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February 2021 - In This Newsletter
  • Southern Region Staff Blog & UUA Communications - Looking Forward, Looking Back by Connie Goodbread and Natalie Briscoe; From the UUA President: We Remain Committed to Public Health and Safety
  • Southern Region Events
  • News – Annual Certification of Membership – Due February 17th, New Day Rising National Conference, Small Congregation Webinar Series, Stewardship for Us Webinars, Greeley Sermon Competition on Climate Justice, Chalice Lighter Update, Thirty Days of Love, EqUUal Access Sermon Contest, and General Assembly 2021 Updates 
  • Calendar Listing of Events, Occasions, and Connection Opportunities
Southern Region Staff Blog
photos - Connie Goodbread & Natalie BriscoeLooking Forward, Looking Back
By Connie Goodbread and Natalie Briscoe
 
Looking Forward, Looking Back, Connie
 
Who knew that watching the Inauguration and the restoration of basic operations of our government would make us feel such a mixture of emotions. The years of broken norms within our government and the horrors of the pandemics of both racism and COVID-19 have made many of us long for a better and kinder world.  A world we have never seen.
 
The new administration promises to “Build Back Better,” and a lot of what will change should have changed a long time ago. To create lasting change that liberates everyone and is beneficial to us all, Americans need to be able to have difficult conversations. We must not tolerate behaviors, ideologies and parts of the system which work against liberation. Our liberation depends on the liberation of all. 


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From the UUA President: We Remain Committed to Public Health and Safety
photo - Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray 
Dear friend,
 
Last week, my family and I finally took down our holiday decorations. We kept them up for the bright cheer they brought and because we still hadn’t felt like the New Year had come. I joked that 2021 started off like the 13th month of 2020.
 
And yet, we really are in a time of transition. The New Year is still just beginning and a new administration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris has been sworn into office. I am grateful they have made addressing the COVID-19 pandemic their highest priority. With greater transparency and a coordinated national effort, many are encouraged that the pandemic will begin to subside this year. I am hopeful for the day when it will be safe to gather with our loved ones and communities.
 
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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.
Presidents’ Gatherings 2020-21
 
The Southern Region Presidents’ Gatherings are an ONLINE space for Presidents, President-Elects, and Vice Presidents to create a community of learning and collaboration with each other and with Southern Region Staff. For the convenience of our lay leaders, two sessions are offered each month to increase accessibility. This series of gatherings is offered free of charge for APF Honor Congregations and is $100 per congregation for non-Honor Congregations. Download a printable flyer here. Learn more and register here.

Upcoming sessions and topics (offered on Third Wednesdays at 7:00 PM ET and the following Thursdays at 12:00 PM ET):
  • February 17 & 18, Leadership Development
  • March 17 & 18 - Safer Congregations
  • April 21 & 22 - Odds and Evens
Toolbox Webinars 2020-21
 
The Southern Region Toolbox Webinars are compact and efficient one-time training sessions, offered monthly, that support congregations and congregational leadership. Toolbox Webinars are offered live, and recordings of these live sessions are sent to all participants who registered for the webinar. Learn more and register here.

Upcoming sessions and topics (Second Tuesdays at 7:00 PM ET):
  • February 9, Systems Perspective on the Congregation
  • March 9 - Safe Congregations Policies and Resources
  • April 13  - Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Resources
News
image - uua logoAnnual Certification of Membership – Due February 17th
Attention: Presidents, Ministers, and Administrators
 
All UUA member congregations are required to submit their annual Certification of Membership by Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. PST. As this date is an extension of the original deadline, please be advised that Data Services cannot offer any extensions to this new deadline.
 
An email containing a secure link has been sent to your congregation's data administrator. Alternatively, authorized individuals may log on to https://dyn.uua.org/congregation/ to complete the certification process. Please note, it will take you some time to gather all the necessary information required to complete certification. Please do not wait until the deadline to start this process! Download a worksheet to help you prepare for certification here. View Frequently Asked Questions here. Please direct questions about certification to data_services@uua.org.
Is Your Congregation Ready for a New Day Rising?
clip art image - new day rising event informationFebruary 27, Online Workshop
 
Is your congregation ready to take a new step in racial justice work? Want to learn what your fellow congregations are working on, and how you might apply it at home? Join a continent of UUs as we explore next steps in creating Beloved UU Communities. Join us for New Day Rising Conference National. On your own you watch compelling video TED-talk style testimonials from selected congregations. Together we will have worship, workshops, and caucusing.
 
Learn more and register here.

image -event clip art - small congregation webinar seriesSmall Congregation Webinar Series
 
Are you in a small congregation of 120 or fewer members? Your Congregational Life Staff are offering a series of Small Congregation Webinars on ways congregations can share programming and services. Each session runs 1.5 hours and they are free! Please join us for one or all: 

image - Stewardship for Us logoStewardship for Us Webinars
 
Stewardship for Us is pleased to announce upcoming collaborations with UUA Congregational Life staff in the MidAmerica and Pacific Western Regions. These events will provide you with opportunities to explore and learn more about stewardship.
 
