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From the Acting Executive Director
Spiritual Preparation for Leading a White Supremacy Teach-In
Melissa Carvill Ziemer

Dear Colleagues,

Last spring congregations were asked to hold a White Supremacy Teach-In as part of our collective response to discriminatory hiring practices at the UUA. For many of us, the conversation continued at GA and beyond.

This fall Aisha Hauser, Christina Rivera, Kenny Wiley and the rest of the #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn team is calling us again to act through growth and learning in our congregations.  On Sunday, October 15th or Sunday, October 22nd*, UU communities in the United State and Canada are called to host Part Two of the UU White Supremacy Teach-In. The UUMA wants to support the Teach-In and encourage the participation of ministers.  After consulting with the Teach-In team, we are pleased to offer a program to help ministers prepare for leadership.

UUMA staff Rev. Darrick Jackson, Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and UUMA intern Sana Saeed are offering an online conversation for UUMA members on Tuesday, October 10 from 4:30 to 6:30pm EDT. We will repeat the conversation for another group of colleagues on Monday, October 16 from 1 to 3 PM EDT. This opportunity will create space for grounding, reflecting and spiritually preparing together with colleagues to support your planning for a white supremacy teach-in at your congregation. We will begin with centering together and then break into small groups for deeper conversation. If desired by participants, we can offer separate break out space for ministers of color and white ministers. The call is limited to 50 participants - please register here to receive the call in information.

*If these two dates don't work, members of the teach-in team are encouraging folks to lead this at another time, rather than not at all. 

All my best,


UUMA Ableism Task Force Survey

Dear Colleagues, 

We know that fall can be a particularly demanding season. We're asking you to set aside about fifteen minutes to help us, the UUMA's Ableism Task Force, conduct an ableism survey within our UUMA. 

Your confidential answers will allow us to identify what changes are necessary at UUMA programs and in chapter life so that our welcome to and inclusion of colleagues with disabilities can flourish.

As a team, we share a conviction that it matters who's in the room, and what they need at our UUMA events and programs - and it matters who's not able to enter the room in the first place. We understand ableism as practices and behaviors that make disability a defect, rather than a dimension of human diversity.

In our work, we're choosing not to define disability along medical lines. To some of you, "disability" might mean difficulty hearing or seeing; to others, it means compromised movement. Some of our members consider their mental illness a disability, while others might use that term to describe chemical allergies. 

Thank you for answering our questions as candidly and thoughtfully as possible. 

Barbara Meyers, co-convener

Josh Pawelek, co-convener
Mark Belletini
Erika Hewitt
Evan Keely
Theresa Soto
Access the survey here: UUMA Ableism Survey
Please respond by October 17, 2017
October New to UUMA webinar 

Have you joined the UUMA in the past year and missed one of our new member calls? It's not too late to catch a new member webinar this month. The next one will be
Thursday, October 12, at 6 PM Pacific/9 PM Eastern.
This is a time to make some new connections with other members and with your professional association in a relaxed on-line setting.  We hope to meet you there!
Follow the link below to register and receive connection instructions.
Membership Renewals Due By Oct 15

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 15 to retain membership. Please also remember that if you require a waiver you must submit your request by October 15.

About Waivers: Must be requested by Oct 15. Members may not receive a waiver more than three years in a row without special circumstances. Documentation presented can include one of the following: most recent tax return (first page) or a detailed list of income and expenses. Members on disability will be granted a full waiver with SRI documentation.

Waiver Sliding Scale:
First Year Requested: 75% off: $62 (parish) / $31 (non-parish)
Second Year Requested: 50% off: $125 (parish) / $75 (non-parish)
Third Year Requested: 25% off: $188 (parish) / $95 (non-parish)
Full waivers granted on case by case basis.

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. One code is allowed per membership. If applying this code to your membership brings your dues amount below the minimum you are requested to pay the minimum. Click here to view available codes.
To renew, log in to your profile at and click on the Membership Info link in the My Profile menu. If you are already logged in you can click here. If you are having trouble, please contact Janette Lallier
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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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