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Archives of Central East Region News
Archives of Central East Region News
  • UU Congregation of Montclair Hiring Two Part-Time Positions

    The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Montclair (UUCM) is a 119-year old liberal religious institution with a growing congregation of over 300 members. Our mission is to seek transformation in our hearts, our homes, our community and our world. We come together to create a...
    4/25/2017
  • Seeking Interim or Acting DRE at Buxmont UU Fellowship

    Buxmont is a joyous and thriving community that values its children and families. Our Religious Education program ensures our youth feel safe and welcomed, yet also challenged to see beyond themselves and discover ways that they can contribute to the wider world. To support this...
    4/24/2017
  • From Your Regional Staff

    Friends, The Unitarian Universalist Association is in the midst of a tumultuous time. UUA President Peter Morales and Chief Operating Officer Harlan Limpert have both resigned in the midst of controversy over UUA hiring practices. We can expect that our UUA Board will act...
    4/6/2017
  • 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. You can watch it on YouTube. We want to thank Cedar Lane UU Church for their hosting this event and for their...
    4/2/2017
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ April 2017

    Featured Resource: Summer Camps Attending summer camps and institutes strengthens connections to our faith for people of all ages. Experiences at summer camps can include week long age based camps, institutes for all ages, family retreats and specific training programs. When...
    3/27/2017
  • First Baltimore Hiring Quarter-Time Religious Education Coordinator

    The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore (Unitarian and Universalist) is hiring an quarter-time Religious Education Coordinator. The First Unitarian of Baltimore is a historic urban church with about 200 members. We are cultivating diversity and working to build a better...
    3/24/2017
  • 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. The news this weeks ranges from health...
    3/3/2017
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ March 2017

    Featured Resource: Video Resources There are many, many videos out there and many places you can find video resources. Here are some tips for where you might find what you are looking for. The Central East Region and the UUA both have YouTube pages. On the Central East...
    2/28/2017
  • ZZZ-RETIRED ZZZ-RETIRED Fourth Universalist Society Hiring Part-Time Director of Religious Education

    The Director of Religious Education provides professional leadership to Fourth Universalist's religious education program and strives to create a thriving multigenerational religious co!!unity" The DRE serves an average of 20 hours per week twelve months per year we are an...
    2/17/2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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...
    2/2/2017
  • ZZZ-RETIRED ZZZ-RETIRED UU Church of Delaware County Hiring 3/4 Time Director of Religious Education

    The Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County (UUCDC), a liberal religious community of approximately 300 members in Media, Pennsylvania, seeks a Director of Religious Education (DRE) to lead its Religious Education program. Led by Reverend Peter Friedrichs since 2006,...
    1/27/2017
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ February 2017

    Featured Resource: State Advocacy Networks Creating the beloved community requires the values and principles of Unitarian Universalism to be translated into the work of governments and legislatures, of policy and law.  State Advocacy Networks have the mission and purpose...
    1/27/2017
  • ZZZ-RETIRED UU Church of Arlington hiring full time Music Director

    The Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA (UUCA) is seeking a dynamic and creative full-time Music Director.  UUCA is an 800+ member and growing congregation outside Washington, DC, committed to social justice, excellence in music, and community outreach.  The...
    1/17/2017
  • A Fond Farewell and a Bright Beginning

    January 16, 2017 In April of 2016, delegates to the St. Lawrence District Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of regionalization by supporting the dissolution of the St. Lawrence District in favor of the Central East Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association. ...
    1/16/2017
  • 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...
    1/9/2017
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ January 2017

    Featured Resource: 30 Days of Love So many of us deeply desire to live on the side of love when it comes to social justice movements. But what does that really mean? How can we be a nurturing, humble and steady hand on the side of justice in the face of violence and backlash...
    12/27/2016
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    12/19/2016
  • 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
  • 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! As a reminder, the SI 2017 theme is “Beyond Lip Service: The Courage to Communicate UU Values.” What...
    12/12/2016
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ December 2016

