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Opportunities for Connection ~ May 2019

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Featured Resource: Programs Offered by CER Staff

Is your cluster of congregations looking for programming to meet congregational needs for the upcoming church year? Not sure what options are available to you?

The CER staff have created a listing of workshops we offer across the region for clusters or groups of congregations. If you are interested in seeing what we can provide for you, check out the list. If you find something that interests your entire group, email your primary contact to start the conversation about when we might be able to offer the workshop in your area. Some workshops any of our staff can lead, others require those specifically trained in that topic to lead it.

Workshops include topics such as board training, intercultural competency, multicultural welcome, restorative justice training, volunteer training, safer congregations, stewardship in the 21st century and more.

To see the full list visit our website's Program page.

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Our Whole Lives Trainings for Facilitators Scheduled

The schedule for Our Whole Lives Trainings in the Central East Region is in the process of being finalized and we have offerings for all three age levels around the region.

The Our Whole Lives teacher training covers the curricula for the one of three age levels - elementary, junior/senior high or young adult/adult/older adult. The goals of this workshop are to prepare the participants to implement the curriculum as well as the Sexuality and Our Faith component. Through a varied program including practice and participation activities, the trainers will cover implementation techniques, information about adolescents, curricula details, and technical information. Trainings are typically Friday evening through Sunday afternoon and include 15 hours or more of training time. To be certified as an Our Whole Lives Facilitator, one must attend the entire training.

Find the full list of dates and locations on the RE Trainings Page.

Drawing the Circle Wide, Annual Seaway Gathering 2019

St. Lawrence Seaway Annual Gathering

We invite you to join us for this year's Seaway Gathering ~ Drawing the Circle Wide: Pre-emptive Radical Inclusion, May 3-4, 2019 in Ithaca, NY.

Friday night Gould Discourse: Kids These Days:  How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hope Again with Rev. Frances Manly

Saturday Morning Keynote Speaker: Pre-Emptive Radical Inclusion with CB Beal
Preemptive Radical Inclusion is a framework for liberation and justice to use when we are in positions of leadership, when we are given–or have taken–responsibility within a group or organization. Whether it is the formal and constant leadership of organizational leaders, or if the leadership is temporary for a particular event, our responsibility is to plan for, include, and involve everyone–broadly speaking–in our event.

Morning workshops cover a wide range of topics, co-hort conversations will take place during lunch and we'll bridge the graduating Upstate New York youth as part of our closing ceremonies.

Learn more and register at the CER website.

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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 rates go up May 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.

Murray Grove Retreat Center in NJ hosts Camping in the Grove August 4-8, 2019 for 4-7th graders.
Five days of fun-filled summer adventure for rising 4th through 7th graders at Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center. Camp is filling up fast! Don't miss out!

Sophia Lyons Fahs Camp. Learn more about this camp run by the Long Island Area Council of UUs.

Patricia Hall Infante

Better Together Blog: Does Your Congregation Talk About Stewardship Year Round?

by Patricia Infante

Many congregations are in the waning days of their annual stewardship campaign. Are you thinking, “whew, glad that’s done until next year?” Well…not so fast! The annual campaign may be winding down but stewardship is a year round process. The work of educating, building relationship, expressing gratitude and demonstrating generosity is ongoing so the real question is, “what will we do next to keep the conversation going?” In some congregations talking about stewardship (and money in general) is like a visit to the dentist – I know it’s good for me but once a year is enough. The truth is, like most things, the more you talk about it – the more comfortable some folx will become about having “the talk” when the annual canvass rolls around.

Read the full article

Tapestry of Faith, Signs of Our Faith, Session 12

News from the UUA

Don't forget - the registration rate for General Assembly 2019 in Spokane, WA increases on May 1. Register today to get the lower rate!. Off-site registration is also available.  Learn more at www.uua.org/ga

Calling all high-school aged youth, join the UU College of Social Justice from July 13th through the 20th for Activate New Orleans: Racial Justice and Beloved Community! This one-week training for high school youth offers interactive social justice education and meaningful hands-on work with local organizations resisting white supremacy and building a thriving New Orleans. In a program grounded in UU values and practices, participants of all backgrounds are welcomed to engage issues of race and class against the unique backdrop of New Orleans history, culture, and activism. Generous financial aid that can cover up to 75% of the program fee is available based on need until funds are spent. Learn more and register by May 31st at UUCSJ.ORG/ActivateNewOrleans

New publications from the UUA - New from Skinner House books is The Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide, Sixth Edition. The most complete introduction to Unitarian Universalism available, covering ministry, worship, religious education, social justice, community, and history, the sixth edition has been extensively revised. The May Goodreads Book Club pick is After the Good News: Progressive Faith Beyond Optimism by Nancy McDonald Ladd. Check the Publications Page additional reviews and book details.

The UUA is hiring for several positions including Regional Lead for the Pacific West and MidAmerica regions, and an Organizing Strategy Director. Find job descriptions and application information at their Job Openings webpage.

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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

Religious Education Trainings in the Central East Region

From Central East Regional Group

The Central East Region offers a number of trainings for leaders in religious education programs in our congregations throughout the year. These trainings include Our Whole Lives Facilitator Trainings, Renaissance Modules and other trainings for religious education leaders. Youth trainings are...

RE Trainings

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 Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide Sixth Edition

By Melissa Harris-Perry, Susan Frederick-Gray

From Skinner House Books

The Pocket Guide is one of the most complete introductions to Unitarian Universalism available, covering ministry, worship, religious education, social justice, and history.

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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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