Opportunities for Connection ~ March 2019

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Featured Resource: General Assembly 2019 - The Power of We

You are invited to join us for General Assembly June 19-23, 2019 in Spokane, WA for The Power of We.

What do we want Unitarian Universalism to be? It is a time when we are asking big questions in our faith, and GA 2019 will be focused on digging into those questions together. It is a critical chance for congregational leaders and passionate UUs to set new goals and aspirations for our religious community. Help begin to reshape our Association and our congregations in new and powerful ways.

Important dates to remember and webpage to check:

  • Financial Aid for General Assembly - Financial aid for General Assembly is available in the form of working volunteer positions as well as registration scholarships and travel grants. GA Volunteers exchange a set number of hours of work at GA for a full-time GA registration. There are several different funding sources available via the General Assembly Unified Scholarship Application, including additional funding committed by the UUA Administration to the 2018 budget to facilitate the participation of People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Persons at GA. Anyone with a relationship to a Unitarian Universalist congregation or UU organization (covenanted community) is encouraged to apply. Financial Aid applications are accepted March 1 through March 31.
  • Registration opens March 1.
  • Housing Reservations open March 1 at 12 noon EST.

Learn more about the program, the Ware Lecturer and find Marketing materials at the UUA website GA pages.

River Rising Logo, honor ancestors, find balance, ground yourself, weave connections, leadership for a new future.

River Rising Youth Immersion Experience

The Central East Region is excited to announce the creation of a new week-long youth leadership experience happening this summer in 2019. Rising River will include several aspects of the previous Goldmine Leadership School but with lots of new exciting changes.

At River Rising Youth will spend a week creating community and learning to care for that community spiritually, pastorally and physically. They will have conversations about how Unitarian, Universalist and Unitarian Universalist values influence their own sense of purpose and work on articulating their own faith based values. We’ll approach leadership as a continual process of self reflection, group processing and practice work. And we’ll have a lot fun just hanging out and playing together!

Interested in learning more? Read Shannon's Blog about why we made this change or visit the River Rising information page.

This year we are offering 2 locations and 2 dates.

Sky at Sunset

Summer Camp Options Available

CER Summer Institute Hosts Dr. Ysaye Barnwell
Don't know about you but we've been dreaming of CERSI (formerly SI) during these dreary days of winter. Sunshine, old and new friends, engaging programming, worship, music. Ahh! This 40th year of magic promises to be especially memorable with our theme speaker Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, a power speaker and musician. Join us July 7-13, 2019 at Oberlin College, OH. Registration opens March 15. More info at www.cersiuu.org.

UUMAC: one-week, residential family camp for UUs, including YOU!
Loved by kids of all ages, this is a peak life experience for those who have been in attendance. Not kidding! Located on an idyllic college campus in Central PA, someone else cooks AND cleans: vegan, vegetarian, omnivore, and with MANY and VARIED allergy requests. The children go to programming in the morning. You can have some free time or do a fun workshp with others. This year's theme talks are on Non-Violent Communication let by the Rev. Lora Kim Joyner. Check the YouTube video on the UUMAC website homepage for more information. Contact Ann Andrex, andrexes@comcast.net for detailed help or encouragement.

photo of Andrea Perry Lerner

Better Together Blog: But I Had the Right of Way! Finding Our Way Out of Conflict

I’ve seen several versions of a cartoon which shows the unfortunate result of a traffic altercation – a person laid up in the hospital speaking or a tombstone inscribed with the words: “But I Had the Right of Way!”

It’s all too human to want to be right, to insist that we are right in the face of disagreement. It takes introspection and patience to stop, take a breath, and try to look at things from other perspectives. Without that perspective, we often do damage to our relationships, our organizations, and ourselves.

