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Stewardship Saturday, November 15

This Arts and Crafts of Ministry offering is organized by a cluster of BCD congregations with administrative support from New England Regional staff and leadership from UUA staff. Funded in part by your Annual Program Fund contributions. 

Rev. Laura RandallBarry FinkelsteinRev. Vail Weller

This gathering in Taunton, MA is open to all Unitarian Universalists and that gives you the chance to explore stewardship from theological, spiritual, and practical angles. You'll be introduced to tools for your toolkit and you'll discover firmer footing for your fundraising. There will be time for personal reflection, small group conversation, as well as opportunities to hear about other congregations' best practices. 

We encourage congregations to send teams so that learnings have a greater chance of taking root in your congregation. 

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PRESENTERS: Rev. Vail Weller, Barry Finkelstein and Rev. Laura Randall
LOCATION: First Parish Church in Taunton, MA (Directions)

Love as Practice, November 15

Hilary AllenMeck Groot

Over and over again, we are being invited into love. This is particularly true recently within Unitarian Universalist settings. But what do we mean when we talk about love? What is our theology of love? How does love connect to spirituality? What about people we don't love? People who distress us? Who wish us harm?   

Join presenters Meck Groot and Hilary Allen for a soulful session of asking questions and searching for meaning in the widespread messages of love in our UU landscape. 

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PRESENTERS: Meck Groot and Hilary Allen
LOCATION: First Parish Church in Weston, MA (Directions)

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

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