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Staff Sharing Has Begun

On July 1, 2014, Ballou Channing, Clara Barton and Massachusetts Bay Districts of UU Congregations began officially sharing staff across all three districts. As part of that 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).

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FB Like UsIn an effort to avoid triple posting on Facebook, we are closing down the Ballou Channing, Clara Barton and Mass Bay District pages. We've launched New England Region UUA page. Be sure to LIKE us if you haven't already.

Join Mailing ListIf you were receiving emails from any of the three districts prior to July 1, you will continue to receive them. However, if you aren't on our list, we hope you join.

GA 2014 VideosReplay Highlights of General Assembly 2014

Even if you weren't there, you can already watch some of the best parts of General Assembly 2014. Catch Synergy, the Ware Lecture, Sunday morning worship and more! [MORE]

UU Meeting of South Berkshire has a new home!

UUMSB First Service in New Building

The members of UUMSB are very happy announce that on June 2, 2014 the congregation became the owner of a church building for the first time! Their purchase of the historic Housatonic Congregational Church building marks the end of a nineteen-year journey in search of a permanent home. 

Formed in 1995, UUMSB has rented or used five locations in Great Barrington. Most recently, they shared space with Congregational Ahavath Sholom. "The ability to have our space is a resource to expand our programs," said pastor, The Rev. Carol Allman-Morton. "Being a ‘homeowner' will put the accelerator for growth." The congregation held its first service in the new space on June 15, 2014. Click here for a great photo gallery from the Berkshire Eagle. Congratulations UUMSB! [Details]

Updates on Faithify Crowdfunding Site

Faithify logo

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 to find projects that share your values.

  • Learn more about Faithify from CBD-MBD's last newsletter
  • Follow Faithify on Facebook

Outstanding Summer Worship Opportunity in the Berkshires!

Village Church Choir

Vacationing in the Berkshires this summer? How about visiting a beautiful, little church in a quaint village filled to the brim with incredible music? Historically Congregational by affiliation, the Village Church in Cummington, MA has found renewed life and mission in widening its theological outlook and hiring Unitarian Universalist ministry (the Reverend Jon Rehmus and Candidate Karen G. Johnston). [MORE]

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