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From October’s InterConnections feature story, now online at UUA.org:
InterConnections is not the only source of useful information for lay leaders. Check out uuworld.org for stories about innovative congregational projects and new resources from the UUA. Here are some articles on sustainability, youth service, social justice, and outreach published between May and September 2012.
- Congregants at the UU Church of Berkeley, Calif., created a “Tree of Life” mosaic using broken jewelry, pottery, keys and other items that had meaning to them. The artwork was an exercise in community and creativity. (10.24.11)
- First Unitarian Church of Rochester, N.Y., created a rap video for its fall homecoming weekend using the talents of members. The video not only captivated the congregation, but went viral, showing up in many other places online. (10.10.11)
- The GA 2012 Planning Committee and others met in September and began to firm up plans for the “Justice GA” in Phoenix next June. (9.26.11)
- An article on campus ministries describes how many campus-based UU communities are connecting with spiritual seekers. (9.19.11)
- Some UU congregations are creating time banks to build community and save money. (5.23.11)
- Congregations participating in the UUA’s Leap of Faith program learn from each other. (5.16.11)
- First Unitarian Church of Providence, R.I., spreads its message using cable TV, and bus shelter and magazine ads. (5.9.11)
InterConnections is not the only source of useful information for lay leaders. Check out uuworld.org for articles about UUA changes and congregational activities. Sign up for a weekly email about new articles on uuworld.org.
- Standing on the Side of Love, the UUA’s antioppression campaign, celebrates first year. 7.26.10
- Service trips help revitalize the UU Church West in Brookfield, Wis. 8.16.10
- Celebration marks 20th anniversary of partner church movement. 8.23.10
- New Orleans and Gulfport, Miss. UU churches alive and still struggling five years after Hurricane Katrina. 8.30.10
- UU congregations work for immigrant justice in communities across the country. 9.6.10
- Summer tour for young adults, sponsored by the UU Legislative Ministry California, focuses on water issues. 9.13.10
- How General Assembly became one of the most environmentally responsible parts of the UUA. 10.4.10
- The Rev. Ron Robinson’s missional ministry is focused on service, rather than Sunday worship, at Turley, Oklahoma. 10.11.10
InterConnections is one of many sources of information for leaders of Unitarian Universalist congregations. Another key one is UU World’s online edition. Here are several articles relating to congregational life that have appeared on uuworld.org over the last few months.
- Faced with budget cuts, UU congregations rally – How congregations are responding to the recession. (4.5.10)
- UU campaign honors Earth Day’s 40th anniversary – UU groups launch campaign called 40/40/40 inviting congregations to gather 40 members who will commit to making a small or large change in their daily habits for 40 days. (3.29.10)
- Two UUA districts agree to share staff – New staff-sharing agreement by the Clara Barton and Massachusetts Bay Districts. (3.29.10)
- Church coffeehouse welcomes GLBTQ youth – First Church UU in Leominster, Mass., gives GLBTQ youth and their allies a place to go for support, community, and fun. (3.15.10)
- Congregations give $326K for UUA diversity initiatives – More than 500 congregations participate in the third annual Association Sunday campaign. (3.1.10)
- UUA contemplates districts’ future – Article describes the UUA’s movement toward UUA regions rather than districts. (2.22.10)
- Congregations benefit from camp experience – How sending multiple church members to camp benefits a congregation. (2.15.10)
- Who owns your congregation? – A congregation’s owner isn’t its board, minister, or members. It is its mission. (2.15.10)
- Transforming the Jericho Road – The Jericho Road Project in Massachusetts links UU professionals with nonprofits in struggling cities in a new way to do social justice. (2.15.10)
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Congregational leaders may find the following recent articles on uuworld.org useful.
Chalica, a new weeklong UU holiday in December, slowly gains adherents. Chalica, first envisioned in 2005, devotes a day to each of Unitarian Universalism’s Seven Principles and invites families to conduct simple rituals at home. 12.7.09
Restoring a Gilded Age church. Restoration of the historic Channing Memorial Church in Newport, R.I. 11.1.09
UUA health plan blends insurance with social justice. The plan now covers 745 employees of UU congregations and organizations. The article includes a history of the plan’s evolution and stories from those it has helped. 11.16.09
Morales plans comprehensive review of UU ministry. UUA President Peter Morales announced a year-long review of ministry, to include recommendations about where it needs to head in the next twenty years. 10.26.09
New system announced for choosing GA 2010 workshops. General Assembly planners have adopted UU University’s track system and are offering three GA tracks in the areas of growing congregations, evolving ministries, and building just communities. There will be no UU University at this GA. 10.19.09
Youth, adults bond through service trips. Involving youth in social justice work. UU World Fall 2009
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The gospel of inclusion – Article about the experience of All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Okla., when it welcomed about 200 Pentecostal Christians. By Kimberly French. Fall 2009
UUA staff restructuring – Announcement of a new organizational structure in which staff will be divided into two groups: Ministries and Congregational Support, headed by the Rev. Harlan Limpert, and Administration, led by UUA Executive Vice President Kay Montgomery and Tim Brennan, UUA treasurer and vice president of Finance. By Jane Greer. 9.14.09
Morales and Hallman reflect on UUA presidential race – UUA President Peter Morales, the Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman, and their campaign chiefs talk about their recent presidential campaigns, including travel, technology, the challenges of identifying delegates, and how congregations might help the next UUA election go more smoothly. By Donald E. Skinner. 9.21.09
Reach out to become a public church. Argues that a Unitarian Universalist church should see the greater good as its primary purpose. By Michael Durall, church consultant 9.7.09
Youth, adults bond through service trips. Service trips are a great way to help people in need. By Donald E. Skinner. 8.31.09
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Check out uuworld.org each Monday for articles relevant to congregational leaders, and other topics. You can also sign up to receive a weekly email notifying you of new articles. Here are several recent uuworld.org articles of special interest to lay leaders of congregations: