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July 2022 - In This Newsletter
  • Guest Blog & Recent UUA Communications
  • Southern Region Events - Board Retreat Training; Leadership Experience Track for 2022-23; Toolbox Webinar Series 2022-23; Presidents' Gathering Series 2022-23
  • News - Updated Southern Region Pulpit Supply List; Chalice Lighter Update; DRE Led Youth Ministry Volunteer Orientation; Leadership Updates Reminder for Congregations; Faithify News; Learn About Virginia's New Voting Maps; OWL Training Facilitator Training; Update from the UUA Religious Education Credentialing Committee; Upcoming Events at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center; Upcoming events at UBarU Camp and Retreat Center
  • Calendar Listing of Events, Occasions, and Connection Opportunities
  • UU Camp, Conference, and Retreat Centers in SR; Quick Links; Southern Region Staff
Guest Blog and UUA Communications

photo of rev. erin walterI Am A Markered Couch
By Rev. Erin J. Walter
So often people ask, "How do you do all the things you do?" I can never decide whether to take this as a compliment or whether to start rattling off all my major insecurities, fears, and embarrassments. “Thank you! You should see my paper piles and dust bunnies!” I say, trying to strike a balance of gratitude and messy honesty when I can. (If you ever want to talk about being simultaneously bold and insecure, please holler.)
photo of a tattered tan cloth couch with a shadow of a person waving in the foregroundA much as anything, though, when I get questions like that, I think of THIS COUCH. Y'all, THIS WAS OUR COUCH. It was our couch for 11 years. And it was used when I bought it -- $40 from Brown Elephant charity resale shop back in Chicago. For years, this couch needed to go, but with rowdy kids, a busy husband, and me trying to get through seminary, I couldn't deal with it.

This couch, like so many things, was triaged for the sake of other goals and dreams. This couch, for better or worse, is one of the ways I manage to be a minister, a musician, and a mother. I wait 11 years to spend an ounce of time, energy, or money on furniture.

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ICYMI - Recent UUA and UU World Communications
From the UUA President: UUs Remain Committed to Reproductive Justice (June 24)

Unitarian Universalists Reaffirm Commitment to Racial and Reproductive Justice at General Assembly (June 29)

“I Am Filled with Holy Fury!” From UU World; UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray leads a rally in Portland, Oregon…. (June 29)

Southern Region Events
Save the date for these upcoming Southern Region events!

