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June 2022 - In This Newsletter
  • Staff Blog & UUA Communications - To Everything a Season, by Kathy McGowan; From the UUA President: We All Deserve to Live in our Communities Without Fear; Side with Love Statement on Buffalo Shootings: We begin with truth-telling and moving together in that truth; UUA Mourns the Loss of 1 Million Americans Due to Covid-19; UUs Remain Committed to Supporting Reproductive Justice, Will Continue to Fight for Abortion Access
  • Southern Region Events - The Point 2022 - ReUUnited!; Training for Congregational Boards; Primer Leadership Experience
  • News - UU the Vote Legacy Fellowship for UU Young Adults and/or Black, Indigenous, and people of color Unitarian Universalists; OWL Training Facilitator Training (Dallas area); New Virtual Worship Service Available for Congregations; Compensation and Staffing Survey; Video Engagement Strategy with Peter Bowden; Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings; UUA Board of Trustees - Monthly Open Houses and Meetings; and General Assembly Updates
  • Calendar Listing of Events, Occasions, and Connection Opportunities
  • UU Camp, Conference, and Retreat Centers in SR; Quick Links; Southern Region Staff
 Southern Region Staff Blog and UUA Communications

photo_kathy mcgowanTo Everything a Season
By Kathy McGowan
When I was a religious educator I had a congregant talk to me about how amazed she was that her daughter seemed to absorb everything from the previous school year during the summer. Things that she struggled with during the year seemed to sink in somehow over the lazy summer days of doing nothing. Sometimes it is by “doing nothing” that we learn the most. I can tell you from personal experience that it is in the shower when I am “doing nothing” that my best ideas come to me.
June marks for many a time of transition. We have weddings, graduations, the school year ends, a work cycle changes and more. For congregations, many have a culture change; the annual meeting has happened, maybe a religious professional is ending their ministry and the rhythm of the calendar slows a bit.

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ICYMI - Recent UUA Communications

From the UUA President: We All Deserve to Live in our Communities Without Fear (May 25)
Side with Love Statement on Buffalo Shootings: We begin with truth-telling and moving together in that truth. (May 16)
UUA Mourns the Loss of 1 Million Americans Due to Covid-19 (May 5)
UUs Remain Committed to Supporting Reproductive Justice, Will Continue to Fight for Abortion Access (May 3)

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.
logo_text "the point" with flame drawing The Point 2022 - ReUUnited!           
July 24-29

The Point is Southern Region's customizable Unitarian Universalist retreat for all ages! 

ReUUnited and it feels so…..weird? Our Point community hasn’t been together in two summers, and a lot has changed since then. We are not quite the same people we were as when we left our community two summers ago. Let’s come together this summer, meet again for the first time, and envision what our Point community can be. Who knows what is in store for us as a community and as a center of Unitarian Universalist Faith Development!
Theme Speaker - Natalie Briscoe, Lead, UUA Southern Region
Sunset Speaker - Connie Goodbread, Acting Director, UUA Hope for Us Conflict Engagement team
Learn more and register today! Early registration ends soon!
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
Primer Leadership Experience
June 1, September 14, or February 8

Back by popular demand - we heard your requests and are continuing the Primer Leadership Experience year-round!
Participants will emerge from this experience equipped with the foundational knowledge needed for congregational leadership. This series focuses on Unitarian Universalist History, Polity, and Theology. This event includes both self-paced video learning and a live, online, group processing session (you choose the live date that works best for you). The cost is $35 per person.

