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Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, Weekly News and Reflections

November 29, 2019

Richard Speck, UUMA Board of Trustees Treasurer

Ministry Days 2020


Even though it’s only November, I hope you are thinking of coming to our Ministry Days in Providence, RI, June 22-24, 2020: Faith Empowering Resilience. Over the past few years we have been experimenting with the schedule and programming for our time together and 2020 will be no different! We recognize that many of you arrive at Ministry Days both excited to connect with colleagues and exhausted from a full year of ministry. To honor this, be more inclusive, and to combat our need to ‘do it all’, we are lightening the schedule for our precious time together. As you have already read - we are splitting the business meeting into two parts – one in mid-June and the other when we are together in Providence. We will have a robust capability for colleagues to join us via electronic media and expect this to broaden the participation.


This year our Monday opening reception will begin with an afternoon of Family Fun time (4:30-6:30) and Ingathering Worship Service (6:30-7:00). We plan to begin a little earlier, have a family friendly venue, and once again welcome our newest members and dedicate our newest children. When making your travel plans please consider arriving in time to participate. If you are looking for opportunities to meet your Continuing Education requirement you might even consider arriving on Sunday night so that you can take one of the Monday morning CEU programs (stay tuned for details).


Based on your feedback, the Executive Staff and the Board of Trustees are re-envisioning Tuesday. We will begin with a worship and keynote based on the theme, enjoy a simple lunch together, resume the second portion of our Annual Meeting, and then have our traditional time with the UUA President. Mark your calendars for Annual Meeting part #1 (It really is THURSDAY, June 11, 2020 at 1pm EST). It will be recorded and available for viewing if you can’t make it. Tuesday evening will offer opportunities for small group connection, a program to honor the 200th anniversary of the first Berry Street Essay, and a game night in the UUMA Café.


We have opened the Wednesday schedule up a bit and will begin with morning Spiritual Practices. While the Collegial Choir will once again sing, the 25/50 service has been reimagined so as to honor all of the colleagues in a unique way this year. All celebrants are invited to write a reflection on their ministry, which will be woven into the liturgy and shared in a publication. We hope to have as many class members on stage as possible and look forward to creating a service that will truly honor their collective contributions to our faith. The service will have a later start time of 10:00 AM and we will offer coffee and a small snack at 9:30 for those who wish to arrive early.


Stay tuned for more information. It promises to be a wonderful few days together.


See you there!

Richard Speck, UUMA Board of Trustees Treasurer

Janette Lallier, Director of Operations



Giving Tuesday


Black Friday? Cyber Monday? What about Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving designed to combat the consumerism that has taken over the holiday season. Giving Tuesday at the UUMA is a chance for you to . With your gift to one of our funds you are giving the gift of possibility. Maybe it isn't possible for one of your colleagues to , or they need a little help - you can help make it possible. Visit and choose your Giving Tuesday fund!

End of the Year Endowment Payments


As we approach the end of the year we would like to remind you that the Sustaining the Call Endowment campaign is scheduled to end in June 2020. Directions are below if you would like to make an end-of-year contribution to your pledge. Thank you for your generosity and continuing commitment to the liberal ministry!


Making a payment online:

  • Visit and log in to your profile
  • Navigate to: Manage Profile: Invoices. Click on Donations and your pledge should be listed .
  • Click on the green box next to your open pledge.
  • In the section entitled "Payment Information" there will be a white editable block* pre-filled with the outstanding balance of your pledge. Change the number in the box to the amount you wish to pay.
  • Enter your credit card number and click submit payment.

The amount will be reduced from your 'outstanding balance' and a link to your receipt will be sent to your email address.


* Note: Some users have reported not being able to see the white editable box from certain browsers or platforms. If you cannot see the box please contact Hannah Franco-Isaacs at 617-848-0498 or, if your credit card is already on file, send an email to with the amount you would like us to charge.



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