Erica Baron

Full name: Rev. Erica Baron (she/her/hers)

Congregational Life Staff

New England Region in Congregational Life


Telephone: (617) 948-4604

Erica Baron: Head and shoulders of a white woman with short red hair, wearing a black blazer and a black and orange necklace against a mottled blue background.

Rev. Erica Baron joined the New England region staff in 2019, focusing on helping congregations live into their missions and develop their gifts for spiritual leadership. Before joining the Congregational Life staff, she served as parish minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills in Kingston, NY, as well as the congregations in Rutland and Bennington, VT. She is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School.

From Erica Baron

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There are lots of things in congregational life that can cause big feelings. In a recent webinar, we asked participants to name some of these things, and they did!...

By Erica Baron | April 26, 2022 | From Doing Our Inner Work

We have talked to many congregations recently reporting that they don’t have enough volunteers to fill open board and committee roles. We don’t expect this to change anytime soon — and that might not be bad. UU congregations in the last century — largely white, middle- and upper-class —...

By Erica Baron | April 11, 2022 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog

What is a covenant? For most of my time as a leader in Unitarian Universalism, I have understood covenant to be the words we use to describe the agreements we make to each other. What I have learned over time is that the words are more like a map. They help us understand the covenant....

By Erica Baron | January 20, 2022 | From Covenanting
Tagged as: Covenant

Several years ago the New England Region team was creating the first version of our Spiritual Leadership framework. We identified 5 practices that help UU congregations to bring forth and support the spiritual leadership of everyone in the congregation. One of these practices we named “Binding to...

By Erica Baron | December 15, 2021 | From Tending to Tradition

Woullard Lett: Where are we before we are born? What happens after we die? These questions have been answered differently by different cultures throughout the ages....

By Erica Baron, Woullard Lett | October 26, 2021 | From Tending to Tradition

As we have engaged UUs around New England in reflecting on living in covenant, we on regional staff have noticed an assumption so foundational that it is often revealed in storytelling but rarely said directly. That is: We can be either in covenant or in conflict, but not both at the same time....

By Erica Baron | June 23, 2021 | From Covenanting
Tagged as: Covenant

Friends, move toward your purpose. Remember what is most essential. Let the rest go. We are here if you need help.

By Erica Baron | February 23, 2021 | From Doing Our Inner Work
Tagged as: Principles and Purposes

What's the best way to organize your congregation for using Zoom services? This guide will help you determine your needs.

By Erica Baron | November 22, 2020 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: #COVID19, Worship

Faithful congregations take faithful risks. In this post, we lift up examples of the faithful risks New England Region congregations have taken recently. The UU Meeting House of Pittsfield, ME When they lost their longtime minister and realized they could not afford to hire another professional...

By Erica Baron | September 29, 2020 | From Faithful Risking
Tagged as: Living Our Faith, Immigration

So, friends, let’s practice together. I invite you to engage in some reflection about whether and how you are bringing that individualism into your practice of covenant and what a deeper practice of covenant can make possible for us.

By Erica Baron | September 21, 2020 | From Covenanting
Tagged as: 6th Principle (World Community), Christianity, Covenant, Covenant, Judaism, Six Sources

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