Archives of Central East Region News
Archives of Central East Region News and Blog
  • Welcome to New Staff

    Every year at this time of the year we have new staff starting in many of our congregations - new settled ministers, interim ministers, new religious educators, music directors and administrators. The staff of the Central East Region would like to welcome all our new folks to...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Our Districts and the UUA

    We'll be expanding this blog to posts from all our regional staff and feature the work and unique programs of all congregations and clusters in the region. Next week will be our first regional post at our new home....
    Filed in: Better Together
  • UUA Announces 2015-16 Common Read

    Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption is the UUA’s 2015-16 Common Read .
    Filed in: CERG News
  • We Are Not Alone!

    The board meeting was tense. There was a difficult issue under discussion, and no clear answer was presenting itself. Greg, a young adult and newer board member, mentioned that he had recently been on a web meeting as part of the Healthy Leadership 101 course he was taking, and...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • CERG Hires New Staff

    Rev. Scott Tayler and Rev. Joan VanBecelaere are very please to announce the addition of three new staff to the Central East Region Congregational Life Team as well as several other additions to other regions. Raziq Brown, Rev. Megan Foley and Rev. Hope Johnson will join the...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Mourning Rev. Chris Neilson

    It is with great sadness we tell you that on July 9th the Rev. Chris Neilson lost her battle with leukemia. She was well known in both the OMD and the SLD....
    Filed in: Better Together
  • GA Wrap Up

    It was a busy week, the week we were at General Assembly. Lots of news to share!...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Queens Congregation Suffers Damage from Fire

    During the storms that swept through New Jersey and New York last Tuesday, the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church of Flushing, in Queens, NY was struck by lightening which resulted in a roof fire. The fire was contained to the roof of the church and was out within 30 minutes. No...
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Central East Region Hires New Staff

    Rev. Scott Tayler and Rev. Joan VanBecelaere are very please to announce the addition of three new staff to the Central East Region Congregational Life Team as well as several other additions to other regions. Raziq Brown, Rev. Megan Foley and Rev. Hope Johnson will join the...
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Goldmine Youth Leadership School

    It's that time of year again! Time to sign up for Goldmine. What's Goldmine? It's a week long life changing experience for teenage UU's. It's a chance to practice leadership skills, to explore one's values, to ponder on one's own calling. It's a chance to learn to lead worship...
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 6/8/2015
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Cleveland UU's Part of Interfaith Effort on DOJ Report

    Why are all those yellow shirts marching in Cleveland? They're not all UU's, the story is even better than that. And might help you know what to work on in your city.
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 6/1/2015
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Is there a "Right" answer?

    My son is 19 months old and his favorite topic of conversation is what noises animals make. No surprise then, that one of his favorite songs is "Old MacDonald". At our house "Old MacDonald" has a lot of verses. There are every variety of farm animal and usually the babies too....
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 5/27/2015
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Important Information about Interim Minister Searches This Year

    We are in an unprecedented situation with regards to the interim ministerial search this year, one that has not occurred in the recent history of Unitarian Universalism. In the broadest description, the issue is that there are significantly more congregations this year looking...
    Filed in: CERG News

    Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of wonderful, creative energy in some of our congregations focused on the benefits and opportunities of working in Partnership with other congregations....
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 4/27/2015
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Spring Forward Into Action

    And Spring arose on the garden fair,...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Bold Directions in Structured Youth Programming

    First Unitarian in Rochester NY has made some really exciting changes in how their youth program is structured. While they have a large youth program, the philosophy of these changes is accessible to youth programs of every size. Here's an over view from Sheila Schuh, DRE:...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Big Change for a Small Congregation

    I have had the privilege of being the Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst for 4 years now. As any veteran DRE knows, change is something that often needs to be approached delicately, and in small increments. For at least my first 2...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • First UU Columbus Reproductive Justice Week  

    During the week of June 16-21st, 2014 youth from First UU Columbus alongside a couple of teens from other UU congregations came together to learn about reproductive justice. We learned a lot, challenged each other, affirmed our strong beliefs in human rights, and had a bunch of...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Southold Congregation Loses Building to Fire

    It is with great sadness we share that the Southold congregation lost their building to fire last night. The investigation continues, but it early reports show that it appears it was electrical in nature.
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Selma Sunday

    Selma is now. That is what Common and John Legend had to say at the Oscar’s and what many others have been saying as our nation marks the 50th anniversary of the tragic and transformative events that unfolded there in 1965. The work of Selma isn’t done....
    By Melissa Carvill-Ziemer | 3/9/2015
    Filed in: Better Together
  • State Level Advocacy

    UU Justice Ohio had a banner year in 2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • And More Congregational Social Justice

    We are still running stories of congregational social justice projects because we received so many great stories!...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • More Congregational Social Justice

    This month we are continuing to run social justice stories we received from congregations.
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Social Justice Stories Continue

    This month we are publishing stories of congregational social justice work as a way we can inspire each other. This month we have two stories of new projects from smaller congregations....
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Columbus Ohio Sponsor Prayer Walk

    We are continuing posts of social justice activities of our congregations this month....
    Filed in: Better Together
  • "Let's Talk" about race at District Assembly

