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  • What is bringing you JOY? How can we make things EASIER for you? What good questions for all of us. Whether we are parents, children, youth, or elders; whether we are long-time engaged volunteers, or occasional worship-goers, trust me-your congregation wants to know the answers to these questions.
    By Wren Bellavance-Grace | May 17, 2024 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog
  • What is bringing you JOY? How can we make things EASIER for you? Last month, we focused on the first question. This other question - how can your congregation make things easier for you? - is both powerful and in a way, countercultural.
    By Wren Bellavance-Grace | May 17, 2024 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog
  • The practice of Tending Our Tradition asks us to be stewards of Unitarian Universalism by bringing forward what remains liberatory and life-giving from our past while addressing the harms that have also been part of our story.
    By Erica Baron | March 15, 2024 | From Tending to Tradition
  • Love is the doctrine of this church….Love is the spirit of this place….We Side with Love…
    By Wren Bellavance-Grace | January 29, 2024 | From Covenanting
  • For those of you not embroiled in this particular time of year known as search season, now is when many of your sibling congregations have compiled their “records” to be shared with candidating ministers. It is a busy time of collating months of conversation and inward reflection about the...
    By Hilary Allen | December 14, 2023 | From Doing Our Inner Work
  • We are a species wired for connection, for collaboration, for community; various fields of study have affirmed and documented this. But when did you know it? Maybe you were fortunate to grow up in a country, a culture, a church, a home where community was as central an element as water and air....
    By Wren Bellavance-Grace | November 29, 2023 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog
  • Julian, do you not know? Do you not know about sorrow? And Julian, do you not know? Do you not know about pain? As our November newsletter was approaching final edits, horrific news of our country’s 565th mass shooting of the calendar year broke out of the city of Lewiston, Maine. As sometimes...
    By Wren Bellavance-Grace | October 31, 2023 | From Centering Gifts
  • This month we are delighted to share a voice from our pews. Author Rumni Saha recently shared a version of this essay with her congregation, and sent a copy to our NER office as well. We asked her permission to share it with you. Doing so is a faithful risk by our sibling in faith, and Faithful...
    By Rumni Saha | September 27, 2023 | From Tending to Tradition
  • To change, you must face the dragon of your appetiteswith another dragon: the life-energy of the soul.~ RumiI remember sitting in the foyer of the conference center of my first ever General Assembly after I was hired to work for Mass Bay District....
    By Meck Groot | September 1, 2023 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog
  • My grandparents had a découpage plaque by their front door with President Kennedy’s famous words, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” A simple collection of words I could read for years before I started to really consider what they meant, and what...
    By Wren Bellavance-Grace | August 21, 2023 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog
  • A few weeks ago, I joined Joe, Meck, and our Region’s Spiritual Leadership for Culture Change Community of Practice (join anytime!) for a conversation on Tending Our Tradition through Reparations. We were looking at how this practice of Spiritual Leadership invites us to bring forward the gifts...
    By Hilary Allen | July 27, 2023 | From Tending to Tradition
  • [This post is a follow up to "When We Wonder Together" (Practice Makes Possible - March 7, 2023)] In March, the theme for the bi-monthly gathering for our community of practice Spiritual Leadership for Culture Change (SL4CC) was "Discernment for Faithful Risking." We distinguished discernment fro...
    By Meck Groot, Joe Sullivan | June 21, 2023 | From Faithful Risking
  • Among the things that has kept regional staff busy lately is conducting transition interviews. When a settled ministry ends, we meet with the departing minister to get their responses to a set of questions designed by the Transitions Office. We also meet with the board and ask them the same...
    By Meck Groot | May 31, 2023 | From Tending to Tradition
  • “Have you been to the bathroom yet?” It’s not the typical pre-workshop conversation my colleagues and I share as we set up projectors, easels, and workbooks for participants. My answer was no, so my colleague proceeded to describe what she found there. There was a beautiful painting in an...
    By Wren Bellavance-Grace | March 7, 2023 | From Covenanting
    Tagged as: Covenant
  • In our experience, most Unitarian Universalist congregations are not culturally predisposed to using discernment as a way to determine direction, focus or action. Our congregations generally use "the democratic process" in which group decisions are made by majority vote....
    By Meck Groot, Joe Sullivan | March 7, 2023 | From Faithful Risking
  • Each Sunday I step into the pulpit and call to worship the congregation sitting in the sanctuary of our 1842 New England Meetinghouse. The sanctuary is simple and elegant. Tall windows line each side, reaching up two stories to the high ceiling, with four chandeliers. The clear panes bring...
    By Ellen Spero | February 22, 2023 | From Covenanting
    Tagged as: Covenant
  • Leadership in our dominant culture tends to evoke images of politicians inspiring crowds with fiery speeches, or breathless heroes leading the charge. But church leadership isn’t a political campaign or an action movie. Many of us engage in church life through meetings — of boards, committees,...
    By Wren Bellavance-Grace | January 24, 2023 | From Doing Our Inner Work
  • It’s the waning days of 2022 as I write this; it will hit your inbox in early 2023. The turning of the Gregorian year begins with January, named for the Roman god Janus, the god of two faces - one looking ever backward, one looking ever ahead. God of transitions. Of liminal spaces. Of moving out...
    By Wren Bellavance-Grace | December 14, 2022 | From Tending to Tradition
  • In 2020 General Assembly delegates voted to begin a review of Article II of the UUA Bylaws. Article II is the covenant between and among UU congregations. It currently contains our seven Principles and six Sources. It also has language about inclusion and freedom of belief....
    By Erica Baron, Meck Groot, Joe Sullivan | November 21, 2022 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog
  • In a recent post titled Imagine New Patterns, Rev. Erica Baron invited leaders to envisage ways of doing church that are deeply enriching, fun, fulfilling; that reflect and advance core values and mission, unconstrained by long-standing habits, as if you were starting anew. “What would we create...
    By Joe Sullivan | November 16, 2022 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog