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Rev. Jen Crow

UU Spirituality: Wellspring Events on October 24 & 25

Imagine a sustained, daylong experience of your own Unitarian Universalist spirituality. The Rev. Jen Crow travels from Minneapolis to offer us retreat-style practices of UU adult spiritual development. While you will walk away with some basic tools for providing a similar program in your own community, the emphasis of the day is on simply the enriching experience of claiming, re-imagining, and practicing the living tradition of Unitarian Universalist spirituality. We will let go of the need to fix, advise, or solve, and instead bear witness to the holy and the authentic among us. This will be an experience to be savored and that will be talked about long afterward.  

The Friday, October 24 event is designed for religious professionals, while a similar program is designed for laypeople on Saturday, October 25.

Meck GrootOctober Newsletter: 

"What Do Unitarian Universalists Do?"

by Meck Groot, Operations Director and Justice Ministries Lead

Many years ago, I went on a three day silent retreat at Loyola House in Guelph, Ontario. I had never done anything like this before. A good Calvinist in the Christian Reformed tradition, I had no idea who St. Ignatius of Loyola was and had never met a Jesuit.  

 But I had read Thomas Merton's Seven Storey Mountain and decided to give silence a try. On this retreat, I read, walked, cried a lot, and shared meals with silent nuns and a robed Franciscan who silently bummed cigarettes from me after meals. Though I didn't talk to anyone for three days, my mind was full of chatter that largely involved the question, "Am I doing this right?"   [Read 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, October 26 at 4:00pm, the Rev. Robin Bartlett will be installed at First Church in Sterling, MA.

Sunday, October 26 at 5:00pm, the Rev. Dr. Stephanie May will be installed at First Parish in Wayland, MA.

Sunday, November 16 at 3:00 pm, the Rev. Anne Bancroft will be installed at Theodore Parker Church, Unitarian Universalist in West Roxbury, MA.

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