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 of ensuring that Administrations and Legislatures at the State level hear the voices of Unitarian Universalists on issues that are important in building a just world, and also bringing awareness of what is happening in state and local governments into our congregations. By bringing congregations together, both to learn and to express our values, State Advocacy Networks not only ensure that the values and principles of Unitarian Universalism have a practical effect upon government, and to help grow the interdependent web by fostering relationships between Unitarian Universalist congregations on issues of justice within each state.
While each State Advocacy Network may be structured differently, and be working on different issues, they all grow from and depend upon the support of our congregations. Whether it is through awareness campaigns, direct actions at the state capitol and beyond, or through financial and volunteer support, State Advocacy Networks are an expression of our faith rooted in our commitments to Justice and Interdependence. If your congregation is looking to make a noticeable impact upon your state and local community, partnership with your State Advocacy Network is one path towards real impact. And if your State does not yet have a State Advocacy Network, know that every existing State Advocacy Network began with members of a congregation just like yours deciding to build one. See the list of networks in our region to the left to find the one for your state or see the list on our website.
CER Hosting UUA Presidential Candidate Forum April 1 (No Joke!)
The Central East Region will be hosting the three candidates for UUA president at a forum on April 1 at the Cedar Lane UU Church in Bethesda, MD. This event will be livestreamed throughout the region. We have a webpage with a map and descriptions of the events currently planned. The page will be updated as we learn of events until the week before the Forum.
You can submit questions for the candidates to consider through March 15th by completing this form.
If your congregation or cluster would like to host a watching party, please get in touch with your primary contact to help us get you on our master schedule.
Has Your Congregation Certified with the UUA Yet?
It's that time again!. Every year the UUA asks congregations to certify their membership with HQ, along with several other activities such as updating your contact information and this year answering the congregational poll. Congregations must certify to send delegates to GA. An email should have been sent to your leadership with a link back in November. If you didn't get it or it was lost, you can visit the UUA website to access the site.To learn more and find the links you need visit the UUA's website. Deadline is February 1 at 8 pm Eastern Time.
Better Together News Story: A Fond Farewell and A Bright Beginning
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. This vote marked the culmination of several years of diligent and thoughtful discernment about how to most effectively use our finite resources to best serve the diverse needs of all our congregations. In the months since our vote, the District Board worked with our attorney to officially dissolve the St. Lawrence District. That complex process was completed in December: our district has legally dissolved. Read the rest of the article
News from the UUA
n the wake of this fall's election, our communities need Unitarian Universalist values more than ever. So many congregations have seen new visitors these past few weeks, and UUA.org website traffic is up too! The UUA is committed to helping you "show the love" through outreach, partnership and welcoming in your congregation. Join us in a Show the Love response to answer the call to justice, compassion, resistance and healing in our communities. Add your congregations' vigils, demonstrations, projects, and events to the Show the Love map. Together, we see how strong and wide our love can be. Check out the Show the Love resource page for regular updates to help you plan your congregation's response. We'll include all the different posts, projects, videos and stories that UUA offices and partners are providing post-election.
The UU Partner Church Council (UUPCC) is pleased to announce two budget-friendly pilgrimages open to everyone in 2017!
- The first, our Cross Cultural Transylvania Pilgrimage, is a unique opportunity. The Unitarian Union of NE India has asked the UUPCC to organize a pilgrimage for its members, and they want to share their journey with you! In August 2017, you can experience Transylvania alongside Khasi Unitarians from India – and for less than $100/day.
- The second opportunity is the September 2017 Transylvania Thanksgiving Pilgrimage. Embark on two life-changing weeks in Transylvania for under $1,150. This is the same quality pilgrimage that the UUPCC has been facilitating for two decades – but at 60% of the price. This pilgrimage will visit the most significant Unitarian holy sites, then spend the special Transylvanian Thanksgiving weekend with partner congregations, making new friends and revitalizing partnerships.
To find out more about either of these trips, or to register, visit www.uupcc.org/pilgrimages/pilgrimage-opportunities
The Faith Development office has a new page on the UUA website that lists New Things in Religious Education and Faith Development. Find it at www.uua.org/re/new
New publications from the UUA - New titles available - The Call to Care: Essays by Unitarian Universalist Chaplains and Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism. Available for pre-order are To This I Give My Heart: A Coming of Age Journal and Love and Help Activity Book, Second Edition. Visit the Publications Page for details.
The UUA is hiring for several positions. Find job descriptions and application information at their Job Openings webpage.