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May 2022 - In This Newsletter
  • Staff & Guest Blog - Southern Region Board Training 2022 by Natalie Briscoe; Where Did Our Volunteers Go? by Rev. Erica Baron
  • Southern Region Events - Primer Leadership Experience; Toolbox Webinars; Presidents' Gathering; The Point 
  • News - UUA President Application Process is Open; Common Read Discussion Materials Now Available!; Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings; Peer Pastoral Care for Youth; Emergent Strategizing for Liminal Times; How are you REALLY doing?; Taproot; Faithify Updates; UU Wellspring for Emerging Young Adults; UU WomenSpirit Journey to the Soul of Egypt; UUA Board of Trustees - Monthly Open Houses and Meetings; 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 and Guest Blog

photo_natalie briscoeSouthern Region Board Training 2022
By Natalie Briscoe
 
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 further resources for continued education throughout the church year.
 
Registrants will receive all material consisting of PowerPoint slides, videos, examples, and resource links on June 1, 2022. On August 6, 2022, after your board members have had ample time to view, read, and discuss the material, you are invited to a processing session to ask questions about the material presented, talk with other boards of churches of a similar size, and craft a board retreat agenda that you can use in your congregation for years to come!
 
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photo_erica baronWhere Did Our Volunteers Go?
By Rev. Erica Baron
 
We have talked to many congregations recently reporting that they don’t have enough volunteers to fill open board and committee roles. We don’t expect this to change anytime soon
 
— and that might not be bad.
 
UU congregations in the last century — largely white, middle- and upper-class — benefited from volunteer time available in households where only one adult worked outside the home. Today, working Americans of all classes and races have less discretionary time. But the volunteer structures in our congregations have not shifted much, if at all. We’ve been getting along on the volunteerism of retirees and working people scrounging time for it rooted in their dedication and love. But our structures are increasingly unbalanced, and unsustainable.
 
The collapse of this way of structuring our congregations really began at least 25 years ago. If you have served on leadership development or nominating committees, maybe you’ve felt the pinch. Maybe you’ve sat with the church directory calling the same people over and over; downplaying the commitment required to get someone to say yes; decreasing the size of committees and boards. Many churches have been patching it together until…
 
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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.
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!
Toolbox Webinar Series 2021-2022
 clip art_red tool box filled with tools
Toolbox Webinars are compact and efficient one-time training sessions that support congregations and congregational leadership. Toolbox Webinars are offered live, monthly, on the second Tuesday beginning in August (with occasional fourth Tuesday sessions), and last up to 90 minutes. Learn more and register.
  • May: Governance - With Southern Region Staff Members Lillian Drab-Braddick, Rev. Tyler Coles, and Lead Natalie Briscoe. We will explore the basics of governance models, when each might be effective, and general approaches to governance in the congregation. Roles for staff, boards, committees on shared ministry, and committees will also be discussed. Please note, our May Toolbox is being offered as a pre-recorded webinar and we will not meet live on Zoom. Please register at the link above to receive the recording.
Presidents' Gathering Series 2021-2022
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Southern Region's 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 runs from September through May (with a break in December). Please note we have dropped the Thursday day time session of this series due to very low participation.

Cost per congregational team:
  • Complementary for APF Honor Congregations (for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021)
  • $100 for congregations that were not APF Honor in 2020-2021
Upcoming sessions and topics (Third Wednesdays at 7:00 PM ET)
  • May 18 - Board Transitions - Invite your incoming board president!
The Point 2022 - ReUUnited!           
July 24-29

The Point is a customizable Unitarian Universalist retreat for all ages.
 
Theme Speaker
Natalie Briscoe
Regional Lead for the Southern Region UUA

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!
  
Registration is now open!
News
UUA President Application Process is Open
 
A new Unitarian Universalist Association president—the public, spiritual, and executive leader of the UU movement and the UUA organization and staff—will be elected at General Assembly 2023, for a six-year term.
 
The person elected will succeed President Susan Frederick-Gray, who was elected at the UUA’s General Assembly in 2017. The Presidential Search Committee (PSC) is tasked with evaluating applications for president and selecting at least two nominees. The PSC posted the application form online on April 4. The deadline to submit applications is July 15, 2022. Nominees will be announced on November 15, 2022.

