E-Update: February 2015

From the Executive Director

I'm writing this month as I look out over the Pacific Ocean.  I've been in three days of meetings at Asilomar in California for our first retreat in the Beyond the Call: Entrepreneurial Ministry program.  On Monday over 400 joined us as we celebrated our third Institute for Excellence in Ministry.  Pacific Grove, where we have gathered, is where I lived when I found Unitarian Universalism.  I discovered or - more accurately - answered the call to ministry less than two years after I found the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula. 


Forgive my nostalgia but as we start another major innovation at the UUMA (a multi-faith entrepreneurial ministry program) and prepare for the third version of a major innovation that continues to evolve, I'm thinking about what it all means for our members and our faith ... READ MORE

Why I Love the UUMA Board

Serving the UUMA by being a Board member is truly fulfilling work.  It is a concrete way for me to show my affection and appreciation to both current members and to those who have gone before.  I am especially grateful to work on behalf of the women and ministers of color whose journey to ministry were not as easy as mine.   One reason that I enjoy my work on the UUMA Board is the leadership of our president, Rev. Linda Olson Peebles.  She ensures that we keep asking the big, powerful questions appropriate for a policy board.  Linda also brings to our work a living reminder that the UUMA represents an increasingly diverse ministry.   As both a religious educator and a member of a multi-clergy team, she makes sure that we keep our perspective broad enough to serve all kinds of ministers. 


Now Accepting Applications for Where Leads Our Call? Facilitators - Applications Due February 9!

Do you care about the future of ministry?  Are you curious about what theologies/practices nurture excellence in ministry?  And, would you like to help your colleagues engage in conversations about covenant and accountability?  If you answer yes you are a great candidate to be a facilitator for our next UUMA-wide conversation, Where Leads Our Call?   We are looking for 20-30 members representing Canada and the regions across the United States who are interested in acting as facilitators for the program.  Training will be held May 5-8, 2015 in Chicago. To learn more about the qualifications and requirements for the position and to apply click here.  The deadline to apply is February 9.

Join Us at 2015 Ministry Days!
June 22-24 ~ Portland, OR

Giving the World the Best of Unitarian Universalism

Keynote Presenter:  The Rev. Robert M. Hardies


"Is Unitarian Universalism a faith worth giving my life to?"  "Is the ministry a vocation worth devoting my life to?"  These are questions that I and many colleagues I know have asked from time to time. These questions-and others like them-led me on a journey to discover the riches of our Unitarian Universalist faith.  A journey that has culminated for me in a resounding "yes"-in a joyful affirmation of our faith and our ministry.


This year at ministry days I'd like to share with you-my colleagues-some of this journey, as well as the grounds for and content of my "yes."  Together, I'd like us to explore the riches of our tradition, and how they can help us meet the challenges and opportunities of ministry in the 21st century.

Now more than ever the world needs the best of what Unitarian Universalism has to offer.


Watch for a information card in February!

Institute LiveStream

Due to some technical difficulties with the livestream site we were unable to stream the Institute opening worship.  We did record it and will have it made available on the live stream page when possible.


We also hope to have the issues resolved on Tuesday morning in time for worship.  You can view the live stream two ways:


Click Here to watch at uuma.org

Click Here to watch at livestream


Wed.-Fri. Worship (8:30-9:30 AM PDT) and Tues. & Wed. Vespers (9-9:45 PM PDT)

Last Call for UUMA/Panel on Theological Education Survey

Over 500 UUMA members have filled out a survey we created to learn about aspirants and UUMA members' seminary experiences so far.  The survey takes about 20-30 minutes and will help us better understand the economic realities and choices we have made.  If you haven't filled it out yet look for an email inviting you to participate in the next two weeks.  Your participation will help us create plans on how to best support seminarians and UU identity-based seminaries in the future.

Will you help Sustain the Call in 2015? 

Sustaining the Call: Sarah Moldenhauer Salazar Testimonial

Sustaining the Call:
Sarah Moldenhauer-Salazar

In January we were excited to announce Sarah Moldenhauer-Salazar as the UUMA's new Endowment Director.  This month she shares her story.  If you are at Asilomar please stop by the Sustaining the Call table and meet Sarah and consider making a video testimonial.  Or click here to make a pledge today.

If you want more information about the campaign contact Sarah Moldenhauer Salazar

Interested in Serving
on the MFC?  Apply Now! 


The UUMA Board of Trustees appoints four UUMA members to serve up to four (4) renewable two-year terms each on the Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC).  This year, there are two (2) open positions that begin July 1, 2015 and end on June 30, 2017, with the option of being appointed up to three (3) more times.


In the UUMA's continuing effort to increase opportunities for members to lead and serve their colleagues, the Board invites members who wish to serve on the MFC to apply no later than February 9, 2015. Click here for more information, to review the requirements and to apply.  For more information about the process please contact Don.

Important Deadlines

February 9:

February 15: POTE Survey Due

UUMA Connect Corner

Zoom Room

This month we are launching the "Zoom Room." Any group of UUMA colleagues can use the

UUMA's Zoom account for free online meetings for up to 25 people, upon reservation. A great way to connect with colleagues near and far! Click here to learn more or contact Allison with questions. 


Webinar: Tending Moral Injury in Returning Veterans: A Pastoral Imperative

March 12th, 4pm EST


This one-hour webinar will introduce clergy to the topic of moral injury through case-study learning. Participants will build capacity to remain with moral pain and utilize spiritual disciplines to tend wounds and promote growth. 

Topics for discussion include: moral values, the relationship between moral emotions and moral behavior, moral disengagement and moral injury, the difference between PTSD and moral injury, the cost of killing, and spiritual disciplines to promote moral wellness and spiritual wholeness.

The instructor will provide relevant reading material and a case study interview which participants should read  and hear prior to the webinar.

The Rev. Chris J. Antal is the Staff Chaplain at Soldier's Heart, in Troy, New York. He leads workshops that build the capacity of faith communities to address moral injury, foster post-traumatic growth, and promote restorative justice. Prior to that he served as a military chaplain in Afghanistan, where he established and led the Kandahar Crossroads Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Rev. Antal is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association and the National Association of Veteran's Affairs Chaplains.

Cost: $25 for UUMA Members/$35 for non-members. Proceeds from the workshop will support the non-profit Soldier's Heart organization, which does outreach to veterans and their families.

Click here to register. Registrations will be accepted until March 6th 

Get Ready for Climate Justice Month

From World Water Day on March 22, to Earth Day on April 22, UUs across the country and beyond will embark on a spiritual journey for climate justice together. Be inspired, get connected with other people of faith and conscience committed to climate justice, and commit to long-term actions that will help save our world.

Climate Justice Month is being organized by Commit2Respond, the new UUism-wide climate justice initiative. Individuals, families, congregations, and groups will get faith-filled resources, engage in powerful practices, and begin to take action in new ways to shift our energy, advance human rights, and grow the climate justice movement. Join Commit2Respond to participate in Climate Justice Month, and get ready!

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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