Countdown to Ministry Days: June 13, 2015  

We can't wait to see you in Portland!

Hello Everyone! 


The UUMA Board is very excited about this year's Ministry Days in Portland.  It's our best opportunity to see a large number of you all at once.   Even though we do have a little bit of information to share with you, we mostly want to hang out with as many of you as we can.  We want to know how your ministries are going; we want to hear your stories of both struggle and celebration.  We are especially looking forward to leading the opening worship, honoring milestones, conducting a forward-looking annual meeting, and listening to you during the "Collegial Conversations."   In the course of our few days together, please do feel free to start a conversation with any one of us. This first of two countdown emails will provide you with valuable information to help you make the most of our time together. 


Wishing you safe, uncomplicated travels,

Rev. Jennifer Ryu, Vice President
UUMA Board of Trustees

Reminders from the Staff:

Don't Miss The Fun: The staff is super excited about the opening reception - we hope you will arrive in time to attend!Our theme is “the care and nurturing of ministers” and we have big plans to make you feel special. There will be Karaoke, Massage, Tarot Card Reading, a fantastic Photo Booth, Speed Networking, and quite space to reconnect with your colleagues.  Some of the events require an appointment.  Make sure to arrive early (7:30) to sign up!


Let Your Voice Be Heard: We are asking UUMA members to submit questions for the Board and/or Peter Morales for the Tuesday afternoon Q&A sessions. Please send your question to Don Southworth by Monday June 15. (questions will be asked anonymously.)

Lend A Helping Hand: Every year we count on the generous spirits of our members in volunteering their time at Ministry Days. Volunteering is a great way to meet colleagues and can be a lot of fun! If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up on the UUMA website: Email Lindsey Nye with any questions or technical difficulties.

Be In The Know: We encourage you - if you haven't already - to spend some time reviewing the annual reports from the Board of Trustees, staff and UUMA committees. Click here to access all the information. Please let us know if you have any questions and or want some specific information in next Friday's countdown.

Know Where To Go:

      Don: Board Connections, Q&A, Collegial Conversations

      Janette: Arrangements, Catering, Accessibility, Child Care, AV needs

      Allison: Tuesday Vespers, CENTER Connections, GA Booth

      Sarah: Endowment

      Emily: Program Support

      Lindsey: Registration, Volunteers


Sustaining the Call:


John Gibbons is the first person to memorialize a beloved colleague through a gift to the Sustaining the Call Campaign, something you will have the opportunity to do as well during opening worship of Ministry Days. Who did John choose to memorialize? Who might you like to memorialize or express appreciation for? Consider, while you watch John’s moving testimonial


Portland TriMet: Did you know that all General Assembly attendees will receive a complimentary TriMet pass?  Many thanks to the GA office for providing these passes to GA attendees who are  attending Ministry Days a few days early. If you are registered for GA you may pick up your TriMet pass at Ministry Days Registratiton. The TriMet pass is valid on Max Light Rail trains, busses and streetcars in the city of Portland through Mon, 6/29.


Getting to Vespers: This year the Tuesday evening vespers will be at the First Unitarian Church of Portland.  A limited number of shuttle buses will be running from the convention center to the church.  Check out your Onsite Packet for details.


Plan Your Meals: Please remember that meals are not included in this year's registration.  To help get you through the day we have planned breaks along the way.  Click here to see what food will be available onsite and when.

Where To Eat: This year we are making easier than ever to gather groups of people together for meals (especially Tues & Wed lunches!), conversation, meet and greets, games, yoga, or whatever else you’d like to do! We have created a Meet-Up group for the UUMA and anyone can create a Meet-Up or look over what’s been created and join in. Click here for more information!

Internet/Social Media

Internet in Portland: We hope your easiest connections come with colleagues but we will also have complimentary wireless internet at the DoubleTree for the Monday reception. While at the Convention Center you may purchase access in daily increments .


Social Media:Are you on Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Google+?  Use #ministrydays when you post so our colleagues at home can follow along!

Follow the UUMA at:

& @UUMinAssoc on Twitter

Have you signed up for Ministry Days text updates yet? Text @UUMinistersMD to 23559 to sign up! Staying for GA? Don't miss our news. Text @UUMinistersGA to 23559 for news and prizes.

Child Care:


We are pleased to be able to provide child care during all portions of the 2015 Portland Ministry Days and Chapter Leader Retreat. Child care on Monday will be held in the DoubleTree Hotel Executive Meeting Center (Washington Rm) and in Room F150 of the Oregon Convention Center Tues-Wed. Additionally at the First Unitarian Church during Vespers.  If you have not registered your child contact Janette ASAP. Because of child-adult ratios, we can not provide care for any child who is not registered.

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