Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association
Membership Counts - E Update
June 2011 - Vol 2, Issue 6
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In This Issue
UUA President Talk at Ministry Days
Facebook Twitter Connect
MFC Rep Applications Posted
Ministry Days Registration Closes WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1
Are you coming to Charlotte for Ministry Days 2011? 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)

June UUMA.ORG Tip:
The new uuma web platform just celebrated its first year!  Hopefully you have found the new services helpful and enriching to your ministry.  If so - let us know what you like best and, as always, what new improvements you would like to see.  But wait - do you know about the Video Chat??

You can use the UUMA Video Chat room to communicate with up to five other UUMA members in a video conference.  For more information visit: http://www.uuma.org/?page=videochat

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.
Gathered Here - Claiming the Best of Our Faith
Be on the lookout in June for information on how to apply to be a facilitator for Gathered Here - Claiming the Best of Our Faith.  If you missed the flyer describing Gathered Here in the spring/summer UUMA (newsletter http://www.uuma.org/?page=newsletters).  If you are coming to Ministry Days considering attending the Collegial Conversation to learn more. 
Summer Growing Opportunities:
Clergy Conference on Star Island
"The Art and Ministry of Supervision: Combining the Sacred and the Secular” with Rev. Susan Beaumont. Saturday, August 27 to Friday, September 2, 2011.  All the details and the registration form can be found by visiting: http://starisland.org/conferen ces/2011-listings/clergy/

Summer Course at Pacific School of Religion: Sexuality Issues for Religious Professionals

Instructor: Debra Haffner
Dates and Times: One week: July 18-22, 9:00am-1:00pm
Description: Sexuality Issues for Religious Professionals is designed to offer students the knowledge and skills they need to address sexuality issues in their future ministries. 

Registration information can be found at www.psr.edu/summer

Quick Links
Dear UUMA Member,
When I served in the parish, Memorial Day weekend meant the annual congregational meeting was coming up and I could imagine taking some time off in the summer to recharge my batteries.  Ministry Days and General Assembly was a chance to reconnect with colleagues, learn a few things and have some fun.  This is my second Memorial Day weekend as your Executive Director and I can tell you that the landscape looks a lot different than it did in the parish.  Instead of winding down, Janette and I are scurrying to get everything ready for Ministry Days, the Executive Committee and CENTER meetings, and the chance to connect and meet with people that aren't able to the rest of the year.  I have seen friends and colleagues who have worked for the UUA staff have that "GA look" over the years - eyes a bit glazed over, moving from meeting to meeting often forgetting what day it is - and I suspect I have that same look too.

The annual meeting that matters to me most now is the one we have at Ministry Days when we do the business of the UUMA, report on how things have been going and what will happen next.  Perhaps I shouldn't admit this but there were years when I was early in ministry that the UUMA annual meeting was a convenient time to grab a cup of coffee with a friend and trust my colleagues would be doing the right things.  Not anymore.  Now our annual meeting is when I get to stand before the people I serve and love, like I once did every Sunday morning, looking at their eyes and feeling mine well up with the joy and responsibility I have to serve them as well as I can.

There are SO many things that we will be talking about in Charlotte and in the days and months following our gathering.  We have finalized the details of the new UUMA Coaching Program and will begin recruiting soon; we have almost finalized everything for our new cohort learning program (which has been referred to as the "10 Year Plan but will have a name by Ministry Days) and it will begin in 2012; we will soon know the theme of our next Whose Are We type conversation in 2012-13; we will begin collecting deposits for the 2013 UUMA CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry at Ministry Days and we will be sharing more details about how we/you can make Association Sunday 2011 a huge success. (To sign up: http://www.uua.org/giving/associationsunday/index.shtml )

The programming and plans of the UUMA are in good shape.  I hope you agree.  What I hope and pray is that the same can be said for the mood and spirits of our 1700 members.  We all know that some years are harder than others and I know that is true for many of us.  Ministry Days and GA are where we often take inventory of how we and our ministry are doing and, hopefully, connect with another for support and inspiration.  For those whose life and/or ministry are flying high I say Hallelujah!  For those who life and/or ministry are flying low I say Blessed Be!  We all have been there and will be again.

