reflectionFrom the Acting Associate Executive Director

Several years ago, I gave up the practice of New Year's Resolutions. For the most part, they didn't work (I've only kept one resolution, and that was not eating beef). It also felt like an exercise in looking at what is wrong with you and trying to fix it. It never felt right. A New Year's Resolution does not provide enough accountability to make changes in my life. So, I stopped.

For many years, I did nothing, but the last few years I have drawn on the energy of starting a new year. I take time to reflect on who I am, and who I want to be. I set a vision for the year, and over the year look for opportunities to manifest the vision. I may set some goals, but they are aspirational, so I do not feel regret if I do not meet them. And I find that I do make progress on them every year.

This year, my vision for the year is to explore my potential. I want to tap into aspects of myself that I have not explored. I hope to take advantage of opportunities to learn new things. And I want to center myself in creativity and happiness. It sounds vague, and in many ways, it is. But it provides me a framework through which I will look at the world this year and make choices. It calls me to put more energy this year in my continuing education. And it leaves me open to what might manifest for me this year.

As we begin this new year,
May we be open.
May we find what we need
To live into our calls.
And sustain us in the work of ministry.
Blessed Be.


UUA Professional Interim Training
From Jan Gartner, Compensation and Staffing Practices Manager
Twice a year, the UUA Office of Church Staff Finances hosts an online interim training for professional staff in congregations. Professional Interim Training is useful for staff who are serving in an interim capacity or working with an interim minister. In addition to grounding participants in the tasks of the interim process, this training introduces a variety of leadership and change models and equips staff in the essential areas of congregational systems and staff relations. It is a great professional development experience for teams!
The next session of this popular training will run in February and March, with required webinars on three Sunday evenings, plus weekly reading and online assignments. The cost is $160, with discounts for more than one participant from a single congregation or organization. Contact Jan Gartner,, for more information or to receive the application form. Applications are due January 22.
BEYOND THE CALL 3:Application deadline extended to February 2. Click here to apply.


The UUMA is pleased to be able to continue to offer yearly discounted zoom business accounts. Accounts must be purchased/renewed for a year and payment can be split into two payments (now and June). Accounts cost $11 per month (an even better discount than last year!)Sign up in January and receive one month freeClick here to sign up.
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