Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association
Membership Counts - E Update
June 2010 - Vol 1, Issue 5
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In This Issue
Ministry Days: Register by June 1
CENTER Institute Registration
UUMA Quarterly Survey
UUMA.Org: What's New What's Next
UUA Retirement Plan Moving to TIAA-CREF
Richard Nugent, UUA Director of Church Staff Finances, writes:

"The UUA Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to shift from Fidelity to TIAA-CREF as record-keeper of the UU Organizations Retirement Plan. The recommendation to move to TIAA-CREF came after two years of exhaustive study by the UUA Compensation, Benefits, and Pension Committee. The Board, Committee, and staff of the Office of Church Staff Finances believe that in terms of record-keeping and administrative capacity, investment performance and fees, customer service, and compatibility with the mission of the UUA, TIAA-CREF will serve our retirement needs best.

TIAA-CREF will be at GA – they will have a booth and offer several workshops introducing TIAA-CREF and explaining the transition process to plan participants, other church staff, treasurers, and other congregational leaders. Until the conversion is complete, which we expect by the end of this calendar year, plan participants will continue to manage their retirement funds with Fidelity Investments. More information can be found here."

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Dear UUMA Member,
There are many metaphors for the life of a minister. My favorite these days is juggler. When I first considered ministry as a career one of the most appealing aspects was knowing that a minister did a lot of different tasks. How could life ever be boring if one day you preached, the next day you pastored, the next day you administered, the next day you worked on a social justice project and the next day met with colleagues? Or maybe all of them in the same day!

No matter what form our ministry takes, there is always a lot to do. Hopefully, we are pretty good at, and enjoy, the many things we do. In my current ministry as your Acting Executive Director I get to do a lot of things - some of what I did in the parish and some not anything like I did in the parish at all. Most days I thrive on the diversity of the work, and some days I feel like I'm juggling not only balls but fire sticks that might really hurt when they fall.

The UUMA has many balls and even a few fire sticks in the air these days. Thankfully when they fall - as even the best jugglers know they always do - we've been able to pick them up and learn how to keep them in the air a little better next time. I suspect the same is true for you. One of the challenges ministers face is making sure the balls and fire sticks we juggle are the most important and essential to who we are and to those we serve. And to remember that at least one of the balls we juggle has something to do with that which feeds and nurtures our spirits and our ministry.

As we prepare for Ministry Days, GA, Institutes and some slower times during the summer months, may you be able to set a few balls and fire sticks down for a spell. And may your UUMA continue to be one ball that you can count on to not only stay in the air but to feed and nurture you as well.
Don Southworth
Acting Executive Director, UUMA
Ministry Days Registration Closes June 1
Please double check your registration
Are you planning on attending Ministry Days in Minneapolis? Please take a minute to assure your registration has been processed. You can find an RSVP list by clicking here. If you name is not on the list you have either not registered or not paid for your registration. Please contact Janette Lallier as soon as possible or register online today.

Registration opens at 4PM on June 22 at the Hilton Minneapolis and opening worship begins at 7PM. See the full schedule here. To prepare for the annual meeting you will want to review the documents found on the 2010 annual meeting page.
Have you registered for the CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry yet??
More than 80 of our colleagues already have! Click here to begin the registration process to make sure you are at the first CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry February 7-11, 2011 at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove. Seminar registration is first come, first signed up. Kay Northcutt's preaching seminar has already filled up but seven outstanding seminars are still available.  EVERYONE is guaranteed to get into one of their top three choices.

Each month we will highlight one of our seminar leaders so you get a taste for what they'll be sharing with us. Last year Gary Dorrien, who will be leading Social Ethics, Social Justice, gave a lecture on "Economic Democracy". Take a look.

Quarterly Survey - COMMUNICATIONS
In our ongoing effort to improve communications within the UUMA and to better, and more quickly, know how our membership feels, we will be surveying you once a quarter. The survey will take 5-10 minutes to fill out and will help us know how to better serve and represent you. Our first survey is, fittingly, on communications. Click here and tell us how we can better communicate.
UUMA.ORG: What's New? What' Next!
UUMA launched its new web platform on May 15. The feedback we have received so far has been terrific. Thank you for your enthusiasm and patience as we move into this new technology!

What's New: We have finally transferred all the Ministry Days registrations into the new site. This will let you see the RSVP list and view/print a confirmation receipt. The system generates great email confirmations. This will be terrific for future events - but perhaps caused a little confusion in the transfer of the 2010 Ministry Days. If you were concerned by multiple emails - rest assure they were not duplicate registrations but rather a result of the transfer. To see your confirmation page log into your account, click on "Manage Profile" then on the "Event Registrations" option (located at the bottom of the page under "Account History").

What's Next: We continue to move data and resources from the old website. Our hope is to have the group webpage system up and working for GA. This is a terrific new feature that allows each chapter to have its own group webpage to share information, events, pictures, communications, and more! We hope to do some preliminary training with chapter leaders in Minneapolis.
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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