Please read "UUA President Application Process is open" from UU World for additional information about this process.
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image_cover of "defund fear" discussion guideCommon Read Discussion Materials Now Available!
 
The UUA 2021–2022 Common Read discussion materials are now available! A Common Read builds community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared platform for reflection and a shared focus for action. This year's Common Read is Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment by Zach Norris, published by Beacon Press.
 
Materials for this Common Read include a discussion guide for any Unitarian Universalist congregation or group and an abolition-focused program of study and actions developed by the Side with Love team for those who are in or would like to join UU activist networks. There's also a recorded conversation with author Zach Norris and religious professionals.
 
Learn more about this Common Read, find the discussion guide, additional resources, and recommended guidance to the reader here: www.uua.org/read.
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.org/ymhfa.
infographic_peer pastoral care training seriesPeer Pastoral Care for Youth
Online - May 7, 14, and 21

This is a 3-part series of interactive online workshops for youth and adults who support youth to learn peer pastoral care skills in a way immediately useful in their online lives. Pastoral care is an essential part of religious community and an essential part of caring for each other as human beings. We each can be present to each other as we go through both the hard and joyful parts of life. Compassion, witness, listening, and empathy are gifts we can all give each other.
 
The three workshops are:
Part 1 - Intro to Peer Pastoral Care and Listening Skills, May 7, 2022, 4-7 pm ET - this training is required to take parts 2 or 3.
Part 2 - Supporting Youth in Crisis, May 14, 2022, 4-7 pm ET.
Part 3 - Pastoral Care After Microaggressions, May 21, 2022, 4-7 pm ET.
 
Cost is $15 per session or $30 for the full series. Registration is open. Details at the Central East Region website.
infographic_emergent strategizing in liminal times eventEmergent Strategizing for Liminal Times
May 25th
 
Join other congregational leaders for this real-time introduction to emergent strategizing in liminal times. A follow-up online workshop will be available through the UU Leadership Institute for congregations wishing to facilitate their own emergent strategizing sessions. These offerings are inspired by the facilitation work of adrienne maree brown and UUA Congregational Life. Presented by Shannon Harper.
 
Cost for this workshop is $25. It is recommended that only one person from a congregation attend since registration is limited. Everyone who registers will receive all the materials needed to help with your own congregation’s emergent strategizing. Registration link: https://www.uua.org/leadership/events/liminal-times.
How are you REALLY doing?
 
The UUA and UU professional organizations want to know. All community ministers and paid staff of UU congregations are invited to complete a questionnaire that does a deep dive into stressors and satisfiers of congregational life. At the end of the survey a personalized report gives insight as to how you’re doing and why.
 
In fall, when the summary report is made available, gatherings by job role will unpack and debrief the implications of the findings. Those who have taken the survey will be invited.
 
Additionally, you will be given the option of including your anonymized data in academic research carried out by a PhD candidate at Emmanuel College, Victoria University, University of Toronto who helped develop this questionnaire and has been using it for both research and leadership support since 2015. Whether your data is included in this research is entirely up to you and will not affect the UUA reports.
 
For more information, including how to participate, click here.
Taproot: A National BIPOC Space
May 12
 
BIPoC Leaders rooted in the Unitarian Universalist congregations are invited to take part in this monthly, virtual gathering as we explore these pillars in creating means by which to ground ourselves in resilient communities of care. Learn more and register today!
image_faithify logoFaithify Updates
 
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.
 
Current Faithify campaigns with roots in the Southern Region:
  • Help Grow Lifelong UUs, Horizon UU Church, Carrollton, TX – congregation youth will embark upon a UU Pilgrimage this summer and this Faithify campaign is part of their fundraising efforts. (This campaign ends on May 16th.)
  • South Carolina UU Justice Alliance – help this recently organized ministry in their work to create more justice in South Carolina. (This campaign ends on May 5th.)
 Check out all the current Faithify campaigns here!
infographic_uu wellspring for emerging young adultsUU Wellspring for Emerging Young Adults
 