Watch an introductory video. Register today!
UU the Vote Legacy Fellowship for UU Young Adults and/or Black, Indigenous, and people of color Unitarian Universalists
UU the Vote and UU College of Social Justice are excited to announce the UU the Vote Legacy Fellowship for UU Young Adults and/or Black, Indigenous, and people of color Unitarian Universalists. This Fellowship recognizes and supports leaders in our faith community who carry on the legacy of activism and organizing that embody our faith through justice organizing and activism.
The fellowship is a 6-month program (July-November) that will recognize 6 to 8 individuals to support your work and expand your skills and capacity. Fellows will be awarded $5,000 with an additional $1,500 project budget.
The success of UU the Vote was the result of leaders engaging in multiple strategies and tactics to support our UU and larger communities. Our success was defined by partnerships with frontline communities and organizations–many of which are led by and organized by young adults and BIPOC communities. The UU the Vote Legacy Fellowship is an investment in that leadership.
Learn more at
Join us for our Open House on June 7th at 7pm ET for a 45-minute informational event where you will be able to meet the Fellowship Committee and ask questions about the program and application process. RSVP at

banner_red and blue with white text "UU the Vote Legacy Fellowship"
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
New Virtual Worship Service Available for Congregations
“Woven in a Single Garment of Destiny” is a new worship service that explores covenant and repair in Unitarian Universalism. It includes a homily by UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray and beautiful new music created just for this service. UUA Minister of Worship Arts, Rev. Erika Hewitt, developed this offering for congregations as a way to support worship leaders in their multiplatform worship endeavors.
Download the “Woven in a Single Garment of Destiny” worship service.
If you are a worship leader seeking additional full-length services to share with your congregation, please visit this list of currently available on-demand video worship services.
screen shot_opening frame of "woven in a single garment of destiny" worship service video
photo_opened notebook computer on a sofaCompensation and Staffing Survey: For All Congregations with Paid Staff
Greetings from Jan Gartner and Sean Griffin! We’re the Compensation Team within the UUA Office of Church Staff Finances. At the beginning of May, we launched a Compensation and Staffing Survey to help us learn how our congregations are staffed and what staff are paid. We’ve publicized it through numerous channels and responses have been rolling in. Has your congregation responded yet? (If you are unable to verify, drop a note to and we will check.)
We’re eager to begin analyzing the information, but we’ll hold the survey open through June 10 to enable even more congregations to participate. The staff member or lay leader most familiar with staff hours and compensation should complete the survey. We think they will find it quite intuitive, but we advise everyone to start by reading our Compensation and Staffing Survey LeaderLab page, which outlines the information needed, provides a PDF preview, offers tips for completion, and links to the survey itself. Once the necessary information is gathered, it should take just a minute or two to enter your congregational information plus 1-2 minutes per employee.
As we rethink our approach to providing salary recommendations, having "actuals" will help us ensure that our recommendations are useful and realistic. Thank you for sharing your congregation’s information!
Sign up for the UUA Compensation and Staffing News, a monthly newsletter, filled with useful, timely information and resources on compensation and personnel matters.
Video Engagement Strategy with Peter Bowden
Unitarian Universalist trainer and coach, Peter Bowden, specializes in media and digital strategy and is known for creating the popular Video Ministry Academy training. In a new series of five video sessions sponsored by the UUA, Peter shares core strategies from that training updated for today’s multiplatform congregational environment. Get all five videos, sign up for handouts, and help your congregation implement a video engagement strategy that’s fun, workable, and sustainable for the long term.
infographic_video engagement strategy with peter bowden
screenshot-youtube video on Youth Mental Health First AidYouth Mental Health First Aid Trainings
June 11 & 12
This evidence-based program created by practitioners and people with lived experience teaches people how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge, how to provide help and what to do in a crisis. This training teaches the lifesaving skills of assessing for risk of suicide and harm, identifying alternatives to calling the police in a mental health crisis and putting someone who's overdosed in the recovery position. Lifespan Faith Engagement infuses this training with UU values of youth empowerment and agency, community care, and cultural humility. Registration fee is on a sliding scale from $0-$80. You can also request a private training for your congregation or cluster. Find out more and sign up at
uua logo, with text "unitarian universalist association"UUA Board of Trustees - Monthly Open Houses and Meetings
Connect with your UUA Board of Trustees, and the leaders from around our Association who serve as Trustees, to discuss issues and topics of importance across our Association. Pre-registration is required. Register to attend Board open houses hereUpcoming board open housesJune 14th.

