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Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, Weekly News and Reflections

January 3, 2020

Darrick Jackson, Director of Education

Reconnecting With Your Center


Sometimes I feel as if I tossed a whole bunch of balls in the air and forgot that I needed to catch them when they came down. And I'm rushing around trying to catch them with no idea where the next one will land. I forget that it's much easier to catch them if I stay rooted in one place. And sometimes they will fall, and I just need to pick them back up again.


When this happens, I remember that I need to reconnect with my center and get reacquainted with the spirit of peace and forgiveness. I wonder if that's the way my life is, finding my center and losing it, then finding it again. Or maybe not losing it, just forgetting where it is. I pray that we all find our centers and that we are able to spend more time with peace than without.


Holy Juggler, Bringer of Balance,

The world feels like it is in disequilibrium.

So many people are in need.

The earth has become more and more uninhabitable.

Change is rapidly moving us from one extreme to another.

There is so much to do,

And we can't do it all.


Help us to find balance amid the chaos.

Help us to find our center,

So that we can find our way forward.

Help us to forgive ourselves for what has not been done.

Held in Love and Compassion,

We pray.


Blessed Be.


The Board of Trustees next Listening Circle will be January 17.  This is a chance for you to contribute to the direction of the association and to bring us questions, comments, wonderings, concerns or anything else you’d like to discuss in real time over Zoom. The first of these Conversations with the Board will be held on Friday, January 17 at 1pm EST/12pm CST /10am PST for one hour.  Click this image to register and get the login information.

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2020 Programming!


Can you believe it is already 2020? We hope you had a lovely new year. We have a for this coming year so don't forget about our UUMA events!


New Sessions Added with Chris Crass:


We are offering a repeat of the course led by Chris Crass: Creating a New Way: Online Discussion Series for White Male UU Clergy on Feminism and Anti-Racism.


There will be two sessions:


Cost of all three sessions is $250. To request financial assistance with this, or any other UUMA program, . Click on the links on the days to register.


Online Guidelines Study Groups:

There are many opportunities to gather with colleagues for conversations about the guidelines. You can find opportunities . More opportunities will be added to the link as they become available. There will also be opportunities for MFN (Ministerial Formation Network) participants which you can find .


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feedback, and ideas!


Thank you for your service in the world

and for your commitment and passion

for ministry.




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