Southern Region News
Staff Blog

Our Southern Region Congregational Life staff blogs here, while maintaining our Blogger archive of posts from 2012 - late 2016.

  • Coronavirus Planning and Southern Region Events

    As we move forward into this anxious time, how we do what we do will make all the difference in helping to control the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    By Natalie Briscoe, Connie Goodbread | 3/13/2020
  • Building Beloved Community with “Our Whole Lives”

    In appreciation of the tremendous community outreach of many of our Southern Region religious educators, who go the extra mile to extend much needed comprehensive sexuality education with “Our Whole Lives,” I felt compelled to ask Sarah White, the Director of Religious Education...
    By Nancy Combs-Morgan | 3/3/2020
  • The Youth Empowerment Dilemma

    Because of the permanent and long-term damage climate chaos stands to inflict on our planet, it’s only fitting that the climate justice movement be represented by people from the generations that stand to be most impacted by it.
    By Cameron Young | 2/8/2020
  • Let It Be A Dance: Reflections from your Southern Region Staff Team

    I began ballet lessons when I was 3 years old. I remember begging my grandparents to allow me to stop playing softball - where the shirts were always polyester, the sun was always hot, and the dust was always in my mouth - in favor of the beautiful tutus, pointe shoes, and air...
    By Natalie Briscoe, Connie Goodbread, Kathy McGowan, Nancy Combs-Morgan | 12/8/2019
  • Voting and Thanksgiving

    This week was a difficult one for me and many of my fellow Unitarian Universalists in Mississippi. On Election Day, we saw the affirmation of the existing power structure by voters who elected and re-elected individuals who oppose
    By Carlton Elliott Smith | 11/8/2019
  • Welcome to the 2019-2020 Congregational Year!

    As the summer days wind down and school bells start to ring, we on the Southern Region Team are excited for the months that lie between now and the beginning of next summer.
    By Natalie Briscoe | 9/27/2019
  • Let Our Neighbors Go! Mississippi Unitarian Universalists Respond to the recent ICE Raids

    August 7 marked the beginning of the academic year across much of Mississippi. In the midst of many happy first-day-of-school pictures, we started seeing very different and awful images of children not knowing where their parents were.
    By Gail Stratton | 9/5/2019
  • Covenant/Relationship Centered Unitarian Universalist Faith Development

    I continue to be inspired by colleagues, particularly in the Southern Region, who for years, have been asking all Unitarian Universalists to consider that everything we do is faith development.
    By Nancy Combs-Morgan | 8/30/2019
  • LeaderLab: Tips, Tools, and Trainings for Congregational Leaders

    As Susan Frederick-Gray mentioned during her president’s report at General Assembly in June, LeaderLab is a tremendous resource for congregational leaders. Check it out at: https://www.uua.org/leadership .
    By Kathy McGowan, Jonipher Kūpono Kwong, Renee Ruchotzke | 8/29/2019
  • Small Numbers, Infinite Possibilities

    We know that small congregations are sharing the Love and Grace of Unitarian Universalism with their people and their communities every day. We also know that small churches can be faced with big challenges. Together we can help small congregations reach toward their greatest...
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 8/26/2019
  • Message of Care and Support

    We live in frightening times. We are, on a daily basis, made aware of the fact that horrendous events happen moment by moment. In those instances, we can be re-traumatized and/or challenged in ways that we try to come to grips with, and not shy away from.
    By Connie Goodbread, Hope Johnson | 8/8/2019
  • Away for a Little While: A Short Q&A

    Greetings and love to everyone! As of June 16, I’m on leave from my work with the UUA Southern Region! Since the beginning of the year, I have been a candidate for Mississippi’s 10th State Senate District, representing two counties in the northwest part of the state: Marshall,...
    By Carlton Elliott Smith | 7/1/2019
  • Hope for the Best but Prepare for the Worst

    By the time of my first settled ministry (in Louisville, KY), I had served in a leadership capacity of some kind in a number of different UU congregations in multiple states. So when the congregational leadership told me it was time to schedule the annual fire drill service, I...
    By Dawn Skjei Cooley | 6/3/2019
  • Mother’s Day without Mother

    This Sunday will be my first Mother’s Day without my mom, Luberta Elliott Smith. She died peacefully a week ago at the age of 84 after many years of declining health and multiple medical issues. I was there at her bedside in those final moments, as was my older brother Edwin.
    By Carlton Elliott Smith | 5/6/2019
  • Todos Somos Migrantes: Journeying Toward Collective Salvation

    El Paso, TX; the U.S.-Mexico Border; the line between two different worlds which begin to blend the closer in proximity they become. If it were an abstract painting, the U.S. and Mexico would show up on the canvas in radically different colors and textures,
    By Cameron Young | 5/2/2019
  • Staying Connected: Virtual Faith Development Support

    Twenty three years ago I began a journey of service as a Unitarian Universalist religious educator. I soon discovered the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA). With clusters of religious educators, and my LREDA chapter, I found nurture, encouragement, and many...
    By Nancy Combs-Morgan | 4/4/2019
  • Walls and Windows

    “Walls and Windows” by Judy Small and Pat Humphries is one of my favorite songs. The lyrics include: “Did you sing your children lullabies to calm their fears at night? Did you hold them gently 'til they went to sleep? Did you plant in them the seeds of hope for new and better...
    By Hope Johnson | 3/5/2019
  • Love, History and Wealth

    In this moment, my heart is overflowing. I received a call this evening from a beloved relative who had isolated themselves from their dearest friends and our family in recent months. Their personal circumstances had changed in ways they feared others would not understand nor...
    By Carlton Elliott Smith | 2/1/2019
  • Southern Region: What’s Happening in 2019

    Greetings of the New Year to All! And what a year it will be. Here are some of the exciting developments coming your way over the course of the next 12 months as we make our Unitarian Universalist values real in the Southern Region and beyond.
    By Carlton Elliott Smith | 1/9/2019
  • Your Southern Region Team Looks Back at the Year That Was

    In this season of generosity, gratitude and reflection, we, your Southern Region staff, took some time to look back. We were surprised at all that had been accomplished over the year including:
    By Southern Region of the UUA | 12/20/2018

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