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Your Monthly News & Updates
We at the UUMA hope your summer is going well. Like many of you, the UUMA is amidst a transition. On July 28 we bid farewell to Andrew Mertz. Andrew has served the UUMA well as Program Assistant this past year and we are grateful for his service. The first ever, UUMA Associate Executive Director, Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer will begin her position on October 1. In the interim (beginning Aug 15) we are excited to welcome back Jennifer Channin as a program consultant. We thank you in advance for your patience and gracious understanding as we navigate our changing staff structure.
From our New Associate Executive Director
Hello from Transylvania where I'm enjoying my first pilgrimage to the roots of our faith. I've asked our new Associate Executive Director (as of Oct. 1) to share a little about why she said yes to joining the UUMA.
Like so many of you in parish ministry, my summer is filled with preparing for the worship, programming, staff priorities and leadership development of the church year ahead. This annual congregational work is made more complex this year as the staff, lay leaders and I also plan for the end of my ministry with them right after Thanksgiving. Even more than usual, my summer is filled with meetings with the wonderful leaders I've been privileged to share the ministry with for the last eleven years.
At the same time, I've also been participating in a select few meetings with UUMA staff and volunteers to begin preparing for my new role as the Associate Executive Director of the UUMA. In one such meeting this week, I was struck by a parallel in the ending of my parish ministry and the beginning of my ministry within the UUMA. Just like the congregation I serve, UUMA leaders are busy this summer preparing for ... read more.
Greetings Dear Colleagues,
I've been reading "A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives" by Thupten Jinpa. Jinpa relates the analogy offered by Shantideva, an 8th century Indian Buddhist: If we were to try to cover the entire face of the earth with leather to protect our feet, where could we find enough leather? Instead, by covering the soles of our feet with leather shoes we can achieve the same purpose as covering the entire world." Jinpa offers this story as guidance of how to respond to big problems. The ills of the world can feel overwhelming. We cannot blanket the whole world. We can equip ourselves.
That is what we do together as the members of the UU Ministers Association-equip ourselves to be the best ministers we can be. For most UU ministers, the UUMA is the primary source of collegiality and continuing education. These times are calling to us. We need each other. We need continuing opportunities to learn the arts of ministry. We need to collaborate in ways that multiply our impact. We need the wisdom, hope, and inspiration of our shared commitment to antiracist, anti-oppressive, multicultural practices.
As we turn towards the beginning of new church years, school years, transitions to new locations, new projects, many of us start generating plans for what lies ahead. I hope you will include the Sustaining the Call Campaign in your plans. Perhaps you intend to make a pledge and keep forgetting. Perhaps you've been meaning to make a payment toward your pledge and doing so keeps slipping off one of your many spinning plates. We've made it easy; click here
to make a pledge or here
(must be logged in) to make a payment. Or you can go to the Giving page on the UUMA website any time.
Thank you for all the ways you support our professional association and its mission. It makes a difference.
Blessings to you and whatever transitions are unfolding in your lives and ministries,
Rev. Dr. Sarah Moldenhauer-Salazar
UUMA Endowment Director
Request a Coach by August 15th
Are you stuck in a rut, or do you need a new source of energy and inspiration for an aspect of your ministry?
Coaching can re-focus your ministry, re-center your spirit, and help you identify, set, and reach the right action-oriented goals for this season of your ministry. UUMA Peer Coaches work one-on-one with colleagues in Final Fellowship over a one-year time-span to help them set and achieve specific action-oriented goals to take their ministries to the next level. Unlike Mentoring, which offers general guidance to ministers in formation, Coaching is especially powerful for ministers who have been in their ministry settings long enough (average of 9 years) to have identified specific areas for improvement, but may feel stuck. Peer Coaches provide accountability, encouragement, and structured conversation to get you out of your rut. Interested?
Our next deadline to request a coach is August 15. Follow this link to sign up. To find out more about the UUMA Coaching Program, follow this link. Contact Don Southworth if you have any questions.
When you next log in to uuma.org you may notice that your membership has lapsed. Don't panic! When we shifted memberships to match the fiscal year all memberships expired on June 30. Because of the realities of our accounting systems all dues are payable beginning July 1 and must be paid by October 1 to retain membership. The renewal system uses the Ministerial Setting and Salary&Housing fields in your profile to calculate your dues amount (for Regular, Associate, and Candidate members who are upgrading to Regular membership.) Click here to see the 2016-2017 Renewal Chart. Click here to log in and renew your membership. Here are the hopefully easy steps in renewal:
- When starting to renew the system will ask you to update your profile. Make sure the Ministerial Setting and Salary & Housing fields are correct.
- Next, select the level you would like to renew at.Your options are:
- One Payment or Installments (annual dues that can be paid in full or split into 10 payments)
- Auto Renewal run on July 1 (must be paid using a credit card will be set to automatically renew for FY18 on July 1, 2017)
- Regular/Associate Min. with Discount Code (if using a discount code makes your dues total lower than the minimum dues use this category to pay the minimum - $113 as a community minister and $225 as a parish minister)
- Temp Financial Hardship: Opt Installments (Minimum for those experiencing temporary financial hardship. Can be paid in full or split into 10 payments)
- Request For Full Waiver (For those who plan to submit documentation requesting a full waiver of dues)
- Confirm you are changing your membership level (this is true for all)
- Enter a promotional code if appropriate and complete the billing information
- Please check your dues amount to ensure it is what you expect.If the system gives you $0 due it may be because your profile is not correctly configured. To see the current dues structure click here.
