Get Involved!

Become involved with a project that has caught your passion: whether it's Green Sanctuary, Gift-Based Ministry, as a worship associate, leading a covenant group, or something entirely different, your congregation needs your involvement in order to benefit from your unique talents and gifts!

Become a religious educator. Whether you are working with children, youth, young adults, or adults, this work can be deeply fulfilling and fun!

Offer to become a lay leader in your congregation. Talk to your nominating committee. If your congregation's in search for new professional leadership, think about whether you might contribute in new and exciting ways to that venture.

Witness your faith in the company of others, on behalf of your congregation. Seek out connections with other religious groups who share similar values. Help carry the message -- beyond your congregation -- that makes clear Unitarian Universalism's values and voice in this challenging world.

Become a delegate to your UUA District's meetings. You'll learn new skills, develop a sense of Unitarian Universalism that extends beyond your own congregation, and help nurture the vitality of our faith in your district.

Don't wait to be asked: contact your congregation's Nominating Committee and tell them you're willing to serve. They'll be glad to hear from you!

- from the UUA

Central East Regional Group (CERG)

The Central East Region helps congregations of all shapes and sizes connect with each other and with resources that help them best express their Unitarian Universalist faith in a changing and hurting world.

Deadline: March 1 —

T-Shirt Design for CERSI (Summer Institute)

CERSI (Summer Institute) is looking t-shirt design idea for this year’s theme. The theme for CERSI 2020 is “Questioning the Unquestionable, Answering the Unanswerable.” If your design is selected, you receive 2 t-shirts for free. Artwork should be at least 300 DPI. PDF, TIFF, or PNG formats accepted. If saving in PDF, please ensure fonts are either included or outlined. Because the shirts are printed using a traditional screen-printing method, full color images will not be considered, some color is possible. You can just sketch an idea and submit it, however it may be significantly altered to meet the design rules. Please send all submissions and questions to kebrannan@gmail.com by March 1st, 2020. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

March 27 to 29 —

Jubilee Anti-Racism Training

UUs of Delaware County, Media, PA

Jubilee Anti-Racism Training helps participants understand what is involved in nurturing a multicultural community and working against racism in all of its forms. The workshop requires a weekend commitment; and it is worth every minute of that commitment. There are several offerings of this training being planned around the region this winter and spring. Registration is open.

April 17 to 18 —

Seaway Gathering: Sources of Hope

Seaway Gathering Conference: Sources of Hope will be held April 17-18, 2020 in Syracuse, NY. The keynote speaker is Rev. Megan Visser, spearing on Building Safety in the Body. This event includes the Gould Lecture on Friday evening and workshops and a keynote presentation. All are welcome! Registration opens mid-February.

July 12 through 18 —

Unitarian Universalist Mid-Atlantic Community (UUMAC)

UUMAC gathers together for one week each year to build community and deepen their Unitarian Universalist faith through fun, friendship, music, dancing, learning and worship. They are an intergenerational community that uses this time to more thoroughly get to know each other. They meet July 12-18, 2020 on the campus of DeSales University near Allentown, PA. Registration opens soon! Learn more...

CER and the Chalice Lighters Program

We are in the Central East Region of the UUA. Pat Infante is our Primary Contact. There are many interesting resources and trainings (both in person and via webinar) listed in the web pages. Explore https://www.uua.org/central-east

I found a nice dose of hope when I stumbled upon this year’s Gould Discourse which was delivered by Rev. Frances Manly, entitled "Kids These Days: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hope Again." It was given at an annual event in May of this year. You can read her text or watch a video of her presentation on the page.

The Chalice Lighter Program is now administered by the CER. It was developed within the old system of UU Districts (we were members of the Joseph Priestley District). The CER Chalice Lighters Grant Program works to encourage new and existing congregations to grow, both in terms of numbers and in their efforts to increase justice, compassion and spirituality. The grants support the growth of UU congregations of all sizes.

We at Restoration benefitted from a Chalice Lighter Grant when we wanted to update our "audio-visual" capabilities in the Sanctuary. One of the key elements for being eligible for a Chalice Lighter Grant is having 20% or more of our congregation active in the Chalice Lighter Program by pledging to donate a sum of money three times a year, typically about $20 each "call."

Below, are two reports from recent meetings:

To find out more about this organization, visit this UUA SITE

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