    Featured Resource: Guest In Your Pulpit Does your congregation need Sunday morning speakers? Is your Worship Committee struggling to fill your calendar? The Guest in Your Pulpit program is designed to help all congregations of all sizes deal with this issue. The Guest in...
    11/29/2016
  • After the Election, From Your Staff

    Dear Congregations and Clergy of the Central East Region, Last night's election results are in, and we know that we are not alone in experiencing a wide range of emotions.  We know that many of you are rising to this new day with more questions than answers.  We do...
    11/9/2016
  • Unitarian Congregation of West Chester to Install Grammy Nominated Minister

    The Unitarian Congregation of West Chester will celebrate the Installation of Rev. Dan Schatz as their new Minister in a special service at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, in the congregation’s sanctuary at 501 South High Street. The service, which is open to the public, will...
    10/29/2016
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ November 2016

    Featured Resource: Commissioned Lay Ministry Program It had been a long awaited vacation: we were basking in the warmth of time with our grown children. Then my cell phone rang: a beloved 85-year-old member of the congregation had fallen; hip surgery was scheduled for the...
    10/28/2016
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ October 2016

    Featured Resource: UU World's Seeker Issue Looking for something to explain Unitarian Universalism to your visitors? Want some sort of outreach item you can give folks who ask about our faith? UU World’s first “seeker issue” is designed specifically as an introduction to...
    9/30/2016
  • 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...
    9/20/2016
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ September 2016

    Featured Resource: Primary Contacts Do you know who your congregation's primary contact is? The Central East Regional (CER) has moved to a primary contact staff system to ensure our congregations know who to reach out to for assistance. What this means is that each...
    8/26/2016
  • OMD Chalice Lighter Call Benefits UU Church of the South Hills

    The Ohio Meadville District (OMD) Chalice Lighter Call for August 2016 benefits the UU Church of the South Hills to purchase new carpet as part of their expansion project. This is an excerpt form the call: In order for the church to appeal to new and returning...
    8/26/2016
  • Forrest Church Award for Humanitarian Service Honors Co-Founders of #BlackLivesMatter

    This year’s Forrest Church Award for Humanitarian Service—honoring individual/s demonstrating courage, influence and selfnessness in the betterment of our world (see previous recipients) will honor the co-founders of #BlackLivesMatter: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal...
    8/23/2016
  • Peace Pole Project Comes to Harford County

    Through a generous donation from retired Homestead Wakefield teacher Leigh Brown Faunce, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County has planted a Peace Pole near the entrance to their church in Churchville.  Ms. Faunce saw her first one at the Unitarian...
    8/16/2016
  • CER Hires Shannon Harper as Youth and Young Adult Coordinator

    The Central East Region’s staff is excited to announce the hire of Shannon Harper, our new Youth and Young Adult Coordinator.  Shannon will be starting on September 1st and is already scheduling trips to meet youth, young adults and professional religious educators around...
    8/8/2016
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ July 2016

    Featured Resource: CER Blogs and Website There are a number of ways you can keep up with what is happening in the Central East Region (CER). The Better Together Blog is written by our staff. The blog features events and activities that our clusters and congregational...
    6/28/2016
  • Building Your Stewardship Team: Assemble the Right Team

    Part of the Nurturing Stewardship Series. Part of the secret to successful stewardship programs lies in building and engaging your stewardship team the right way; recruit with an eye towards skills and teamwork, lay out clear guidelines for what is to be accomplished,...
    6/15/2016
  • UUs of the Cumberland Valley Hiring Director of Lifespan Faith Development

    UUs of the Cumberland Valley (UUCV) is looking to welcome a creative leader to help us develop our Religious Education program and to continue to foster a multi-generational environment rooted in our Unitarian Universalist identity. Hours & Compensation: 20 hours per...
    6/9/2016
  • UU Fellowship of Harford County to Host Culture Camp

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County will sponsor a camp which explores a different country every day. It will be held July 25 - 29 at their church located at 2515 Churchville Rd., Churchville from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM each day. Kindergarten through 5th grade...
    6/7/2016
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County Will Celebrate 60th

