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Central East Regional Group

  • By Patricia Infante
    Many congregations are in the waning days of their annual stewardship campaign. Are you thinking, “whew, glad that’s done until next year?” Well…not so fast!
  • By Patricia Infante
    Stewardship and generosity in congregations is one of our most important ministries, and is an expression of our covenantal practice of...
  • You don’t have to be in a growing area to see growth and vitality in your congregation. What you do need is energy, focus and a strong sense of purpose. Recently, Andy Crabb, the President of the First Unitarian Church of Youngstown, OH, posted how his congregation had a significant increase in...
  • By Central East Region of the UUA
    We are thankful for your support of all of the congregations in our Association through your contributions to the UUA Annual Program Fund and your Central East Region. Just think about all of the lives reached by Unitarian Universalism nationally, and the important, painful and necessary...
  • This month we are featuring the innovative ways congregations handle stewardship issues. This was started with the Up Close issue for November where featured three congregations with unique stewardship plans. Last week we featured two more here, today we feature the last along with some quote from...
  • This weekend, the Up Close issue for November featured three congregations with unique stewardship plans. Here are two more we'd like to share. If your congregation has a new way of handling stewardship, please let us know in the comments....
  • This blog kicks off a three week series on Stewardship connected to our November Up Close issue....
  • Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm EDT
    (Conference)
    Arlington VA
    This gathering will be an opportunity for the leaders of large congregations in the DC cluster to explore stewardship with each other and with UUA staff from theological, spiritual, and practical angles.

LeaderLab

  • By Stefan Jonasson
    Why don't we have more people getting involved? It turns out that this is typical for congregregations that have plateaued in size.
  • By Jan Christian, Kay Crider
    How can small congregations become aware of and adopt successful stewardship concepts and practices as they grow?
  • By Southern Region of the UUA, Stewardship for Us
    Your pledge drive needs to happen soon, but it is late and you still don’t have a drive leader, or maybe just got one in place! We will present 11th-hour strategies and learn from each other’s experiences.
  • By William Clontz, Southern Region of the UUA, Stewardship for Us
    A supportive board is essential for a successful stewardship campaign. This overview helps congregational boards understand what is needed.
  • By Central East Region of the UUA
    This recorded workshop explores evolving alternatives and additions to the traditional pledge drive stewardship model, designed to reduce anxiety, energize volunteers, and engage those who are not typical pledgers. Case studies will be used to spark new ideas.
  • By Andrea Lerner
    A workshop to explore ideas and approaches for strengthening stewardship in congregations experiencing ministerial transition. Presented by Rev. Roberta Finkelstein, Andrea Lerner and Barry Finkelstein.
  • By Mary Katherine Morn, Vail Weller, Amy Shaw, Darcy Roake, Eric Kaminetzky, Laura Randall, UUA Stewardship and Development Staff Group
    Part of the Wi$dom and Generosity Track at the 2016 General Assembly, this workshop equips lay and ordained leadership for effective stewardship in our congregations. It is a "flash” presentation of the most innovative and successful fundraising ideas.
  • By First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN, Sharon Dittmar, MidAmerica Region of the UUA
    First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis recently started an electronic giving program and share with us what they are learning. Presented by Allan Callander, Former Finance Director at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. Host: Rev. Sharon Dittmar
  • By Jan Christian
    Is your congregation seeking to become more intentional about nurturing generosity in every part of congregational life? Use these readings and reflections for a faith formation class or small group reflection.
  • By Jan Christian, Kay Crider
    This was a call-in conversation on May 14, 2018 with Kay Crider, Stewardship Consultant with Stewardship for Us, and Rev. Jan Christian,...
  • By Patricia Infante, Central East Region of the UUA
    What is working well today, including the tried and true, and new ideas. What is not working so well, and how can it be improved or...
  • By Patricia Infante, Central East Region of the UUA
    Recognizing the baggage we bring and the anxiety many of us have about money and stewardship, how can we talk about sharing our gifts in...
  • By Patricia Infante, Central East Region of the UUA
    Participants will be invited to reflect on their recent campaigns and learn how to generate new ideas, new themes, and attract new people...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    We often claim that budgets are moral documents, and that congregational budgets should reflect our values. But line item budgets that include "office supplies, utilities, salary" and other such descriptions don't show how these line items serve the mission of the congregation. How might we re-imagine how we categorize our expenditures?
  • By William Clontz
    What could possibly go wrong? A look at UUs and Stewardship presented by Bill Clontz of Stewardship for Us. Dawning Future, November 2015
  • By Patricia Infante, Wayne B. Clark, David H. Messner
    How can our relationships with earning, spending, investing, and giving be spiritually healthy and grounded in our deepest values? How...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Today, it's becoming less and less likely that people carry cash or checkbooks. Yet, the ritual of the offering plate continues, and it is less likely to be filled with spontaneous gifts. Some congregations have been paying attention to this trend, but has yours? Here are some technical ways to make it easier for people to give to your congregation.
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Many of our "solid" congregations noticed a drop-off in giving that was not a result of a drop-off of membership during the past two or...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    There can be a significant cultural divide between baby boomers and millennials in our congregations, which is obvious to the millennials, but often invisible to the boomers. I was reminded of this after seeing various reactions on Facebook to a recent article on...

MidAmerica Events

  • By Elizabeth Ann Terry, Sharon Dittmar
    Webinar video: What difference does a strategy of “abundance” create in a giving campaign and how can we use lessons from “asset-mapping” and "appreciative inquiry" to create excitement and joyful community discernment about what makes your congregation special.
  • By Mark V. Ewert
    Webinar video: achievements and challenges to implementing year-round stewardship.
  • A Canvass Conversation with Reverend Christina Leone-Tracy, Senior Minister at Fox Valley UU Fellowship in Appleton, Wisconsin. Last year, the congregation put a new emphasis on giving as a spiritual practice and had a "reverse offering" with excellent results. ...

MidAmerica Region

  • By MidAmerica Region of the UUA
    First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis recently started an electronic giving program and shared with us what they are learning. Presented by Allan Callander, Former Finance Director at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. Host: Rev. Sharon Dittmar

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