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Tapestry of Faith, Signs of Our Faith, Session 12

News from the UUA

Did you know that UUCSJ and UUSC host visiting youth groups at our Cambridge office on Fridays in March, April and May? If your youth group is coming to Boston this spring and would be interested in learning more about the work and programs of CSJ and UUSC, please email us at info@uucsj.org or call us at 617-301-4347 to schedule a time. If you are interested in having UUCSJ help you plan an extended youth visit that includes elements of our Activate youth justice programs, contact Angela Kelly at akelly@uucsj.org.
Because of the current situation at the border, UUSC and UUCSJ have been getting a lot of requests for support and solidarity and a lot of requests for volunteer opportunities. The landscape there is changing quite rapidly, so the UUCSJ/UUSC team has put together a google doc with a list of all opportunities to support asylum seekers at the border. It will be updated regularly. Please feel free to share or to point people here if they are asking for opportunities. bit.ly/BorderSolidarity.
The Music Leadership Certification Program (MLCP) is a program of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) that summons music leaders to their calling of music ministry, enriches their service to Unitarian Universalist congregations, and enhances their professional perspective and skills. Over the course of the three year program, music leaders in our congregations develop a foundational understanding of three main areas of knowledge: music skills and resources, UU heritage and values, and leadership and interpersonal skills. The deadline to apply is March 15th. For more information, as well as the application form, visit the website at https://www.uua.org/careers/music/certification-requirements Contact Pat Kahn, Professional Development Programs Manager at pkahn@uua.org if you have questions.

2019 Intergenerational Spring Seminar - "Equity in Action: Gender in an Intersecting World" - New York City, April 11-13, 2019. Registration is open through February 25; rates increase after Jan 21. Applications are now open to apply for reduced registration rates. We also have a special discount rate for young adult participants (age 18-35) which includes lodging at the hostel where youth and their sponsors stay. The UU United Nations Office is excited to host this year’s Intergenerational Spring Seminar on gender equity in collaboration with the UU College of Social Justice. Programming will be interactive and intergenerational, encouraging participants to challenge their assumptions, connecting their activism with grounding in UU faith, and empowering them with the tools to bring back to their communities to make change locally and globally. More at www.uua.org/unspringseminar

New publications from the UUA - New from Skinner House books is The Interfaith Family Journal by Susan Katz Miller, and After the Good News: Progressive Faith Beyond Optimism by Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd. Check the Publications Page additional reviews and book details.
The UUA is hiring for several positions. Find job descriptions and application information at their Job Openings webpage.

Calendar Items and News

For events, webinars and congregation news and events visit the following pages:

Upcoming Events

  • UU Mid-Atlantic Community 2021


    From Central East Regional Group
  • Small Congregation Check-In JULY 22


    From MidAmerica Events
    A time for leaders of small congregations in the MidAmerica Region and elsewhere to check-in about the challenges UU religious communities face
  • OWL Facilitator Training K-1/4-6


    Location: First Unitarian Church of Dallas Trainers: Hudson Nummerdor and Melissa McQueen-Simmons Contact: Sherri Cook, cooksherri64@gmail.com, (214)...
    Dallas, TX
  • OWL Facilitator Training 7-9/10-12


    Location: First Unitarian Church of Dallas Trainers: Emmalinda MacLean and Everardo Aguilar Contact: Sherri Cook, cooksherri64@gmail.com, (214) 287-2559...
    Dallas, TX
  • Application Deadline for 2022-23 Seminar Youth Dean


    From International Programs of the UUA
    Attention UU youth and climate justice enthusiasts! Be part of planning the 2022 & 2023 Intergenerational Spring Seminars hosted by the Unitarian...

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Learn about the CER Primary Contact Program

By Central East Region of the UUA

From Central East Regional Group

The Central East Regional (CER) has a primary contact staff system to ensure our congregations know who to reach out to for assistance. Every CER congregation and community has a UUA Staff Member who serves as your Primary Contact for all services of the region and the UUA.

Primary Contact Program

General Assembly, the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates....

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The Interfaith Family Journal

From Skinner House Books

An invaluable resource to help interfaith families discover their unique interfaith practice and identity with interactive exercises and activities.

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After the Good News Progressive Faith Beyond Optimism

From Skinner House Books

With humor and humanity, Nancy McDonald Ladd calls religious progressives to greater authenticity and truth-telling rather than blind optimism.

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