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

The Greater Philly UU Cluster

The Greater Philly UU Cluster (GPC) (http://www.greaterphillyuu.org/) is comprised of 14 nearby UU congregations and is actively connecting these congregations to share our message, grow our faith and strengthen congregations. Here are some opportunities to get involved:
  1. "Path to Membership" - GPC training facilitated by Pat Infante (CER primary contact)
    March 24, 2018, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, UUCDC

    Congregational growth is most easily measured in numbers - a tangible representation of how many of us there are and how we are supporting the mission and vision of the congregation. In some congregations, the decision to become a "member" is a milestone representing an individual or family passage from "visitor" to finding a more permanent place in the community. As our understanding of membership as an indicator of growth changes, many congregations are redefining membership as more of a continuing journey than a single endpoint. Congregations are finding success by creating a path that helps newcomers deepen their faith, connect relationally and grow their leadership capacity. This workshop will introduce a process to create a path that will guide individuals and families from their first visit to greater connection and engagement within the community.
    • Included topics: Basic hospitality practices, Multicultural welcome, The Impact of Small Groups, Family Ministry as a Growth Engine, How Service Leads to Leadership, and Whose Work is it?
    • FREE event! All are welcome. Please register by March 14, so we have a headcount for planning purposes: http://www.greaterphillyuu.org/events/path-to-membership/.

  2. Greater Philly Cluster Choral Workshop
    April 7, 12:30 - 5:00 pm, MLUC

    As Unitarian Universalists, we value the collective voices of the people that make up our communities. As such, we are holding a Greater Philly Cluster (GPC) Choral Workshop to help plan the mass choir repertoire for a GPC music concert next church year. All ministers, music ministry teams, directors, choir members, and any member/friend (who'd like to sing in the mass choir) from the 14 GPC congregations are invited to the workshop.
    FREE event! All are welcome. Please register by March 23, so we have a headcount for planning purposes: http://www.greaterphillyuu.org/events/gpc-choral-workshop/.

  3. GPC Meeting & New Hope Pride Parade
    May 19, 9:00 - 10:00 am

    UUF of Lower Bucks in Langhorne, PA; 11:00 am, Meet to participate in New Hope Pride Parade. Stay tuned for more details.

  4. UU Leadership Institute Starts Spring Semester
    Healthy boundaries, communication, conflict navigation, covenant, mission, stewardship, building trust, adapting to change... are these concepts that you would like to bring more intentionally into your daily practice of Unitarian Universalism? The UU Leadership Institute offers a way there, with online courses designed for Lay Leaders and Religious Professionals to learn and grow in faith together. Team up with a few friends, board members, or colleagues for the learning to have the most impact. To register, visit: https://www.uuinstitute.org/spring2018/

  5. UU Community Weekend (Labor Day Weekend)
    September 1-3, 2018,
    We need volunteers to serve on planning committee. Did you have fun at the UU Community Weekend last year? Want to help with the planning of the 2018 weekend? Last year, MLUC invited the Cluster to join the Weekend. We'd like to make this an annual Cluster event, but the organizers need more assistance, as the event nearly doubled due to so many fabulous folks from the Cluster congregations attending. Please email anothelfer@aol.com, and I'll connect you with the organizers. Thank you!

Highlights of UU Events Happening at our Congregations:

March 25, 12-2 pm, US Germantown. Black UU History Presentation. Intern Minister Connie Simon has studied Black UU history on her own and through her time in seminary, including taking Mark Morrison-Reed's class: African Americans, Unitarians, Universalists and Unitarian Universalists. This is a very rich history, that you won't have learned unless you have gone looking for it. And it is very important to understanding where our faith movement is now. Please join us, the event will be held in our Sanctuary.

March 31, 1-4 pm, UUF Pottstown Labyrinth Walk. UUFP invites you to: Celebrate Spring! Calm and rejuvenate your mind and body. Join us for a healthful spiritual exercise. Enjoy an opportunity to walk, journal, meditate or simply rest by the candlelight. All are welcome. No Registration Required. Last walker at 3:40 pm. For information: President@uupottstown.org

June 20-24, 2018 in Kansas City: UUA General Assembly - https://www.uua.org/ga
Registration opened March 1
Housing Reservations open since March 1

July 8 - 14, 2018, UUMAC Retreat at DeSales University, Center Valley PA UU Mid-Atlantic Community gathers together for one week each year to build community and deepen our Unitarian Universalist faith through fun, friendship, music, dancing, learning and worship. Register by April 16, 2018, to receive the Early Bird discount. For more info and to register, visit: http://www.uumac.org/wordpress/

CER Guest in Your Pulpit Program The Guest in Your Pulpit Program is a listing of available ministers, seminarians, ministerial candidates and lay pulpit guests for congregations in the Central East Region. This program was created to assist churches to find people who are willing to provide services. For more info and to be added to the list, visit: https://www.uua.org/central-east/resources/guest-in-your-pulpit.

Every Thursday, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, UU Restoration. Black Lives Matter Vigil. 6 to 6:30 outside, then 6:30 to 7 pm, inside for prayers and reflection.

Check out the GPC Google calendar for more events: http://www.greaterphillyuu.org/calendar/. If you don't see your church's upcoming events listed, contact your GPC representative to add them.

For more information on the Greater Philly UU Cluster, check out our website: http://www.greaterphillyuu.org/

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