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Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, Weekly News and Reflections

March 12, 2020

Special Note:

We strongly support the recommendation from the UUA () that all congregations now cease in-person gatherings of more than 25 people, including worship and religious education. Doing what we can to slow the spread of this virus before it has overwhelmed our communities and health care facilities is one of the ways we can practice ethical leadership that prioritizes caring for the most vulnerable.


We want you to know that we will continue to work closely with the UUA and with our other partners to create resources and provide support for navigating the challenges of our time. This is hard work we are all doing.


Thank you for your ministry. Thank you for your leadership.

Janette Lallier, Director of Operations

Leading through Anxiety


Last weekend, here in New York, we turned our clocks ahead and welcomed more light in the day. With longer days come thoughts of spring, growth, and the promise of change. This year it feels particularly challenging to imagine what the spring holds and what changes might be in store. As the level of anxiety in our world grows, we here at the UUMA are thinking a lot about how to offer non-anxious leadership while continuing to attend to the everyday tasks required to keep our organization vibrant and whole. Many of you might be seeking the same balance.


In partnership with the UUA and others, we plan to continue to create and collect resources to share with you. We also have a few updates about things happening with your professional association as we keep on moving forward. As you prepare to care for your staff teams, congregations, clients and greater communities, we want to remind you to take care of yourselves as well. Below are some ways to learn, connect, refresh your spirit and recenter when the news, information, options and responsibilities tear you out of a non-anxious presence and threaten to keep you under the covers.


Resources For Care, Connection, and Learning:

Care for yourself: Are you finding yourself in a place of information overload? Do you need some place to compare your ideas? Are you looking for space to reconnect with your ministerial presence? Here are some resources to ground and center.

  • : As clergy and caregivers, we have our own anxieties too. and we want to give you a space that is just for you to be held - a place where you can bring your full self beyond the role you occupy.
  • : Any time of the night or day your colleagues are there to remind you to take a breath, laugh, and recenter.

Care for your staff: Have you asked your team to work from home? Here are a few resources to help them, and you, be successful.

Care for your communities: As we are being asked to practice social distancing here are some more resources to engage your communities virtually.

Additional Resources:

Association Updates

We want to take a moment share the news that at their February board meeting, in addition to the many wonderful, routine, enriching, and challenging items on their agenda, the board put an end to the experiment and approved the final of the . . In order to reflect this change in leadership structure in our documents, there were some board policies that needed to be edited. As a result, there will be some slight bylaw changes for you to consider at the annual meeting. Although the agenda(s) are still in development, we hope to present these changes to you at the (if you have not already marked your calendar please do - without a quorum present we will not be able to vote!). .



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