Tips from Facebook on doing church

Congregationally-relevant articles that people like you have posted on Facebook in recent weeks include the following:

How Many Staff Do You Need, from the Ministry Matters website.

Why Worship Shouldn’t Feel Like Family, Ministry Matters

Why Are Fewer People in Church? It’s the Economy, Stupid, from the website Gestating a Church.

• Cabaret Church – On The VUU, a weekly webcast discussion sponsored by the Church of the Larger Fellowship, the Rev. Sean Parker Dennison explains his proposal for “Cabaret Church,” (Aug. 29 webcast) which would be centered around music, art, resistance, and community. He notes that cabarets were a response in the thirties to Fascism and they might well be useful tools today in bringing a religious perspective to contemporary culture and world politics. Cabaret Church also has its own page on Facebook and on Tumblr.

The Facebook page Growing Unitarian Universalism recommends the article “Are Your Church Facilities an Obstacle to Growth? about the ways first-time guests see your building.

UUA reorganizes staff groups

The Unitarian Universalist Association is making several staffing changes and reorganizing some staff groups because of the resignation of a key staff person and the implementation of a revised program of youth ministry.

The Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministries is being merged with the UUA Youth Office to form the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries within the Lifespan Faith Development Staff Group. A director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries will be named this summer. This realignment is the result of a multi-year examination of youth ministry and is an effort to reach more youth at the congregational level.

The resignation this spring of the Rev. Tracy Robinson-Harris, who has served as director of the Congregational Services Staff Group for eight years, has prompted additional staff changes. There will no longer be a Congregational Services Staff Group. Members of that group will work within other staff groups.

The District Services Staff Group will become the Congregational Growth and Vitality Staff Group. The following offices, currently in the Congregational Services group, will move to the Congregational Growth and Vitality Staff Group: Congregational Stewardship Services, Services to Large Congregations, and Growth Services. The Marketing Outreach office is being disbanded and will be replaced by a campaign that is still under development. That campaign will reside with the Advocacy and Witness Staff Group.

The office of Congregational Justice-Making, which is in the Congregational Services Group, will become part of the Identity-Based Ministries Staff Group. Congregational Justice-Making, directed by Diane Martin, is responsible for the JUUST Change and Journey Toward Wholeness programs as well as the Jubilee I and Jubilee II trainings. Congregational Justice-Making includes about 25 part-time consultants and trainers in antiracism, antioppression, and multicultural work.

The Rev. Harlan Limpert, director of the District Services Staff Group, will head the Congregational Growth and Vitality Staff Group. Robinson-Harris will continue to be responsible for congregational safety and ethics issues for one year, as a consultant. The realignment of staff groups was announced by Kathleen Montgomery, executive vice president of the UUA. All staff changes will take effect July 1, 2009.