Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association
Membership Counts -  E Update
March 2010 - Vol 1, Issue 2
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In This Issue
Ministry Days Registration Opens
CENTER Institute Speakers
UUMA on FaceBook
UUA Workshop
UUMA 2014 Vision
We gather in covenant shaped by a culture of vulnerability, intimacy,trust and accountability to one another in which leadership andlearning are embraced. We are a source for excellent and relevantcontinuing education in which our members frequently participate.  Weare a source for coaching/mentoring, advocacy, negotiation, identifyingcompensation and responsibilities.

In January 2009 the UUMA Executive Committee developed a five-year strategic plan and vision to guide our future as a professional association.  The above is one of the vision statements that was crafted to describe how we wish to be in 2014.  CLICK HERE to read the vision and send your thoughts and ideas to Don Southworthon what you/we can be doing to help make our vision a reality.
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Dear UUMA Member,
Happy March!  For many of us around the country this has been one of the wetter, colder, snowier winters in memory.  Soon we will be welcoming Spring and not too long after that the snow will melt, the leaves will return to the trees and the flowers will start to show off their colorful selves once again.

New life, or at least new programs, are sprouting at the UUMA these days.  We had over 60 members apply to be chapter facilitators for the "Whose Are We - A Theological Conversation" that we will begin in the fall.  The CENTER Committee met at Asilomar in early February and have almost finalized the speakers and program for the first CENTER Institute For Excellence in Ministry in February 2011.  Our new UUMA Facebook page is now up and running (albeit a bit slowly to start) and registration for Ministry Days opens this week.

The UUMA Executive Committee will be meeting in San Antonio from March 22-26 when they will be finalizing the agenda for Ministry Days and approving the budget (and dues structure) that will be presented at the annual meeting.   Other topics on their agenda include reviewing the proposed guidelines/standards of conduct to be presented by the Guidelines Committee at the annual meeting, establishing criteria for a newly established UUMA scholarship fund, and discussing the expectations and qualifications for the different categories of UUMA membership.

I am finishing up on having conversations with each of our twenty chapter presidents and will be working with them and other chapter leaders in putting together the first UUMA Chapter Handbook in several years.  The handbook will be available at General Assembly and will be posted on the UUMA website as well.  I am looking forward to attending several chapter retreats in the Spring and I look forward to seeing or hearing from as many of you as possible in the next few months.
Don Southworth
Acting Executive Director, UUMA
Ministry Days Registration Open
Register for Ministry Days!

Registration has opened for UUMA Ministry Days, June 22-23 in Minneapolis, MN.  Join us for worship and a conversation with UUA President Peter Morales on Tuesday evening and a Wednesday filled with our 25/50 worship service, annual  meeting, collegial conversations and the Berry Street Lecture.  Click here to register.

Registering a Spouse or Partner? Each registration must be made by a unique user on uuma.org.  To create a guest account for your spouse/partner click here.
CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry Announces Speakers
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The CENTER Committee met the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove in early February to finalize the program for the first CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry February 7-11, 2011.  (The weather was warm and sunny and the sunsets were beautiful!)  The list of speakers who will be leading seminars at the Institute is taking shape CLICK TO SEE LIST OF SPEAKERS/SEMINAR TITLES.  Worship leaders and our speakers will be asked to reflect on a question selected by the UUMA Executive and CENTER Committees:  "What is required for Unitarian Universalism to live into its promise and become a transformative religion for our people and the world?"    Registration details and information will be coming in April.  Be sure to save the dates...you won't want to miss this special learning and collegial event! Click here for more details on the Institute.
UUMA Now on Facebook
uuma logoBecome a fan of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association on Facebook!  Watch as our UUMA fan page takes shape and add your voice to the conversation. 
Transformational Religious Leadership Workshop
What are the skills and perspectives needed to be a religious leader in these complicated times?  Learning to navigate change, create holding environments for productive conflict and assess the kind of leadership needed in the midst of chaos are key.  Weaving together theories of change management, conflict transformation, systems, and adaptive leadership, this workshop will offer you an opportunity to practice techniques as well to utilize the perspectives and gifts of your colleagues to learn experientially about your leadership role and style.  This workshop is open to ministers, ministerial candidates, and district staff members.
  • Presenters:  Rev. Dr. Terasa G. Cooley and Rev. Martha Niebanck
  • When:  Monday evening, May 24, 2010 - Friday noon, May 28, 2010
  • Where:  The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center, Inc.
                3872 Dillard Road, Highlands, NC 28741
  • Cost:     Early Bird Discount (received by March 15):
                $600 double occupancy / $750 single occupancy
                For registrations received after March 15: 
               $650 double occupancy/ $800 single occupancy
  • Registration includes lodging, meals, and program materials.
  • Limited scholarship money is available (if registering before March 15).
Contact Jory Agate for registration and scholarship information.
Be In Touch!  Please share your questions, feedback and ideas!
Thank you for your service in the world and for your commitment and passion for ministry.
Rev. Don Southworth
Acting Executive Director
Email: executivedirector@uuma.org
Phone: 617-848-0416
Fax: 617-848-8122

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