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2013 UUMA CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry
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2013 UUMA CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry

1/28/2013 to 2/1/2013
When: 1/28/2013
6:00 PM
Where: Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center
5300 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, FL  33706
United States
Contact: Don Southworth

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Don't just go there . . . Be there!

Be there… for the vision

The second CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry will be another powerful week in the life of your ministry and in our larger faith. Our speakers are again some of the best in Unitarian Universalism and liberal religion. Seminar topics will be different from the last Institute, but just as relevant and meaningful. Worship and music will again be rich and inspiring. Opportunities for collegiality and renewal will strengthen each of us and all of us together as the UUMA.  See the side menu for program details or click the following for:  Seminars  ~  Worship  ~  Partner/Spouse Tours

 Be there… for the inspiration

Many colleagues finished the first Institute and told us they felt changed, renewed, recharged, fired with new perspectives, new energy, new resources, new spirit. That’s exactly what the Institute is for and that’s again our goal for this second Institute – only more so. We offer you the best, most relevant, most powerful programming we can provide because you deserve it and because our faith deserves it. We hope and expect that you will come away from this institute fired and sustained by what you have received, and, yes, inspired.

Be there… for your self

The Sirata Conference Center is a beautiful beachfront property with acres of powder-fine white sand steps from your room. Trip Advisor named St. Pete Beach the #1 beach destination in the United States in March 2012! The ocean is warm enough for swimming and dolphins frequently frolic in the water visible from the beach or your hotel window. Palm trees, hammocks, picnic tables all await you. Multiple outdoor heated pools and Jacuzzis, open all night, dot the property. Sirata has indoor and outdoor restaurants and bars and a fire pit to gather round at night. For time to yourself or with others, for a long walk or reclining, for reveling in nature, sharing fun with friends or finding room for introspection – this is the place.

Be there for the vision, for the inspiration, and for your self at the second UUMA CENTER Institute for Excellence in Ministry.

Arrival, Departure and Schedule:

The Institute begins with an opening reception at 5PM (EST) on Monday, January 28 and closes with lunch (12-1) on Friday, February 1, 2013.  Below is a sample daily schedule.  There will be free time each day and a more comprehensive daily schedule will be posted in December 2012.

6:30  -  7:30
7:00  -  8:15
8:30  -  9:30
10:00 - 12:00
12:00  -  2:00
2:00  -  5:00
5:00  -  7:30
7:30  -  9:00
9:00  -  9:30

Early Spiritual Practices
Instruction Time
Lunch/Free Time
Instruction Time
Dinner on Your Own

How to get to the Sirata Resort:

We hope you have made your flight reservations. If not, do it NOW!   We recommend flying into the Tampa International Airport (TPA).  Be advised that the airport is divided into two (2) sides: Red and Blue. From there, each side is split up into two quadrants: Blue 1 Blue 2 and Red 1 Red 2. We have contracted with Super Shuttle wh provides four (4) onsite Super Shuttle booths that are located in each quadrant. For the shuttle service you may check in at any one of these booths. Super Shuttle also offers an Execucar service which meet passengers in their airline carrier’s baggage claim area. To make your reservation, at our negotiated discount, visit: OR you can go directly to and enter group discount code "YWS4S". Rental cars are available at the airport or at the Sirata (10% discount for Avis.)

We have set up a page for people who want to share rides with others.  This seemed to work well in 2011 and we hope if you need a ride or have a ride to share you will use this forum.  There is also a forum for individuals looking for roommates.

Click here or go the Collegiality button on the UUMA home page and click Forums. There are instructions on what to do from there.


Hotel Reservations: Coming Early? Staying Late?

We have secured the conference hotel rate for three days before and three days after the conference. Reserve your room in one of the following ways: 1. Reserve and pay when you register: Save 12% FL Sales & Hotel Taxes by reserving and paying for your room through the UUMA. Directions on how to reserve your room will follow your program reservation. If you miss the link you can also reserve housing at:  2. Reserve and Pay in Feb 2013: You may also reserve your room through the Sirata Beach Resort. Call 866-539-8430‎ and provide a credit card to hold the room but your final charge will not be processed until your departure. Taxes apply. Mention the UUMA to receive the group rate. Sirata refund and cancellation policies apply.

Spouses & Partners:

Non-UUMA partners and spouses are welcome to join in meals and worship. There will also be tours on Tuesday and Thursday to  visit the Sunken Gardens - A botanical experience, the Florida Holocaust Memorial Museum & Educational Center, and the Salvador Dali Museum. For more information, click here

For information about other local attractions, check out the Institute Pre-packet


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