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Countdown to Ministry Days #1

Thursday, June 8, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michelle Pederson
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Monday 5 June 2017

Dear Ones,


So much has happened within our faith in the last three months - revelations of white supremacy and patriarchy operating in our institutions: the resignation of Peter Morales and other colleagues from the UUA; the arrest of a beloved colleague on child pornography charges: Don Southworth's Easter letter to the UUA Board and the UUMA Board's public response to it; disclosure of edits and redactions to last June's Berry Street essay. There's more. So much has happened within the UUMA and the UUA that has been the cause of pain and hurt, anger and rage, disenchantment and disillusion. For many, trust has eroded. Yes, for some there have been initial moments of reconciliation, healing, and even joy. But as colleagues we have barely begun to work through all that has happened. Since April the UUMA Board and Staff have recognized that this year's Ministry Days in New Orleans cannot follow the usual patterns. This year must be different.Read More...

We Need to Hear From You...

Tuesday Small Group Survey:Earlier this week we sent an email asking for your preference for our Tuesday morning small group sessions. If you have not done so already, pleaseVisit this survey to let us know your preference.We cannot promise to meet every request, but we will try out best to accommodate your preferences.


Lend A Helping Hand: Every year we count on the generous spirits of our members in volunteering their time at Ministry Days. Volunteering is a great way to meet colleagues and can be a lot of fun! If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up on the UUMA website here. Email Michelle Pedersonwith any questions or technical difficulties.


Community Engagement Opportunities:This year the UUMA Board of Trustees, in partnership with theCenter for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal, is arranging opportunities for engagement in the community beyond the convention center and hotels during Ministry Days. Click here to register. Registration closes Friday, June 9, 2017.

Child Care and Dedication:Weare pleased to be able to provide child care during all portions of the 2017 New Orleans Ministry Days and Chapter Leader Retreat. Child care will be held in Churchill B of the Hilton (3rd Floor of the Main Tower). If you have not registered your child please do so online here by Friday.Because of child-adult ratios, we can not provide care for any child who is not registered. If you wish to have your child included in this year's dedication please email Janette with their full name, DOB, and full name of parent(s).


Helpful Information:

Where To Eat:This year we are making it easier than ever to gather groups of people together for meals (especially Tues & Wed lunches!), conversation, meet and greets, games, yoga, or whatever else you’d like to do! We have created aMeet-Upgroup for the UUMA and anyone can create a Meet-Up or look over what’s been created and join in.Click here for more information!


Be In The Know:We encourage you - if you haven't already - to spend some time reviewing the annual reports from the Board of Trustees, staff and UUMA committees.Click here to access all the information.Please let us know if you have any questions and or want some specific information in next week's countdown.


Don't Miss The Opening Reception: The opening reception will be held in the Hilton's Mark Twain Courtyard. A reception with background music provided by area musicians will follow a brief welcome from the UUMA Board of Trustees and Local Colleagues. This year we will have additional spaces available for those seeking a space without music or for those families wishing to bring their children.

More To Do Before You Land in NOLA

New To Ministry Days:A video conference was held on Wednesday June 7 to help orient those for whom New Orleans is their first Ministry Days. If this is your first Ministry Days and you were not able to join the call it was recorded and is posted here.


Pre-order Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry:On Tuesday, June 20 from 5-6 CARAOM will be hosting a book signing outside the main hall to celebrate our new publication. We have arranged to have a limited number of books available for you to purchase.Save time by purchasing yours at now and picking it up in NOLA. Click here for a description of this exciting publication and to pre-order your copy.


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