Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association
Membership Counts - E Update
August 2011- Vol 2, Issue 8
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Sign Up To Be a UUMA Coach
Latest Association Sunday News
Summer Reading
Membership Renewal:
Payment Plans 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)

August UUMA.ORG Tip:
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Office Vacations:
Both Don and Janette will be out of the office the first week of August. Janette will return on Aug 8 and Don on Aug 16. We thank you for your patience in waiting for a response during this time and hope you are enjoying your summer!

2013 Institute 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

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Dear UUMA Member,
This past week I have enjoyed attending my first UU Musicians Network conference in hot Arlington, Virginia. We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful musicians, colleagues and partners in ministry, serving with us.

The mission of the UUMA is to nurture excellence in ministry through continuing education and collegiality. We are continuing to add new programs and possibilities for how we can more fully live this mission. I'm ready to add a third "c" to our mission, collaboration. I'm on record saying the perhaps the greatest long-term benefit of having a UUMA Executive Director is the opportunity it provides us to work more closely and effectively with other groups and organizations.

I met with the Presidents of UUMN and LREDA at the conference to continue our planning for Association Sunday. We are brainstorming possible professional development programming that ministers, musicians and religious educators will attend together. We are looking at how we can create new resources that our members can use to better serve their congregations and how we can keep learning from each other.

Collaboration is a hot topic these days. Not only among our professional organizations and the larger UUA but in the leadership and management world as well. In the current edition of the Harvard Business Review collaboration is the spotlighted theme. Articles such as "Are You A Collaborative Leader?","The Unselfish Gene" and "Building a Collaborative Enterprise" highlight why collaboration is so important and how to move away from individualistic cultures and organizations.

I'm not sure why collaboration is so trendy these days. Maybe it's because dwindling resources are forcing people to look for ways to work more closely together. Maybe it's because our unselfish genes are becoming more prevalent. Maybe it's simply the current fad. But in a religious movement that is sometimes criticized as too individualistic and a vocation which is sometimes compared with being a lone ranger, learning how to be more collaborative seems to be a good thing.

Are you finding new ways to collaborate in your ministry? Do you have suggestions for new ways the UUMA might collaborate? Let me know.

May your August provide moments, days, maybe even weeks of rest and renewal. (As you'll see in the box to the left Janette and I will be getting a chance for some of that rest and renewal. We look forward to connecting again soon!)

Don Southworth
Executive Director, UUMA
Sign Up To Be a UUMA Coach
The UUMA Coaching Task Force invites all UUMA members to let us know if you are interested in becoming a coach and/or if you want to recommend a colleague to be a coach. You can learn more about the new UUMA Coaching Program by reading a brochure about the program on the UUMA website at: http://uuma.site-ym.com/resource/collection/8E40BE6D-6F6A-479C-A977-55975078AACB/2011_Coaching_Brochure-1.pdf

If you wish to be considered to become a coach or if you wish to suggest a colleague email your/their name and the area of coaching you suggest to coaching@uuma.org. Applications will be available in mid-September and training will be scheduled for coaches in 2012. If you have any questions contact Don Southworth.

Latest Association Sunday News
From our friends at the UUA Stewardship and Development Department:

Join more than 300 congregations that have already signed up for Association Sunday 2011: Celebrating Excellence in Ministries!

It’s not too late to sign up for Association Sunday 2011! Sign up between now and August 15th and enter to win an Association Sunday service with UUA President Rev. Peter Morales or Rev. Don Southworth, Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA).

This year, it is easier than ever to plan an Association Sunday Service. 2011 Worship Resources, available online, include contributions from ministers, musicians, and religious education professionals to encourage collaborative and dynamic worship. Association Sunday 2011 funds will go to benefit our religious professionals, including special projects and initiatives of the UUMA.

To participate in Association Sunday 2011, email associationsunday@uua.org, call Lindsey Reed at (617) 948-4661, or sign up online at http://www.uua.org/giving/associationsunday.
Reflections for the "slow" summer
The summer is a slower time in most ministers' lives. This recent article on how to manage information overload in a time of email, smartphones, twitter and facebook seems especially appropriate. Do you have a favorite article to share with colleagues? Send Don the link and we'll find a way to share it with everyone.
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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