Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, Weekly News and Reflections

March 22, 2019

Transformation and Revision at the UUMA Board: A Reflection from the Director of Operations


Janette Lallier, Director of Operations

This week, the is meeting at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Phoenix. The tranquil atmosphere of the retreat center and the stunning sounds, smells, and sights of the Pacific Southwest are a perfect backdrop to this transformative meeting. As is customary in the final Spring meeting of a presidency, the board is spending time reflecting on and revising its vision statements. A deep and challenging process, I am once again impressed by the care, thoughtfulness, and deep commitment to the call of ministry your elected leaders bring to this process. Over the next few months, I am sure you will hear more about this work and the implications it has for the direction of the association.


The board has also received the reports of both guidelines committees and our representatives to the MFC, reviewed both their interim accountability process and pending cases, received and reviewed Executive Leadership Reports along with a proposed budget and staffing plan for the coming year, and created a new, more relational process for Executive evaluation. Our upcoming annual meeting promises to include significant and substantive proposals for your consideration — please be on the lookout for fuller details of the meeting in upcoming chapter leader calls, future issues of this e-news, on the UUMA website, and in our social media communications. As your ministries lead you into both inspiring heights and challenging depths, please know your association and your leaders are working tirelessly to create a vibrant and effective association dedicated to you, your health, and your call.


The UUMA Board, March 2019. Back row: Cheryl M Walker, Richard Speck, Wendy Williams, Carmen Emerson (Zoom), Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Christana Wille McKnight, Darrick Jackson. Front Row: Janette Lallier, Elizabeth Stevens, Walter LeFlore, Eric Kaminetzky.


Lunch and Learn: Achieving Chaplain Certification


Are you considering being certified as a chaplain via ACPE/APC? Join Rev. Heather Collins as she explains how to navigate the process towards certification on April 4 at 1 pm Eastern. Heather manages the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Covenant HealthCare System, educates CPE students, and serves with the Chaplains when needed.



Collegial Conversations at Ministry Days

Do you have a proposal for a Collegial Conversation at Ministry Days? Collegial conversations are a time for colleagues to gather and discuss topics of importance within the UUMA, the UUA, and the life of ministry. Past topics have included Guidelines Revision, Ministerial Transitions, Retirement, Addiction Ministry, Race and Collegiality. Please send a title and description to Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Director of Collegial Practices, by the end of March (). We will select conversations to host from among those submitted in April, with a goal of ensuring we have a range of conversations for your consideration.



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