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A Message from the Ferguson Response Team

Dear UU Leader:

Ferguson Braces for Decision

People around the country are preparing for the prosecuting attorney to announce the grand jury's decision whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Indications point to a grand jury announcement soon, possibly before Thanksgiving. An indictment is extremely unlikely, but whatever it is, whenever it is, there will be much pain and anger that will be expressed in a variety of ways, some constructive and some not.

Our deep theology as a justice-seeking people calls upon us to show up for this. Many of you have asked what you can do. We urge you to help us to SHOW UP in any of the following ways:  (And remember: the most current information will be found on the Standing on the Side of Love Ferguson page.) [MORE]


November Newsletter: 

Balancing

"Practice Makes . . . Practiced"

by Hilary Allen, Director of Congregational Development, Northern New England District

 

One day, my friend Daniel shared a revelation: "All this time I have been looking up to my spiritual mentors, thinking they had reached enlightenment. I assumed they were always their best selves, never saying anything hurtful or getting annoyed."

 

He continued, "I realize now, as my own spirituality has deepened, that it's really about practice. These ultra-spiritual people in my life get knocked off their center, same as I do. What we are all doing is learning how to re-center and re-ground." [MORE]


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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.

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.

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.

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).

Regional Staff Sharing Is Underway

The Ballou Channing, Clara Barton and Massachusetts Bay Districts of UU Congregations share all staff, and every staff person serves all three districts. As part of this collaboration, we started a new website for all three districts. Though portions of the site are still under construction, we hope you find what you are looking for. If not, or if you discover problems with the site, please send us an mgroot [at] uua [dot] org (email).

 

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