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  • It's Always Something

    This past week I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia and will be admitted on Monday for several days of chemotherapy followed by weeks of recovery from the effects of the medicine. It’s a scary time, and I’ve barely had a chance to catch my breath. I face an uncertain...
    4/28/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Goldmine - Youth Leadership School

    In 1991 Jaco Ten Hove and others in the Pacific Northwest started a grand experiment, adapting the idea of a week long leadership school into a leadership school for youth. I first encountered Goldmine trained youth leaders as co-leaders of training I was leading in 2005, and...
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 4/14/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • View from the Penthouse

    In adaptive leadership training we often talk about the “view from the balcony,” and the view from the “dance floor.” The balcony view allows you to take a step back, observe the dance floor and the immediate things going on. It also allows you to take the long view, absorbing...
    3/24/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • St. Patrick's Green

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m wearing green – how about you? And after a winter such as we have had, that green is a precious promise of spring. A promise of fresh green grass, new lettuce and peas in the pod. This is also the season of pledge campaigns, a plea and a hope for...
    3/17/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Stopping Congregational Darwinism

    “Although churches be distinct, and….equal and therefore have not dominion one over another; yet all the churches ought to preserve church communion one with another…The communion of churches is exercised in sundry ways. ( 1). By way of mutual care, in taking thought for one...
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 3/10/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • First CERG Regional Con!

    The first ever regional con happened this year in CERG!
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 3/3/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • "Nones" on the Bus

    People often ask me, “How can we attract more young adults and families? The key to answering that question lies in understanding the Millennial generation. They are children born to the post WWII boomers, between 1989 and 2000, also called the Gen Y generation....
    2/18/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • The Olympics and Unitarian Universalism

    The winter Olympics are in full swing in Sochi. The media report performance times, medal counts, stories of triumph and bitter disappointment. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement, which is a good thing for me, because it turns snow and cold into assets rather than...
    2/10/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • When Sharing is Not Enough

    Sharing is a good thing. My mother taught me that it was my duty as the eldest to share what I had with my two younger sisters. And we often urge our congregations to share with one another. If one or more of our congregations are experiencing some kind of hardship or natural...
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 2/3/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Crossing the Border

    It's amazing to watch the effects of the contagion of cooperation that seems to be springing up. When I first was employed by the Ohio Meadville District (as Young Adult Coordinator) from 2006-2009 I saw faint symptoms--a combined leadership school, a monthly phone call between...
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 1/27/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Creating Change Together Through Love

    Do you know the history of the Standing on the Side of Love (SSL) Campaign?...
    By Beth Casebolt | 1/20/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Deeply Woven Roots

    Recently I spent the Christmas holiday in Northern California, our home for many years, for some time with my friends, the beach and the redwoods. When I see those majestic trees, so much diminishes in their presence. They have withstood the pressures of the ages, survived the...
    1/14/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • January – A Good Time for “The Conversation”

    It’s January, the month of New Year resolutions and new beginnings. It’s also the month of leaving, with the highest death rate in the US (followed by February, December and March). On December 30 I turned the radio on and caught Diane Rehm interviewing Katy Butler, author of...
    1/6/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Changing Spirit

    There seems to be a basic human reaction to change - all change – large or small, good or bad, desired or undesired. That reaction is grief.
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 12/30/2013
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

    I've heard folks say "but if it is on the internet I can use it". No, you can't. Websites and blogs in particular and social media to some extent must follow the same copyright laws.
    By Beth Casebolt | 12/9/2013
    Filed in: Better Together
  • The Season of Generosity

    And we are often caught in the middle of unrealistic expectations, high demands and competing needs. We gather with friends and families to eat and drink too much, and by January, we are exhausted and purge the holiday memories through a new strict diet and exercise regimen.
    12/2/2013
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Open Source or Best Practice?

    Should we be open to the wisdom of the crowds OR the wisdom of the ages? The answer of course is YES! There is a dynamic tension between roots and wings, navel gazing and star gazing.
    11/19/2013
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Changing Diapers

    There is an old joke – a very old joke – that says the only people who welcome change are babies with wet diapers. And yet we face changes every day. One might think we’d be used to it by now.
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 11/11/2013
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Networks for Justice

    There are so many open questions about how we can collaborate regionally. One of the ones that's very intriguing to me is how we can work together on social justice. My biggest excitement about this right now is a UUA effort on Reproductive Justice. I know that's not regional,...
    11/4/2013
    Filed in: Better Together
  • The Great Awakening

    “Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.” Jonathon Edwards...
    10/22/2013
    Filed in: Better Together
  • What Should I Celebrate?

    Today the USA celebrates Columbus Day and Canadians Thanksgiving. Our US Thanksgiving comes around next month. Both leave me conflicted. Surely I honor the heritage of my husband’s Italian American family, yet Christopher Columbus was a cruel and greedy person. The traditional...
    10/14/2013
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Collaborate DNA

    Some respected congregational analysts have predicted those congregations which are not closely connected to and collaborating with other congregations will suffer in the future. To thrive in the modern American religious scene will most likely require networks of strong mutual...
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 10/7/2013
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Regionalization and Youth

    Regionalization is bringing new excitement to our youth programming and I’m really excited to be part of it. There's just so much new possibility right now....
    9/30/2013
    Filed in: Better Together
  • "Boston" is Everywhere

    Often I hear comments when I am on the road about “Boston” or the “UUA” as being very far and removed from the everyday life of our congregations.
    9/23/2013
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Welcome to Better Together!

    Several years ago, the OMD staff had a blog where we wrote about issues facing the district once a week. Over a year ago we decided to stop writing the blog because there were so many other UU blogs out there....
    9/16/2013
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Joseph Priestley District Hires New District Executive

    The JPD Board and the UUA Office of Congregational Life are very pleased to announce the appointment of Reverend David Pyle as our new JPD District Executive.
    6/13/2013
    Filed in: CERG News

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