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  • Opportunities for Connection ~ March 2018

    Featured Resource: CER Resource Pages ...
    2/27/2018
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  • It's Time to Think About General Assembly 2018

    Grounded in a deep belief that we are all prophets, Unitarian Universalists ask, “How can we faithfully meet the demands of our time?” The call to witness and act for justice in our society and in the world is clear. So, too, is the call to examine our structures and practices,...
    2/26/2018
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  • Be a Learning Congregation!

    It’s no secret to UU’s that I work with that my call to ministry is lay leadership development. I take shared ministry seriously, and I want our lay leaders to be every bit as equipped to lead as our religious professionals....
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 2/19/2018
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  • Making Holidays Relevant Today

    February. Black History Month. I celebrate Black History every day of my life so I find it odd to devote one month in the year to celebrating Blackness.
    By Hope Johnson | 2/12/2018
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  • Change and Opportunities: New Field Staff Hires in the Central East Region

    2018 is upon us and your Central East Region staff team is looking ahead to a year of change, growth, and continuity.
    By Megan Foley | 2/5/2018
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  • Opportunities for Connection ~ February 2018

    Featured Resource: 30 Days of Love & Side With Love Name Change ...
    1/29/2018
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  • Congregation in “Rust Belt” Increases Pledges 30%

    You don’t have to be in a growing area to see growth and vitality in your congregation. What you do need is energy, focus and a strong sense of purpose. Recently, Andy Crabb, the President of the First Unitarian Church of Youngstown, OH, posted how his congregation had a...
    1/29/2018
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  • Hellos and Good-byes

    The Central East Region has some staffing changes we want to announce....
    By Beth Casebolt | 1/22/2018
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  • An Old Covenant in a New Way

    You should have recently received information about the new formula the Unitarian Universalist Association will be using for congregational giving in the Central East Region beginning in July – a formula that uses your operating expense budget as a guide, rather than the number...
    By Megan Foley | 1/8/2018
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  • Happy New Year!

    Our staff are still on holiday break (most will return to our offices tomorrow) so we bring you a reading from Worship Web as we start a new year....
    By Central East Region of the UUA | 1/1/2018
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  • Opportunities for Connection ~ January 2018

    Featured Resource: Faithify.org ...
    12/27/2017
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  • Holiday Greetings from the CER Staff

    From all of us at the Central East Region, we wish you Happy Holidays and a joyous New Year....
    By Central East Region of the UUA | 12/25/2017
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  • Want to Grow? Time to Adapt!

    Is your congregation looking to be relevant in a culture where most mainstream white religions are in decline? Many UU congregations are growing, even areas that have declined economically. What is their “secret sauce?”...
    12/18/2017
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  • Living Into Spaces of Not-Knowing

    This is the season of Advent. The time of waiting and emptying and not knowing.
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 12/11/2017
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  • African American Women of the Civil War Era - Untold Stories

    On October 21, 2017, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF) was honored to host five visitors from the 1800’s, mostly the Civil War era, through the inspiring performances of the Female Re-enactors of Distinction (FREED).
    12/4/2017
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  • Opportunities for Connection ~ December 2017

    Featured Resource: Common Read for 2017-18 ...
    11/27/2017
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Opportunities for Connection ~ November 2017

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

    Featured Resource: UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn ...
    9/27/2017
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  • 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
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  • #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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Opportunities for Connection ~ September 2017

    Featured Resource: UU Leadership Institute ...
    8/28/2017
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Opportunities for Connection ~ August 2017

    Featured Resource: Primary Contacts ...
    7/27/2017
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Opportunities for Connection ~ July 2017

    Featured Resource: Outreach Revolution ...
    6/27/2017
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Opportunities for Connection ~ June 2017

    Featured Resource: Chalice Lighters ...
    5/26/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
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