Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association
Membership Counts - E Update
September 2011 - Vol 2, Issue 9
Animated Chalice
In This Issue
Whose Are We? Update
Membership Renewals
Coming Attractions...
Coming in 2012 - Who Is Our Neighbor?
We are thrilled to announce that we have contracted with Beth Zemsky (who worked with us at this year's Institute to rave reviews) to lead a "train the trainers" session in May 2012 for our next UUMA-wide conversation.  Who Is Our Neighbor? will focus on multiculturalism and intercultural competencies.  The program is planned to be offered in UUMA chapters beginning in the fall of 2012  and will be offered to other religious professionals and lay leaders as well.  Interested in being one of our trainers?  Applications will be available by the end of September.  If you have any questions contact Don.
September UUMA.ORG Tip:
You can now print your own membership card from uuma.org!

No longer will we be sending those little, easy to loose, hard to apply renewal stickers. After you renew your membership you can easily print a new membership card. Miss having it laminated? Have problems with the page set up? Just send a note to Janette (administrator@uuma.org) and she will mail you the card as it appears in your profile.

To print the card visit the Manage Profile link (located under the My Profile menu). Find more information at the low volume What's New on uuma.org blog. Click Here to view and subscribe.
UUMA Newsletter Deadlines:
This year, in addition to our monthly e-updates, we plan to publish three newsletters. If you would like to submit an article of interest please keep the following deadlines in mind:
Sept. 15 News (Sept. 5 deadline)
Nov. 15 News (Nov. 5 deadline)
Apr. 15 News (Apr. 5 deadline)

2013 Institute:
The CENTER team is working on putting together the program for the next Institute for Excellence in Ministry, Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2013 in St. Pete's Beach, Florida.  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 offer the chance to make a deposit so 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,
There are very few Sundays I remember from my days sitting in the "pews".  (Something I tried to remember when I preached on Sundays!)  But October 15, 1995 will forever be etched in my memory.  I had been attending the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula for less than a year.  The topic that Sunday was ministry; it was the first, and to my deep surprise, only Ministry Sunday the UUA sponsored to help raise money for professional ministry.  While I sat listening to the sermon about the power and possibility of ministry I could no longer escape the years' long tug and call I had resisted to become a minister.  By August of 1996 I had left the corporate world and entered Starr King.

I sometimes wonder what would have happened to my life if I had stayed in bed that Sunday morning.   Almost every day I am grateful I didn't.  Maybe that is why I have always been a supporter of Association Sunday.  Despite the challenges and difficulties I sometimes have had with the direction and goals of our larger Association.  This year, Association Sunday is supporting the professional development of religious professionals - our clergy, religious educators and musicians.  The UUMA will be able to offer more scholarships to our members and to start new programs that will offer more ways for continuing education and collegiality for more ministers and seminarians.  We have been able to deepen our connections with those we share our ministry with and we will be able to do even more in the future.  The more ministers, musicians and religious educators who participate and encourage their congregations to participate, the more we can do together to strengthen our ministry.

And yet I know that finances are continuing to be tough in congregations and for those ministers and professionals who serve them.  About 30% of our congregations have signed up so far.  Maybe people are waiting until the summer is over to get excited and engaged.  Maybe the economy is just too fragile to make a commitment for Association Sunday.  Maybe ministers and/or congregations have grievances against the UUA and/or the UUMA, LREDA, UUMN that stops them from participating.  I don't know.

But I do know this.  We need to do a better job - as a UUMA and as a religious movement - in offering more tools and resources to aid in the formation and development of our ministers and other religious professionals.  I know there are a lot of things we need to do better and most of them seem to cost money.  But, if you believe as deeply in the the UUMA's purpose  - to nurture and support excellence in ministry through continuing education and collegiality - and that leadership, outstanding professional religious leadership matters - as I do, I hope you will do what you can to support Association Sunday.  Not only in 2011 when the fruits of our collections will benefit us directly, but every year when we can work together to continue to deepen our connections with each other and those we share the ministry.  (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.)

Thank you for the commitment you have made with your life to serve and lead.  Perhaps someone will be sitting in a pew this Sunday or next week in a hospital room, class room or jail cell who will be touched so deeply by who you are and what you do that there life will be forever transformed.  Like mine was on October 15, 1995.

Enjoy the "new" year and the opportunity to make a difference!

Don Southworth
Executive Director, UUMA
Whose Are We? Update
UUMA Chapter Awards: What will your chapter do with $3,000? Preach a sermon, write an essay and post it to the UUMA website by October 31, 2011. The three chapters who have had the greatest participation in the Whose Are We? - Theological Reflection program will each win $3,000 for future spiritual/theological programming and/or retreats. Post your sermons at https://uuma.site-ym.com/?page=whosearewesermons or contact Don or Janette for more information.

Whose Are We? Congregational Guides: Many members have asked for a revised Whose Are We? curriculum that can be used in congregations. The Whose Are We? Coordinating Team, led by Laurel Hallman and Burton Carley, are working on a congregational curriculum that will be available by the end of September.

Membership Renewal
It's that time of year!!! On September 15 uuma.org will be sending out a reminder to all members letting you know your membership will expire in 60 days (that is Nov. 15!) Why not renew now and avoid the extra inbox clutter!!

Here are the quick and easy steps:
  1. Log in to your profile. (Forget your password? There is a link for that!)
  2. Go to Membership Info link under the ‘My Profile” menu
  3. Click 'Renew My Membership' **
  4. Select your membership level (based on Salary & Housing) and check your billing info.
  5. Select to pay in full or in installments.
  6. Select Bill-Me, Credit Card, or E-Check
  7. Bill-Me: Print the invoice on the confirmation screen and mail in a check or credit card number.
  8. Credit Card: Enter your credit card information.
  9. E-Check: Enter your banks account and routing information.
Are you a visual learner? We have a webcast to walk you through the renewal process. View the 5 minute presentation

** A Special Note to those who used a credit card to renew last year:

If you used a credit card last year the system has automatically saved that information and is preparing to charge your card on Nov. 15. If your S&H has changed or if you wish for this to not happen please visit your Membership Info page and cancel the waiting transaction (click on the red x). Because we have begun to offer installment options this auto renew will not happen next year.

Click Here to read about the 2011 Renewal System Updates:

  • Auto-Bill
  • Discount Codes
  • Payment Plans

Coming Attractions...
The next few months will be a busy time for the UUMA and you will have many opportunities to participate.  In the next two months you will have the opportunity to: apply to be a coach in our new UUMA Coaching Program (for information: http://uuma.site-ym.com/resource/collection/8E40BE6D-6F6A-479C-A977-55975078AACB/2011_Coaching_Brochure-1.pdf) ; apply to be a trainer for the Who Is Our Neighbor Program? (see left column),or apply to be a participant in our first Beyond the Call module on Preaching and Worship Arts (for information: http://uuma.site-ym.com/resource/collection/BEB144E4-203D-4488-8DA1-AEEF39D6B050/BeyondTheCall.pdf)  Look for details in next month's e-update and watch our UUMA Facebook page the UUMA website for when the applications will be available.

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

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