Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association
Countdown to Ministry Days
If you are registered for Ministry Days look for emails each of the next two Fridays with information and details to enhance your experience in Louisville. If you are not planning on attending Ministry Days this year click here to watch Wednesday events live and click here to get the latest information on the annual meeting and the packet that includes information on many happenings around the UUMA.
|Help Celebrate and Honor Kay Montgomery|
|Join us in honoring Kay Montgomery, Executive Vice President of the UUA, on her retirement after 30 years of service to our faith! We will thank and honor Kay during our UUMA Annual Meeting in Louisville before she is honored during General Assembly. In Louisville, friends and supporters will raise money to fund a room in her honor in the new UUA headquarters. Please help the UUMA make a leadership gift toward this fund to honor her years of dedication. Gifts can be made online https://giving.uua.org/KayMontgomery - please make sure to put "UUMA" in the comments section. |
You can also mail a check made out to the UUA with "Montgomery Room - UUMA" to:
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)
Attn: Stewardship and Development
25 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Last Call For Questions for UUA President Peter Morales
Peter Morales, UUMA member and President of the UUA, will visit with us at Ministry Days on Tuesday June 18 from 4-5pm. This year we are again asking you to send in your questions for Peter so we can group them together and he can spend more time and reflection with the questions. This also gives those who won't be able to attend Ministry Days a chance to ask their questions. If you have a question for Peter email it by Friday June 7 to Don Southworth. We plan to have some time for questions from the floor and twitter as well.
Seeking Your Input
The UUMA is working to improve our new member orientation process and we would love to get your input. Please take a few moments to fill out this survey and share your thoughts: here. Many thanks for your feedback and ideas!
|Dear UUMA Member,|
It is hard to believe I'm preparing for my fourth Ministry Days as your Executive Director! I'm looking forward to this year as we institute a new format with extended time for connecting with colleagues, a noted keynote speaker, Tuesday afternoon collegial conversations, a new member luncheon, live streaming of the 25/50 service, annual meeting, and Berry Street Essay and a special vespers service on Tuesday evening. Throw in a special tour at the Mohammed Ali Center as part of our opening reception, ending 90 minutes earlier than normal, all our beloved traditional events and we should have a great time.
This year's annual meeting will mark the end of four Board members' terms who have overseen the greatest growth in the UUMA's history. Three years ago Bill Hamilton-Holway, Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry, Parisa Parsa and Hope Johnson inherited a relatively new Acting Executive Director, big plans and dreams for an Institute of Excellence in Ministry, vague ideas on how we would raise substantial money to fund an increase in programming and a cloudy vision of how governance would work with an Executive Director. They are leaving behind a far smaller Board of Trustees, a twice as large staff, much more money in reserves and more programs and ideas than perhaps they even thought possible. I hope you will take time personally at Ministry Days and/or via email to thank them for their service on your behalf. And while you are at it please offer your support and best wishes to our incoming President Linda Olson Peebles and the six colleagues who be leading us in the coming year.
As you can see below, we are in the midst of another programmatic growth spurt. Few things are more rewarding to watching people and/or programs grow and mature. I get to watch how our UUMA staff and leaders grow in their wisdom and effectiveness and I am able to see ideas and dreams come into reality. This month we are beginning to take applications for our UUMA/UUA mentoring training which is the beginning of a long-hoped for expansion and deepening of mentoring for everyone from candidacy through preliminary fellowship. We are beginning a pilot program for clergy health and wholeness that we have been dreaming about for years. Year two of our coaching program is beginning after a successful first year. We are rolling out the Fulfilling the Call Handbook at Ministry Days which is a joint UUA/UUMA project that began in 2011 and has the potential to be a template for ministers, congregations and the UUMA and UUA for professional development for years to come. And we have posted the fine report from the UUMA/LREDA/UUMN task force with recommendations for how we can strengthen our shared ministries. Please click here to read it.
All of this is in addition to the "Who Are Our Neighbors?" program that will expand to lay leaders and religious professionals next year; the new Stewardship and Development team that has begun working on developing a long-range financial plan to ensure our future; preparing a comprehensive member survey that you will see next month and many of our ongoing programs and it's no wonder that the staff and I don't see the summer as much of a break!
Ministry Days is a time for reflecting on the year past, connecting with our beloved colleagues and looking to the year ahead with some exhaustion and hopefully, more excitement. I look forward to seeing you in person in Louisville or "virtually" through your computer screen.
UUMA Executive Director
|Got a Coach?|
If not...Sign up now!
Coaching--the practice of support through the process of achieving specific objectives--is a powerful tool for meeting our personal and professional goals. The UUMA Coaching Program is accepting applications from members in final fellowship, who would like to be matched with one of our trained coaches. You will receive 8-12 coaching sessions over the course of the year for the bargain rate of $100! We are offering coaching in the areas members have told us are the most critical to success in ministry. Click here to request a coach for yourself, or email Jennifer Channin with any questions. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2013
|Is Mentoring Part of Your Ministry?|
Then This Is For You!
In partnership with the UUA, the UUMA is developing an enhanced Mentoring program. During the winter of 2014, a cadre of experienced mentors will be trained to offer training and support to colleagues in the art of Mentoring. Our objective is to improve the odds of successful ministries, especially for communities that have been historically marginalized; strengthen the quality and accessibility of peer-to-peer mentoring and make mentors available to ministerial Candidates as well as ministers in Preliminary Fellowship. Experienced mentors who are interested in participating in this pilot program can apply here
before July 15, 2013. For more information, contact email@example.com
| 2015 Institute|
Call For Proposals
Do you have/or know of an eight-fifteen hour continuing education program that will excite and inspire your colleagues? If so the 2015 UUMA CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry team wants to hear from you! Send a title, fifty word description of the program, the names of the leader(s) and why you think it would make an AWESOME program to email the team
by August 1. If it inspires the team you will hear from us in August.
|Looking For Ministers Who Want To Be Healthier!|
The UUMA, in cooperation with the UUA Health Plan and the Office of Ministries and Faith Development, is offering UU ministers an opportunity to take part in a pilot program to test how we can improve the health and well-being of ministers though participation in a comprehensive wellness program. Ministers who meet the basic criteria and are OK with the "agreements" are invited to apply and to meet in person with our Wellness Coaches during a Collegial Conversation on June 18 at 2:00 PM. If you are not attending Ministry Days but wish to apply for the pilot you must view the collegial conversation in July before applying. The application deadline is August 15 and notifications will be made by September 1. For more information and details about the program and criteria
Applications will be available on-line by July 1. If you want to be part of this important study and plan on applying email the following information to Rev. Don Southworth, UUMA Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you will be attending the collegial conversation.
Preferred phone number
Name of the congregation you serve
Dollars and Sense UUA Style
There is a lot going on that might affect you and your money. A letter recently went out to all congregations and participating employers asking for feedback on the proposed changes to the UU Organizations Retirement Plan. The UUMA is a member of the Council on Church Staff Finances and has/will give feedback on the changes. If you haven't seen the letter or want to learn more visit the UUMA website: Click Here
Your help is needed to identify the next generation of dedicated Unitarian Universalists to serve as volunteer Compensation Consultants - both Generalists and Specialists. To nominate someone as either a generalist or specialist, please send an email by July 1 to Betsy Gabriel, UUA Compensation Programs Manager, at BGabriel@uua.org. In your email, please tell us a bit about the person, why you think they would make a good compensation consultation, and your preferred contact information. We'll be working with UUA field staff to vet the nominees.
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
617-848-0416 (phone) ~ 617-848-8122 (fax)www.uuma.org