Better Together
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  • These Certain Times

    I see commercials sometimes that refer to these as “uncertain times”. I don’t know. I think things are becoming pretty certain. I think it’s pretty certain that we’re suffering, pretty certain that our neighbors and families are sick and dying...
    By Megan Foley | 7/13/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Mt. Vernon UU’s Climate Action Team Launches Arts for Mother Earth

    Have you heard? There’s a new group at MVUC! Arts for Mother Earth. We’re an active branch of the Climate Action Team, an award-winning environmental initiative that is now long term.
    By Mt Vernon Unitarian Church, Alexandria, VA | 6/29/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Get In the Way!

    “Get In The Way!!!” Congressman John Lewis has reminded us for years that it is our turn to actively make a difference.
    By Hope Johnson | 6/22/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Farewell from Paula Cole Jones

    It is time to say farewell to you as my position with the Congregational Life staff in the Central East Region of our UUA comes to an end on June 30th. I am passing the baton on to Sana Saeed, who will serve you beginning July 6th.
    By Paula Cole Jones | 6/15/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Has Your Congregation Updated Your Leadership Information?

    It's that time of the year again. Your congregation has held its annual meeting and elected new officers, or its on your schedule. You have new committee chairs appointed to lead your work for next year. But have you told anyone outside the congregation about these changes?
    By Central East Region of the UUA | 6/8/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Sharing the Load

    How can congregations support each other in this time of online worship? These five congregations have a unique approach.
    By Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe | 6/1/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • CERSI Creates Alternatives for Event

    Each year hundreds of UUs look forward to Central East Region’s Summer Institute (CERSI) especially the hugs, ice cream with families, long conversations with friends, pop up jam sessions and interesting classes. However, like everything else in the Summer of 2020, Summer...
    By Amy Kent | 5/25/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • CER Staff Offer Gatherings for Congregational Leaders

    We are living in times that are upending our routines and requiring us to think in new ways. We know there is no tried-and-true answer "out there" for us to research.
    By Central East Region of the UUA | 5/18/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Youth and Young Adult Programming for Summer

    This blog post was supposed to be about UU Youth and Young Adult opportunities for this summer. But as the UUA and the camps, conferences and campuses we work alongside begin to cancel all summer in-person events, we’re left in a weird time of knowing and not knowing.
    By Shannon Harper | 5/11/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Introducing Our New CER Staff - Sana Saeed

    Although we’re sad to see the interim tenure of the fantastic Paula Cole Jones come to an end on June 30th, we are delighted to announce that we’ve hired a new, permanent field staff person to begin with us on July 6th: Sana Saeed.
    By Megan Foley | 5/4/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Murray Grove Offers Online Programs and Plans Sestercentennial Celebration

    To assist you with virtual outreach to your congregants in the midst of the pandemic, Murray Grove has launched the first in a series of free online programs by three prominent, global presenters in their respective fields.
    By Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center | 4/27/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Are We the Long-Haul People?

    Early in the pandemic crisis my mind kept wandering back to a poem written by my former minister and mentor, Rev Rudy Nemser. The poem, “Long-Haul People,” reminds me that congregations thrive on a million small acts of attention and commitment over weeks, months and years.
    By Patricia Infante | 4/20/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • How is Your Body, Mind and Your Spirit?

    Friends, how is it with your bodies, minds and spirits these days? Are you doing regular check-ins with yourself? Noticing some things that weren't there before?
    By Shannon Harper | 4/13/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Ohio Youth Learn About Homelessness

    For the last eleven years, youth at West Shore UU Church have spent a cold winter’s night outdoors to raise awareness of homelessness in our community. This year, we decided to do things a little differently. We added a day of learning at an organization working with people...
    By West Shore UU Church, Cleveland, OH | 4/6/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Community UU Congregation in White Plains Shares Outreach Plan

    Are you struggling with how to share your virtual programming with your members? Here is a resource for you!
    By Community UU Congregation at White Plains, White Plains, NY | 3/30/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • CERSI is My Carrot

    I woke up smiling today, on Day Seven in our current State of National Emergency, declared by the President on Friday the 13th. How can I smile in the midst of a viral pandemic, you ask? I can think of two big reasons.
    Filed in: Better Together
  • The Church is its People

    What a week we have had. Seven days ago we were looking at when we might consider switching to virtual services and wondering if a week or two might serve. By Thursday we were rapidly moving to most churches canceling services and moving to virtual alternatives.
    By Beth Casebolt | 3/16/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • CER Resource Pages: Conflict Engagement and How to Have Difficult Conversations

    Conflict is natural and exists in each and every congregation offering opportunities for growth and change. The goal for congregations is to develop a keen awareness of unhealthy conflict so that it can be diffused before it blows up into a major crisis.
    By Hope Johnson | 3/9/2020
    Filed in: Better Together
  • UU Wilmington Delaware Re-Dedicates Building

    Today we are here to celebrate and re-dedicate our house of worship. Believe it or not, this is the culmination of work that began five years ago with a building assessment which produced our Building Condition report.
    Filed in: Better Together
  • How to Attend GA 2020 on a Budget

    Looking for ways to save money and still attend General Assembly this year? These tips can help.
    By Central East Region of the UUA | 2/27/2020
    Filed in: Better Together


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