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E-Update: May 2016
Your Monthly News & Updates
Are you able to join us for 2016 Ministry Days?Registration rates increase on May 1!If you plan on being in Columbus register today and save!

2016 Annual Meeting:Materials for the 2016 Annual Meeting have been posted online here. Hard copies will be mailed to those who do not have email or have requested

Meetups at Ministry Days:UsingMeetUpwe are once again making it easier than ever to gather groups of people together for conversation, meet and greets, games, yoga, or whatever else you'd like to do! We have created aMeetupgroup for the UUMA and anyone can create aMeetupor look over what's been created and join in.Click here to join the group.For more information,click here. Feel free to emailAndrewif you have any questions or difficulties.

From the Executive Director
These days the closest I get to writing new sermons is this monthly column. The practice of staring at a blank computer screen wondering what will come through my fingertips that will at least be coherent, hopefully relevant and maybe even useful is something that never (and always) gets old. As we all know, the creative muse or spirit takes us in surprising, sometimes even amazing places. Kind of like my job.
In the past month I had the privilege of being invited to spend the day with the MFC interviewing candidates for our ministry, reflecting and praying with MFC members as they lovingly and painstakingly did their work. I wish everyone could have the same opportunity because it gives one great faith in the future of our faith; not only by viewing the amazing people who have chosen to give their lives to ministry but by watching the dedicated people who take their work of evaluating and affirming them so seriously...Read Full Article
From the Board of Trustees
Rev. Josh Pawelek, Trustee-At-Large
Many of you will remember that the UUMA board conducted a series of conversations with chapters last spring. We asked you to respond to this question:Given your best understanding of the broad changes taking place in culture and society, and given your best understanding of the ways in which ministry will be most needed in the coming decades, how can we best shape the structures that form, support and sustain UU ministers?

You can read UUMA board member Olivia Holmes' report on the results of these conversations here. We held these conversations and asked this particular question in order to learn as much as possible from our members about your expectations for the UUMA of the future-its staff, programs, finances, and, most importantly, its vision. Mindful of the results of our conversations with you last year, and mindful of what we know about the needs of our members, our institutional partners, Unitarian Universalism, and the communities in which we serve, the UUMA board dedicated a segment of its March meeting to re-visiting and, where necessary, updating our mission and five vision statements... .Read Full Article
Sustaining the Call
Rev.Sarah Moldenhauer-Salazar

And the winner is...

Wendy Bartel was initially hesitant to become a Sustaining the Call Campaign Ambassador. Fundraising, she thought, wasn't a strength of hers. It made her very nervous. So why did Wendy say yes to serving in this role? She knew it was an important moment for an organization she strongly believes in. She decided this campaign was something worth stretching for; it was an effort she was willing to engage in despite the fear, an endeavor from which she could learn valuable skills. A year and a half later, Wendy Bartel and Bonnie Dlott, her co-Ambassador, are the Ambassadors that helped lead their chapter to victory!
Congratulations to the Pacific Central Chapter, the winners of the UUMA Chapter Challenge! Fifty-eight percent of their members pledged or donated to the Sustaining the Call Campaign for a UUMA Endowment Fund--the highest percentage of member pledging of any of our chapters. The chapter's prize: food, special staff programming, and - the pièce de résistance -a singing birthday call to every member of the Chapter from opera singer extraordinaire Janette Lallier! It was a very tight race. For example, the Pacific Northwest and Ohio-Meadville Chapters were close on the PCUUMA's heals with 55% and 50% respectively.
Though the Pacific Central Chapter gets the goodies, in this case, we clearly all win. The UUMA will be better resourced for us and for the ministers that come after us because of the efforts and generosity of so many. Thank you to all of you who have given to the campaign thus far. Your generosity is stunning. And thank you to all the Ambassadors for the calls, emails, meeting, letters, videos, FaceBook posts, chat reminders-the hours you have given in faithfulness to this effort and to your colleagues. You are a remarkable group of people. Thank you! We have now reached $740,000 in pledging with 36% of our members making a commitment to the campaign.
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Data from Last Year's POTE/UUA/UUMA Survey Now Online

