Archives of Central East Region News
Archives of Central East Region News and Blog
  • What’s In a Phrase?

    Most – if not all – of our current social ills (war, the climate crisis, racism, immigration, economic inequality, for-profit healthcare, for-profit schools, mass incarceration) are a result of a worldview that looks at both people and planet as things to be used to profit those...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 2/10/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • The Season of Gratitude

    As we enter into the season of gratitude, this “savoring” time that leads to the Harvest, I find myself thinking of the nuanced differences between appreciation and gratitude.
    By Hope Johnson | 11/11/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Election Work in Our Congregations

    Resources for congregations working in this year's upcoming elections.
    Filed in: Better Together
  • A Trip Through Living History

    Last March, I began a journey to learn the history of the Movement (the Civil Rights Movement) in Alabama. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s I had been taught about Rosa Parks in Montgomery; the March from Selma to Montgomery; and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in...
    By Amy Kent | 4/29/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Walls and Windows

    “Walls and Windows” by Judy Small and Pat Humphries is one of my favorite songs. It is described as “an anti-war song written from a woman’s perspective. The song asks that we recognize ourselves in the people, who are on the other side of the fence”
    By Hope Johnson | 3/25/2019
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Innovative Ways to Collect Donations

    Innovative Ways to Collect Donations from First UU Church of Niagara, Niagara Falls, NY.
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Social Justice Learning at Home and Away

    There are many opportunities for all of us to learn more about various social justice issues in our homes, congregations or at trainings and events around the region. Here is a sampler of what is available. If you know of others, please recommend them in the comments!...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • UU Amherst Dedicates Free Food Pantry

    Two years ago, UU Church of Amherst, NY member Maria Ceraulo read a story online about a “Little Free Food Pantry” and thought, “Huh, we should do this,” and began floating the idea to her congregation. The congregation applied for and received a very generous grant from the...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • We Need Churches

    The communities where we live and work and go to school are constantly changing. The nation and the wider world is constantly changing.
    By Paula Cole Jones | 10/8/2018
    Filed in: Better Together
  • UU Fellowship of Newark Receives Get Out The Vote Grant

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark in Newark, Delaware, led by members Karen Barker and Catriona Binder-Macleod, recently applied for and received a $500 grant from the Fund for UU Social Responsibility
    Filed in: Better Together
  • A Traditional Ethics for a Sustainable Future

    We are living in a time of great change, where the forces of greed, selfishness, and fear have been unleashed and the future is unclear.
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 8/13/2018
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Help End Mass Incarceration in Ohio June 10-17

    We Can Help End Mass Incarceration in Ohio ...
    Filed in: CERG News
  • UUs Participate in March for Our Lives

    Fifty people left UU Fellowship of Harford County early on Saturday, March 24 for the rally in Washington, D.C. The experience seems to have resonated with the students who attended as well as the adults....
    Filed in: Better Together
  • 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
    Filed in: Better Together
  • 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,...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • 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
    Filed in: Better Together
  • 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...
    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
  • 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
  • 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,...
    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
  • 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...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • 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
  • 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’....
    Filed in: Better Together
  • 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
  • Truce Day in a War Zone

    by Jo VonRue...
    By Jennifer "Jo" VonRue | 12/12/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • WV Congregations Lead Demonstrations for SSL

    The New River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, in Beckley, WV has coordinated two interfaith demonstrations. The theme was Standing On the Side of Love. They joined the UU Congregation of Charleston for a third demonstration on the same topic....
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Congregations Respond to Election Results

    The 2016 election results were astonishing no matter on which side of the divide you fall.
    Filed in: Better Together
  • CER Minister Founds Interfaith Program to Feed Hungry Children

    If you've looked on Faithify lately you'll have seen a project called No Child Goes Hungry.
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Marietta Ohio Congregation Installs Solar Panels

    The First UU Society of Marietta, Ohio (FUUSM) has gone solar! Solar panels were installed at the First Unitarian-Universalist Society of Marietta (FUUSM) during the week of October 17. This installation establishes FUUSM as the first religious organization in Washington County...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • 16th Annual Silent Witness Service

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County invites the public to join them in memorializing those who have been killed due to domestic violence in our county on Sunday, October 2 at 11:30 AM. The church is located at 2515 Churchville Road, Churchville. Speakers will...
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Defying the Nazis Airs September 20

    What does the inspiring legacy of two Americans who worked to end the WWII refugee disaster mean for us now? Join the conversation on September 20 while, only a few blocks away, the United Nations will be talking about the worst refugee crisis since WWII. Come get a sneak peek...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Day of Moral Action Scheduled September 12th

    The Moral Revival led by Rev. William J. Barber, who was a speaker at our General Assembly in June, will be holding a Day of Moral Action at state capitals across the country.
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Capital and Northern Virginia Cluster Clergy Release Statement

    The clergy of the Capital and Northern Virginia Clusters released this statement this week in reaction to the ongoing violence in the United States....
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Leveraging Their Location

    “Wayside Pulpits” have been mainstays at UU congregations for decades. They started out as outside display cases that hold an uplifting quote from a famous sage (or other respected source) printed on heavy poster-sized paper. Some examples are:...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 8/15/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Vigils for Orlando Victims Held Across the Region

    By now, we all know the story of Orlando – it is the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history, the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQ people in the history of the U.S., and the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. since 9/11 in 2001....
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 6/27/2016
    Filed in: Better Together
  • CER Congregation and Members Help Refugees

    Two members of the UU Congregation of Shelter Rock, Colin and Latifa, were greatly touched by the refugee crisis that began last fall. Latifa's family members had been refugees when her family fled Afghanistan in 1979 and eventually came to the States....
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Western New York Cluster Activates Social Justice

    On Saturday, April 23, close to fifty Unitarian Universalists from congregations in Western New York gathered for a social justice summit at the UU Church of Buffalo. The summit focused on three topics: Climate Justice, LGBTQ Justice and Racial Justice....
    Filed in: Better Together
  • The Future of Standing on the Side of Love

    The Standing on the Side of Love Campaign is asking for your help: ...
    Filed in: CERG News
  • 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...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • 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
    Filed in: Better Together
  • 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
    Filed in: Better Together
  • 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...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • 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...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • 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
    Filed in: CERG News
  • 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
  • Spring Forward Into Action

    And Spring arose on the garden fair,...
    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
  • 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


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