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Ministry Days Programming

Our theme this year is: Faith Empowering Resilience - What are the theological underpinnings, practical tools, and sustaining spaces for resilience in these complex times? During Ministry Days we will be introducing this theme and will have a chance to go deeper during the Institute for the Learning Ministry.

Ministry Days is going 100% virtual. For more information on how that will work and registration click here


Worship One: Across the Generations: Facing, Naming and Sharing Our Challenges...Together! 

Rev. Hope Johnson Mariela Pérez-Simons

Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson and Mariela Pérez-Simons

As we engage the theme of Faith Empowering Resilience, we draw on the wisdom from the book Centering  to ground us in the experience of living with resilience in Unitarian Universalism. Our worship leaders will be Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson, one of the authors in Centering, and one of our newly fellowshipped colleagues, Mariela Perez-Simons.

The Ancestors in our Living Tradition are alive and continue to inform our aspirations and our actions. We share stories of the lessons that we've each received from them, and others, along the way. 

Keynote: Practices for Resilience Present with the Moment: Awareness, Vitality and Resilience in Changing Times


Ayo Clemons and Rebeka Ndosi

Join Rebeka Ndosi and Ayo Clemons in an exploration of awareness, vitality and resilience amidst change. How can we stay present amidst change? How can uncertainty lead us to a place of deeper awareness and connection with ourselves and communities? What role does faith play? In this keynote, Rebeka and Ayo will lead attendees in body based practices and self-reflection to support grounding in changing times.

Ayo and Rebeka have worked with UU Religious Professionals of Color in conjunction with Finding Our Way Home as well as presenting Online Centering Circles this past Fall. 

Annual Meeting

In order to try to have Ministry Days be more spacious, we have split the annual meeting into three parts. The first part of the Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday June 11, 2020 at 1:00pm ET/12:00pm CT/11:00am MT/10:00am PT. At the end of the gathering on June 11 the meeting will be suspended before being reconvened on June 22nd and again on June 23. 

Conversation with UUA President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

 Gather with your UUMA Colleagues for the annual conversation with the UUA   President. Click here to read more about Susan. 




Worship 2: Celebrating Milestones: New Members, Transitions and Child Dedication 

During our second worship service we are delighted to celebrate many different milestones including formally welcome new members and joyfully celebrate the dedication of children in our collegial community. Stay tuned for information on how we will be crafting this worship service. If you would like to have your child dedicated during the service, inform Hannah Franco-Isaacs, UUMA Administrator by June 1. Find more about the meeting here

Worship 3: 25/50 Worship

Continuing a long tradition, we will gather on Wednesday morning in celebration of ministry and in honor of our members who are celebrating their 25th and 50th anniversary as leaders in this sacred work. Earlier this year we shared that we intended to experiment with some changes to the form of this service in response to feedback and trends we’ve been observing over several years. Our goal was to keep the best of this tradition and work toward making it even more inclusive. Some of the people who will be honored this year let us know they wanted to be included in the discussion of the future of the service and their input has informed our sense of the next move in the evolution of this liturgy. We expect the conversation to continue over the next few years as we take the best of what we love in this tradition and shape it for this next chapter of our life together. This year, our service in celebration of ministry and in honor of the ministers ordained in 1970 and 1995 will include the following:

  • Dr. Zanaida Robles will conduct the Singers of the Living Tradition Choir
  • Rev. Vanessa Southern will serve as liturgist 
  • Members who received fellowship in 2019 will be invited to contribute questions about sustaining a life in ministry for members of the 25/50 year classes to consider reflecting on in writing
  • Rev. Carlton E. Smith, Rev. Clyde Grubbs and Rev. Elaine Peresluha will be readers of compiled written reflections from members of the 25 year class


Berry Street Essay: On the Brink

Rev. Danielle Di Bona, Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson and Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons

The Berry Street Essay this year will be a panel of three people: Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons, Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson and Rev. Danielle Di Bona 

Spiritual Practices

We will be offering Spiritual Practices throughout Ministry Days. We hope that these opportunities will help you stay grounded. More information can be found here.

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