Get Involved!

Become involved with a project that has caught your passion: whether it's Green Sanctuary, Gift-Based Ministry, as a worship associate, leading a covenant group, or something entirely different, your congregation needs your involvement in order to benefit from your unique talents and gifts!

Become a religious educator. Whether you are working with children, youth, young adults, or adults, this work can be deeply fulfilling and fun!

Offer to become a lay leader in your congregation. Talk to your nominating committee. If your congregation's in search for new professional leadership, think about whether you might contribute in new and exciting ways to that venture.

Witness your faith in the company of others, on behalf of your congregation. Seek out connections with other religious groups who share similar values. Help carry the message -- beyond your congregation -- that makes clear Unitarian Universalism's values and voice in this challenging world.

Become a delegate to your UUA District's meetings. You'll learn new skills, develop a sense of Unitarian Universalism that extends beyond your own congregation, and help nurture the vitality of our faith in your district.

Don't wait to be asked: contact your congregation's Nominating Committee and tell them you're willing to serve. They'll be glad to hear from you!

- from the UUA

Central East Regional Group (CERG)

The Central East Region helps congregations of all shapes and sizes connect with each other and with resources that help them best express their Unitarian Universalist faith in a changing and hurting world.

CER Events at a Glance: March 1 through June 6

Spring for Change in 2022: A Season of Sacred Activism

The season of March 20 (Spring Equinox) through May 22nd (International Day for Biodiversity) is an invitation to the Unitarian Universalist faith community to embody the transformational, regenerative power of Spring through sacred activism for Earth and all our relations. Together, we will Get Rooted in our faith communities, our spiritual practices, and our relationships to the ecosystems we are home to. We will Get Ready by facing the facts and forecasts of our climate and ecological crises with courage, moral clarity, and a commitment to act for justice.

June 22 - 26 —

The General Assembly Traveling Chalice
& Information Webinars

The General Assembly Chalice traditionally travels among various congregations in the region where the annual event is being held. The Local Area Task Force coordinates the transfer of the chalice along with a personal invitation to attend GA. This year, the circle widens as the chalice travels digitally to congregations everywhere. Please download this video and share it during worship services and meetings. Spread the word that all are cordially invited to participate in the 62nd annual Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly, online or in-person in Portland, Oregon June 22 – 26, 2022.

In Person Registration and the Housing Reservation system is now open, virtual registration opens March 1. Find out about all the plans at the UUA website.

Want to learn more about General Assembly and what is planned? Register for the UUA Board webinars on General Assembly. The following topics are scheduled: What Does Multiplatorm Mean for this Year's General Assembly?, Discussion of Proposed Business Resolutions, Going Deeper into Understanding Proposed Bylaw Changes, In-Depth Look at the GA 2022 Rules of Procedure and General Assembly 2022 Business Orientation. Dates, times and registration links on the UUA website.

Featured Resource: UU Institute

Do you know about the UU Institute? Originally started as our online learning platform for lay leaders, you can find so much more there now.

The UUA’s online learning website has recently been redesigned to help you find trainings that interest you! You’ll find faith development trainings under "learners" and leadership development under "leaders." Training materials are divided into modules, available "on demand" as pre-recorded presentations with additional reading materials, discussion questions and other resources.

What can you find on the site? You’ll find leadership trainings for board members, stewardship teams, membership teams, and lay pastoral care teams. General knowledge trainings about UU History, Covenant, Theology, Coming of Age for Adults, Intercultural Skills and Anti-racism. Professional trainings include Renaissance modules and credentialing and certification related trainings.

Courses can be taken individually, or you can sign up as a team. Some courses can be used as adult religious education offerings when taken as a team. Course fees range from free to $30. Some professional courses use different registration systems, as noted on the main training page.

CER and the Chalice Lighters Program

We are in the Central East Region of the UUA. Pat Infante is our Primary Contact. There are many interesting resources and trainings (both in person and via webinar) listed in the web pages. Explore https://www.uua.org/central-east

I found a nice dose of hope when I stumbled upon this year’s Gould Discourse which was delivered by Rev. Frances Manly, entitled "Kids These Days: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hope Again." It was given at an annual event in May of this year. You can read her text or watch a video of her presentation on the page.

The Chalice Lighter Program is now administered by the CER. It was developed within the old system of UU Districts (we were members of the Joseph Priestley District). The CER Chalice Lighters Grant Program works to encourage new and existing congregations to grow, both in terms of numbers and in their efforts to increase justice, compassion and spirituality. The grants support the growth of UU congregations of all sizes.

We at Restoration benefitted from a Chalice Lighter Grant when we wanted to update our "audio-visual" capabilities in the Sanctuary. One of the key elements for being eligible for a Chalice Lighter Grant is having 20% or more of our congregation active in the Chalice Lighter Program by pledging to donate a sum of money three times a year, typically about $20 each "call."

Below, are two reports from recent meetings:

To find out more about this organization, visit this UUA SITE

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