News and updates from the Central East Region to keep your congregation informed.
News and updates from the Central East Region of the UUA to keep your congregation informed.
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CER Update
~ July 2019
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Featured Resource: New Documents from the Office of Church Staff Finance
The UUA Office of Church Staff Finances states its own mission as follows: Guided by the values of our faith, we equip congregations for excellence as employers and their staff for financial competence and well-being. Information, services, and programs are provided to congregational leaders and staff regarding benefit plans, compensation, aid funds, and staffing practices.

There are several new documents and resources available from this office that congregations should be aware of:
  • Need to write or revise your Personnel Handbook? After many rounds of editing and review, the Office of Church Staff Finances is pleased to present an updated Sample Personnel Policy Manual. This resource is posted as a Word document for ease of copying and pasting, and it lives on the Policies for Congregational Personnel page of the UUA website.
  • Trying to figure out what is appropriate compensation? See the Compensation Guidelines section of their Compensation Program page for a Compensation Worksheet; they even included a video (and slides from the video) with tips and reminders about each benefit line item.
  • Hiring a minister? There are updated recommended ministerial agreement documents for Full-Time/Solo and Lead Ministries and Interim Ministers. Check out the Ministerial Transitions page for a number of new (or freshly edited) documents.
  • Sign up for their newsletter to keep up with what new resources and law changes that affect your ability to be a good employer.
Resources from General Assembly
What a great General Assembly we had. All of the events that took place in the main hall such as the Opening Ceremonies, the business meetings, the Ware Lecture, the Synergy Bridging Ceremony, the Sunday Morning Service and the Closing Ceremonies were recorded and are now available on the UUA website. Additional resources, such as the amended texts of the Actions of Immediate Witness and the accepted Congregational Study Action Issue will be published to the UUA website in the coming weeks.

This year at GA there were two conversation sessions held. The first titled Redeeming the Promise of Our Faith, was centered on the work of the Commission on Institutional Change. The second titled The Heart of Our Faith which looked at what it means to embody "The Power of We?" There were three questions asked of the participants for each of these sessions and the questions were sent home for congregations to discuss and provide feedback. Check the UUA website for the video of the presentations and the questions. Feedback opportunities will be coming soon.
    Reminder - It's Time to Update Your Leadership Information!
    It's that time of the year again. Your congregation has held its annual meeting, or its on your schedule and elected new officers. You have new committee chairs appointed to lead your work for next year. But have you told anyone about these changes.

    To help us and the UUA stay in touch with the leaders of your congregation we need YOU to update your leadership information on This is the same place you update your UU World lists. Need help? Let us know or check out the webpage with the details.

    Your primary contact will also be in touch during the month of July to make sure this information is up to date in our database. We want to make sure we are contacting the right people.
    Summer Programming Still Has Openings!
    Thinking about attending RE Week, Our Whole Lives Training or River Rising this summer and not sure if you can still register at this late date? You are in luck!

    Do register now if you wish to attend to ensure you have a spot and avoid additional late fees.
    Better Together Blog: What Is Your SuperPower?
    by Beth Casebolt

    In our regional staff team we joke about our "superpowers". These are fun, amazing skills each of us have that we like to joke about -  for example, one of us can tetris 7 people’s luggage and equipment into the back of van in a matter of minutes, and another can knit fruits, veggies and animals out of yarn. But it is also a representation of our recognition that each of us brings unique skills and perspectives to the table and that we each have areas where we aren’t as strong as some of our colleagues. We have learned that we are Better Together.

    Read the rest of the article

    News from the UUA
    The Youth and Young Adult Office announce new UUA Youth Safety Guidelines have been released. These guidelines were developed after a year of study, writing and review. You can read and download them at the UUA website.

    In more Youth News, please save the date for this year's online Youth Ministry Advisor Trainings. For dates of the webinars, check the Blue Boat Blog. Additional details coming soon!

