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  • Parenting with Heartbreak

    UU religious educator Rayla Mattson, a black mother of three, turns her UU faith and full heart toward her children, how to raise them and to be with them in pandemic, societal trauma around race, and, perhaps, hope.
    By Rayla D. Mattson | 6/22/2020
  • Congregational Staffing and Finances for July and Beyond: An Overview

    This page provides highlights from - and contains links to - a comprehensive memo that provides recommendations for staffing and finances during longer-term virtual operations due to the pandemic.
    By Jan Gartner, Richard Nugent | 6/10/2020
  • Keeping Our Children and Youth Safe in Online Programs

    Here are some particular areas to pay attention to during online programming for the safety of children and youth.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 6/8/2020
  • Afrocentric in Two Pandemics: Covid and Racism

    In April of this year, in Washington DC, my Aunt Mae learns that she has to fight an aggressive cancer that is overtaking her blood system. She is shipped to a low-standard hospital, rather than to the better hospital closer to her home. Her daughters, all essential health care...
    By Janice Marie Johnson | 6/8/2020
  • Valuing Your Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Retaining your staff and supporting them well during the pandemic will help you expand your capacity for ministry and offer self-care and relief for staff. In addition, it is a way of demonstrating our UU faith, grounded in relationship and interdependence.
    By Jan Gartner | 6/5/2020
  • Congregants Connect Through Poetry

    Before the pandemic began, the Oberlin, OH UU Fellowship and the Olmsted, OH UU Congregation collaborated on a monthly book group, reading fiction and nonfiction, religious, spiritual, secular, whatever called to our hearts and minds. Some of it was kind of heavy (e.g., The...
  • Don't Do Our Whole Lives Online

    Melanie Davis recommends postponing Our Whole Lives programming be postponed until it can be done in person.
    By Melanie Davis | 5/21/2020
  • Running Congregational Meetings Online Using Zoom: A Sample Procedure Manual

    But what if you’re called on to stage a full congregational meeting, with formal debate on motions followed by auditable voting? Here's a robust sample procedure manual!
  • What Do We Do Now? A Faith Formation Response to Death During a Global Pandemic

    When his brother died of COVID-19, Mark Hicks helped to plan a meaningful memorial for his family. This is his story.
    By Mark Hicks | 5/19/2020
  • Lay Spiritual Care Training

    Companioning one another spiritually is one of the most important ministries of a faith community. This two-part training has been created for non-ordained congregational leaders.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group, UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Credentialing and Professional Development Office | 5/16/2020
  • Structuring Meaningful Online Small Groups

    Moving meaningful small group interactions such as covenant groups or chalice circles, to an online format will require intentionality. Here are some practices to get you started.
    By Phillip Lund | 5/15/2020
  • What Part of Your Brain Is In Charge?

    Have you ever wondered why people sometimes act out of character during times of stress? Here's a fun way of understanding how the Frontal Cortex and Amygdala work together.
  • Chalice Clip Art

    This gallery of web-optimized chalice art and is available for informal use.
  • Expand Your Choices for Worship Music with the AUUMM Database

    Looking for new music for your worship service that you can also use online? Check out this resource!
    By Association for UU Music Ministries (AUUMM) | 4/22/2020
  • Zoom Account Management

    A few tips and tricks for managing your Zoom Account
  • Pastoral Care in Times of Crisis

    Explore both practices of how to care for one another in times of crisis and challenge, but also how the care itself must change because of these times. For Religious Professionals, Lay-Leaders, and Congregation Members who are involved in the congregation’s ministries of caring.
    By David Pyle, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/20/2020
  • UUA Logo and Graphics

    The goal of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) brand identity is to create a shared way for Unitarian Universalists to effectively communicate who we are, what we do, and why it matters. There is power in numbers. The more UU congregations, groups and individuals who use the brand...
    By UUA Program and Strategy: Outreach Office | 4/17/2020
  • What Color is Your Ministry Traffic Light?

    Our covenants and professional guidelines give us standards, and sometimes those are not enough when we are in pain. This Traffic Light metaphor is just one tool among many to start a conversation about healthy and problematic professional ministry.
    By Tandi Rogers, UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 4/16/2020
  • Abundance vs Scarcity: Why We Should Fully Fund the APF

    Anxiety makes us fearful and fear brings on a sense of scarcity. How do we cope with the thorny aspects of stewardship in high anxiety times? We look for the abundance. And it is there.
    By Rachel Maxwell, Stewardship for Us | 4/15/2020
  • Parenting Children and Youth With Special Needs

    I’ve been talking with some of you who are parenting children and teens with special needs at home during this pandemic. I’m hearing that the standard parenting advice out there doesn’t feel relevant and even feels shaming and harmful.
    By Sarah Lammert | 4/14/2020


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