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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Opportunities For Connection-March 2016

    News and updates from the Central East Region to keep your congregation informed.
    2/26/2016
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Opportunities for Connection-February 2016

    This month's installment of events, news and blogs from the Central East Region.
    1/29/2016
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  • 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
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  • Taking the Side of Love

    When a member of the UU Fellowship of Plattsburgh, NY came to the board of trustees and asked that they make a public statement regarding Syrian refugees, they decided to write a letter to the editor to their local newspaper. They were all greatly dismayed by the things...
    1/25/2016
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  • New Jersey Congregations, Clergy, BLM Activists Organize for MLK

    The local papers featured an article about the events on Martin Luther King day organized by the New Jersey Clergy Coalition for Justice and others including UU churches and Black Lives Matter activists. ...
    1/22/2016
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  • 30 Days of Love 2016: Towards Racial Justice

    The Standing on the Side of Love Campaign is excited to share that Thirty Days of Love will be back in 2016 observed from Saturday, January 16 through Sunday, February 14, 2016, culminating on the 7th Annual National Standing on the Side of Love Day! Thirty Days of Love 2016...
    1/18/2016
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  • A Faith Formation Rite of Passage for 4th and 5th Graders

    Since 2004, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, NY has been offering a special and highly successful program for 4th and 5th graders. First Light recognizes a first step in the development of a child’s Unitarian Universalist Identity. Each child signs up with an adult...
    1/11/2016
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  • Opportunities for Connection, January 2016

    Featured Resource: UU Leadership Institute ...
    12/28/2015
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  • Sandusky UUs Explore New Ways to be in Community

    The Rev. Mary Grigolia has worked with the UU Fellowship of the Firelands in Sandusky, OH for four years, leading services once a month, facilitating a workshop/discussion after service and coffee hour/lunch. But last March she encouraged them to take a different path, totally...
    12/21/2015
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  • Innovative Ministries and Programs Highlighted in Dawning Future Conference

    Having a keynote speaker share an idea increases its influence and impact. Having a dozen speakers has a multiplying effect. Video-recording those speakers and sharing the presentations widely can have an exponential effect. That’s what happened at the Dawning Future Conference...
    12/14/2015
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  • Joseph Priestley District Accepting Award Nominations

    Unitarian Universalists are invited to nominate youth, young adults, and UU congregation members of all ages for recognition awards given by the Joseph Priestley District (JPD). The JPD Awards Committee looks forward to receiving your nomination and to recognizing the...
    12/8/2015
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  • UU Congregation of Buffalo Celebrates Ministerial Installation

    Congratulations to the UU Congregation of Buffalo, who installed the Rev. Joan Montagnes on Sunday, November 15, 2015!
    12/7/2015
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  • Opportunities for Connection, December 2015

    Featured Resource: Worship Web ...
    11/28/2015
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  • First Unitarian Society of Plainfield Historic Window Vandalized

    On November 15, 2015, The First Unitarian Society of Plainfield discovered that it had been vandalized by someone throwing objects at their historic church’s large stained glass window.
    11/23/2015
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  • Clusters Offer Opportunities for Collaboration and Learning

    The geography of Pittsburgh PA is challenging when trying to get from one part of the city to the other. With three rivers, a few tunnels and many bridges, it’s tempting to just stay in one’s own neighborhood. The UUs of Greater Pittsburgh challenged that tendency in the Fall of...
    11/16/2015
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  • Together We Can Help Huntington, WV Recover

    On September 5, 2015, the Unitarian Fellowship of Huntington, WV, experienced an electrical fire that results in fire, water and smoke damage throughout the building. Thankfully the fast response by the fire department prevented a total loss and minimized the damage....
    By Beth Casebolt | 11/9/2015
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  • Experimenting with Partnerships

    Partnerships sometimes emerge in strange but exciting ways. The Partnership of the UU congregations in Binghamton NY and Cortland NY is a mix of contrasting sizes, ages and histories. But these contrasts bring strength to the relationship. This video shares the views of the...
    By Douglas Taylor, Joan Van Becelaere | 11/2/2015
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  • Building a Home Takes Many Hands

    A dream that began in 2012 became true on Sunday, October 18, 2015 for the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware, as they dedicated their new Church Home in Lewes, Delaware. The congregation moved this fall from their small rental space to this spacious converted home,...
    By David Pyle | 10/19/2015
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  • Working for Change

    UU Congregation of Sterling has been working towards change and understanding of racial issues. Here is what they've done from their October Newsletter article - Spare Any Change?...
    10/12/2015
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  • Lessons from Congregations on #BLM

    Many CERG congregations are choosing to respond to the events of the Black Lives Matter movement by posting “Black Lives Matter” signs in front of their congregations.
    By Megan Foley | 10/5/2015
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  • Taking Action in Black Lives Matter

    Is your congregation considering expressing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, by placing a banner or sign on congregational property or your web presence?
    By David Pyle | 9/28/2015
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  • Open Letter on the Black Lives Matter Movement

    Over the last few months, many Unitarian Universalist congregations have taken the bold, public step of showing solidarity with the Black Lives Matters movement. Sometimes this has been through placing a Black Lives Matter banner in a public space on their congregational grounds...
    By David Pyle | 9/27/2015
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  • General Assembly Coming to Columbus, OH in 2016

    This year's General Assembly on June 22-26, 2016 will be held at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH. Workshop Proposals are now being accepted htrough November 2 at 3 pm. ...
    9/25/2015
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  • In Care Program for UU Seminarians

    Unitarian Universalist seminarians in the southern Central East Region gathered August 20-22 in beautiful New Windsor, Maryland for our third In Care retreat. Together, they worshipped, got to know each other, asked burning questions, and examined real life ministerial case...
    9/21/2015
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  • Do You Faithify?

    Have you heard about Faithify.org?...
    By Beth Casebolt | 9/14/2015
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  • 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...
    9/7/2015
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  • 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....
    8/31/2015
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  • UUA Announces 2015-16 Common Read

    Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption is the UUA’s 2015-16 Common Read .
    8/30/2015
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  • 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...
    8/17/2015
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  • 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...
    8/10/2015
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  • 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....
    7/13/2015
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  • GA Wrap Up

    It was a busy week, the week we were at General Assembly. Lots of news to share!...
    7/6/2015
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  • 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...
    6/25/2015
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  • 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...
    6/20/2015
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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...
    5/23/2015
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  • UU MATCH.COM

    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
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  • Spring Forward Into Action

    And Spring arose on the garden fair,...
    4/20/2015
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  • 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:...
    4/6/2015
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  • 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...
    3/30/2015
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