- Waivers: Members experiencing extreme financial hardship or full disability may request a full waiver of dues. Application for a waiver must be made annually as specified by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees, at its discretion, may determine additional procedures for the waiver or reduction of dues for international members serving outside North America. Any dispute over the amount of dues payable shall be finally determined by the Treasurer. To apply for a full waiver please forward the following documentation to the UUMA Director of Administration.
- Full Disability: Documentation from the Social Security Department of your disability status. If you have retired due to disability and have notified the MFC of your retirement you may wish to apply for life membership.
- Extreme Financial Hardship: A copy of the first two pages of your most recent IRS Form 1040 or a detailed description of income. (Canadian Members are asked to submit the equivalent Canadian tax return)
- Changing Status:
- Candidate to Regular: If you have received preliminary fellowship you should upgrade your membership. Candidates who were received into fellowship this previous June should upgrade to TBV-Regular (You can select the TBV-Regular under the 'Membership Information' drop down menu on the renewal screen.)
- Regular to Life: Regular members who have retired through the MFC, have been active in the UUMA for at least 5 years, and do not plan to seek employment in the ministry in the next 5 years should select: MFC Retirement - Life Member Upgrade. (You can select the TBV-Life under the 'Membership Information' drop down menu.) If you have retired and plan to seek work in the next 5 years please indicated such in your profile so that your dues can be calculated on a retirement scale.
- Membership Discounts: If you belong to a separate organization that is necessary to your ministry, you may use a discount code to deduct a portion of your dues. Associations are assigned codes based on their dues amount. One code is allowed per membership. Click here to view available codes.
If by applying a discount, your dues will be less than the minimum ($225/parish or $113/community), please pay the minimum.
Farewell to Ministry Meditations
Imagine you are sitting in your office, and every week a colleague reaches out happy to offer a personal meditation for your ministry. That is what I have had the joy of experiencing and participating in as I helped to curate Ministry Meditations. Ministry Meditations has ended, but it's powerful witness will not be forgotten.
I have had Zoom call after Zoom call of ministers, who are open and deep, poignant and powerful, time and time again. I've seen beautiful pieces of art with Kimberley Debus, heard the clutter of the ministers' lives with Wendy Bartel and Lynn Gardner, felt the power of boxing as spiritual practice with Ann Schrantz, and been taken to the sea with Kate Lore. I have been laughing with Don, embodied with Sarah Moldenhauer-Salazar and Ranwa Hammamy, and breathing with Tom Capo. I have been ridiculous with Meg Riley and Jake Morrill, and reflective with Allison Palm. I have touched the real beating heart of family love with Julie Taylor, and witnessed Kent Matthies talk about the honor of ministry while his kids were just put to sleep. I have learnt accountability, meditation, spiritual practice, encouragement, and honest depth of call over and over by the cloud of witnesses who are our colleagues.
These cloud of witnesses open themselves up for you. They are spiritual journeyers and they are all still here for you, waiting for when you need them on our Connect site. We are no longer taking new meditations or posting them regularly, but we are keeping all of our meditations on Connect and encouraging people to share them as widely as possibly among our UUMA colleagues.
I encourage everyone to view them, to post the link to other colleagues, to share them in colleague groups, or just to feel their presence. Trust me, I know personally that this cloud of witnesses is powerful. Click here to view the meditations
Their presence is holy; their healing is the work of God. #UUMAMeditates
A Special thanks to all of our contributors over the past year and a half: Kate Lore, Christian Schmidt, Robin Tanner, Rebekah Montgomery, Kate Walker, Peggy Clarke, Janette Lallier, Emily DeTar, Don Southworth, Lynn Gardner, Wendy Bartel, Sarah Moldenhauer-Salazar, Allison Palm, Meg Riley, Jake Morrill, Sarah Lammert, Cheryl M. Walker, Stephen Shick, David Sammons, Jim Grant, Andrew Mertz,Emilie Boggis, Christiane Heyde, Tom Capo, Matt Alspaugh, Ann Schranz, Lynda Sutherland, Beverly Boke, Julie Taylor, Kent Matthies, Michelle Favreault, Daniel Gregoire, Ranwa Hammamy, Mary Wellemeyer, Erika Hewitt, Kimberley Debus, Tom Schade, Michelle Pederson
UUMA Connect Offers Monthly Themes Next Year
Starting September 2016 UUMA Connect will offer monthly themes based on the 9 duties of ministry in Fulfilling the Call. Each month will focus on highlighting resources, learning opportunities, and ways to engage in each duty based on the technologies of the platform. There will be webinars, small groups, blogs, resources, wiki-pages and more. Chapters are welcome to 'adopt' a monthly theme by contacting the Connect leaders at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can look forward to:
- September - Worship & Preaching Worship & Preaching : In the month of September, we will explore together our work in worship. We will share blog posts about the purposes of worship, best practices. We will crowd-source our best information in wiki's about preaching and worship planning. Rev. Erika Hewitt will host a webinar on September 8, 2016 at 4 PM EST on Worship Web. Look forward for more details.
- October - Spiritual Development
- November - Pastoral Care
Ministry Days Edited Videos Posted!!
The edited versions of 2016 Ministry Days are available! Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to view.
Update your profile: Dues based on Salary & Housing
The renewal process is dependent upon your profile containing correct information regarding your Salary & Housing and Ministry Setting. Please make sure your profile is up to date. When you renew your membership you will be given an opportunity to update your profile at the start of the process - or take a moment to do it now! Keeping your profile up to date helps us support you more!
Welcoming New Members:
Congratulations and Welcome to all new and upgrading members. Click here to see a full listing.