Regardless of your region, all these events are open to you! They are intended for any Unitarian Universalist congregational leaders. Read a complete description of these events here.
Please note the time zone when you register for individual webinars as they are hosted by MidAmerica and Pacific Western Regions and the start times may differ from Central/Eastern time zones.
Greeley Sermon Competition on Climate Justice
 
The UUA Office at the United Nations invites you to submit a sermon to the 2020-2021 Dana McLean Greeley Sermon Competition. This year’s competition theme is “All In for Climate Justice: People, Power, Planet.” Beyond an analysis of the dangers of the climate crisis, sermons should address what it means for people of faith to be all in for climate justice, looking toward the ways power can be leveraged to help people and planet achieve justice and liberation. Submissions that draw on the work of the UN and our UUA Office at the UN will receive priority consideration. The selected winner will receive a $500 honorarium prize and a video of their sermon will be featured on the UU@UN website. Please send submissions to unitednations@uua.org by February 23, 2021. Learn more about submission requirements here.
image - Greeley Award
image - chalice lighter logoChalice Lighter Update
 
Proposals for our Spring 2021 Chalice Lighter calls will be accepted until March 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.
image - side with love bannerSide with Love - Thirty Days of Love 2021
 
Thirty Days of Love is our annual celebration that runs approximately from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January through Valentine’s Day in February. It is an opportunity to lift up the ways Unitarian Universalists and many of our partner organizations are building and organizing by taking bold, courageous action for intersectional racial justice.
 
In 2021, 30 Days of Love will focus on themes from Widening the Circle of Concern
The 30 Days will culminate with a livestreamed Side with Love Sunday worship — our 12th annual! — on February 14. Follow Side with Love on Facebook for updates and visit the Side with Love website for the complete schedule and shared materials!
image - equual access logoEqUUal Access Sermon Contest
 
EqUUal Access is holding their Carolyn Cartland Sermon Contest! This annual contest highlights disability-related themes and topics. A cash prize of $500 goes to the chosen applicant. The award will be presented during a virtual EqUUal Access celebration. Time permitting, the winner may be invited to present an excerpt of their sermon at the event. Learn more here. Entries, including the required cover page, should be emailed to info@EqUUalAccess.org. Entries are due by May 1, 2021.
image - uua ga 2021 logoUUA Virtual General Assembly 2021
June 23-27
 
General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, where we conduct business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean fully into our mission and principles. That remains true even when we cannot gather physically. Last year, GA had more than 4,900 registered attendees participate from remote locations around the world. Although we give up the face-to-face interaction and hugs that are prevalent when we meet in-person, we retain our dedication to community and make our experience more accessible and more environmentally sustainable.
 
Register Soon!
If you haven't registered for Virtual GA 2021 already, there is no better time to register than right now! Registered attendees are among the first to hear program announcements, including featured speakers and the Ware Lecturer and only registered attendees will have access to the new GA app (coming soon!) So, register early to join online discussions, familiarize yourself with the GA schedule, and find your place in our community of communities. Register now!
 
New this year – General Assembly Merch Boxes
The GA Merch Box will contain a collection merchandise which is sure to delight and inspire when it arrives just in time for GA. You can purchase your Merch Box when you register for GA.
 
Join the Conflict and Covenant Team
The Conflict & Covenant Team, a successor to the Right Relationship team, is recruiting volunteers! This team is charged with supporting and mediating with GA attendees who are in conflict and/or whose actions violate the covenant during GA. This volunteer team will carry out the charge by rotating on-call shifts to monitor incoming tickets, track patterns of conflicts and covenant violations, and facilitate conversation with attendees who need support. Anyone committed to healthy conflict resolution grounded in UU values, which includes applying an anti-racist, anti-oppressive lens to the work, is encouraged to apply.
Events, Occasions, and Connection Opportunities
Upcoming Events 

Online Events & Webinars
February 3 - Generosity Lab Series
February 6 - Effective Pledge Drives Webinar
February 9, SR Toolbox Webinar
February 10 - Generosity Lab Series
February 13, SR Online Leadership Experience – Winter 2020
February 13 - Asking for Contributions Webinar
February 17, SR Presidents' Webinar
February 17 - Generosity Lab Series
February 18, SR Presidents' Webinar
February 18 - Sharing Worship in Smaller Congregations Webinar
February 24 - Generosity Lab Series
February 27, New Day Rising Conference
March 3 - Generosity Lab Series
March 9, SR Toolbox Webinar
March 13, SR Online Leadership Experience - Winter 2020
March 17, SR Presidents' Webinar
March 18, SR Presidents' Webinar
March 18 - Sharing Staff in Smaller Congregations Webinar
April 13, SR Toolbox Webinar
April 21, SR Presidents' Webinar
April 22, SR Presidents' Webinar
April 22 - Sharing Youth Programming in Smaller Congregations Webinar
May 23, Ordination of Randy Partain, Tapestry-Houston

 
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, Co-Lead, nbriscoe@uua.org, 512-296-5396
Kathy Charles, Events Coordinator, kcharles@uua.org, 281-216-6999
Tyler Coles, tcoles@uua.org, 804-592-1159
Nancy Combs-Morgan, ncombsmorgan@uua.org, 859-494-2424
Jessica Curren, Administrator,  jcurren@uua.org, 407-894-2119
Lillian Drab-Braddick, ldrab-braddick@uua.org, 617-948-4368
Connie Goodbread, Co-Lead, cgoodbread@uua.org, 727-772-3508
Rev. Nathan Hollister, nhollister@uua.org, 919-923-3398
Kathy McGowan, kmcgowan@uua.org, 617-948-4295
Cameron Young, cyoung@uua.org, 972-383-9197

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