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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Opportunities for Connection
CER Update
~ October 2020
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Featured Resource: Virtual General Assembly 2020 Library

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 GA On Demand Library is now
available to the public on Vimeo. In addition to the major GA worship services, business sessions and reports, the library includes the Ware Lecture, featured speaker presentations, learning stage presentations and huge number of workshops all previously available to GA registrants only.  Enjoy and share widely!
Holiday Planning Brainstorming Conversation for Worship Leaders
Wondering how to handle your congregation's celebration of upcoming holidays this fall and winter? Do you long to brainstorm ideas with creative, invested experts - that is to say, other worship leaders from around the country?

Join this national webinar to share your ideas and plans and see what others are doing to connect their congregants to annual traditions in these challenging times. Break out rooms will be organized by size of congregation.

The event is free but registration is required to receive the connection info. Learn more.
UU Congregation of Binghamton Recipient of the Fall Chalice Lighter Grant
The CER Chalice Lighter Program Committee is pleased to announce the award of a $40,000 grant to the UU Congregation of Binghamton, NY as a significant contribution to its $1.7 million renovation project. New square footage will include a Children’s Chapel and meditation room, meeting room, and expanded entries and office space. Most of the building is being gutted and repurposed to include: a commercial grade kitchen to use to provide meals for the hungry in the community; gender neutral bathrooms; more private office space for the minister; a larger social hall for meetings and gatherings of the congregation, cluster and outside groups; energy-efficient building systems that will reduce its carbon footprint and serve as a role model for other non-profits; improved accessibility for congregants and visitors; and entrances that are more welcoming and recognizable as a UU congregation in the community. The renovation is mission-driven, allowing for existing and new internal and external programs to flourish in this congregation of 161 members and 38 children. Learn more about this project and donate at the Chalice Lighter's webpage.
Retooling for New Realities
This is a time of expansive change. Our faith communities are experimenting and collaborating as never before. How might we bring more intention to what congregations are already doing?

Meeting with other congregational leaders often generates a creative interchange of ideas. Join thought partners from other UU congregations in online cohorts in this year-long program facilitated by experienced lay leaders. Applications are due October 25, 2020. Learn more at the UUA website.
Better Together Blog: The Stories We Carry
by Sana Saeed

On March 14th, 2013, I was sitting in my office at the Interfaith Alliance, a non-profit in Washington DC, while watching CNN’s live feed of the Vatican. I was watching the white smoke billowing out of the Sistine Chapel as I waited for the new pope to be introduced, and in that moment, I had decided to check my email and saw that I had a “Congratulations” message waiting from Harvard Divinity School (HDS) at Harvard University. My hand shook as I clicked the email open, and when I read the word “admitted” I cried. A lot. It was the one school and university in my mind that was unattainable. I don’t know if that was just because of my own insecurities or if that was what I was socialized to think.

News from the UUA
UU the Vote is hosting Phone Banking events throughout October in several battleground states and has a number of other resources for congregations. It's not to late to get involved and help with this year's election. Visit their website to get involved and UU the Vote.

The UUA has a Disaster Relief Fund for those who want to make a donation to help congregations who have faced losses due to tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires and more. Please donate if you can. To learn more about the work of the Disaster Relief Fund visit their webpage. If your congregation needs assistance, you can apply for a grant on that webpage. We are Better Together.

Need resources to help your congregation with the COVID-19 Pandemic and resulting issues?
Please check the LeaderLab COVID-19 Resources and the Safe Congregations Team Resources. You can find the UUA Guidance on Gathering In-Person When COVID-19 Subsides on the UUA website.

The Office of Church Staff Finances
reminds us this is a time when we have a lot of staff changes is our congregations. Please check out their LeaderLab page on Compensation Standards and Resources which includes their Benefits Workbook to help you make sure you don't miss any deadlines. You'll also want to check out their From Starting to Parting document that provides advice on welcoming new staff, providing ongoing support and ensuring healthy departures.

Virtual Guest in Your Pulpit! The UUMA has taken over maintaining the list of speakers started by Rev. Kimberley Debus. Check it out to see who is available! You can find it here. Also, don't forget to check out the CER Guest in Your Pulpit program, which includes both lay and professional worship leaders.

New publications from the UUA
- Available now for ordering is Widening the Circle of Concern: Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change, The Stonewall Generation: LGBTQ Elders on Sex, Activism and Aging, and Breaking and Blessing: Meditations by Rev. Sean Parker Dennison. Also available order is Stubborn Grace: Faith, Mental Illness, and Demanding a Blessing by Rev. Kate Landis and Held: Showing Up for Each Other's Mental Health by Rev. Barbara F. Meyers.

The UUA is hiring for several positions. 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 the regional office to pay for your registration, you must write the name and date of the event in the memo line. Otherwise we may not get it properly credited.

Due to COVID-19 we are expecting all events in 2020-2021 to be virtual. We strongly encourage congregations to do your part to flatten the curve by supporting your congregants virtually through online conferencing, phone, email or letters and forgoing in-person meetings.

  • CER Networking Calls - one per week, 1-2 each week. Choose what works best for you.
    • First Wednesday of the month - Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2 at 5 pm with Rev. Sunshine Wolfe and Rev. Renee Ruchotzke.
    • Second Tuesday of the Month - Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8 at 6:30 pm with Patricia Infante and Sana Saeed.
    • Second Friday of the month - Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11 at 1 pm with Rev.  Evin Carvill-Ziemer and Rev. Renee Ruchotzke.
    • Third Monday of the month - Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 21 at 4 pm with Rev. Megan Foley.
    • Third Wednesday of the Month - Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16 at 6 pm with Patricia Infante, Sana Saeed, Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer, and Rev. Hope Johnson.
    • Join by going to, password is 202006.
  • BIPOC Gatherings happen twice a month - October 12 and 26 at 6:30 pm. Contact Hope Johnson at or Sana Saeed at for connection information.
  • Holiday Planning Brainstorming Conversation for Worship Leaders  ~ online webinar. 4-5:30 pm ET, Wed, October 7, 2020.
  • Pittsburgh Cluster Annual Assembly ~ November 7, 2020
  • On Our Way to Beloved Community, Delmarva Cluster Annual Gathering, Nov 21, 2020, 10 am to 3:30 pm ET. Registration is open.
If you missed the Online RE Safety Webinar in September, you can view the recording on the UUA website along with resources presented during that webinar.
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.

  • Conversations on Race - Alternatives to Policing ~ October 6, 2020, 7-9 pm ET. This webinar is sponsored by All Souls Unitarian in Washington, DC.
  • Compassion Training for Pastoral Care Teams ~ webinar. November 7, 2020, 9:30-4 . This event is run by the UU Congregation of Sterling, VA.
  • Murray Grove is celebrating the sestercentennial of Universalism in America October 2-4, 2020. It will be the 250th anniversary of John Murray’s famous 1770 sermon in Thomas Potter’s chapel in Good Luck, New Jersey. They have created a digital toolkit, have events planned for the year and a gathering scheduled in October at Murray Grove. Details are on the Murray Grove website.
  • Several UU Congregations in CER are hiring Religious Education, administrator and other positions. Check the listings.
If your congregation or cluster has news or events to share, please send it to us at
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100 W 10th Street Suite 1008
Wilmington, DE 19801
United States