    New publications from the UUA
    - New from Skinner House books is The Spirit That Moves: Readings and Rituals for Times of Change and Transition by Rev. Barbara Child on change in congregations, Spilling the Light: Meditations on Hope and Resilience, Goodness Gracious: A Gratitude Book for Children, Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism and Sparks of Wonder: Theme-Based Ministry for the Whole Congregation. The July Goodreads Book Club pick is How Does It Feel to Be Unwanted? Stories of Resistance and Resilience from Mexicans Living in the United States by Eileen Truax (Beacon Press). Check the Publications Page additional reviews and book details.

    The UUA is hiring for several positions including Regional Lead for the Pacific West and MidAmerica regions, regional field staff for the Pacific West and New England Regions, and Congregational Life Staff and Communications Director for the New England Region. Find job descriptions and application information at their Job Openings webpage.

    CER Events at a Glance
    The following events are upcoming in the region. For full details and a complete list visit the CER Calendar Page. Also, please note, if you are mailing a check to pay for your event to us, you must write the name and date of the event in the memo line. Otherwise we may not get it properly credited.

    • Summer Institute ~ Oberlin, OH ~ July 7-13, 2019
    • UUMAC ~ Centerville, PA ~ July 7-13, 2019
    • Elementary Our Whole Lives Training ~ Rochester, NY ~ July 12-14, 2019
    • Young Adult/Adult/Older Adult Our Whole Lives Training ~ Rochester, NY ~ July 12-14, 2019
    • Jubilee Anti-Racism Workshop ~ Washington DC ~ July 19-21, 2019
    • Jubilee Kids Workshop ~ Washington DC ~ July 20-21, 2019
    • Junior/Senior High Our Whole Lives Training ~ Newark, DE ~ July 26-28, 2019
    • River Rising Youth Immersion Experience ~ State College, PA ~ July 28-August 3, 2019
    • Young Adult/Adult/Older Adult Our Whole Lives Training ~ Manassas, VA ~ August 2-4, 2019
    • Young Adult/Adult/Older Adult Our Whole Lives Training ~ Manhassett, NY ~ August 2-4, 2019
    • Leadership Basics ~ Marietta, OH ~ August 3, 2019
    • Camping in the Grove at Murray Grove Retreat Center, Lanoka Harbor, NJ ~ August 4-8, 2019.
    • Junior/Senior High Our Whole Lives Training ~ Pittsburgh, PA ~ August 9-11, 2019
    • Junior/Senior High Our Whole Lives Training ~ Paramus, NJ ~ August 9-11, 2019
    • OM Youth Adult Committee Summer Meeting ~ Oberlin, OH ~ August 9-11, 2019
    • RE Week at the Sea ~ Ocean Grove, NJ ~ August 13-16, 2019
    • River Rising Youth Immersion Experience ~ Schenectady, NY ~ August 18-24, 2019
    • Junior/Senior High Our Whole Lives Training ~ Syracuse, NY ~ August 23-25, 2019
    • Elementary Our Whole Lives Training ~ Brooklyn, NY ~ August 23-25, 2019
    • Junior/Senior High Our Whole Lives Training ~ Arlington, VA ~ August 23-25, 2019
    • Multicultural Welcome ~ Princeton, NJ ~ August 24, 2019
    • Youth Ministry Reboot ~ streamed to congregations and clusters ~ September 14, 2019, 12-5 pm ET.
    • MNY Junior High Conference ~ Manhasset, NY ~ September 28-29, 2019
    • Better Together Networkpalooza ~ Bethesda, MD ~ September 29, 2019
    CER Webinars at a Glance

    The following webinars will take place in the region the next two months. For full details and a complete list visit the CER Webinars Calendar.

    Congregation, Cluster and Affiliate Groups News and Events
    Our congregations and clusters in the region have many exciting activities and announcements going on. For a complete listing of events, visit the CER Congregations and Clusters Calendar Page. For news from congregations, please visit our News Blog. For job listings from congregations check the UUA Job Board.

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