Dear colleagues in ministry,
Thank you so much for your participation in last year's Panel on Theological Education Survey on Seminary Education. We had a great response and have already had several conversations on the results with UUMA and seminary leaders. We are now pleased to release a report presenting some of the data, especially as it relates to the factors influencing future ministers'choice of seminaries and changes in the economic landscape of ministry.As the landscape of theological education continues to change, we hope this report will provide a baseline for further exploration of ways our liberal religious movement can supports its future leaders.Click hereto read the findings.
Dr. Dan McKanan, POTE member, Emerson Senior Lecturer, Harvard Divinity School
Rev. David Pettee, Ministerial Credentialing Director, Unitarian Universalist Association
Rev. Don Southworth, Executive Director, Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association
Now Accepting 2018 Institute Recommendations and Proposals
The 2018 UUMA CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry will be heldJanuary 22-26, 2018near Tampa, Florida. We will be announcing more details about the Institute and some of our presenters during Ministry Days. This will be a historic Institute as we are partnering with Auburn Seminary and inviting clergy from all faiths to join us. The Institute Planning team is interested in your recommendations and proposals for potential tracks at the Institute (we have one or two openings.) If you have a recommendation and/or proposal please email the title, a paragraph description, name(s) of presenters and details on where it has been offered previously toinstitute@uuma.orgbyJune 15. If you have questions contactDon.
In Search of Peer Coaches

The UUMA is in need of Peer Coaches for our highly rated Coaching program. No experience isnecessaryasthe training isAugust 22-24th, 2016. If you're interested in being trained to become acoach, we arenow recruiting new coachesuntilMay 31, 2016. To find out more about being a coach or if you wish to start working with a coach in the fall you can make that request and learn morehere. Requests for coaches must be made byAugust 15th.
The State of Our Ministry
Join UUMA Executive Director Don Southworth and UUA Ministries and Faith Development DirectorSarah Lammert for a live webinaron"The State of our Ministry."This one hour event will take placeMay 18thfrom4-5 pmEastern.We have room for up to 100 people to join this live, free event.If you want to join us sign up byMay 6byclicking here.

We will record the webinar and make it available to UUMA members to view.Don and Sarah will present data on the current state of UU ministry, share their perspectives on both the strengths and challenges before us, and spend time in Q&A with our colleagues.Information about how to connect will be emailed to those with reservations in early May.
Accepting Applications for new UUMA Staff Position
Next year the UUMA will begin overseeing the new Ministerial Formation Network which is the name for the collaboration between the UUMA, UUA and congregations to provide collegiality, discernment support and training/education to aspirants and candidates. (You will hear more details about the network in next month's e-update and at Ministry Days.) These additional responsibilities mean that we are moving our half-time Program Assistant position to a full-time Associate Executive DirectorpositioneffectiveSeptember 1, 2016. If you are interested in applying for the position you can find the job descriptionhere. We will be accepting applications untilJune 15.For more information on the position please contactDon.
Commit2Respond A Success


Earth Day, April 22nd, was the culmination of theCommit2RespondClimate Justice Month, 2016. Looking at the actions over the past month it was clear that we have come together with strength and courage.Keep up withCommit2RespondonFacebookandTwitter.


UUMA Connect Offers Monthly Themes Next Year
Starting September 2016 UUMA Connect will offer monthly themes based on the Fulfilling the Call 9 duties of ministry. 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 The schedule is:
  • September - Worship & Preaching
  • October - Spiritual Development
  • November - Pastoral Care
  • December - Personal Renewal
  • January - Justice & Witness
  • February - Administration
  • March - Larger Faith
  • April - Rites of Passage
  • May - Future of Our Faith
Click here to view the full Meditation.
Ministry Meditations:

As May begins we will begin to see new blossoms, the coming of summer, and . . . less and less inspiration for sermon writing. If you are feeling drained looking at another worship program, you might have a case of sermon-itis. Therefore, our UUMA intern wants to invite all of you to her favorite space of quiet and joy, so that you all may have a few minutes of peace and reflection. Come, and you might find peace and joy.

You can find Ministry Meditations on our connect blog once a month.Please submit meditations and be featured here, by

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Rev. Don Southworth,
Executive Director
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