Opportunities for Connection ~ July 2019
Featured Resource: New Documents from the Office of Church Staff Finance
The UUA Office of Church Staff Finances states its own mission as follows: Guided by the values of our faith, we equip congregations for excellence as employers and their staff for financial competence and well-being. Information, services, and programs are provided to congregational leaders and staff regarding benefit plans, compensation, aid funds, and staffing practices.
There are several new documents and resources available from this office that congregations should be aware of:
- Need to write or revise your Personnel Handbook? After many rounds of editing and review, the Office of Church Staff Finances is pleased to present an updated Sample Personnel Policy Manual. This resource is posted as a Word document for ease of copying and pasting, and it lives on the Policies for Congregational Personnel page of the UUA website.
- Trying to figure out what is appropriate compensation? See the Compensation Guidelines section of their Compensation Program page for a Compensation Worksheet; they even included a video (and slides from the video) with tips and reminders about each benefit line item.
- Hiring a minister? There are updated recommended ministerial agreement documents for Full-Time/Solo and Lead Ministries and Interim Ministers. Check out the Ministerial Transitions page for a number of new (or freshly edited) documents.
- Sign up for their newsletter to keep up with what new resources and law changes that affect your ability to be a good employer.
Resources from General Assembly
What a great General Assembly we had. All of the events that took place in the main hall such as the Opening Ceremonies, the business meetings, the Ware Lecture, the Synergy Bridging Ceremony, the Sunday Morning Service and the Closing Ceremonies were recorded and are now available on the UUA website. Additional resources, such as the amended texts of the Actions of Immediate Witness and the accepted Congregational Study Action Issue will be published to the UUA website in the coming weeks.
This year at GA there were two conversation sessions held. The first titled Redeeming the Promise of Our Faith, was centered on the work of the Commission on Institutional Change. The second titled The Heart of Our Faith which looked at what it means to embody “The Power of We?” There were three questions asked of the participants for each of these sessions and the questions were sent home for congregations to discuss and provide feedback. Check the UUA website for the video of the presentations and the questions. Feedback opportunities will be coming soon.
Reminder - It's Time to Update Your Leadership Information!
It's that time of the year again. Your congregation has held its annual meeting, or its on your schedule and elected new officers. You have new committee chairs appointed to lead your work for next year. But have you told anyone about these changes.
To help us and the UUA stay in touch with the leaders of your congregation we need YOU to update your leadership information on myuua.org. This is the same place you update your UU World lists. Need help? Let us know or check out the webpage with the details.
Your primary contact will also be in touch during the month of July to make sure this information is up to date in our database. We want to make sure we are contacting the right people.
Summer Programming Still Has Openings!
Thinking about attending RE Week, Our Whole Lives Training or River Rising this summer and not sure if you can still register at this late date? You are in luck!
- River Rising has openings in both sessions
- RE Week has openings in all four of the trainings
- All of our Our Whole Lives Trainings still have space available, however three trainings only have 2-3 spots left.
Do register now if you wish to attend to ensure you have a spot and avoid additional late fees.
Better Together Blog: What Is Your SuperPower?
by Beth Casebolt
In our regional staff team we joke about our “superpowers”. These are fun, amazing skills each of us have that we like to joke about - for example, one of us can tetris 7 people’s luggage and equipment into the back of van in a matter of minutes, and another can knit fruits, veggies and animals out of yarn. But it is also a representation of our recognition that each of us brings unique skills and perspectives to the table and that we each have areas where we aren’t as strong as some of our colleagues. We have learned that we are Better Together.
News from the UUA
The Youth and Young Adult Office announce new UUA Youth Safety Guidelines have been released. These guidelines were developed after a year of study, writing and review. You can read and download them at the UUA website.
In more Youth News, please save the date for this year's online Youth Ministry Advisor Trainings. For dates of the webinars, check the Blue Boat Blog. Additional details coming soon!
New publications from the UUA New from Skinner House books is The Spirit That Moves: Readings and Rituals for Times of Change and Transition by Rev. Barbara Child on change in congregations, Spilling the Light: Meditations on Hope and Resilience, Goodness Gracious: A Gratitude Book for Children, Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism and Sparks of Wonder: Theme-Based Ministry for the Whole Congregation. The July Goodreads Book Club pick is How Does It Feel to Be Unwanted? Stories of Resistance and Resilience from Mexicans Living in the United States by Eileen Truax (Beacon Press). Check the Publications Page additional reviews and book details. Also look for Skinner House at General Assembly!
The UUA is hiring for several positions including Regional Lead for the Pacific West and MidAmerica regions, regional field staff for the Pacific West and New England Regions, and Congregational Life Staff and Communications Director for the New England Region. 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: