Archives of Central East Region News
Archives of Central East Region News and Blog
  • Congregations Working Together

    At a time when resources are not always at a level we would like them to be at, we may find that pooling our resources with our neighboring congregations is beneficial. We are literally Better Together in this sense.
    By Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe | 10/28/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Be That Spark

    Recently we highlighted the Central East Region (CER) Chalice Lighter Program, sharing the HOW of applying for growth focused grants, and now we want to focus on WHY you as an individual should support this grant program....
    By Andrea Perry Lerner | 9/17/2018
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Central Unitarian Church Visits Partner Church in Prague

    Members of Central Unitarian Church in Paramus, NJ visited the Prague Unitarian Congregation in the Czech Republic from May 9 - 15. Members of both congregations hiked to the the Jan Hus pulpit, the rock located in the Benešov region southeast of Prague on which the early church...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • 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...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • 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
    Filed in: Better Together

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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...
    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
  • 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

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