Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association
Membership Counts - E Update
JULY 2010 - Vol 1, Issue 6

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In This Issue
Scholarship Deadline July 1
Arizona: Human Rights Summer
Ministry Days Report
UUMA Summer Schedule
Your UUMA staff will be enjoying some rest and relaxation this summer too.  In July and August, Don will be taking Mondays off and Janette will be taking Fridays off.  Both of us will also be taking a week or two of vacation.  We will continue to take care of your needs as quickly as we can.  

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Dear UUMA Member,
Whew...what a week!  We began by holding the Whose Are We? training program for 47 colleagues who will be facilitating the Whose Are We? theological conversations  in each of our chapters this year.  Then we welcomed over 580 colleagues to Ministry Days where we worshipped, celebrated, did business, collegially conversed and met with old friends and made new ones.  For Janette and me the chance to be together, in person, with the members we serve and love, makes all the work worthwhile and is one of the highlights of our year.  

After Ministry Days there were meetings with the Exec, workshops to lead, plenary meetings and important issues to decide, meals with important groups and good friends and even some time for a baseball game or two.  This was my first Ministry Days/GA working for the UUMA and I was amazed at how tiring and exciting it was.  I'm not sure how Janette has done it for so many years with such grace and centeredness.  

It was a good week for the UUMA.  Members and those from throughout the UUA appreciate what we are doing and where we are going.  While I loved being with almost 600 colleagues, I also thought about the more than 1,000 members who weren't in Minneapolis.  Many of them were probably happy they weren't there but most, I know, missed being with us.  As we prepare for the slower pace of the summer months, my hope is that your life and your ministry enjoys the peace and joy that sitting by a babbling brook or reading a good book on a cool porch can bring.  We are fortunate to do this blessed work and may we be reminded of Ken MacLean's closing words in his 50 year address describing his life as a minister, "Lucky (wo)man!"
Don Southworth
Acting Executive Director, UUMA
CENTER Institute Scholarship Deadline July 1
The first deadline to apply for UUMA scholarships is July 1.  Scholarships can also be turned in by September 1 and November 1 but you will need to pay a higher registration rates if you wait until then.  You are encouraged to turn in your UUA scholarship requests ASAP as awards are only given out in July and January.  Click here to get more information about the Institute and the scholarship application process. 

One of our Institute seminar leaders, the Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed, affiliated faculty of Meadville Lombard Theological school, recently talked about his latest book In Between - Memoir of an Integration Baby on this You Tube video.

Come to Arizona to take part in a Human Rights Summer!
The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, writes 

"I am asking you to come to Phoenix, Arizona from July 27-August 1 to be part of Human Rights Summer and to be part of the National Day of Non-Compliance with SB 1070 on July 29th.  Sheriff Joe Arpaio has announced a major neighborhood sweep to being enforcing the law on July 30th.  We will be needed, particularly ministers, with your collars on to witness and protect families.  

Many will be making sacrifices to be here.  If you cannot be here for the full week, or if you can come earlier, we will need you however you can be here.  Now is the time to stand up, to lift our voices, to be powerful witnesses for love in the face of fear.  We need 200 clergy and laity from around the country to come and support the Human rights movement here on the ground.  

We voted at General Assembly to come to Phoenix in 2012 but we cannot wait until then.  Our presence, our witness, our faith is needed to oppose SB1070 and to call for Humane Comprehensive Immigration Reform."  

For more details visit the Standing on the Side of Love website.

Ministry Days Report
We are happy to report that 582 members attended the 2010 Ministry Days in Minneapolis.  Other numbers you might be interested in knowing about:
  • The UUMA Membership has reached an all time high of 1682 Members!!
  • The 25/50 Service collected over $17,000 in the name of the Living Tradition Fund and International Ministers Assistance.
  • The UUMA hosted a successful student breakfast, attended by over 75 current and prospective students of the ministry.
  • 62 Chapter Leaders representing every UUMA Chapter gathered to learn about resources, the new website and to discuss best practices.  
Additional Actions/Reports to Note:
  • Section II of the Guidelines: Code of Conduct was approved by the membership.  The current guidelines can be found by clicking here.
  • Nominations: Visit uuma.org to view/contact newly elected members of the Executive Committee.
  • We held our first webinar to roll out the new Good Offices handbook.  Four people joined in remotely from around the continent and all Good Officers are now able to watch a video to learn about the handbook.

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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