Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association
Membership Counts - E Update
July 2011 - Vol 2, Issue 7
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In This Issue
MFC Rep Applications due July 15
UUMA Coaching Program
Beyond the Call
Membership Renewal: 
Payment Plans Now Available
The UUMA Website is now configured to receive your renewals for the 2011-2012 year.  To check on the status of your membership log in to your profile and visit the Membership page (link located under the My Profile menu)

If you would like to set up a payment plan you will need to call Janette at 617-848-0498 or return the form found on the dues page (http://uuma.site-ym.com/?page=dues)

July UUMA.ORG Tip:
Interested in seeing how the uuma webpage might be of use to your chapter?  Naomi King gave a presentation to the Chapter Leadership before Ministry Days.  See the PDF of the power point slide show here: http://uuma.site-ym.com/members/blog_view.asp?id=605411

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Association Sunday 2011 Update
Thank you to all of you who signed up for Association Sunday 2011 in Charlotte!  If you haven't signed up yet, what are you waiting for?  Proceeds from this year's Association Sunday will support continuing education for religious professionals.  We expect the UUMA's new coaching program and Beyond the Call to be two beneficiaries.  Sign up here and check out the resources page for help in worship planning.  The UUMA leadership gave Peter Morales a "check" for $7,000 in lead pledges at Ministry Days.  We hope you will join us!
Institute 2013 Deposits:
You can now put down a deposit of either $100 or $300 towards the cost of the 2013 Institute.  We anticipate the total cost to be in the $725 - $1200 range and hope a deposit system might help you get a jump on the cost.  Everyone who pays a deposit will be entered into the raffle for a free Institute registration to be announced at the 2012 Ministry Days.  To read more and to put down a deposit visit: uuma.site-ym.com/event/institute
Quick Links
Dear UUMA Member,
I'm back at work after a wonderful week in Charlotte.  The UUMA began the week with our first chapter leaders' retreat on Monday and Tuesday before Ministry Days.  Seventeen of our twenty chapters were represented by over thirty leaders who shared best practices and their goals for the upcoming year.  Our goals were fairly consistent - improve our connection, welcome and outreach to ALL members and utilize the many tools of our UUMA website to help were most popular.  I look forward to working with Susan Rak, who replaces Kathleen McTigue on the Executive Committee and has the new Collegial Development portfolio, and our chapter leaders in the coming year.

Ministry Days began with a moving worship service led by our Charlotte colleagues, Jay Leach, Melissa Mummert and Robin Tanner followed by a conversation with UUA President Peter Morales.  On Wednesday we celebrated our 25/50 worship service led by Lindi Ramsden and Richard Gilbert; had a productive annual meeting which included finalizing our Standards of Professional Practice, passing our budget and covenanting with our new Executive Director (that would be me!); held 13 collegial conversations and listened to Deborah Pope-Lance as she gave the Berry Street Essay.  New programs were introduced (see below) and more than 600 of our record 1705 members attended.

The rest of the week was filled with Executive Committee and CENTER meetings.  We said goodbye to three Exec members who served for three years - Marni Harmony, Kathleen McTigue, Helen Carroll - and said hello to two new members (Susan Rak and Josh Snyder, Treasurer.)  The Exec hosted a lunch for the presidents of several professional organizations.  Our CENTER and Anti-Racism and Mulit-Culturalism (ARM) Committees met to begin plans for our next UUMA-wide conversation in the fall of 2012 on intercultural competencies which is tentatively titled, Who Are Our Neighbors?  We had breakfast with more than 60 students and an appreciation lunch for the Whose Are We? facilitators.  The ARM committee met with representatives of the Allies for Racial Equity and DRUUM and Laurel Hallman, Burton Carley and I led a GA workshop on the Whose Are We? program for 200 people.  It was a good and busy week.

Janette and I work hard in the weeks leading up to Ministry Days and GA.  To be honest, the days before we gather together are not my favorite days of the year.  But when we meet and I see so many of you - and think of those of you who aren't there - I feel like I have the best job in the world. The last two years have been an incredible journey for me and for the UUMA.  As I said in my annual report at Ministry Days, my first year was about showing the possibilities and holding up the vision of what we could become, the second year was about making those possibilities and vision start to come true, the year ahead is about getting more people engaged in living the vision.

Thank you for all you do and thank you for the opportunity to lead and serve the UUMA.  Enjoy your summer!
Don Southworth
Executive Director, UUMA
Do you want to serve on the MFC - Apply Now!
The General Assembly delegates passed a bylaw change which now gives the UUMA four nominees to the Ministerial Fellowship Committee.  The Executive Committee is asking members who wish to serve to fill out an application by July 15.  Two members will be nominated by August 1 and will begin their service at the September MFC meeting.  The UUMA will have another MFC opening to fill at their October 2011 meeting.  Click here to apply online.  If you have any questions please let Janette or Don know.
UUMA Coaching Program Begins in 2012
The UUMA Coaching Task Force announced the details of the new UUMA Coaching Program in Charlotte.  The program will begin in 2012 and provide an opportunity for UUMA members to coach and/or get coaching from other members.  Coaches will be selected for their expertise and will be provided professional coaching training.  Applications will be accepted on line beginning in August.  For more information on the program click on the Coaching link on the UUMA Professional Development menu tab.  The direct link to the PDF brochure that was given out at Ministry Days is: http://uuma.site-ym.com/resource/collection/8E40BE6D-6F6A-479C-A977-55975078AACB/2011_Coaching_Brochure-1.pdf
Beyond the Call - A Two Year Professional Development Program Debuts Next Year
Beyond the Call, a program jointly developed by the UUMA and UUA, was also introduced at Ministry Days.  Beyond the Call will provide twenty to thirty UUMA members in final fellowship the chance to join three deans and experts for two years of in-depth study and training in a specific skill/competence of ministry.  The first Beyond the Call module will be on Preaching and Worship Arts.  The deans will be Kathleen Rolenz, Mark Belletini and Abhi Janamanchi. The first of four retreats will be in the summer of 2012 and student applications will be accepted beginning in the fall of 2011.  For more information on the program click on the Beyond the Call link under the UUMA Professional Development menu tab or contact Don Southworth. The direct link to the PDF brochure that was given out at Ministry Days is: http://uuma.site-ym.com/resource/collection/BEB144E4-203D-4488-8DA1-AEEF39D6B050/BeyondTheCall.pdf
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
Executive Director
Email: executivedirector@uuma.org
Phone: 617-848-0416
Fax: 617-848-8122

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