I look forward to the feeling I always get in Ministry Days when we say our covenant together and I am reminded of the privilege and honor it is to be a Unitarian Universalist minister with you.  Unfortunately we aren't able (yet) to stream our worship and meetings with those who can't be with us but perhaps every single one of our almost 1700 member could takes time on June 21 or 22 to recite our covenant (http://www.uuma.org/?page=guidelines) and remember the sacred bonds we share.

Don Southworth
Acting Executive Director, UUMA
Ask a Question of our UUA President!
Peter Morales, President of the UUA, will visit with us at Ministry Days on Tuesday evening, June 21, from 8:30-9:30PM.  This year, based on feedback from our membership, we will be changing the format for our meeting with Peter.  Instead of focusing the bulk of the time on answering questions from the floor, we are asking members to send in questions before hand.  We plan on grouping the questions into themes that are important to the life of the UUMA and sharing them with Peter so he can be able to give more through answers.  We think this will give all our members (even those who won't be in Charlotte) a chance to ask their questions and be a more effective use of our time with Peter.

If you have a question for Peter email it to Don by June 15.  We plan on making some time for questions from the floor as well; just not as much time as we have before.

UUMA.ORG now connected with Facebook and Twitter
Facebook Connect:  You can now log into your uuma.org profile using your facebook account. And even better - once your accounts are linked you can enter uuma.org automatically if you are already logged in to facebook. (A few usage notes: The facebook connect only works from pages beginning with www.uuma.org. It is also not currently compatible with the Chrome Browser. Sorry!)  Here is how it works:
  1. Navigate to www.uuma.org and click the facebook connect button
  2. If you are not currently logged into facebook a new window will appear asking for your facebook information. Enter your facebook username and password here. If you are already logged into facebook see step three.
  3. Once logged in to facebook you will be directed to the "Facebook Connect Account Management" page on uuma.org. Here you see confirmation of your facebook account and should click on the link to connect your uuma account to facebook. (This only needs to be done once).
  4. Enter your uuma username and password on the next screen and click the orange sign in button.
  5. Confirm that you want to link the accounts
  6. Ta Da! One less password to remember! The next time you visit uuma.org just click the facebook connect button and you will be automatically signed in (as long as you are signed in to facebook - if not you will be prompted for your facebook sign in)
How to manage the connection:
  1. Navigate to Profile Home (the first link under the right hand 'My Profile' menu
  2. You will see your linked facebook account under your main profile picture. To get to your facebook page click on your facebook picture.
  3. To delete the link between your account click on Manage Connection.
  4. Confirm you want to unlink the accounts by selecting "Yes, Disconnect Me" You can create the connection again later if you choose.
Twitter Connect:
Do you tweet? If you would like your twitter feed to appear on your uuma profile simply complete the authorization process below and your sweet chirps will be heard on uuma.org. The below is a one time process and can be reversed at any time by following the same procedure.
  1. Navigate to the Manage Profile screen. The second link under the right hand 'My Profile' menu
  2. Scroll down to the Community section and click on the twitter icon
  3. Click on Continue to Authorize to begin the process
  4. Click on Authorize App to allow uuma.org to access your twitter feed.
  5. If you wish to disable to feed click on the same twitter icon and click 'stop displaying my twitter feed'
Want more details? Click here to visit the What's New Blog for more info!
Are You Interested in Serving the UUMA on the MFC?

Pending a bylaw change at the 2011General Assembly the UUMA will have two more seats to fill on the Ministerial Fellowship Committee. In an effort to utilize all the talents and gifts of our full membership the Executive Committee will be asking for applications from interested members.

The application was printed in the recent Spring/Summer UUMA News (click here to read) but you can also apply online at: http://www.uuma.org/?mfcapplication

As always if you run into problems please let Janette or Don know.

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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