E-Update: March 2015
From the Executive Director


When last we "met" I was writing to you from the California coast preparing to welcome 425 of our closest friends to the 2015 Institute for Excellence in Ministry.  This month I write to you from my home office in North Carolina looking at black ice and the remnants of seven inches of snow. (For those of you in the northeast thinking "seven inches?#!@# " it is a lot for a California boy who had to shovel snow for the second time in his life this week!)  The scenery isn't the only thing that has changed this month, so has the work I'm immersed in.


Last month the staff, CENTER team and I were busy as bees
From the UUMA Board
The Board of the UUMA is grateful for the trust placed in us, to guide the well-being and onward journey of the professional organization of our ministry.  Thank you for all the ways you strengthen the mission of our beloved UUMA - to nurture excellence in ministry through collegiality, continuing education, and collaboration. 

The Board will be meeting in Birmingham this month, after being a part of the commemoration of the marches in Selma, a historic witness UU ministers participated in fifty years ago.  As we learned when Rev. James Reeb died because of his courageous decision to stand in solidarity against injustice, each of us knows our calling may take us to places and consequences we can't anticipate.  It is in admiration and inspiration that we, the current leaders of the UUMA, are honored to serve.     


- Linda Olson Peebles

UUMA President

Sustaining the Call

When you are with your colleagues are you sometimes staggered, overcome, and humbled by how fortunate you are to get to spend time with such remarkable people? Me too! I hope those of you who were at Asilomar are still carrying the glow of that special time with you. A highlight of Institute for me was the chance to be with a group of newly recruited Ambassadors for the Sustaining the Call Campaign for a UUMA endowment. Hearing the Ambassadors describe how the UUMA has enhanced their lives in ministry, and witnessing their depth of gratitude for those who came before and their commitment to the generations of ministers yet to come, was such an honor and joy. Below is a link to one of our Ambassadors, the incomparable Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry, naming why she is supporting a strong and stable financial future for our Association.


You pledged $97,000 at Institute, you amazingly generous people, bringing the total pledges up to $224,000. And only 105 of our members have pledged thus far. That's impressive. Imagine what we can do to support our collegiality and continuing education when more of our membership gives! If each of the remainder of you pledged one thousand dollars paid over three years (the equivalent of one wedding a year) we'd be inches away from our goal of two million. Please take five minutes to make your pledge today. Also, if you're interested in arranging a legacy gift, please be in touch with me.


With gratitude and blessings,

Sarah Moldenhauer-Salazar


Sustaining the Call: Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry Testimonial
Sustaining the Call:
Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry

Last Call For "Where Leads Our Call?" Facilitators

For the first time since I've been UUMA Executive Director we have not been able to receive enough applications to start a new program. "Where Leads Our Call?" is scheduled to be our next UUMA-wide conversation.  We will be reflecting on the theology/practices that nurture excellence in ministry; the changing world of liberal religion and how it impacts our personal and collective calls; and the covenant and accountability we share with each other.  We are looking for 20-25 facilitators throughout the US and Canada who will be able to lead conversations for chapters, clusters and on-line.  The train the trainers session has been moved to July 26-30, 2015.  The final deadline for applications is Friday March 13, 2015.  If you, or someone you know, cares about the future of our ministry and liberal religion AND has excellent small group facilitation skills click here to apply ASAP.  If you have questions about the program or training email Don.

Seeking Part-time Office Assistant
The UUMA is seeking a part-time office assistant.  If you or someone you know is interested in please check out the job description.  Any questions can be directed to Janette. Applications will be received until April 15

Institute Worship Videos & Last Call for Evaluations


Our fabulous AV team is busy editing the recordings from all the Vesper and Worship Services.  We expect these to be done and posted to uuma.org. In the next few weeks. In the meantime the Tues-Friday services are available to view as archived live stream (not edited but just as inspiring). Click here to see all the live stream archives.


If you attended the Institute, don't forget to fill out our Evaluation Form. Please take a moment to share your thoughts on what went well and/or what we can improve.  We value your opinion and use your comments to plan future programs.

Ministry Days 2015

Registration Open Now

Are you planning on being in Portland for the 2015 Ministry Days and General Assembly?  Register today at the early bird rate - click here!


Still on the fence?  Here are some things you will miss if you stay home:

  • The friendly and supportive faces of your favorite 600 colleagues and friends.
  • Terrific programming featuring inspiring worship led by UUMA Secretary Duane Fickeisen and the UUMA Board, 25/50 Celebrants Dave Weissbard and Gail Seavey, and a special keynote by Robert Hardies.
  • An opportunity to participate in the business of the association dedicated to your growth and excellence.
  • A special opening reception themed on "Care and Feeding of a Minister." Make sure to book your travel plans so you arrive in time to be a little pampered.

Financial Concerns? Click here to apply for a scholarship. Application deadline is April 5 so apply now.


Traveling with your Family? We have lowered the partner/spouse rate to attend Ministry Days.  We plan to have opportunities for partners and spouses to gather and share fellowship.  The board is also including a UUMA Child Dedication in the opening worship.  We hope you will pass this information along.  

  • Find all the information you need here.
  • Download the Registration Packet here.

2015 Stewardship Sermon
Award Entries Sought


Have you preached or heard a good sermon on the topic of stewardship and the funding of Unitarian Universalism lately? If so, why not submit it for this year's Stewardship Sermon Award so that others may be inspired as well. This award is granted annually in recognition of a sermon that best explores and promotes the financial support of our Unitarian Universalist faith. The $1,000 award is jointly sponsored by the Annual Program Fund (APF), the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA) and the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA).   Click here for further information about the award, including important information about submission criteria.


2015 Social Witness Sermon Contest Deadline is March 6!

The 2015 Social Witness Sermon Contest is your opportunity to speak out on any dimension of the current Congregational Study/Action issue.  Let your views from the pulpit on this important topic reach a wider audience.  The Congregational Study/Action Issue for 2012-2016 is "Reproductive Justice: Expanding Our Social Justice Calling."
 The one for 2014-2018 is "Escalating Inequality." Either topic is eligible. The contest is sponsored by the UUA's Commission on Social Witness and the UUMA.  The deadline for submissions is March 6, 2015Click here for details.

UUMA Connect Corner


We are happy to announce that towards the end of March, UUMA Connect hopes to launch a number of video meditations on our website on a routine basis. These meditations will be made by ministers for ministers, in order to serve the spiritual needs of our colleagues. We hope that in doing this, we can provide spiritual respite, resource, and insight to our UUMA members.  Keep your eye on social media and UUMA Connect for opening day and look at April's E-Update on how you can participate!


Zoom Room:

Last month we launched 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 

Join the UUMA Staff and Commit2Respond for Climate Justice Month!

Have you signed up for Climate Justice Month yet? The UUMA Staff have all signed up and we hope you'll join us!


From World Water Day (March 22) to Earth Day (April 22), Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith and conscience will embark on a spiritual journey for climate justice.


Individuals, families, groups, and congregations will get faith-filled resources, engage in powerful practices throughout the month, learn together, and discern how to most effectively shift to a low carbon future, advance human rights, and grow the climate justice movement. Get the details here and sign up for Climate Justice Month daily messages.

Climate Justice Month is being organized by Commit2Respond, the new climate justice initiative led by UU groups across our faith movement. Join Commit2Respond to participate.


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. This is your movement. You have the power to make a difference. How will you respond?



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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