. For those of you who are now asking but wait, how do I know who to call? Where do I go to get help? We have an answer. We ask that you start with your primary contact. What is a...
    7/11/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • GA Round Up - What Happened in Columbus?

    General Assembly 2016 in Columbus, OH is over and many decisions were made. Here is a short summary of what happened. For details please visit the UU World coverage of GA....
    7/4/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ July 2016

    Featured Resource: CER Blogs and Website ...
    6/28/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Vigils for Orlando Victims Held Across the Region

    By now, we all know the story of Orlando – it is the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history, the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQ people in the history of the U.S., and the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. since 9/11 in 2001....
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 6/27/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Building Your Stewardship Team: Assemble the Right Team

    Part of the Nurturing Stewardship Series. ...
    6/15/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • UUs of the Cumberland Valley Hiring Director of Lifespan Faith Development

    UUs of the Cumberland Valley (UUCV) is looking to welcome a creative leader to help us develop our Religious Education program and to continue to foster a multi-generational environment rooted in our Unitarian Universalist identity. ...
    6/9/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • UU Fellowship of Harford County to Host Culture Camp

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County will sponsor a camp which explores a different country every day. It will be held July 25 - 29 at their church located at 2515 Churchville Rd., Churchville from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM each day. Kindergarten through 5th grade...
    6/7/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County Will Celebrate 60th

    The public is cordially invited to attend the 10:30 AM service on Sunday, June 12 at 2515 Churchville Road, Churchville to join in the celebration of UUFHC's 60th anniversary. It will commemorate the path the Fellowship has taken over these past years and will be followed by a...
    6/2/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • CER Staff Changes

    Dear Clergy, Congregational Leadership and Congregants of the Central East Region,...
    By Joan Van Becelaere, Megan Foley | 5/30/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ June 2016

    Featured Resource: Youth Programming ...
    5/28/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • CER Congregation and Members Help Refugees

    Two members of the UU Congregation of Shelter Rock, Colin and Latifa, were greatly touched by the refugee crisis that began last fall. Latifa's family members had been refugees when her family fled Afghanistan in 1979 and eventually came to the States....
    5/23/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • CER Staff Changes

    Dear Clergy, Congregational Leadership and Congregants of the Central East Region, ...
    5/23/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • NOVA Cluster Shares Adult RE Programming

    The Northern Virginia (NOVA) cluster religious educators have come up with a way to expand the religious education offerings for their adult members. They have created a website that lists Adult RE programming at each congregation that is open to members outside the host...
    5/16/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • The Results are In - Metro NY District

    The Metro New York District is excited to announce our delegates have voted to dissolve our district in favor of our Central East Region. Within the next few months, in accordance with New York State laws, the district will dissolve, as such. This is a truly an exciting and...
    5/7/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Stewardship For Us: Frictionless Giving

    Fire up those Smart Phones ...
    5/2/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Western New York Cluster Activates Social Justice

    On Saturday, April 23, close to fifty Unitarian Universalists from congregations in Western New York gathered for a social justice summit at the UU Church of Buffalo. The summit focused on three topics: Climate Justice, LGBTQ Justice and Racial Justice....
    5/2/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ May 2016

    Featured Resource: UU Leadership Institute ...
    4/29/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • You Can Be a Sexually Safer Best Practice Congregation!

    The news is full of stories about sexual abuse in spaces we have always regarded as “safe.” You may have noticed that diverse community organizations such as churches, schools, and scouting are paying greater attention to the safety and well-being of everyone in their community...
    By Patricia Infante | 4/25/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Central East Advisory Council Survey Results

    In Fall 2015, the recently created Central East Regional Advisory Council conducted in-depth interviews with a limited number of congregational leaders and clergy around the region. This fall survey focused on Large Church leaders, Congregational Cluster leaders, and those who...
    4/19/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Did You Know? General Assembly is in our Region this year!

    General Assembly, the annual business meeting and gathering of the UUA will be held this year in Columbus, Ohio on June 22-26. This is a great opportunity for our members to experience General Assembly and benefit from the resources provided there close to home....
    4/18/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • The Results are In - Joseph Priestley District

    The delegates to the Joseph Priestley District Assembly voted by a 97 percent majority to affirm the authority of the Joseph Priestley District Board of Directors to dissolve the District governance structures and to participate fully in the Central East Region of the UUA! ...
    4/10/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • On A Scale of 1 -10 (10 = Great), I Would Rate Stewardship on Our Website at About -3

    Does the title above sound familiar? Your website is effectively your Electronic Commons and your Electronic Front Door. It’s where potential visitors find you and where members come for information, ideas, and inspiration. ...
    4/8/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • The Results are In - Ohio-Meadville & St. Lawrence