    The public is cordially invited to attend the 10:30 AM service on Sunday, June 12 at 2515 Churchville Road, Churchville to join in the celebration of UUFHC's 60th anniversary. It will commemorate the path the Fellowship has taken over these past years and will be followed by a...
    6/2/2016
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ June 2016

    Featured Resource: Youth Programming The Central East Region provides training in Youth Ministry to youth advisors, religious professionals, other adult volunteers, and youth leaders. We believe that youth deserve ministry that is both sensitive to their developmental stage...
    5/28/2016
  • CER Staff Changes

    Dear Clergy, Congregational Leadership and Congregants of the Central East Region, Joan Van Becelaere and I are excited to announce some staff changes that will be coming over the summer as we continue to regionalize. First, from July 1, 2016 on, the Regional Lead...
    5/23/2016
  • The Results are In - Metro NY District

    The Metro New York District is excited to announce our delegates have voted to dissolve our district in favor of our Central East Region. Within the next few months, in accordance with New York State laws, the district will dissolve, as such. This is a truly an exciting and...
    5/7/2016
  • Stewardship For Us: Frictionless Giving

    Fire up those Smart Phones “Good morning.  Our service is about to begin, take out your smart phones and get ready.”  Let’s face it, smart phones are going to be an increasing presence in congregation life for connection and e-Giving, including during the Sunday...
    5/2/2016
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ May 2016

    Featured Resource: UU Leadership Institute Are you a new leader in your congregation? Are you someone who would like to hone your organizing skills? Or perhaps you are looking for help with dealing with change in your congregation. We can help! The Unitarian Universalist (...
    4/29/2016
  • Central East Advisory Council Survey Results

    In Fall 2015, the recently created Central East Regional Advisory Council conducted in-depth interviews with a limited number of congregational leaders and clergy around the region.    This fall survey focused on Large Church leaders, Congregational Cluster...
    4/19/2016
  • The Results are In - Joseph Priestley District

    The delegates to the Joseph Priestley District Assembly voted by a 97 percent majority to affirm the authority of the Joseph Priestley District Board of Directors to dissolve the District governance structures and to participate fully in the Central East Region of the UUA!...
    4/10/2016
  • On A Scale of 1 -10 (10 = Great), I Would Rate Stewardship on Our Website at About -3

    Does the title above sound familiar? Your website is effectively your Electronic Commons and your Electronic Front Door. It’s where potential visitors find you and where members come for information, ideas, and inspiration. Where and how stewardship is seen on your website is...
    4/8/2016
  • The Results are In - Ohio-Meadville & St. Lawrence

    The St. Lawrence and Ohio-Meadville Districts are pleased to announce their delegates have voted to dissolve their districts in favor of our Central East Region.  Each district will legally dissolve at their own pace based on the laws where each is incorporated. It is...
    4/2/2016
  • Opportunities for Connection ~ April 2016

    Featured Resource: General Assembly 2016 The theme for GA 2016 will be Heart Land: Where Faiths Connect. The faith world is increasingly multifaith. People are crossing borders of religion and spiritual practice to create wholeness in their lives individually and collectively...
    3/25/2016
  • Stewardship for Us: The Steward's Identity

    We all have different aspects to our identity, and some are more important to how we “identify” than others. I am a married, middle-aged, male to name a few—not necessarily in that order of priority. I also have identities in my congregation: member, former president,...
    3/24/2016
  • Youth at UU Fellowship at Stony Brook Assist Flint, Michigan Youth

    " I am but a drop of water. Alone, I would disappear. Dried up by the scorching sun or sucked up by the dry, thirsty earth.  But together, we can wear out stones, carve out the Grand Canyon, make streams and rivers, and find our way to the sea." ~ Kok -Heong McNaughton...
    By UU Fellowship at Stony Brook, East Setauket, NY | 3/22/2016
  • Stewardship for Us: What About the Children?

    How Do Children and Youth Fit in Our Stewardship Culture? Bill Clontz, Stewardship Consultant Not long ago, a couple of members of the Stewardship for Us team met with a senior Unitarian Universalist leader to discuss the state of stewardship within our movement. We...
    3/14/2016

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