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  • 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
  • CER Congregations in the News this Week

    Normally we share news stories about our CER congregations via social media, but this week there are so many, it seemed best to share them all here. Shout out to Rachel Walden, UUA Communications Specialist who curates the list for us. ...
    3/3/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ March 2017

    Featured Resource: Video Resources ...
    2/28/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • General Assembly Registration Opens March 1

    General Assembly 2017 will be held in New Orleans, LA on June 21-25. Registration and housing for the general public open March 1. Here is some basic information you need to know about GA. The theme this year is Resist and Rejoice!...
    2/27/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Join CER for UUA Presidential Candidates Forum April 1

    Join us on April 1 for Better Together: Central East Region Leadership Day and UUA Presidential Candidates Forum at Cedar Lane UU Church, Bethesda, MD. The day will consist of a 90 minute forum with the presidential candidates answering your questions and moderated by UUA...
    2/17/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Fall Interview Report: What did our Advisory Council find?

    The Central East Region has an Advisory Council of lay and ordained volunteers who work with the Director of Congregational Life, Rev. Scott Tayler, to both assess the needs of our congregations and to track the effectiveness of our regional staff in meeting those needs. The...
    2/13/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Fall Interview Report: What did our Advisory Council find?

    The Central East Region has an Advisory Council of lay and ordained volunteers who work with the Director of Congregational Life, Rev. Scott Tayler, to both assess the needs of our congregations and to track the effectiveness of our regional staff in meeting those needs. The...
    2/7/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • First Baltimore Celebrates Bicentennial of its Founding in February

    The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore is observing the bicentennial of its founding on February 10, 1817, in a weekend-long celebration on February 10-12, 2017. First Unitarian is the oldest building in North America built to be and continuously used as a Unitarian church....
    2/2/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Congregation Takes a Risk - and Succeeds

    During the Martin Luther King Day Weekend, the Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek, in Newark Delaware, invited racial justice organizer and activist Chris Crass to present a Courage for Racial Justice / Courage for Liberation Conference and Training that brought...
    1/30/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ February 2017

    Featured Resource: State Advocacy Networks ...
    1/27/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Celebrating 200 Years of Universalism in Western New York

    Many churches celebrate important anniversaries, but it’s rare that congregational historians take a wider view. But when Bill Parke, the Church Historian of the UU Church of Buffalo noted this anniversary, he researched the topic and came up with this lovely display and story...
    1/23/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • A Fond Farewell and a Bright Beginning

    January 16, 2017 ...
    1/16/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Are you ready to Show the Love this week?

    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” MLK, Jr....
    By Hope Johnson | 1/16/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Original Blessing Announces New Programming Schedule

    Since Fall 2015, Original Blessing has met twice a month at Greenpoint’s San Damiano Mission Church, offering our special blend lay-led, uniquely inspired worship and celebration. It is by the faithful goodwork of our core group that we’ve kept our fire burning, survived the...
    1/9/2017
    Filed in: CERG News
  • 30 Days of Love: Fortify the Movement

    So many of us deeply desire to live on the side of love when it comes to social justice movements. Organizer (and Unitarian Universalist) Elandria Williams talks about the role of our faith in social movements as providing ‘spiritual and political fortification’....
    1/9/2017
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ January 2017

    Featured Resource: 30 Days of Love ...
    12/27/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Happy Greetings from the CER Staff

    From all of us at the Central East Region, we wish you Happy Holidays and a joyous New Year....
    12/26/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Holiday Greetings!

    12/19/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Perspectives from Standing Rock

    At the beginning of November, Jo VonRue (our Ministerial Intern here in Binghamton) and I traveled up to the Standing Rock camp in North Dakota to support the Sioux tribe. They are fighting to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipe Line on sacred lands and which threatens...
    By Douglas Taylor | 12/19/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • First Unitarian Church of Cleveland Celebrates its 150th Anniversary

    On January 14, 1867, our congregation was founded with the Bond of Union. On January 14, 2017 we will mark our 150th anniversary with a celebratory service and reception at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio. This event brings together UU congregations from the greater...
    12/13/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Truce Day in a War Zone

    by Jo VonRue...
    By Jennifer "Jo" VonRue | 12/12/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Summer Institute Looking for Tshirt Designs for 2017

    It’s that time of the year! No, not that thing with the carols… it’s time for us to ask our wonderful, talented community for designs for the Summer Institute 2017 t-shirt! ...
    12/12/2016
    Filed in: CERG News
  • The Waiting Season

    The Advent Season offers each of us an opportunity to recognize that it is not only a season of waiting, but also a season of preparation. It’s a Both/And.
    By Hope Johnson | 12/5/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ December 2016

    Featured Resource: Guest In Your Pulpit ...
    11/29/2016
    Filed in: CERG News

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