    Our blog posts this month continue to provide updates on social justice in Ohio Meadville and St. Lawrence Districts. This blog post is an invitation to a scheduled conversation at District Assembly on how we will and are responding to the post-Ferguson movements for racial...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Multigenerational Social Justice

    Each week this month we are featuring social justice stories from various congregations....
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 1/5/2015
    Filed in: Better Together
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    A perennial problem with religious organizations is that the professional staff who serve congregations at a district or regional level and those who serve the larger denomination as a whole must be funded somehow, usually through donations from local congregations.
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 12/15/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Pittsburgh Cluster is “Better Together”

    As the choir joined voices from neighboring congregations into a rousing rendition of the Turtles’ song “Happy Together,” the cluster of UU churches in the Greater Pittsburgh area joined in their first annual “Cluster Assembly” and voted themselves into being on November 1, 2014.
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Congregations Create Unique Stewardship Plans Part 3

    This month we are featuring the innovative ways congregations handle stewardship issues. This was started with the Up Close issue for November where featured three congregations with unique stewardship plans. Last week we featured two more here, today we feature the last along...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Congregations Create Unique Stewardship Plans Part 2

    This weekend, the Up Close issue for November featured three congregations with unique stewardship plans. Here are two more we'd like to share. If your congregation has a new way of handling stewardship, please let us know in the comments....
    Filed in: Better Together
  • UUA Stewardship Team - Finding Stewardship Help for Your Congregation

    This blog kicks off a three week series on Stewardship connected to our November Up Close issue....
    Filed in: Better Together
  • CERG Youth Con Successes!

    This is a post from the Con's senior co-dean Lilly Kahris, information on bringing some of the programming to your congregation is at the end of this post....
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Rev. Susan Karlson Named a Green Fellow with Green Faith for 2015

    Today, GreenFaith announced that the Rev. Susan Karlson will join the Fellowship Class of 2015. Susan is a Unitarian Universalist community minister, working with other faith and community leaders to bring volunteers to help with Superstorm Sandy recovery.
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Have You Heard of Faithify?

    At General Assembly in June an exciting new program rolled out. Called Faithify, it is a UU specific crowdfunding program. Faithify is a new way for those of us with exciting new projects that need funding to reach those who might want to fund them. Watch the video below to...
    By Beth Casebolt | 10/27/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Intergenerational: Better Together

    Between the evening of Friday October 10 and the morning of Monday October 13, sixty youth and twenty-two adults from across the Central East Regional Group gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County in State College PA. The second annual CERG youth con...
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 10/13/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • The Stories We Tell Ourselves

    Past blogs in CERGing Forward and some in Better Together have outlined a number of the reasons that factor into our discussions about regionalization: a desire to live our theology of interdependence, our covenant responsibilities within the tradition of the Cambridge Platform...
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 10/6/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • What's the big deal with Clusters?

    Lately you've been hearing a lot about clusters, especially in relationship with regionalization. I've had folks ask, "So is clusters just a cheaper way to provide services?" Well, in some ways, yes, clearly it is less time consuming for staff to provide the same workshop once...
    By Beth Casebolt | 9/29/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • What's Our Business?

    What is our core business – as congregations; as a faith community? There is a lot riding on how we answer that question.
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 9/22/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Resources for Ministerial Transitions

    One of the most significant changes in the life of a congregation is a change in professional ministry. It can be a time of grief, possibility, confusion, anxiety or some combination of emotions....
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 9/1/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Can We Hear the Call from Ferguson?

    What do events in Ferguson have to do with the sense of purpose at the core of our congregations?...
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 8/25/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Strengthening the Web

    A few years ago, organizational consultant Margaret Wheatley asked a great question that I think we can use is assessing our own efforts to change the world: “Is what I’m about to do strengthening the web of connections, or it weakening it?”...
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 7/28/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Introducing Faithify....

    Debuting at General Assembly this year is a UU specific crowd funding program called Faithify. You can find it at
    By Beth Casebolt | 7/22/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • GA is More Fun When Experienced Together

    GA - or General Assembly which is coming up June 25-29 in Providence, RI - is a great event for UUs to attend. It's even better when you attend with someone else from your congregation or cluster and share the experience.
    By Beth Casebolt | 6/9/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Innovation, Change and Me

    The Summer 2014 issue of UU World recently arrived in my mailbox. And although I get a lot of news and commentary online, there is real comfort in leafing through color glossy pages.
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Young Adult Ministries Moving Forward

    I often get questions from congregations who know there are UU young adults near them that they never see wondering what they're doing wrong...and just as often I get questions from young adults wondering where they should go to get their UU fix!...
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 5/26/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Living Our 7th Principle - Earth Day Meditation

    I recently had the pleasure of participating in an online earth day meditation presented by The Master Shift. The group’s purpose is to unite the world through global meditation and positive living. In the earth day meditation, the soothing voice of Julian Lennon guides you...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • It Takes a Village

    We all think we live our lives independent of everything around us. And for the most part we do. Until something totally unexpected happens. Then, I can tell you, we are very grateful for the village that's there to help us out....
    By Beth Casebolt | 5/12/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Guilty As Charged?

    A common question posed in religious education programs to older children and youth is “If being a Unitarian Universalist was against the law, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” In the Tapestry of Faith curriculum for 2nd-3rd graders Signs of Our Faith, the...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • 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...
    Filed in: Better Together


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