Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association
Membership Counts - E Update
May 2011 - Vol 2, Issue 5
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In This Issue
Ministry Days Rates Increase
Institute Videos Posted
An Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults
Help for Storm Victims
Our hearts and prayers go out to all those suffering from the recent storms in the Southeast.  
In the Unitarian Universalist tradition of putting spiritual belief into action, the UUA's Mid-South District is gratefully accepting donations for UU families affected by this disaster. Anyone wishing to help may do so at www.msduua.org
May UUMA.ORG Tip:
Did you know about the "Remembering the Living Tradition" blog?  When you subscribe to this blog you will get a notification when a Minister's obituary is posted.  You can then view the obituary and add your remembrances through the comment option.

Here's How:
Sign in to your uuma profile
Visit the blog at: uuma.site-ym.com/members/blog_view.asp?id=569858
Click the Subscribe button located under the page title: 'Remembering the Living Tradition'
The blog can also be found under the menu system Collegiality --- Public Blogs.

Upcoming UUMA Publications
Keep your eyes peeled for a number of publications from the UUMA in the next few weeks.  Next week we will be publishing the Annual Meeting Materials to the web and mailing ballots to all regular and life members.

The final UUMA News for the 2010-11 year is scheduled to be posted shortly after that.
Gathered Here - Claiming The Best of Our Faith
You are cordially invited to join the Gather Here initiative!  Based on "Appreciative Inquiry" Gathered Here will give shape to a shared vision for the future of our faith and the ways in which we, as religious leaders, will advance our faith on local and national levels.  It will engage you and other UU's, congregations, and groups in conversations that forge new relationships and create new possibilities for the future of Unitarian Universalism.  

Gathered Here is led by a 14 person planning team which includes leaders throughout the UUA world including ministers, religious educators, lay leaders, members from the UUMA, DRUUM, UUA Board and staff.  Look on the UUMA website this month for ways to get involved with this project; come to the collegial conversation at Ministry Days or come by their booth at General Assembly.  Information on opportunities to become facilitators or support the project in different ways will be coming soon.  If you want more information contact Amanda Trosten-Bloom, project manager by email or at 303-279-2240.
Quick Links
Dear UUMA Member,
April has been a month of travel.  I visited four chapters (and have now visited 15 of our 20 chapters since October 2009); attended the UUA Board of Trustees meeting, as I have done regularly since I began this work; met with the UUMA's Committee on Anti-Racism and Multiculturalism; worked with our "10 Year Plan" design team and completed much of the work on our first two-year program (look for details at Ministry Days); with our Coaching/Mentoring Task Force, CENTER team and the Association Sunday 2011 Worship Resource Guide team which includes members of the UUMA, LREDA and UUMN.

It has been a busy month but almost every month is a busy month for those of us who are ministers.  My travels and connections with so many various groups throughout the UUMA and the larger Unitarian Universalist world give me a somewhat unique perspective on the state our our ministry and the challenges for our future.

I am inspired and touched by the commitment and dedication and work of the people I meet.  Those who serve the UUMA and our other professional associations are volunteers who spend hours giving to colleagues in addition to their paid work; the same can be said for our lay leaders as well.  The people at the UUA who are paid to serve our congregations and our ministries work hard and are challenged to do more with less and find new and innovative ways to support a religious movement facing demographic and culture challenges in the future.

If I have learned one thing since October 2009 it is this.  The challenges we face in an uncertain future, a future with more "unchurched" and fewer resources, won't be met by continuing to do work as we have always done it. (If you haven't read the UUA's final Strategic Review of Professional Ministry please do!)  And working harder isn't the answer; in fact I'm not sure it's even possible.  

I believe the answer is to work together in new and collaborative ways.  Facing the challenges and problems of the future together and not alone.  I hope the UUMA can help lead and model this collaborative work.  

Thanks for your hard work.  On those days when we are feeling low and drained may we remember this - we are not alone.

Blessings,
Don Southworth
Acting Executive Director, UUMA
UUMA Ministry Days - Rates Increase May 1
Are you planning on attending Ministry Days?  Have you registered? Not sure?  Wondering who else is coming?  Check out the RSVP list at: http://www.uuma.org/events/list.asp?id=132790

If you have registered but not yet paid your name will not appear on this list.  To double check your status visit the event page in your UUMA profile.  Here's How:

       1.  Log in to uuma.org
       2.  Click 'Manage Profile' located on the right hand My Profile menu
       3.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page
       4.  To see if you have Registered click on Event Registrations
       5.  To see if you have PAID click on Orders
       6.  From the Orders page you can pay an open order online or print             an invoice.  From the Event Registration page you can print a  
            confirmation sheet (there is no need to bring this to Charlotte)


Worship and Panel Videos from Institute have been posted to uuma.org
We are happy to announce that we have posted the Institute Worship Services (except for Kay Northcutt's service) and the panel discussions on the UUMA website. We are also making these videos available to everyone so invite those in your congregations and institutions to enjoy them as well.

To view the videos go to:
https://uuma.site-ym.com/?institute11worship
https://uuma.site-ym.com/?institute11panel

We are working on the audio from four of our seminars and a study guide so you and your colleagues can enjoy learning some more. The CENTER team is working on planning the 2013 Institute and will be sharing more details with you soon. Please let Don know if you have any questions.

How to support our UU Youth and Young Adults
Unitarian Universalists like to discuss and disagree.  But there is one topic we’re all in agreement on:  The importance of our youth and young adults.  The Katie Tyson Fund was established because of our increasingly high priority of financially supporting our younger generations for involvement and leadership in the UUA.   

Purpose:

The purpose of the Katie Tyson Fund for Youth and Young Adult Ministry is to kindle the sparks of leadership among Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults. With the support of the Katie Tyson Fund, emerging leaders will be empowered to live out their dreams, weave our Unitarian Universalist principles into the fabric of their expanding lives, and to encourage others to do the same.   

For What:

  • Scholarships for participating in district and national events, receiving leadership training, and attending General Assembly.
  • Training for youth and young adults to exercise leadership in ministry.
  • Project and event grants that support youth and young adults in deepening and developing connections with Unitarian Universalism and spreading our movement.
  • Youth and young adult ministry project grants are for Unitarian Universalist activities, conferences, outreach, and group start-up projects.
  • Public event grants support the offering of large public programs, such as lectures or workshops of interest to youth or young adults, with the goal of increasing awareness of and interest in Unitarian Universalism.  

Who Can Apply:
Recipients of grants may include individuals, congregations, or districts. Distributions cannot be used for the salaries of professional staff.   

History of Fund:
The fund was created following the death of Katie Tyson in a car accident in June of 2009.  Katie was an active youth at the Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria, VA, and as a young adult at the Arlington Street Church in Boston, MA.  She attended district events, CONS and served on important committees.  She was a remarkable leader and inspired many in her vast UU network of friends.    Shortly after the death of their daughter, Karen and Herb Tyson immediately began planning an endowed fund in Katie’s name. They were not done with parenting. Deep in their grief, they had a vision for youth and young adults to be able to participate in district events, receive leadership training, and attend GA.   As of the end of 2010 the Fund became endowed with the UUA.   Please see the upcoming UUMA News for a fuller description of this fund and a call for contributions.  Can't wait? Visit http://uua.kintera.org/Tyson   

How to apply:
Applications are available from Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries – Katie Tyson Fund Grants Unitarian Universalist Association 25 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108     

Questions:
Youth and Young Adult Ministries Director at yayadirector@uua.org or (617) 948-4359. 
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

This email was sent to administrator@uuma.org by executivedirector@uuma.org.
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