VUUMAC 2021: Circles Within Circles, Communities Within Community

This week's blog is written by Montana Monardes and Bailey Whiteman, VUUMAC 2021 Co-Directors

Paula Cole Jones

Paula Cole Jones

What is UUMAC? We are the Unitarian Universalist Mid-Atlantic Community.

We welcome you to join us this year for what marks our 2nd virtual conference (VUUMAC) and 40th UUMAC! For a total of three weeks, July 11-31, through workshops, dancing, worship, songs, laughter, and much more, we will cultivate this year's theme of Communities Within Community, led by Paula Cole Jones, Dr. Elías Ortega, and our dedicated staff team, all beloved members of UUMAC.

Paula Cole Jones (VUUMAC 2021 Theme Speaker), a lifelong UU, is the founder of ADORE (A Dialogue on Race & Ethnicity), a former president of DRUUMM (Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries) and an independent consultant specializing in multicultural competencies and institutional change. She lives in Washington, D.C. and is a member of All Souls Unitarian. She served as an Interim Congregational Life Consultant for the Central East Region from 2018-2020. Paula’s leadership around the 8th Principle is transforming Unitarian Universalism and we’re thrilled to have her with us this summer.

Elias Ortega-Aponte

Dr. Elias Ortega

Dr. Elías Ortega (VUUMAC 2021 Minister of the Week) is an interdisciplinary scholar who received his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. His primary teaching and research areas are Sociology of Religion, Religious Ethics, Cultural Sociology, Social Movements, Critical Theory, Africana Studies, Latinx Cultural Studies. Having served on the faculty of numerous universities and seminaries, Dr. Elías now serves as the President of Meadville Lombard Theological School, one the two UU-identity seminaries in the United States, as well as serving the larger Unitarian Universalist movement as a member of the UUA’s Commission on Institutional Change. We’re especially excited about Dr. Ortega’s commitment to UU faith formation and intergenerational worship.

Over the decades UUMAC has become many things to many people: a spiritual retreat, time for reflection and celebration, a reunion with friends, a time to revel in a community of fun-loving and like-hearted people of all ages. From the Talent Show and Open Mic, to sharing our stories and experiences during the lay-led evening vespers services, UUMAC has many ways for us to connect and grow together. Events for children, youth, and adults will happen throughout the three weeks as we build our community of communities.

Learn more and subscribe for registration information through UUMAC.