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  • Congregations Create Unique Stewardship Plans Part 2

    This weekend, the Up Close issue for November featured three congregations with unique stewardship plans. Here are two more we'd like to share. If your congregation has a new way of handling stewardship, please let us know in the comments....
    Filed in: Better Together
  • UUA Stewardship Team - Finding Stewardship Help for Your Congregation

    This blog kicks off a three week series on Stewardship connected to our November Up Close issue....
    Filed in: Better Together
  • CERG Youth Con Successes!

    This is a post from the Con's senior co-dean Lilly Kahris, information on bringing some of the programming to your congregation is at the end of this post....
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Rev. Susan Karlson Named a Green Fellow with Green Faith for 2015

    Today, GreenFaith announced that the Rev. Susan Karlson will join the Fellowship Class of 2015. Susan is a Unitarian Universalist community minister, working with other faith and community leaders to bring volunteers to help with Superstorm Sandy recovery.
    Filed in: CERG News
  • Have You Heard of Faithify?

    At General Assembly in June an exciting new program rolled out. Called Faithify, it is a UU specific crowdfunding program. Faithify is a new way for those of us with exciting new projects that need funding to reach those who might want to fund them. Watch the video below to...
    By Beth Casebolt | 10/27/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Intergenerational: Better Together

    Between the evening of Friday October 10 and the morning of Monday October 13, sixty youth and twenty-two adults from across the Central East Regional Group gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County in State College PA. The second annual CERG youth con...
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 10/13/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • The Stories We Tell Ourselves

    Past blogs in CERGing Forward and some in Better Together have outlined a number of the reasons that factor into our discussions about regionalization: a desire to live our theology of interdependence, our covenant responsibilities within the tradition of the Cambridge Platform...
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 10/6/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • What's the big deal with Clusters?

    Lately you've been hearing a lot about clusters, especially in relationship with regionalization. I've had folks ask, "So is clusters just a cheaper way to provide services?" Well, in some ways, yes, clearly it is less time consuming for staff to provide the same workshop once...
    By Beth Casebolt | 9/29/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • What's Our Business?

    What is our core business – as congregations; as a faith community? There is a lot riding on how we answer that question.
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 9/22/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Resources for Ministerial Transitions

    One of the most significant changes in the life of a congregation is a change in professional ministry. It can be a time of grief, possibility, confusion, anxiety or some combination of emotions....
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 9/1/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Can We Hear the Call from Ferguson?

    What do events in Ferguson have to do with the sense of purpose at the core of our congregations?...
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 8/25/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Strengthening the Web

    A few years ago, organizational consultant Margaret Wheatley asked a great question that I think we can use is assessing our own efforts to change the world: “Is what I’m about to do strengthening the web of connections, or it weakening it?”...
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 7/28/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Introducing Faithify....

    Debuting at General Assembly this year is a UU specific crowd funding program called Faithify. You can find it at
    By Beth Casebolt | 7/22/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • GA is More Fun When Experienced Together

    GA - or General Assembly which is coming up June 25-29 in Providence, RI - is a great event for UUs to attend. It's even better when you attend with someone else from your congregation or cluster and share the experience.
    By Beth Casebolt | 6/9/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Innovation, Change and Me

    The Summer 2014 issue of UU World recently arrived in my mailbox. And although I get a lot of news and commentary online, there is real comfort in leafing through color glossy pages.
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Young Adult Ministries Moving Forward

    I often get questions from congregations who know there are UU young adults near them that they never see wondering what they're doing wrong...and just as often I get questions from young adults wondering where they should go to get their UU fix!...
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 5/26/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Living Our 7th Principle - Earth Day Meditation

    I recently had the pleasure of participating in an online earth day meditation presented by The Master Shift. The group’s purpose is to unite the world through global meditation and positive living. In the earth day meditation, the soothing voice of Julian Lennon guides you...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • It Takes a Village

    We all think we live our lives independent of everything around us. And for the most part we do. Until something totally unexpected happens. Then, I can tell you, we are very grateful for the village that's there to help us out....
    By Beth Casebolt | 5/12/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
  • Guilty As Charged?

    A common question posed in religious education programs to older children and youth is “If being a Unitarian Universalist was against the law, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” In the Tapestry of Faith curriculum for 2nd-3rd graders Signs of Our Faith, the...
    Filed in: Better Together
  • It's Always Something

    This past week I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia and will be admitted on Monday for several days of chemotherapy followed by weeks of recovery from the effects of the medicine. It’s a scary time, and I’ve barely had a chance to catch my breath. I face an uncertain...
    Filed in: Better Together


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