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  • Home from General Assembly 2018

    Whew! We're recovering from a long week at General Assembly in Kansas City, MO. As this publishes, many of your CER staff are traveling home from Missouri and wading back through our email inboxes. We'll be back in our offices and caught up by next week....
    By Beth Casebolt | 6/25/2018
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  • Can't Be In Kansas City? You Can Still Participate in General Assembly!

    If you are unable to attend General Assembly, the UUA's annual business meeting in Kansas City this year, you have other options to participate, including being a delegate. It's not too late to decide to do any of these options!...
    6/18/2018
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  • Maintaining the Beloved Community

    Summer is a glorious season. Traditionally it’s sold as a leisure time, a time to relax, enjoy yourself, get outdoors and have some fun.
    By Shannon Harper | 6/11/2018
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  • CER Welcomes Paula Cole Jones as Interim Congregational Life Staff

    The Central East Region is delighted to announce that Paula Cole Jones will be joining the CER staff for one year as field staff, to fill in for Rev. David Pyle as he deploys to the Middle East. Paula is a lifelong UU who has been serving our faith for decades, and we're looking...
    6/5/2018
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  • Delegate at General Assembly? Look Here!

    Attending General Assembly can be an overwhelming experience even for those who have attended several times. Being a delegate and needing to understand what is happening in plenary is even more challenging....
    6/4/2018
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  • Help End Mass Incarceration in Ohio June 10-17

    We Can Help End Mass Incarceration in Ohio ...
    5/31/2018
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  • Opportunities for Connection ~ June 2018

    Is your cluster of congregations looking for programming to meet congregational needs for the upcoming year? Not sure what options are available to you? ...
    5/29/2018
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  • Annual Seaway Gathering

    The annual Seaway Gathering and Gould Lecture was held on April 13-14, 2018 at the First UU Society of Syracuse, NY....
    5/28/2018
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  • Relentlessly Useful Resources for Leadership Development

    What would Unitarian Universalism look like if we trained our lay leaders as highly as we train other religious professionals such as ministers and religious educators? We would no longer be able to joke that we’re too disorganized to be called “organized religion.”...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 5/21/2018
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  • Falling Forward

    You may remember that last spring the UUA was embroiled in a controversy over hiring practices for staff such as myself who serve our congregations.
    By Megan Foley | 5/14/2018
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  • Opportunities for Community at Summer Institute

    Summer Institute is a great vacation option for families, youth and adults of all ages! It is an all-inclusive vacation that includes meals, accommodations and enough programing that you have plenty to choose from. Sometimes people are nervous to go the first time. Well this is...
    By Amy Kent | 5/7/2018
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  • Resources for General Assembly 2018

    Attending General Assembly is a whirlwind of activity. Attending for your first time can be overwhelming! Your Central East Region team wants you to feel prepared. Here are some resources we think you might find helpful. Several are good for off site attendees as well as on site...
    By Beth Casebolt | 4/30/2018
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  • Opportunities for Connection ~ May 2018

    Featured Resource: UUA LeaderLab ...
    4/27/2018
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  • Sharing Vision Statements

    After developing a vision statement, it can sometimes be difficult to communicate how it should impact the ministry of the congregation. The UU Fellowship of Greater Cumberland created this stunning Vision Visual to help guide that process. They plan to share it at…and post it...
    4/23/2018
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  • 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....
    4/16/2018
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  • Now is the Time

    “Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. (W.E.B. DuBois)...
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 4/9/2018
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  • Introducing Our Newest Staff Member

    The Central East Region is pleased to announce the Rev. Sunshine J. Wolfe will join our staff team as Congregational Life Staff starting August 6, 2018. We'll be making adjustments to who is managing which programs and some primary contacts may be shifted as Sunshine joins our...
    4/8/2018
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  • Now is the Time

    “Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. (W.E.B. DuBois) ...
    4/8/2018
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  • Living Our Values - Congregations Collaborate to Support LGBTQ Youth

    Our five congregations in Westchester participated in the Prideworks for Youth Conference on March 14, 2018. Prideworks is an annual county-wide conference for about 500 LGBTQ youth and allies, and UU’s have been an important part of the conference in its almost two decades of...
    4/2/2018
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  • Opportunities for Connection ~ April 2018

    Featured Resource: General Assembly 2018: All Are Called ...
    3/27/2018
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  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the Interdependent Web of Musical Culture

    As Unitarian Universalists have been growing into deeper understanding of White Supremacy Culture, being interculturally respectful and competent, and learning how to avoid the pitfalls of cultural misappropriation, we are learning to learn and share the stories and contexts...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 3/26/2018
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  • The Learning Lab of Life

    Innovation! Adaptation!! Experimentation!!! We live in a time of incredible change and shifting paradigms. Technology continues to zoom along at a pace that is breathtaking and society seems to be chomping at the bit for the next big thing. At the same time, some of the things...
    By Patricia Infante | 3/19/2018
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  • News from the CER Staff – More Changes!

    One of the joys of serving Unitarian Universalism as a member of the Central East Regional Staff has been the commitment of the leadership of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the members of our congregations to my also serving as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserves....
    By David Pyle | 3/13/2018
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  • News from the CER Staff - More Changes!

    One of the joys of serving Unitarian Universalism as a member of the Central East Regional Staff has been the commitment of the leadership of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the members of our congregations to my also serving as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserves....
    3/12/2018
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  • The Commission on Appraisal Needs Your Ideas!

    The Commission on Appraisal is particularly happy to invite your participation in a brief survey to help prepare to select our next topic of study. The Commission serves similarly to a “think tank” on larger issues facing Unitarian Universalism. Our recent study was on class in...
    3/5/2018
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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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  • UUC Montclair Hiring Director of Family Ministries

    The UU Congregation of Monclair is hiring a full time Director of Family Ministries. ...
    2/14/2018
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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....
    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....
    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

    [caption id="" align="alignright" width="260"] Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer[/caption]...
    12/11/2017
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  • African American Women of the Civil War Era - Untold Stories

    [caption id="attachment_1114" align="alignright" width="473"] FREED Performers, Left to right: Sandra D. Wilson (Dr. Rebecca Lee David Crumpler), Marie Davenport (Elleanor Eldridge) , Ruby M. Thomas (Preacher Amanda Berry Smith), Patricia A. Tyson (Hallie Quinn Brown), Judy...
    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....
    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...
    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...
    11/13/2017
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  • UUA's Commission on Institutional Change

    [caption id="" align="alignright" width="477"] Members of the UUA's Commission on Institutional Change[/caption]...
    11/6/2017
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  • UUA Announces Promise and Practice of Our Faith Campaign

    [caption id="" align="alignright" width="521"] Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President[/caption]...
    10/30/2017
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  • Pumpkins Offer Opportunity for Community and Learning

    [caption id="attachment_1090" align="alignright" width="449"] Rev. Hope Johnson at the Central Nassau, Garden City, NY Pumpkin Patch Photo by Patsy Kaplan[/caption]...
    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...
    10/9/2017
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