Opportunities for Connection ~ August 2019
Featured Resource: Primary Contacts
Do you know who your congregation's primary contact is?
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. This is someone with whom you can build a close, working relationship, who will have an intimate knowledge of your congregation's blessings and challenges, and can be proactive in helping you to share those blessings and meet those challenges. Your Primary Contact can help you to navigate all the support and opportunities available to your congregation. Find your primary contact now.
2019-2020 Youth Ministry Advisor Training
2019-2020 Youth Ministry Advisor Trainings offers three ways to deepen your youth ministry or bring deeper training to your volunteers: one live streamed training for your whole team in September, a six month series of flipped classroom webinars, and a small group ministry program for those committed to all six webinars. Details available at the UUA website, registration will open in early August.
Small Congregations Focus of Year Long Program
Small Numbers, Infinite Possibilities is a year of learning and connection for Smaller Congregations brought to you by your Regional UUA Congregational Life Staff. We know that small congregations are sharing the Love and Grace of Unitarian Universalism with their people and their communities every day. We also know that small churches can be faced with big challenges. Together we can help small congregations reach toward their greatest potential. This series will feature four webinars in October, November, January and February and culminate with in-person events near you on Pi Day - March 14, 2020. Details available on the CER website, registration opens August 15th.
New Day Rising Comes to New York
New Day Rising is coming to the Metro New York area! Bring your lay and staff team and learn from other congregations about their work in dismantling white supremacy culture within their congregations.
Save the date for October 26, 2019 at the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, Manhasset, NY. Registration will be available by September, but do start planning to bring your team today! Brought to you by Central East Region staff and congregations like yours.
Better Together Blog: Returning Home
by Rev. David Pyle
One of the blessings of getting out of your normal surroundings is that it inspires you to see thing anew when you return. Whether it is a Summer vacation, or a Board Retreat somewhere that is not your congregational space, or a sabbatical for a religious professional, changing your surroundings not only allows you new experiences, it helps you see what has become common in a new light.
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.
Call for Book Proposals - UU Rainbow History. Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Association (UURMaPA) announces a search for an editor or editors to compile or write a book telling stories of the past 50 years of LGBTQ+ history in Unitarian Universalism. We envision this as a “Conference Book,” drawn largely from materials generated by the UU Rainbow History Project, in particular its February and October 2019 Conferences on this subject. The materials include videotape presentations and interviews, as well as written submissions, some of which can be found on the website, uurainbowhistory.net. Content will include Stories of UU clergy pioneers, leaders, activists, and partners; Issues of spiritual, institutional, cultural transformation; and Representation and inclusion of voices from the rainbow spectrum of LGBTQ+ identities and experiences. A detailed request for proposals can be found at the UURMaPA website.
The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office is accepting applications for youth and adult leaders for their 2020 Intergenerational Spring Seminar which will address the theme of climate justice and take place in New York City April 15-18, 2020. The Seminar equips participants with the information and skills to take action locally for global justice issues through worship, workshops, small group work, and a visit to the UN Headquarters! Youth and Adult Deans (involved with designing and leading programs, especially for youth participants): apply by August 12. Youth and Adult Chaplains (serve as a listening ear and supportive presence during the event): apply by September 8. Youth & Adult members of the Planning Committee (create programs and arrange logistics and outreach): apply by September 8. Learn more and apply at www.uua.org/unspringseminar.
Online Interim Training. Is your congregation welcoming an interim minister? Or do you have another staff member whose portfolio includes intentional developmental work? Twice a year the UUA Office of Church Staff Finances hosts a seven-week online interim training to help congregational staff understand, support, and/or lead transitions (of people, programs, etc.) in their congregations. This is a great training for staff to take as a team! For more information, testimonials from recent participants, and the application form, see our Professional Interim Training course page. Applications are due August 15, and the Opening Webinar takes place on Monday evening, September 16 (7:00 ET).
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. 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 Southern Regions 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: