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UU Bulletin | November 2017
Join the UUA Health Plan
Great news: The UUA Health Plan rate increase for 2018 is ZERO. With the rates of small group plans going up as much as 15%, and up to 40% on the Exchanges, this is welcome news for our congregations. The UUA Health Plan includes benefits reflecting UU values, is managed by UUs, and is committed to offering the best insurance pricing possible. November is Open Enrollment Month. For congregations already in the UUA Health Plan, thank you for your support. For congregations not yet in the UUA Health Plan, we invite you to consider joining the hundreds of UU congregations that trust us with their health insurance. We can do so much more when we work together. For more information, look for the information packet mailed to all UU congregations and to all current plan members. Complete details of available plans, rates, eligibility criteria, and important deadlines are posted on our website.
The Promise and The Practice of Our Faith
WorshipWeb materials are now available for your congregation’s Promise and Practice Sunday! To reinforce The Promise and The Practice of Our Faith Campaign as an opportunity for atonement and re-creation, these worship materials include a ritual (or moment of grounding) as a symbolic “turning moment” between past and future. The worship components were created specifically for Promise and Practice Sunday by Black religious professionals who were compensated for their time, wisdom, and skills. Through dialogue and covenant, they chose to “story” their own lives, drawing from their lived experiences and making of them a text to be absorbed by UUs of all races and ethnicities. We hope you will find these materials inspirational, powerful, and a full embodiment of UU values allowing us to move closer to the Beloved Community. Once your congregation has made its commitment, share your campaign online. Email BLUU-campaign@uua.org for additional support.
Reserve Space in the GA 2018 Exhibit Hall
The UUA is gearing up for an exciting and educational General Assembly in Kansas City, Missouri, June 20–24, 2018. Join us by reserving a booth in our exhibit hall, or share your message with the GA audience through advertising and sponsorship. Visit our website to complete the booth reservation process today.
Certification Opens November 15
The annual reporting period for UU congregations opens November 15, and congregations have until 5 p.m. PST on February 1 to complete the process in order to be certified for General Assembly. Only certified congregations will receive credentials for delegates who can vote in elections and on business at GA. We are also inviting congregations to share information about the makeup of their faith community because awareness of our identities is part of living our values of justice and equity. Congregations will be sent a link in late November for accessing the certification system, or congregations can log in at my.uua.org. For more information, visit our website or contact dataservices@uua.org.
Update on UUA Disaster Relief Fund
In the wake of devastating hurricanes and fires, in the last six weeks the UUA Disaster Relief Fund has funded $80,000 in block grants to UU congregations and organizations. These grants are helping rebuild buildings, provide food, shelter and transportation for people in need, and support local on-the-ground partners in the affected areas. Impacted congregations and UU organizations are encouraged to apply for block grants from the fund to help support their people and partners. Taking care of one another during times of crisis is an important component of our UU faith. Thank you to all who have donated to these funds already. To donate today, visit our website.
Common Read Discussion Guides
The UUA Common Read offers two books for 2017-2018, and discussion guides for both are now available.


Both guides, in one- and three-session formats, can be downloaded for free from the UUA Common Read web page. The page also provides a video from an event at the UUA Boston headquarters where Lappé and Eichen discussed how they came to write Daring Democracy and their hopes for a new movement.

Beyond Fair Trade: Building Just Relationships
Are you interested in learning about fair trade and economic justice? Join the The UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) in Nicaragua February 11–18, 2018. UUCSJ has partnered with Equal Exchange to explore the power of fair trade to improve the lives of producers and help consumers live our values. Based in the coffee growing regions around Estelí, participants will stay with and learn from members of an Equal Exchange coffee cooperative, assist with the harvest or coffee planting, and meet with a variety of feminist and human rights groups. The trip costs $1,000 per person and substantial financial aid (up to 50%) is available based on need and on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more and register for this interfaith journey by December 3.
Giving Tuesday
Friends of the UUA will once again participate in Giving Tuesday, which will be celebrated on November 28 this year. Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, a time for holiday and end-of-year donations. We hope to have your support of our Association as we live Unitarian Universalist values in the world. Learn more on our website.

New from UUA Publications
The UUA has two new pamphlets and a curriculum companion available now at inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop.

  • UU congregations affirm that the last years of our lives, while challenging, are as important as the first. In A Faith Home for Elders and Caregivers, we welcome those whose stories and experiences can inspire us all.
  • Found across the faith, the flaming chalice is the symbol of Unitarian Universalism. Where did the symbol originate and what does it mean? The Flaming Chalice teaches its important history and meaning.
  • Sexuality and Our Faith, Grades 4-6, Second Edition: A Companion to Our Whole Lives, by Jessica York, Reverend Kelly J. Burd, and T. Anil Oommen, is a companion to Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education Grades 4-6, Second Edition. It affirms church as a place to ask questions and stresses love, justice, equity, and responsibility as well as our need for support and nurturing.
Send Holiday Cards from CLF
The Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) is sending 825 holiday cards to CLF members who are incarcerated. Can you help? Find a simple, flat, non-glitter card. Using a pen only, write a seasonal message. Sign your first name to the card, and place the card in a stamped, un-addressed (including no return address) white envelope. Invite your Social Action or Religious Education Committees to join you. Place all the cards with sealed envelopes into a larger envelope and mail your package to the CLF. Cards must be received no later than December 7 and can be mailed to: CLF UU, Holiday Project, 24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA, 02210-1409. CLF staff and volunteers will address all envelopes, hoping to bring a bit of cheer to incarcerated members, many of whom are lonely and without support. Learn more on the CLF’s Worthy Now Prison Ministry Network website.

Torda450: The 450th Anniversary of the Edict of Torda
On January 13, 1568, in the city of Torda, a gathering of religious leaders and politicians presided over by Unitarian King John Sigismund proclaimed religious freedom in the Edict of Torda. Through this act, Unitarianism was officially recognized for the first time in the history of the world. It also signals the beginning of the UU legacy to be a spiritual tradition that resists hatred, oppression, and the narrow view that there is only one way to be faithful, to be religious, to be free. Join the year-long 450th Anniversary Celebration through worship, theological reflection, and pilgrimage. Add your anniversary celebration to the global map of special events. Visit Torda450.org for resources and ideas.

UUA Investment Committee Call
The UUA's Investment Committee invites you to participate in the quarterly conference call for investors in the UU Common Endowment Fund, LLC on November 20 from 3 to 4 p.m. EST. Congregations considering investment are also invited to join. Speakers will include Tim Brennan, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer; Kathleen Gaffney, Chair of the Investment Committee; David Stewart, Investment Committee Member and Co-Chair of the Socially Responsible Investing Committee; and Kathy Mulvey, Co-Chair of the Socially Responsible Investing Committee. They will provide a performance update, report on the November Investment Committee meeting, and answer questions. If you intend to participate, sign up on our website or send your confirmation, including the name of your congregation, city, and state, to Susan Helbert at shelbert@uua.org.
Resources from Beacon Press
Beacon Press is offering a list of resources in response to the current issues concerning gun control, sexual assault, and healthcare in America. Check out the full list on the Beacon Broadside website.
The work of the Unitarian Universalist Association is made possible by the generosity of member congregations and individual donors.

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