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Your Monthly News & Updates
 
From the Acting Executive Director
Melissa Carvill Ziemer

One of the things I've learned about ministry is that discernment never ends.In May I had the opportunity to co-facilitate the second module of Where Leads Our Call for our colleagues in Canada.I shared with them, in my little homily about calling and discernment, that I used to think one day I would have discerned - past tense.I thought that once I finally worked through all my questions about whether I was called to ministry and when and where and how, that I would be able to abide in confidence.In truth, that was my experience for a while.A couple of years into my ministry in Kent, I was overcome with a powerful feeling of yes.I was confident I was answering my call faithfully and well.

In time, that feeling began to change.The causes were mostly related to my other calling as a parent, but the consequences were much larger.After another long period of discernment, I began a new ministry with the UUMA and my spouse and children and I moved back to Western Massachusetts, which is where I lived before I went to seminary.I was still in the process of discerning the meaning of all these changes in my ministry and in my life when tumult began to unfold in our faith.This spring was a painful and challenging time for me and for many leaders in the UUMA. Read More...

From the Board of Directors

Richard Speck
Hello! I am the new treasurer of the UUMA. You elected me Wednesday, June 21. This year's Ministry Days was fraught with the potential of conflict but it turned into a serious call to action for transforming our association and the larger UU movement. We heard powerful speakers share their pain of how white supremacy has affected their lives as colleagues in this faith. We gathered in small groups to explore our own feelings and observations concerning the recent turmoil within the Unitarian Universalist Association as well as our own UUMA. What set the tone for our annual gathering were powerful worship services drawing on the talents of members of our larger New Orleans colleagues, music director DeReau Farrar and our collegial choir, and a local Jazz band ensemble. The moving Berry Street Essay was delivered by Kristen Harper, Mel Hoover, Ashley Horan, Adam Robersmith and Marta Valentín. I hope that their remarks will be disseminated widely as we grapple with our own white supremacy within the UUMA. Colette Pichon Battle reminded us that race cannot be ignored when it comes to religion and politics. She did this with facts and a great sense of humor. I look forward to our work together to dismantle the systems of oppression that keep our association from being the beloved community for all our members. I invite you to join me on this journey towards wholeness.
Ministry Days 2017 Follow-Up
Please take a few moments to tell us about your experience of Ministry Days 2017 in New Orleans. Click here to complete a survey to let us know how well we met our goals, what worked well and what didn't. Thank you for your thoughts and your time.

Click hereto find the video of Ministry Days (Scroll down to "Archives: Ministry Days Worship Services")

If you weren't at Ministry Days (or even if you were but never made it to the CENTER or CDT tables), click here for updates on how you might become involved with many of our programs including the Ministerial Formation Network, Coaching, Beyond the Call 3: Grounding and Growing our Prophetic Ministries and much more.
Ministerial Conference at Berry Street 2017
This year's Berry Street Conference gave us the opportunity to hear from a stellar five-member panel of Kristen Harper, Mel Hoover, Marta Valentín, Adam Robersmith and Ashley Horan. Missed it? Click here to view the video of the essays. We are continuing to add the essay texts as we receive them.

We are also working on creating a simple guide for use in deepening your reflection after watching the essays. Coming Soon!
UUMA Job Opportunities
 
Interim Associate Executive Director
The UUMA is seeking a full-time Interim Associate Executive Director. Please see the complete job description by clickinghere. Resumes and cover letters should be submitted to Acting Executive Director Melissa Carvill Ziemerby July 26. Our hiring committee hopes to interview soon thereafter; we would like the selected applicant to begin before the end of August. Please contact Melissa with any questions.

Office Assistant
The UUMA is seeking a half-time office assistant.If you or someone you know is interested in please check out the job description by clickinghere.Any questions can be directed toJanette. Applications will be received until July 15.
2017 - 2018 Annual Membership Dues
 
UUMA memberships expire annually on June 30. Renewals begin July 1 and must be paid by October 15 to retain membership. To begin your renewal, log-in to your UUMA profile and follow the prompts for membership renewal.

Please remember that waivers are available for those unable to pay the minimum; we especially encourage those of you who are making less than $25,000 a year to consider asking for a waiver. Based on member feedback we have adjusted waiver structure toallow for partial waivers. Waivers must be requested by October 15, 2017. Follow this link for additional information on waivers, membership and the dues structure.
Remember to Update your UUMA Profile
 
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. The renewal process is dependent upon your profile containing correct information regarding your Salary & Housing and Ministry Setting. Additionally, keeping your profile up to date helps us to better support you.
2018 Institute Scholarship Deadline Extended
 
The deadline to apply for 2018 Institute Scholarships has been extended to
July 8, 2017.

The UUMA has limited scholarship funds to help our colleagues attend the Institute for Excellence in Ministry and Ministry Days.If you have limited resources and can describe your financial need, please click here to apply for this scholarship opportunity.

2018 Institute Scholarships
Scholarships for the 2018 UUMA Institute for Excellence in Ministry will be available for a portion of registration and lodging. In addition we will also be offering one "full ride" scholarship in honor of former UUA Executive Director Kay Montgomery, which will cover the full costs of registration/food/lodging and travel. If you are applying for a scholarship and want to ensure that you get in a particular seminar, please register and choose the "Mail a Check" option. Your full payment will still be due before the next rate increase, but you will have heard about your scholarship by then and will be able to apply that amount to the total. If you do not receive a scholarship and need to cancel your registration, you can do so before the rates increase without incurring a cancellation fee. If you are applying for the full-ride scholarship please fill out the entire application and return by July8, 2017.
NOTE: The full-ride scholarship is only available to members in fellowship and associate members. If you are applying for a partial scholarship fill out the application through the question "Would you like a PresidentialSupport Letter" - The deadline for partial scholarship applications is as follows:
Application Deadline
Recipients Notified
Rates Increase
July 8, 2017
July 20, 2017
August 1, 2017
September 1, 2017
September 20, 2017
October 1, 2017
November 1, 2017
November 20, 2017
December 15, 2017

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Thank you for your service in the world and for your commitment and passion for ministry.
 
Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer,
Acting Executive Director

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