Updates from Key UUMA Committees - CARM
The E-Update began as a way for the Executive Director to let you know all the things happening in your UUMA. This month we begin a new "feature" where UUMA Committees and other leaders share information on what they're doing. This month is a letter from Parisa Parsa, who holds the UUMA's ARAOM portfolio and convenes our Committee on Anti Racism and Multiculturalism.
There’s always a tough balance to strike between doing our work and telling about it, and I have recently become aware that while the UUMA has been doing a lot of work on becoming a more anti-oppressive, multi-cultural organization we haven’t been telling about it near enough. So let me fill you in!
The UUMA Board is working toward the following vision for our professional association by 2016:
UUMA members are engaged in anti-racism, anti-oppression and multiculturalism as essential components of effective and excellent ministry. The UUMA is a leader in guiding Unitarian Universalism in the multicultural world in which we live and the communities in which we serve. This vision is manifest in UUMA collegial gatherings, continuing education, and governance.
Click here to read the entire letter on the UUMA website. (have trouble with PDF links? Visit the CARM page directly at: https://uuma.site-ym.com/?comaraom)
Planning for your Retirement
One aspect of ministerial life that is often neglected or put aside is planning for your future years beyond ministry. That major transition for you and your partner is not only financial but also heralds emotional responses and relational changes. To help you to prepare and move through that time gracefully, the Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Association invites you to view and/or download On Retirement: A Guide for UU Ministers and Partners. There you can read about financial aspects of retirement, best collegial practices (for both minister and partner), advice on adapting to your new lifestyle (including how to be active in a church), life examples from those who have retired before you, and much more. Are you beginning to contemplate retirement? Do you know someone who is? You might offer the Guide as a resource for that person. The Guide is found at www.uurmapa.org. Click on Resources and then on the cover of the Guide shown there.
Call for Sermons!
Have you heard a dynamic sermon promoting the financial support of Unitarian Universalism as it affirms our faith, vision, and future? If so, please send a copy to email@example.com! We want to share these sermons with our UU community. The UUA will present a Stewardship Sermon Award in the summer of 2013 to the sermon that best promotes generosity and financial stewardship. UU professional religious leaders or those in at least their second year of professional leadership study are eligible for consideration. Sermons must be submitted by February 20, 2013 Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Looking For UUMA Leaders!
Have you filled out your UUMA profile and included information about your gifts and where you would like to share them in the UUMA? When we recruit new leaders for our standing committees such as CENTER and the Guidelines and ARAOM Committees, we start by looking at who has indicated a desire to serve via their profile. To fill out your profile log in to uuma.org and click on Manage Profile (under the My Profile Menu) and then click on Edit Bio. The gifts and talents sections are located at the bottom of the page.