Plan ahead, as registration deadlines may apply. Be sure to scroll all the way through this newsletter to learn more about additional events offered by clusters, congregations, and other Unitarian Universalist organizations. View our Southern Region events calendar here.
Board Training (for congregational board members)
photo_computer on conference table, two people partially visible in photo (image credit Unsplash - headway-5QgIuuBxKwM-unsplash.jpg)August 6
The Southern Region is excited to offer more support to congregations and their governing boards with our Southern Region Board Training 2022! This opportunity will provide you with a toolbox of in-depth material on: governance; the board work checklist; roles and responsibilities in the congregation; the role of mission in Unitarian Universalist governance; church year calendars; shared ministry and committees on shared ministry; yearly goal setting and congregational evaluations; ins and outs of board meetings; and additional resources for continued education throughout the church year.
All materials for this training will be released on June 1. On August 6 you are invited to attend a processing session (virtual/online). All congregation board members are invited to attend and there is no charge for this training.
Learn more and register for this board training today
Leadership Experience Track for 2022-23
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The Southern Region Leadership Experience (LE) is a three-part, nine-month, online course designed to support leaders at all levels. The sections of the Leadership Experience must be taken in sequential order. Learn more about our Leadership Experience track here.
Primer LE - a self-paced experience with recorded lectures, supplemental materials, and one live processing session. The topics covered in the Primer LE are UU Theology, Covenant, and UU History. The next live processing session for the Primer LE will be September 14.  Register for the Primer LE here.
Essentials LE - a three-session experience with recorded lectures, supplemental materials, and activities between three live processing sessions. The topics covered in the Essentials section are Congregational Foundations, System Theory, and Dimensions of Faith Development. The Essentials LE will run from September to December 2022. Completion of a prior Primer LE processing session is a prerequisite for participation. Register for the Essentials LE here.
Breakthrough LE - a three-session experience with recorded lectures, supplemental materials, and activities between three live processing sessions. The topics covered in the Breakthrough section are Incarnational UU Theology, Covenant Beyond Walls, and Justice is what Love Looks Like in Public. The Breakthrough LE will run from January to April 2023. Completion of the Essentials LE track is a prerequisite for participation. Register for the Breakthrough LE here.
clipart_red toolbox filled with colorful toolsToolbox Webinar Series 2022-23
Toolbox Webinars are compact and efficient one-time training sessions that support congregational leaders and staff. Toolbox Webinars are offered live, monthly, beginning in August, and last up to 90 minutes (most are on second Tuesdays). Learn more and register here.
  • August 9 - Religious Education Volunteer Training, with Cameron Young and Nancy Combs-Morgan. This webinar will directly support your congregation’s own training for your Religious Education Volunteers. Created with both volunteers and Religious Educators in mind, this basic RE training will give the basics for the most important role in the congregation: the guides, mentors, and teachers for our youngest community members.
  • September 13 - Youth Advisor Training, with Lillian Drab-Braddick, Cameron Young and Nancy Combs-Morgan. This webinar will directly support your congregation’s own training for your Youth Advisors. Created with both volunteer youth advisors and Religious Educators in mind, this basic Advisor training will give the basics for those in the critical role of supporting Youth ages 14-18.
photo_large metal chalice with candle, water backgroundPresidents' Gathering Series 2022-23
Presidents' Gatherings are an online space for congregational Presidents, Presidents-Elect, Vice Presidents, and Past Presidents to create a community of learning and collaboration with each other and with Southern Region staff. This series is offered from September through May, on third Thursday evenings (with a break in December).
Cost per congregational team:
  • Complementary for APF Honor Congregations (for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022)
  • $100 for congregations that were not APF Honor in 2021-22
Learn more and register here.
photo_pulpit with a lit chalice and stained glass in the background_original image from uu photo stock_flickrSouthern Region Pulpit Supply List
Congregations are often looking for speakers for Sunday mornings. Our Southern Region Pulpit Supply webpage was created to assist Southern Region congregations in finding people who are willing to provide pulpit supply. Learn more about our Pulpit Supply resource and view the recently updated pulpit supply list here.
If you'd like to be added to the Southern Region Pulpit Supply list please contact the Southern Region Administrator (
logo_chalice lighterChalice Lighters Update
Proposals for our Fall 2022 Chalice Lighter call cycle will be accepted until August 15th. Please note, this is a firm deadline. Learn more about the Southern Region Chalice Lighter program here. Submit a proposal for a Chalice Lighter call here. Sign up to become a Chalice Lighter here.
screenshot of a youtube video on youth advisor orientationDRE Led Youth Ministry Volunteer Orientation
Congregational Life and Lifespan Faith Engagement are offering a course that can be facilitated by a religious professional for the youth ministry volunteers in their congregation at their own pace. This four session training has a flipped classroom approach where participants will watch informational videos before participating in a live discussion to integrate learning. Topics covered will include roles and relationships, safety, shared leadership, and healthy adult boundaries. Visit this webpage to view a video and sign up to receive a notification when the course becomes available.
uua chalice logo with words "unitarian universalist association"Leadership Updates Reminder for Congregations
Attention: Administrators, Presidents, and Ministers
As we begin the new church year, this is a friendly reminder to update your congregation’s leadership information in anytime there are changes to staff or lay-leadership in your congregation. This is the primary resource we (and your UUA) use to share important information with congregational leaders and staff. It is particularly important that you include email addresses for all your lay-leaders and staff. We need your help in keeping the information current and complete!
faithify logoFaithify News
Faithify is a direct funding platform for Unitarian Universalist ministry projects. This includes everything from youth work to justice, service, buildings, staff positions, and emerging ministries. Faithify is full of campaigns funding projects through the direct support of others.
Help Support A Robust Justice Ministry in New Orleans
After their members, First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans (FUUNO)’s building is its greatest asset – large, centrally located, with room for many community partners and activities. It has long served as a vibrant hub for social justice activities and they are now poised to expand its potential. FUUNO seeks one-time support to continue as strong community partners, modeling and living UU values and principles in our larger community.
Learn more about and contribute to this campaign here!
photo collage featuring first uu church of new orleans
Learn About Virginia's New Voting Maps
July 21, online
For Unitarian Universalists in Virginia, AND anyone interested in gerrymandering (a 5th Principle issue), please join us for a virtual recap of the new Virginia voting districts for the 2020s. Our speaker will be Liz White, executive director of OneVirginia2021. Liz and OneVirginia were champions in the campaign to reform Virginia's voting districts. We'll also preview Ranked Choice Voting--a new reform that the state of Virginia now allows in local elections.
Register today!
infographic_VA has new voting maps

logo_owl-our whole lives programOWL Training Facilitator Training
August 5-7, Dallas
In person training to learn how to lead Our Whole Live comprehensive sexuality classes will be offered Aug. 5-7, 2022 (Friday-Sunday) at the First Unitarian Church of Dallas. Training at all three levels will be offered.*