You are also invited to join the Board, as it meets monthly, to discuss and make decisions about all facets of Unitarian Universalism. Registration information for Board meetings is available here prior to each Board meeting. Upcoming board meetings: June 13th.
infographic_uua general assembly 2022General Assembly Updates
June 22-26

Featured Speaker - adrienne maree brown
adrienne maree brown is the writer-in-residence at the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, and author of Grievers (the first novella in a trilogy on the Black Dawn imprint), Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation, We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements and How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office. She is the cohost of the How to Survive the End of the World, Octavia’s Parables, and Emergent Strategy podcasts. adrienne is rooted in Detroit.
This featured program, exclusively for GA registrants, will be on Thursday, June 23 at 1:45 p.m. PT. It will be a virtual presentation with an in-person screening in Portland.

Children’s Programs Registration is Open
Child Care (6 months – 4 years) and Day Camp (5 – 13 years) will be available during the five days of GA. Child care will be provided at a nearby hotel by Northwest Nannies, in collaboration with Unitarian Universalist Religious Educators and adult GA volunteers.
Vaccination will be required for children 5 and up. Children 2 years and up must be masked to participate. Space is limited.
Learn more and register for Children’s Programs.
Candidates Forum – June 8
The UUA Election Campaign Practices Committee (ECPC) will sponsor a Candidates' Forum on Wednesday, June 8, at 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT, featuring the two candidates for Board Position #7, the Rev. Suzanne Fast and Rebecca Mattis, and the two candidates for Board Position #11, the Rev. Beverly Seese and the Rev. Justine Sullivan.
Pre-registration is required to attend this forum, register here:
GA Workshops Recommended for Smaller Congregations
Are you a member of a smaller congregation? The Small Congregations Task Force, part of the Congregational Life Staff Team, has reviewed the workshops being offered at General Assembly and curated a list we recommend for small congregations. These workshops offer ideas and programs that can help you thrive. You can read the full list, with descriptions, at our blog post, Small Congregations at GA 2022. To access these workshops you must be registered for GA and it’s not too late to do that for in person or virtual attendance.

infographic_youth and young adult travel reimbursementYouth and Young Adult Travel Reimbursement
In addition to the registration discounts and housing credits available to youth and young adults attending General Assembly (more info on the Financial Aid Information Page), Lifespan Faith Engagement is offering travel reimbursements through the Katie Tyson and Davidoff Funds. Youth and young adults traveling to UUA events can request travel reimbursement by providing anticipated costs or travel receipts. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color youth and young adults can request up to $625, white youth and young adults can request up to $250 by filling out this Travel Reimbursement for UUA Events form.

Pre-GA 2022 Discussion Forums
Your UUA Board of Trustees has set up discussion forums to gather your feedback about the two business resolutions and the rules of procedure. Sign up, share your opinions, and exercise your democratic voice in UUA governance. You don't have to be a delegate to be involved, anyone can join.

Prepare for GA 2022 with the UUA Board of Trustees
At this year’s multiplatform General Assembly (GA), we will explore the power, possibility, purpose, struggle, and joy of meeting the moment as Unitarian Universalists. Whether you're a first-time delegate or a long-time attendee, you are invited to join members of the Board of Trustees to learn more about what will happen at GA this year. Multiple sessions, covering varied topics, will be offered through June 4th. Learn more and register for upcoming webinars.

General Assembly registration information. General Assembly housing information.
Events, Occasions, and Connection Opportunities
clipart_calendar pageUpcoming Events

June 1, Southern Region Leadership Primer Processing Session
June 1, General Assembly 2022 Business Orientation Webinar
June 4, General Assembly 2022 Business Orientation Webinar
June 7, UU the Vote Legacy Fellowship Open House
June 8, UUA Candidates’ Forum
June 11-12, Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings
June 13, UUA Board of Trustees Meeting
June 14, UUA Board of Trustees Open House
June 22-26, UUA General Assembly, Portland OR
July 24-29, SR The Point All-Ages Retreat, Ardmore OK
August 6, Southern Region Training for Congregation Board Members

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

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