|January UUMA.ORG Tip:|
|When was the last time you updated your UUMA Profile. Take a minute to keep your information up-to-date. Log in and click Manage Profile and the Edit Profile to complete all your information. |
Please pay special attention to the new profiles regarding the time and type of your unique ministry. By collecting this information we hope to learn more about our membership so as to provide better service.
|We are beginning to plan for Ministry Days, June 21-22, 2010 in Charlotte. More information will be coming your way soon. Do you have an idea or topic you'd like to suggest for our collegial conversations? If so drop an email to Don with your suggestion and who you'd like to see convene the conversation.|
|Our Administrator Janette Lallier will be on a well-deserved sabbatical from January 24 - February 27. During that time you are encouraged to direct any questions to Don Southworth. Since we will be short-staffed during these five weeks, we thank you in advance for your patience during this time.|
|Dear UUMA Member,|
Happy New Year! Have you already tired from hearing or saying that? I saw a new commercial last night that suggests we should celebrate every day of the year as if it were New Year's Day. Not with drunken parties but with the excitement, hope and anticipation that a new year brings. Or a new day.
I don't remember what the commercial was trying to sell but I enjoyed the reminder of what is such a trite concept that I too often forget. Each sunrise brings new possibility, new hope, new excitement...or not. As ministers we often are with people who are finding it difficult to find hope, possibility and excitement in their lives. We listen, counsel or maybe pray. What happens when we find it hard to find hope, possibility and excitement in our own lives? I hope you find what I have found. Colleagues and friends in the UUMA are a haven on those days.
In five weeks the first CENTER UUMA Institute for Excellence in Ministry will be held at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, CA. More than 350 of you will be joining me and the many people who have spent countless hours and energy to make this a seminal event in the life of the UUMA. For those of you who cannot be with us we will be posting videos and audios from the Institute on our website and hope to have a study guide as well.
I am looking forward to the Institute and I am looking forward to spending more time on other UUMA issues such as our coaching/mentoring program, continuing to collaborate with our partners at the UUA and other professional organizations to strengthen our ministers and our movement and building a long-term financial plan that will strengthen the UUMA and makes continuing education and collegiality more accessible to more members.
I would love to know what you think should be next for the UUMA. Reply to this email and let me know what you most value as a UUMA member and what one thing you wish would be even better a year from now. Do it now before you forget. Please!
In these days of hopes and broken resolutions that can become whole again tomorrow, I am inspired by a line from William Bulter Yeats, "Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that, but simply growth." May happiness and growth be our companions in the coming year.
Acting Executive Director, UUMA
|Interested in Serving the UUMA?|
|Is one of your new year's resolutions to get more involved in serving your colleagues in the UUMA? We've made it easier for you to meet that goal. The UUMA Nominating Committee invites you to fill out a leadership application so they can know more about you, your skills and where you would most like to serve. Click here to access the application and here to learn more about what type of service opportunities are possible.|
|Still time to get feedback in on new Standards of Professional Practice|
|The UUMA's Guidelines Revision Committee encourages everyone to take the time to review the Standards of Professional Practice that are being studied this year and will be voted on at our annual meeting next June. We are encouraging members to check with their chapter leaders to see if or how there is a process for giving feedback as a chapter and/or individually fill out the online survey. Everyone is encouraged to click here to review the study documents and review the survey. Feedback is requested by January 30 so changes and suggestions can be incorporated in time for presentation at the annual meeting. |
|Important News About Your TIAA-CREF Retirement Account|
|Joyce Stewart, the UUA Director for Retirement and Group plans has an important reminder for all who are enrolled in the UUA Retirement Plan:|
When the plan converted from Fidelity to TIAA-CREF, the beneficiary info did not convert, and all beneficiaries were set to "My Estate.”
It is very important for all participants to update their beneficiary information on their retirement plan with TIAA-CREF as soon as possible. And the good news is: it’s easy to do. Please let the UUMA members know that if they have not already updated their beneficiary information, they should do so as soon as possible.
Beneficiary information can be updated one of two ways:
Visit www.tiaa-cref.org/uua or call the UUA’s dedicated phone line at TIAA-CREF: 1-800-842-2829. The TIAA-CREF phone lines are open from Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM Eastern Time, and Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Eastern Time.
Joyce can be reached at 617-948-6421.