Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association
Membership Counts - E Update
November 2010 - Vol 1, Issue 10
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In This Issue
CENTER Institute
Video Conference Project
A Whose Are We Update
Open Enrollment for UUA Health Plan Begins Today
On November 1 the UUA Health Plan enters an Open Enrollment Period.  For the month of November all eligible staff will be able to join the plan effective January 1, 2011, even if they have not taken advantage of past enrollment opportunities.  To learn more about the details of the plan and how to enroll click here.

November UUMA.ORG Tip:
Need to change your Chapter Affiliation? Follow these steps:
  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Navigate to the Group Page for your new chapter.  See all chapters by  clicking here.
  3. Once on the Group Page for your new chapter click the "Join the Group" link on the upper left hand side of the Group Page.
  4. Navigate to the Group Tab (You will see your old chapter listed as your primary group. And your new chapter listed as well.)
  5. Change your new chapter to your primary group.
  6. Visit your old chapter and click the "Leave this Group" link on Options Menu.
Want to be informed of updates? Consider subscribing to the low volume What's New on uuma.org blog. Click Here to view and subscribe.
Membership Renewal:
Dues are due by November 15, 2010. Here are the quick and easy steps to help you renew your membership online:
  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
Tonight the fifth game of the World Series will be played.  As a native San Franciscan who has been rooting for the Giants since I was six years old, and who has never celebrated a World Series victory, you can imagine I am looking forward to the game.  (Of course, since this World Series is the second lowest in television ratings ever you may not even know, or care, that the Giants are ahead of the Texas Rangers 3-1.)

Having the Giants at the doorstep of history is something I could get used to.  Playing World Series games in November is something I don't think I'll ever get used to.  (Or the designated hitter for that matter!)

All of us have some traditions that we never want to change; even those of us who like to think of themselves as people who love change.

Last month in October I was only home for a few days.  It was a very busy travel month as I met with the UUA Board of Trustees, the Clara Barton chapter, the UUMA Executive Committee, the UUMA CENTER Team and a few others in between.  I was struck by two things.  One, the incredible amount of time, energy and commitment people give on behalf of Unitarian Universalism and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association.  And, two, almost every meeting I attended had something on the agenda related to change - the change of the UUMA, the challenges of a changing world for Unitarian Universalism and/or the changes that inevitably come with life for religious leaders.

The World Series changed because teams wanted to make more money and extend the playoffs as far as possible.  The changes the people who serve and lead us are facing and working on, are because of the deep commitment they have for making a positive difference in the world.  A world that changes and challenges us more quickly and more deeply all the time. 

In the next few days, maybe even tonight, a team and a city will go a bit crazy because they are considered the best in the world.  We ministers don't usually get the chance to pour bubbly drinks on our head and scream and yell that we are number one.  Perhaps once in awhile we should.  If desire, commitment, compassion, humility and hope could show up in a box score maybe we could.   It is an honor and joy to be on your team.
 
Blessings,
Don Southworth
Acting Executive Director, UUMA

Only 13 rooms left!  Register NOW for the CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry!
We are happy to announce that all the members on the Institute Wait List have been placed in housing.  If you were on the list keep an eye out in the next day or so for a confirmation/payment email. 

Have you been procrastinating, waiting to register for the first CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry?  All the rooms at Asilomar have been sold out but we have found 13 additional rooms (with queen or king beds) within a 5-10 minute walk from the meals and events.   Over 350 people have registered and we want you there too! So click here to register and register now!  We will be mailing a pre-conference packet to everyone who is registered in December.  Check-In will begin on Monday afternoon, February 7, at 3pm and the Institute will end at 1pm on Friday, February 11, after lunch.  Click here for a full PDF Schedule.  If you have any questions about the status of your registration please email Janette.  If you have program or schedule questions please email Don.

Video Conferencing Pilot Underway
Thirty UUMA members will be participating in the Video Conferencing Technology Project during November, December and January.  This is a project that helps geographically far-flung ministers meet in online cluster groups.  If the pilot project is successful, there will be another opportunity to sign up for online cluster groups in the spring.  If you have questions the project, please email UUMA Communications Portfolio Holder James Kubal-Komoto or call (253) 347-3346.

Whose Are We? Conversations Begin - Chapter Participation Contest Comes Next

Chapters around the continent began the Whose Are We program in September and many folks are reporting their experience to be powerful.   Some chapters have completed the program in one retreat, others are choosing to break the program up into modules and others will be waiting  until the winter or spring.  In the next few months we will be posting a Whose Are We section on the UUMA website and we will be inviting members to preach and write on the topic, and their experiences and answers to the questions that are raised.  CLICK HERE to learn more about the chapter awards that will be given out next year to the chapters that most fully participate in the program.  Plans are underway to look at how the UUMA, as a whole, can engage in meaningful questions like Whose Are We? on a regular basis.

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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