8th Annual UUs of Greater Pittsburgh Cluster Gathering

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Join fellow Unitarian Universalists for a day of camaraderie, connection, and collaboration at the 8th Annual Assembly of the UUs of Greater Pittsburgh! We are honored to welcome Ms. Paula Cole Jones, member of the UUA’s Article II Study Commission and co-author of the proposed 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism as our Keynote Speaker. In the afternoon, a panel of leaders from our congregations that are in discernment or have adopted the 8th Principle will share their journeys. Ms. Jones will be with us throughout the day, listening to our stories, giving feedback and encouragement, and suggesting possible next steps for our congregations.

All are welcome! You don't need to be a Unitarian Universalist or a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation to attend. You don't need to be a member of the Pittsburgh cluster.

Schedule for the day:

  • 9 am - Zoom room opens for socializing
  • 9:15 am - Welcome and Slides of Member Congregations
  • 9:30 am Worship
  • 10:00 am - Short Break
  • 10:20 am - Keynote Address, with Q&A session with Paula Cole Jones
  • 11:30-12:30 pm - Lunch Break, videos of Affiliated Organization reports will be shown during the last 15 minutes of the lunch break.
  • 12:15 pm - Updates from Affiliated Organizations
  • 12:30-1:30 pm - Congregational Panel: Four Congregational Leaders Speaking on their Journey/Process of Adopting the 8th Principle and Paula Cole Jones will give feedback and giving suggestions and possible next steps for cluster congregations
  • 1:30-2:00 pm - Break
  • 2:00-3:00 pm - Business Meeting
  • 3:00 pm - Closing

Cost: $10-20-30. Registration fees are on a sliding scale, based on your assessment of your ability to pay. Those who pay at the highest levels are making a donation to help those in financial need for this event. Please remember that for a sliding scale to work, we need the same number of people with means to generously pay more to balance the needs of those who can afford less.

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Paula Cole Jones

Paula Cole Jones is a former member of the Central East Region Congregational Life Staff. She is a life-long Unitarian Universalist and Management Consultant with over twenty years of experience in designing and facilitating workshops and dialogues for leaders and organizations. Paula is an innovator of institutional change. In 1999, Paula founded ADORE, A Dialogue on Race & Ethnicity. She has conducted hundreds of group discussions and workshops across the country for faith organizations, community groups and government agencies. Her work includes being a leader in advancing the 8th Principle and the Community of Communities as practices of the Beloved Community. Paula is the author of a UU World Magazine cover story, Reconciliation as a Spiritual Discipline. She is also the editor of a Skinner House book, Encounters: Poems about Race, Ethnicity and Identity and a contributing author to three Skinner House books. Currently, Paula is serving on the UUA Article II Study Commission.

Delegates - Congregations receive 1 Annual Meeting delegate for every 50 members based on their annual UUA membership certification. Delegate categories are as follows:

  • Ordained ministers serving a member congregation, including extension and interim ministers
  • Emeritus ministers of a member congregation
  • Community ministers who maintain active involvement and affiliation with a congregation
  • Commissioned Lay Ministers (CLM)
  • Religious educators serving Cluster congregations who are active members of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA)
  • People who identify as Unitarian Universalists that are unaffiliated with a Cluster congregation will be represented by a single delegate chosen at the Annual Assembly. Have questions? Please contact us at board@uupittsburgh.org.

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