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 Region (CER)

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.

Tuesday, Mar. 5; Thursday, Apr. 4; Tuesday, May 7 —

CER Leader Skill Up Series

Join us on Thursday, February 1, 7-9 pm for our next Skill Up, Practices of Intergenerational Connection. Whether you're working to revitalize your multigenerational community, strengthen your RE program, navigate intergenerational conflict, or simply work on connections, bring your stories and your questions to Thursday's call! We'll have Central East Region staff members on hand to share some of the practices that congregations have successfully used to strengthen connections and build welcoming spaces for children, youth, and adults across the generations during these changing times.

(What do we mean by intergenerational connections?
Check out "What does a Multigenerational Community look Like? | UUA.org"!) Please join us. Led by Central East Region staff.

This event is part of the CER Leader Skill Up Series. The Central East Region team is excited to announce our monthly Leadership Skill Ups for Changing Times series! These are drop-in calls for all congregational leaders where you can learn a new skill - or fine tune an old one - with CER staff and other leaders doing similar work in other congregations. Calls alternate monthly between Tuesdays and Thursdays – mark these dates on your calendars and stay tuned for topics as they emerge – and let us know what topics would be helpful to you. All times are 7-9 pm ET.

Calls alternate monthly between Tuesdays and Thursdays – mark these dates on your calendars and stay tuned for topics as they emerge – and let us know what topics would be helpful to you. All times are 7-9 pm ET. Join Zoom Meeting.

  • Tuesday, March 5 - What is Shared Ministry, Really?
  • Thursday, April 4 and Tuesday, May 7 - Watch This Space! Topic to be determined when we see what the world is like in 2024

July 7 - 13 —

Summer Institute 2024

It isn’t too early to plan your summer vacation! Consider Summer Institute as a perfect vacation for the whole family. Spend a week with a few hundred UUs and make some life-long friends.

Check out this video to see what the week is like. Lots of detail on the website including the list of available jobs to help with costs.

Thank you!
Beth Casebolt, CRE :: she/her/hers
CER Communications Consultant and Operations Manager

Featured Resource: Mosaic Resource Hub

The Mosaic is an online hub of connection, resources, and support for Unitarian Universalists dismantling racism and oppression. Through resources, programs, training, groups, and gatherings, The Mosaic fosters belonging and liberation in Unitarian Universalist congregations and communities. Our work for collective liberation can be as colorful, multi-faceted, and diverse as the tiles of a mosaic.

One resource congregational leaders may find helpful are the Learning and Practice Groups. Mosaic Skill-up Learning and Practice Communities are facilitated small group experiences helping leaders develop the skills and accountability they need to engage in effective anti-racism transformation work in their context. These 90-minute virtual gatherings (meeting approximately twice a month over 4 months) include a mix of learning from trusted voices in the movement toward anti-racism transformation. By participating in a skill-up group you will form meaningful connections, receive support and feedback as you implement your learnings, and tend to your own spiritual well being.

The purpose of the gathering is to deepen our collective understanding and skills around issues related to transformation work; build community through connecting individuals and congregations across our movement; and help us stay rooted in our Unitarian Universalist tradition. Sign up at the Mosaic webpage.

Featured Resource: YUUP - Young UU Project
Meets 3rd Monday every Month

Have you heard of YUUP yet? The Young UU Project began in 2020 as a way for young UUs to keep in touch with each other and their faith during the pandemic, and is held by Lifespan Faith Engagement. The purpose of YUUP is to be a national community care network and multi-directional communication channel that centers BIPOC, trans/non-binary and neurodivergent youth and offers a transition zone for young people moving into emerging adulthood.

Anyone (youth, caregivers, religious professionals, lay leaders, everyone!) can tap into the social ministry of YUUP by following them on Instagram @yuup.uua and signing up for the YUUP newsletter. YUUP also has a community sphere just for youth, those who bridged in 2022 and support adults. These "Third Monday Meetups" are where youth swap ideas they can take home to their local communities. In August they swapped Favorite Check In Questions. In September they swapped favorite youth group games, which will soon be released on Instagram and in the newsletter.

Adult readers - We need your help connecting youth to this community! Please point them to UUA.ORG/YUUP to connect at whatever their capacity is.

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

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