    The St. Lawrence and Ohio-Meadville Districts are pleased to announce their delegates have voted to dissolve their districts in favor of our Central East Region. Each district will legally dissolve at their own pace based on the laws where each is incorporated. It is anticipated...
    4/2/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Central East Advisory Council Survey Results

    In Fall 2015, the recently created Central East Regional Advisory Council conducted in-depth interviews with a limited number of congregational leaders and clergy around the region. This fall survey focused on Large Church leaders, Congregational Cluster leaders, and those who...
    3/28/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ April 2016

    Featured Resource: General Assembly 2016 ...
    3/25/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Stewardship for Us: The Steward's Identity

    We all have different aspects to our identity, and some are more important to how we “identify” than others. I am a married, middle-aged, male to name a few—not necessarily in that order of priority. I also have identities in my congregation: member, former president,...
    3/24/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Youth at UU Fellowship at Stony Brook Assist Flint, Michigan Youth

    " I am but a drop of water. Alone, I would disappear. Dried up by the scorching sun or sucked up by the dry, thirsty earth. But together, we can wear out stones, carve out the Grand Canyon, make streams and rivers, and find our way to the sea." ...
    By UU Fellowship at Stony Brook, East Setauket, NY | 3/22/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Stewardship for Us: What About the Children?

    How Do Children and Youth Fit in Our Stewardship Culture? ...
    3/14/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Video Tips for Pledge Celebration from StewardshipforUs

    by Mark Ewert, StewardshipforUs ...
    3/12/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • UU Promotional Toolkit Beta-Testing

    Unitarian Universalists (UU) are doing wonderful, life-changing ministry in their congregations and faith communities. But is the good word getting out? The Promotional Toolkit will help UU congregations and groups reach new audiences with tools and tips for promoting outreach...
    3/10/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • The Future of Standing on the Side of Love

    The Standing on the Side of Love Campaign is asking for your help: ...
    3/10/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Allegheny UU Church Holds Rally

    Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church, PIttsburgh, PA, and the Delta Foundation held a "Hope Against Hate" rally at the church after a medical office on the North Side of Pittsburgh was defaced with a homophobic slur. Speakers included Dr. Stacy Lane of Central Outreach...
    3/7/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Report from the Regional Youth Caucus

    A couple weekends ago (on President’s Day weekend) CERG youth had our very first regional caucus at the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg on Clover Lane! Our goal was to have youth and adult representatives from each district meet and figure out how to organize ourselves before the...
    2/29/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities For Connection-March 2016

    News and updates from the Central East Region to keep your congregation informed.
    2/26/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • UU Congregation Marks $10,000 in Giving

    Members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua (UUCNC) celebrated a milestone in giving in mid-February, when they gave their Sunday offering to the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry. Since 2009, when UUCNC started sharing one Sunday’s offering each...
    2/26/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Standing for Justice

    The West Virginia House of Representatives has passed a "Religious Freedom" bill. You can read an article about this on the Think Progress website....
    By Rose Edington | 2/22/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Shall We Gather Together? - Stewardship Blog

    I recently had the privilege of working with the North Texas Unitarian Universalist Congregations cluster (NTUUC) in an all day Stewardship Workshop, well hosted by the Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Plano, TX. In reflecting on this experience during my trip...
    By William Clontz | 2/16/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Racial Justice In Community: Don't Do It Alone!

    Last summer when the clergy of Montgomery County, Maryland realized that each was working on racial justice and Black Lives Matter issues in their congregations and communities, and each was struggling with the tensions, hopes, challenges and opportunities that racial justice...
    2/15/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Using the UUA Website Template

    Several of our regional congregations have taken the plunge and tried out the new website template created by the UUA for UU congregations. We talked with two webmasters who have made the switch about their experiences and here is what they had to say....
    2/8/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Does Your Congregation Have A Black Lives Matter Banner?

    The UUA has created a webpage with a google map that shows which congregations have a Black Lives Matter banner hanging at their building. Please check the map if your congregation displays one and see if you are on it. If not, let us know....
    By Hope Johnson | 2/1/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection-February 2016

    This month's installment of events, news and blogs from the Central East Region.
    1/29/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Towanda Universalist Celebrates 150 Years

    On Sunday, January 10, the Towanda Universalist Unitarian Fellowship (TUUF) celebrated their 150th anniversary. The choir of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Athens and Sheshequin sang as special guests of the Towanda Universalist Unitarian Church in honor of the TUUF 150th...
    1/28/2016
    Filed in: CERG News

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