A New Congregational Year Begins

By Carlton Elliott Smith

Welcome to the 2018-2019 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.

We thought we would take this opportunity to remind you of a few things and to encourage you to consider some others:

  • Subscribe to our e-newsletter if you haven’t already. You can do so by clicking here.
  • Make sure your list of officers and other details are updated at my.uua.org. Instructions for how to update information can be found here.
  • Keep up-to-date with Southern Region happenings by liking our Facebook page “Southern Region UUA” and joining our Facebook group, “Southern Region Unitarian Universalists”.
  • Let us know about your upcoming major milestones — anniversaries, building dedications and minister ordinations/installations. We will be happy to include them in our monthly e-news and on our Facebook page where appropriate. To share this information, send an email to sr@uua.org.
  • Plan for upcoming events by clicking here on the Southern Region calendar.
  • Check with your Congregation President to make sure they are on our monthly Presidents’ Calls, where these lay-leaders get support from the Southern Region team and from each other. They can sign up by clicking on this link.
  • Learn more about the latest going on with our UUA’s efforts to justice initiatives — including countering white supremacy — through Side with Love, Black Lives of UU, Love Resists, and the fall edition of UUWorld magazine.
  • Contact us if you need us: We can help with leadership development, mission/vision processes, long-range planning, conflict transformation, financial questions, building/personnel issues and more. Our administrative team will direct you to an appropriate Team Member — sr@uua.org, 407 894 2119.

We are thrilled to have Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson as the newest member of the Southern Region team, based out of New York City! If you missed the announcement of her arrival, you can read about it here.

We look forward to seeing you as we visit your congregations and meeting with you online. Please be in touch!

Your Southern Region Team:

Natalie Briscoe and Connie Goodbread, Co-Leads

Kathy Charles

Rev. Dawn Cooley

Jessica Curren

Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson

Kathy McGowan

Christine Purcell

Rev. Carlton E. Smith

About the Author

Carlton Elliott Smith

Rev. Carlton E. Smith is the Regional Lead for the Pacific Western Region. From 2013 to 2020, he was a member of the UUA Congregational Life Staff Group serving in the Southern Region....

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