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Rev. Parisa Parsa

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER FEATURE ARTICLE

"And What Exactly Do You Do?"

by Rev. Parisa Parsa, Director of Congregational Development

Most of the communications I've received from folks in congregations this fall have begun with: "I don't know if you're the right person to contact for this..." Our current work (quite intentionally) doesn't fit neatly into the paradigm many of our congregations and communities have known. We are working creatively, dynamically and collaboratively to fulfill current needs and to anticipate and support the next phase of religious life for our communities. [READ THE FULL ARTICLE]

New England Region UUA Staff Team

Your New England Region UUA Staff Team

You can call anyone on our regional staff team to think through your organizational challenge - whether it's a growth-induced challenge like the move to two services, or the resource question of whether you will continue with full-time ministry or anything in between.

Call us for

  • support on questions related to ministerial transitions,
  • help with congregational conflicts, and
  • consultation on congregational staffing, mission and stewardship processes.

We offer

  • facilitation of board retreats and ministerial startup workshops,
  • collegial conversations and master classes for religious professionals, and
  • learning opportunities for congregational lay leaders on a wide variety of topics.

And on July 1, 2015, with the official addition of Northern New England District, we will become the regional team we have been growing into.

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Find Out How Faithify Can Help You Fund Congregational Initiatives

FAITHIFY, a crowdfunding site where passionate people follow, share, and fund Unitarian Universalist ministries, launched at General Assembly 2014.

The Mass Bay District has gifted this first-of-its-kind platform to our Unitarian Universalist movement as a way to inspire imagination about ministries. Visit FAITHIFY.org to find projects that share your values. Follow Faithify on Facebook.

Upcoming Ministerial Installations

Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 3:00pm Rev. Paul Sprecher will be installed at First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist in Bridgewater, MA.

Sunday, April 12, 2015Rev. Rebecca Froom will be installed at United First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist in Quincy, MA. (Time TBD)

Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 5:00pm (time to be confirmed), Rev. Heather Rion Starr and Rev. Cathy Rion Starr will be installed at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, CT.

Saturday, May 2, 2015Rev. Catie Scudera will be installed at First Parish in Needham, Unitarian Universalist. (Time TBD)

Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00pm, Rev. Sarah C. Stewart will be installed at First Unitarian Church of Worcester, MA (Second Parish, 90 Main Street).

In honor of the service of UUA Moderator Gini Courter, who retired from that position at General Assembly, a fund has been created to support innovative ministry. The fund, named Faithful Risk, is available on the website of the Clara Barton/Massachusetts Bay District.

Courter got the idea for the fund from work being done by Peter Bowden and the Rev. Naomi King, who are active in bringing UUs together through social media and in promoting Unitarian Universalism through electronic means. Bowden, a ministry and media consultant, explained that the fund will allow “innovative ministries to connect with innovative UUs.” The first $10,000 will be used to create a website. Additional funds will be made available to applicants who apply.

Bowden emphasized this fund does not replace the Chalice Lighter fund that many districts have to support ministry projects. “This is crowd-fund sourcing to promote innovative projects that might otherwise have difficulty in finding support,” he said. Added the Rev. Sue Phillips, the district executive for the Clara Barton/Massachusetts Bay District. “This is the future of Unitarian Universalism. This is synergy at work. We are about to launch the only denominationally funded crowd-funding platform, that we know of, in the world.”

The website will be available for anyone to browse, to follow projects under development, and for supporting them.

- See more at: http://blogs.uuworld.org/ga/2013/06/23/ministry-fund-created-in-courters-honor/#sthash.b4wFv8x8.dpuf

In honor of the service of UUA Moderator Gini Courter, who retired from that position at General Assembly, a fund has been created to support innovative ministry. The fund, named Faithful Risk, is available on the website of the Clara Barton/Massachusetts Bay District.

Courter got the idea for the fund from work being done by Peter Bowden and the Rev. Naomi King, who are active in bringing UUs together through social media and in promoting Unitarian Universalism through electronic means. Bowden, a ministry and media consultant, explained that the fund will allow “innovative ministries to connect with innovative UUs.” The first $10,000 will be used to create a website. Additional funds will be made available to applicants who apply.

Bowden emphasized this fund does not replace the Chalice Lighter fund that many districts have to support ministry projects. “This is crowd-fund sourcing to promote innovative projects that might otherwise have difficulty in finding support,” he said. Added the Rev. Sue Phillips, the district executive for the Clara Barton/Massachusetts Bay District. “This is the future of Unitarian Universalism. This is synergy at work. We are about to launch the only denominationally funded crowd-funding platform, that we know of, in the world.”

The website will be available for anyone to browse, to follow projects under development, and for supporting them.

- See more at: http://blogs.uuworld.org/ga/2013/06/23/ministry-fund-created-in-courters-honor/#sthash.b4wFv8x8.dpuf