Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association
Membership Counts - E Update
October 2010 - Vol 1, Issue 9
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In This Issue
CENTER Institute
Video Conference Project
A Word from Good Offices
Former UUMA President, Brandoch "Brandy" Lovely 1928-2010
We received the sad news yesterday that Brandy Lovely, president of the UUMA from 1983-1985, died on Wednesday. There will be more information about his passing coming soon but we wanted to remember, honor and say thank you for his service and leadership to the UUMA.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, October 9, at 4:00 p.m. at Neighborhood UU Church, Pasadena, CA. The Reverend Jim Nelson will conduct the service.  Notes of condolence may be sent to Judith Lovely, 621 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106-3813.

October UUMA.ORG Tip:
When you visit www.uuma.org make sure to log in to your profile using the log in screen on the right hand side of the page. This will allow you to see content that is not available to the general public. Membership has its privileges!

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UUMA Newsletter Deadlines:
This year, in addition to our monthly e-updates, we plan to publish three newsletters. If you would like to submit an article of interest please keep the following deadlines in mind:
Nov. 15 News (Nov. 1 deadline)
Jan. 15 News (Jan. 1 deadline)
Apr. 15 News (Apr. 1 deadline)

Membership Renewal:
On September 15 our new web platform automatically sent out reminders to all members letting them know their membership would expire in 60 days. Because this was an automatic email it did not contain much information beyond your expiration date. Here are the quick and easy steps that should have been in that email:
  1. Log in
  2. Go to Membership Info link under the ‘My Profile” menu
  3. Click 'Renew My Membership'
  4. Select your membership level (based on Salary & Housing) and check your billing info.
  5. Select Bill-Me or Credit Card
  6. Bill-Me: Print the invoice on the confirmation screen and mail in a check or credit card number.
  7. Credit Card: Enter your credit card information.
To help with the process we have created a webcast to walk you through it. View the 5 minute presentation

A Special Note to those who were on the old Auto Renew: With the launch of the new web platform we discontinued the old Auto Renew program. Everyone must renew this year. The below link has details about the new program.

Click Here to read about the 2010 Renewal System Updates:
  • Auto-Bill
  • Discount Codes
  • Payment Plans
Quick Links
Dear UUMA Member,
Today is my first anniversary of being your Acting Executive Director. As I get older the years seem to go by as fast as the weeks and months did when I was younger. But the pace of the change and transformation in my life and - more importantly - the life of the UUMA has been a bit breathtaking.

Last weekend I had the honor of helping the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton, WI kick off their capital campaign. One of the readings we used in the service included these words from Benjamin Mays, the former President of Morehouse College and one of Dr. King's mentors: "It is not a disgrace not to reach for the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim, is a sin."

The quote is one of my favorites. It applies to any congregation beginning a capital campaign during these days of economic insecurity...and it applies to the members and leaders of the UUMA who have chosen to raise dues and strive to be a more effective, relevant and meaningful professional association.

We have accomplished much in the last year and we are only beginning. After preaching four times (!) last weekend I attended the Ohio Meadville Chapter retreat and experienced the Whose Are We? program which all chapters will be experiencing this year. Last week Janette and I hosted the first UUMA webinars on how chapters can use the UUMA website. The feedback was excellent and webinars will become a monthly event. The first CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry will be here before we know it and registration is exceeding expectations. The new website continues to grow in features and in use. We are beginning work on creating a coaching/mentoring program for UUMA members and we are looking forward to receiving the 2011 Association Sunday offerings to support a comprehensive continuing education program for the next decade.

Thank you for your commitment to your colleagues and your ministry by shooting for the stars and aiming high!
Don Southworth
Acting Executive Director, UUMA
UUMA CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry - Not Much Room Left At the Inn So Register TODAY!
Over 330 people have registered for the first UUMA CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, CA. We are sold out of single rooms but we will have rooms for those who are okay with having a roommate or two. Those will run out fast so if you have been procrastinating PLEASE register today and put your name on the waiting list! We will confirm your room by the end of October. Click here to register. If you have any questions about the status of your registration please email Don.

Video Conferencing Pilot Starting in November
Is your nearest colleague several hundred miles away, making it difficult for you to regularly attend a local UUMA cluster meeting? Or are you unable to meet regularly with colleagues for some other reason? The UUMA is now recruiting participants for a Video Conferencing Technology Pilot Project that will allow geographically far-flung colleagues as well as others to meet online. If you are interested in participating, click here and sign up by Sunday, October 17. Groups will begin meeting online in November. If you have questions about participating, please email UUMA Communications Portfolio Holder James Kubal-Komoto or call (253) 347-3346.

A Word from Hope Johnson, Continental Good Offices

Greetings! I presently serve as Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau in Garden City, Long Island, New York. I became a Unitarian Universalist over twenty years ago when I joined the Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist. An active lay leader, I was involved on the congregational, chapter/district and associational/continental levels. Little did I know that I would one day formally enter our ministry. I am still, after all these years, excited about Unitarian Universalism.

One of my dreams, as Minister, was to become a Good Offices Person (GOP) and I have been honored to serve in Metro New York for several years. While doing that work I joined the Committee on Ministry for Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression and Multiculturalism (COM/ARAOM) eventually serving as Portfolio Holder on the UUMA Executive Committee (Exec). While on the Exec I had occasions to call on Continental GOP Fred Muir. I learned much from Fred and am grateful to him for helping me to better understand and more deeply appreciate the importance of this ministry.

On uuma.org you will find a brief reflection shared by our colleague Gretchen Robinson that relates to the ministry of Good Offices. It is well worth reading and reflecting on and has led me to wonder what each of us would have done had we found ourselves in the story. Click Here to be directed to the reflection.

I am from the island of Jamaica, in the Caribbean, where we often say "No Problem” when faced with difficulties. We then proceed to figure out how best to sort things out, how best to understand and to be understood and how best to make the peace… I begin my service to you as Continental GOP with that attitude—recognizing the seriousness of the work at hand, yet knowing that I have our Guidelines, our Code of Professional Practice, experienced colleagues and more to turn to when seeking ways to approach difficult situations. I look forward to working with our Chapter Good Offices Persons (GOP), our Committee on Ethics and Collegiality (CEC) and, of course, with each of you. Please share your thoughts with me. Together, we will find ways to strengthen our ministry. In the meantime, please know that I am honored and pleased to serve as your Continental Good Offices Person.

Yours, Hope
The Reverend Hope Johnson
Continental Good Offices Person

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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