To learn more about the training or to register, visit: OWL 2022 Facilitator Training.  Regular Registration runs from May 21-July 25 and costs $360/person.  If you have questions, email The training is sponsored by the North Texas Unitarian Universalist Congregations (NTUUC.)
*Levels offered: grades K-1/4-6, grades 7-9/10-12, and Young Adult/Adult/Older Adult
Update from the UUA Religious Education Credentialing Committee
The Religious Education Credentialing Committee (RECC), in an effort to dismantle white supremacy practices in our credentialing processes, has been working with MMAPEU Consulting over the past church year to evaluate and assess our programs for barriers to access. The first tangible outcome of this ministry is to share our new Mission, Vision, and Values Statement, placing our Unitarian Universalist faith and values at the core of all we do. Please review the new RECC Mission, Vision, and Values statement and consider if the Religious Education Credentialing Program is right for you or a religious educator near you! Contact the UUA’s Professional Development Programs Manager, Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill, for more information.
logo_the mountain_blue sky and tree covered mountains in backgroundUpcoming Events at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center
Intergenerational Camp, July 24 – 29
A Mountain Camp experience for all ages! Adventures, entertainment, and workshops, including building a cob pizza oven. Please register by July 10. Learn more and register.
Tales from the Grove, August 12, 3:00 pm ET
A Concert & Dinner Event inspired by The Mountain's Ancient Oak Forest. Join us for an original piano and bassoon composition, by Amber Ferenz Spuller. Learn more and register.
Adult Farm Camp, September 5 – 9  
Each day will have a central theme, such as plants, mushrooms, and animals, and the day will include presentations, hands-on activities, and entertainment related to the theme. No prior farming or gardening experience is required, the learning opportunities will be approachable and fun. Learn more and register.
logo_ubaru with starry sky in the backgroundUpcoming events at UBarU Camp and Retreat Center
GenderfUUl Retreat, July 8-10
The Genderfuul retreat is an affirming retreat where trans, non-binary and agender UUs can build community with each other. From nature walks to spiritual discussions and crafts, we hope that each person is able to relax and connect with the sacredness of being genderful. Our chaplain will foster an environment where everyone is encouraged to acknowledge and value a wide variety of identities, experiences, feelings, and vocabulary. Learn more and register.
The Point Family Camp, July 24-29
The Point is covenant, community, relaxation, nature, worship, music, faith development, justice work, great food, and programming for all ages. We are BACK! It has been too long since we could meet together in person - let’s get together to connect with each other, have fun, and learn! Learn more and register.
Star Party, August 25-28
A three-night opportunity to learn about and enjoy the Dark Sky at UBarU! Learn more and register.
Events, Occasions, and Connection Opportunities
clipart_calendar pageUpcoming Events

July 8-10, GenderfUUl Retreat @ UBarU
July 21, Learn about Virginia's New Voting Maps Webinar
July 24-29, Intergenerational Camp @ The Mountain
July 24-29, The Point Family Camp @ UBarU
August 5-7, OWL Facilitator Training, Dallas
August 6, Southern Region Training for Congregation Board Members
August 9, SR Toolbox Webinar
August 12, Tales from the Grove @ The Mountain
August 20, Ordination of Pamela Johnson, Chattanooga
August 25-28, Star Party @ UBarU

View our complete events calendar here.
Camp, Conference, and Retreat Centers within the Southern Region
The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, Highlands, NC
UBarU Camp and Retreat Center, Mountain Home, TX
Shelter Neck UU Camp, Burgaw, NC
Serving the Southern Region

Natalie Briscoe, Lead,, 617-742-2100 ext. 8197
Kathy Charles, Events Coordinator,, 617-948-4293
Rev. Tyler Coles,, 804-592-1159
Nancy Combs-Morgan (currently on sabbatical)
Jessica Curren, Administrator,, 407-894-2119
Lillian Drab-Braddick,, 617-948-4368
Kathy McGowan,, 617-948-4295
Cameron Young,, 972-383-9197

Please use our Partnership Activation Request to access support from the Southern Region.

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