E-Update - May 2014

UUMA Connect Launches Now!

It's the moment you've all been waiting for: the official launch of UUMA Connect, the new online continuing education and collegiality hub for UUMA members. Come check it out! You can sign in using your regular UUMA.org username and password.  
When I first started talking to folks about UUMA Connect last summer, I heard a common yearning-a yearning for more connection, more collaboration with their colleague. People were excited about the prospect of a place to go for resources and information that would help them grow as ministers, but were even more excited about the way this site might help us grow as a collegial community... READ MORE
From the Executive Director

One of the greatest things about my job is that I am invited to many meetings around the world to visit with our members and to take part in important conversations about the future of our faith.  Last week our UUMA President, Linda Olson Peebles, and I took part with 25 other leaders from throughout Unitarian Universalism in the "Living the Covenant" conference in Chicago. The conference, sponsored by the Panel on Theological Education, focused on the health and future of Unitarian Universalist seminaries and the importance of theological education.  


We discussed why - and how - the economic models for educating future ministers and other religious professionals must change and we discussed ways in which we must innovate and collaborate in different ways to assist with ministerial formation.  The conversations were sometimes a bit tense (which happens when there are passion and different perspectives in the room) and always were rich.  Most of us left with a new "to-do" list; all of us left with a new perspective and, I think, a sense of urgency for what we must do differently ... READ MORE

Do passwords frustrate you?  
You are not alone.  When logging into UUMA Connect remember to use your UUMA username and password.  Have you forgotten it?  Visit uuma.org and click forgot password to have a reset email sent to your email on file (the same one this e-update came to.)  What to change it?  Update your profile - here are directions.  When all else fails contact Janette or Allison, we will do all we can to help!
Quick Survey

Thanks to everyone who participated in last month's survey.  83% of you think the housing allowance is a good thing for our wallets and 35% of you think it is a violation of church and state.  (The survey gave the option to answer yes to both questions.)  
This month's survey question is, fittingly, about technology and ministry.  It will take three minutes or less and you can find it here.  
We're so excited about UUMA Connect that we are offering prizes just for logging on! 

The first person to log on at noon EDT will get a special surprise in their inbox. We'll also be holding a drawing of all the people who sign in on the first day for a $25 Amazon Gift Card AND a drawing of the top users from the first month for a Kindle.  


Looking for a full introduction to UUMA Connect?

 Check out the video tutorial on the About page.




We will be offering nine tutorials in May, one on each Duty of Ministry.  All times are EDT.

  • May 8, 12-1pm,
    Spiritual Development

  • May 12, 4-5pm, Administration 

  • May 15, 3-4pm,
    Rites of Passage 

  • May 16, 3-4pm,
    Justice & Witness 

  • May 20, 3-4pm,
    Personal Renewal

  • May 21, 4:30-5:30pm, Pastoral Care 

  • May 22, 7:30-8:30pm, Worship & Preaching 

  • May 27, 6-7pm,
    Future of our Faith

Each tutorial will last about an hour and will be recorded and posted on the appropriate Duty. 

To register click here.

Have You Registered For the 2015 Institute Yet?

The 2015 UUMA CENTER for Excellence in Ministry will be here before we know it.  Have you registered yet?  We invite you to Dive In...to Interplay at the Institute. At every Institute we have at least one seminar dedicated to "body" learning.  We are fortunate in 2015 to have Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter, the creators and founders of Interplay, leading a seminar titled "Interplay: Unlock the Wisdom of Your Body."  Spend a week practicing the "design of artful learning environments that are enjoyable, community building and transformative."   Want to learn more?  Watch this video.


This is the workshop for those who want to get up and move while learning.  It's not too late to sign up for this workshop - or seven others at the the 2015 Institute.  Rates go up on August 1 and the first scholarship deadline is July 1 

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)  

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