Here is your monthly news and updates from the UU Ministers Association!
Your Monthly News & Updates
From the Associate Executive Director
Melissa Carvill Ziemer

Even as I'm focusing my attention on preparing for Ministry Days and General Assembly in just a few weeks, I'm mindful that many of you will not be with us in person. If that includes you, consider this a little window into what you might have found when you stopped by the UUMA booth to learn more about how we are supporting ministries from beginning to end.

Continental implementation of the Ministerial Formation Network is underway! In partnership with the UUA, we are making a significant commitment to nurturing the flourishing of our ministry for future generations.The MFN promises discernment support, supplemental education and collegiality to all eligible aspirant and candidates for our ministry no matter where they live.We have learned a lot from the pilot of the program this year and feel confident that this program will be deeply rewarding for all who participate.If you would like to learn more or sign up to be a minister volunteer or participant in the program, please click here.

We are excited to be expanding our peer clergy coaching program. Read More...
From the Executive Director
Don Southworth
I have been fortunate throughout my life to have excellent mentors. One of them was a boss I had when I was working at Pacific Bell in my late 20s. I was relatively new to management in the corporate world and Jerry took me under his wing to help show me the ropes. One of the things he told me that I have held onto for more than 30 years was that he was a gardener. I was a bit surprised to hear that from a type A high-achieving General Manager in a Fortune 50 company so when I asked him why he shared wisdom that I have never forgotten. Read More...
From the Board of Directors

Cheryl M. Walker
I am just finishing my first year as your UUMA President. To say the least it has been quite an eventful year. Not the one that I expected, but I have been in ministry long enough to know that one cannot know the future, and that our expectations of what we think should happen do not always coincide with what actually happens. I have been alive long enough to know that your character matters most in the hard times.

What I also know from ministry and life is that to make it through the difficult times you need some good companions on the road with you. Read More...
From the Ministry Days Planning Team
Dear Ones:

So much has happened within our faith in the last three months - revelations of white supremacy and patriarchy operating in our institutions: the resignation of Peter Morales and other colleagues from the UUA; the arrest of a beloved colleague on child pornography charges: Don Southworth's Easter letter to the UUA Board and the UUMA Board's public response to it; disclosure of edits and redactions to last June's Berry Street essay. There's more. So much has happened within the UUMA and the UUA that has been the cause of pain and hurt, anger and rage, disenchantment and disillusion. For many, trust has eroded. Yes, for some there have been initial moments of reconciliation, healing, and even joy. But as colleagues we have barely begun to work through all that has happened.

Since April the UUMA Board and Staff have recognized that this year's Ministry Days in New Orleans cannot follow the usual patterns. This year must be different.
Ministry Days 2017

We look forward to see you at Ministry Days held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.
Online registration has now closed. If you missed the deadline, but plan to attend please contact Michelle as soon as possible.

Childcare and Child Dedication:
Registration for Childcare at Ministry Days is now open! Childcare is free to all attendees who pre-register. We cannot provide childcare to families who do not register. Thank you for understanding. To register for childcare, please click here.

We will once again be having a child dedication during the Tuesday morning opening worship. If your family is interested in participating, please email Janette with the full name(s) of the child(ren) you wish to have dedicated, date(s) of birth and name(s) of parent(s).

Off-site Registration:
If you are not able to attend the 2017 Ministry Days in New Orleans we areonce again offering live streaming. If you wish to participate remotely register here so that we can keep you informed of any news or happenings.Livestream of Ministry Days is free to all members. During registration you will have the opportunity to make a contribution to off-set the cost of Live streaming. We greatly appreciate your support.
Community Engagement Opportunities:
Registration closes June 8, 2017

This year the UUMA Board of Trustees, in partnership with theCenter for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal, is arranging opportunities for engagement in the community beyond the convention center and hotels during Ministry Days. Click here to register. The three opportunities include:
Justice and Beyond:June 19 4:45-7:00 pm at Christian Unity Baptist Church
Pre-Ministry Days Monday evening visit to "Justice and Beyond," a local coalition of faith leaders, non-profit workers, and activists organizing around issues of importance to New Orleans's community - especially the black community. A buffet of chicken, red beans and rice is prelude to a lively, passionate session of discussion and planning.There is room for up to50 UUMA membersto attend and bear witness as this innovative coalition conducts its work. Transportation provided. For a recent article on Justice and Beyond,click here
Harry Thompson Center:June 20th from noon to 2:00
Visit the Harry Thompson Center to participate in its unique ministry to homeless people. There is room for up to6 UUMA membersto attend. Transportation provided.Click herefor more information on the Harry Thompson Center.
A Community Voice:June 20th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
UUMA members are invited to engage in community organizing with A Community Voice. ACV works with low and moderate-income families to create social and economic justice in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes. Participants will learn about ACV's current campaigns and then venture out into the community to help organize. There is room forup to 200 UUMA membersto participate. Transportation provided.Click herefor more information on A Community Voice.
The last nine months UUMA has highlighted a different Duty of Ministry.Here is a look back at the monthly webinars and resources in case you missed them!

New to Ministry Days
Coming to Ministry Days for the first time this summer?Join UUMA staff and volunteers for an orientation call on June 7 at 1pm EST. We'll let you know what to expect at Ministry Days and offer you a little context about how this Ministry Days will differ from prior years in some significant ways.We will give you a chance to meet some other first-timers, and answer any questions you might have! Register here
2017 - 2018 Annual Membership Dues
Can you believe that the fiscal year is nearing an end? This is a reminder that all memberships expire on June 30, 2017 and membership renewals begin July 1. If you would like to get your dues paid before the end of the year, you may do so beginning June 17. Simply log-in to your UUMA profile and follow the prompts to renew.

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 full waiver. Waivers must be requested by October 15, 2017.

UUMA Seeking 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.Any questions can be directed toJanette. Applications will be received until June 30, 2017.Job description here.
2018 Institute Highlight

Pray like an Activist: Wisdom Teachings for the Practice of Freedom

Whether we are acting in solidarity with black lives, pursuing climate justice, defending LGBTQIA rights or protecting a woman's right to choose, working for social change in a time of tyranny is exhausting, often discouraging, and absolutely essential. How do we find the strength and capacity to continue the work? We nurture those qualities in ourselves through regular practices that feed the soul and remind us of what we're fighting for.

Enjoy this You Tube clip of presenter Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt's presentation of"Our Inconsistent Witness: The Anti Lynching Movement "
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Thank you for your service in the world and for your commitment and passion for ministry.
Rev. Don Southworth,
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