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Doug Zelinski

"The End of Strategic Planning" 

by Doug Zelinski, Leadership Development Director

Smaller congregations in many denominations are struggling to survive. This doesn't mean they are necessarily "doing church" badly. But it does mean they need to do church differently. Intuiting this need, church leaders often begin gearing up for a strategic planning process.

Strategic plans have been viewed as the epitome of responsible church governance since the 1970s, however... That view is shifting. Experts now speak of the "death" of strategic planning so frequently we thought it fitting to summarize their views in the following obituary.  [Continue Reading]

District Annual Meetings for Ballou Channing, Clara Barton and Massachusetts Bay

Combined annual meetings for three New England districts will take place on Saturday, April 25th at First Parish Church in Weston, MA from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. District business will be conducted, such as hearing reports, adopting budgets and electing officers and board members for the 2015 fiscal year. Registration available soon. Read more and find out how to propose agenda items.

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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Upcoming Ministerial Installations & Ordinations

  • Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 3:30 pm Rev. 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, April 26, 2015, at 3:00pm Rev. Paul Sprecher will be installed at First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist in Bridgewater, MA.
  • Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 4 :00pm Andrew Moeller will be ordained at UU Society East in Manchester, 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).
  • Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00pm, Rev. Gretchen Weis will be installed at Murray Unitarian Universalist Church of Attleboro, MA.
  • Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 10:30am, Aaron Stockwell will be ordained at the First Parish of Groton, MA.
  • Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 4:30pm,  Rev. Susan Moran will be installed at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, MA.