UU Wellspring has created a new 8-session online program for Emerging Young Adults. This program follows Bridging to help emerging young adults stay connected and experience spiritual practices that can sustain them in the years to come. This program is supported by a YAYA Community Grant so the sliding scale registration fee starts at $0! Learn more and register.
UU WomenSpirit Journey to the Soul of Egypt
May 18 - 22, The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center
 
Ever wondered about Ancient Egyptian Goddesses other than just Isis? Come along with your Spring 2022 Planning Committee as we present to you our re-creation of Ancient Egyptian Goddess worship on the Nile! We will dive into the way in which worship was viewed, how it was incorporated into daily life and how it could be as much fun as it was Sacred. Combining elements of décor, sacred words, and activities, we hope to make Worship into Magic! We will get to know the Goddesses Ma’at, Hathor, Bast, Sekhmet and of course Isis.
 
Learn more at the UU WomenSpirit website.
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 houses:
  • May 10
  • June 14
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:
  • May 9
infographic_uua general assembly 2022General Assembly Updates
June 22-26

Ibram X. Kendi is the 2022 Ware Lecturer
Ibram X. Kendi is author of five straight #1 New York Times bestsellers, including How to Be an Antiracist and the National Book Award-winning Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. In 2020, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. His relentless and passionate research puts into question the notion of a post-racial society and opens readers' and audiences' eyes to the reality of racism in America today. Kendi's events are sharp, informative, and hopeful, serving as a strong platform for any institution's discussions on racial discrimination.
Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent.
For more information on Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, please visit www.prhspeakers.com.
Dr. Kendi will deliver the lecture at 4 p.m. Pacific on Saturday, June 25. In-person registration is required to attend the event in Portland, Oregon. In-person or full virtual registration is required to live-stream the event on June 25, or access the video on-demand when it is posted.
 
infographic_ga scholarship funding for youth and young adults$$ for Youth and Young Adults
Youth and Young Adults (those who’ve competed 9th grade [or the homeschool equivalent] up to 35 years old) can get a scholarship in the form of a discount code they apply during the registration process.
Please invite youth and young adults to fill out this Youth and Young Adult Scholarship Form for General Assembly 2022 before they register to get their code. Codes can be used for virtual and in person registration.
Anyone, including young adults and youth group trip organizers, using the UUA GA Housing Reservation System, can use the Financial Support Application to apply for lodging credit.
Scholarships are distributed by Lifespan Faith Engagement and provided by contributions from GA registrants, the Katie Tyson Fund for Youth and Young Adult Ministry and the Jerry And Denny Davidoff Fund For Lay Leadership.
To talk with a friendly UUA staffer in Lifespan Faith Engagement about additional options for youth and young adult funding to attend GA 2022 email yayaministry@uua.org.

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 from now through early June. Learn more and register for upcoming webinars.

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

May 7, Installation of Rev. Rebecca Hinds, Unitarian Church in Charleston
May 7, Peer Pastoral Care for Youth, Online
May 9, UUA Board of Trustees Meeting, Online
May 10, UUA Board of Trustees Open House, Online
May 12, Taproot, Online
May 14, 70th Anniversary Celebration, UU Church of Little Rock
May 14, Peer Pastoral Care for Youth, Online
May 15, Ordination and Installation of Jaimie Dingus, UU Church of Huntsville AL
May 18, SR Presidents’ Gathering, Online
May 18-22, UU WomenSpirit Spring Event, Highlands NC
May 21, Installation of Rev. Viola Abbitt, Coastal Virginia UUs
May 21, Peer Pastoral Care for Youth, Online
May 25, Emergent Strategizing for Liminal Times, Online
May 22, Installation of Rev. Chris Rothbauer, Auburn UU Fellowship
May 26, What Does Multiplatorm Mean for this Year's General Assembly? Webinar
June 1, General Assembly 2022 Business Orientation Webinar
June 4, General Assembly 2022 Business Orientation Webinar
June 22-26, UUA General Assembly, Portland OR
July 24-29, SR The Point All-Ages Retreat, Ardmore OK

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, nbriscoe@uua.org, 617-742-2100 ext. 8197
Kathy Charles, Events Coordinator, kcharles@uua.org, 617-948-4293
Rev. Tyler Coles, tcoles@uua.org, 804-592-1159
Nancy Combs-Morgan (currently on sabbatical)
Jessica Curren, Administrator, jcurren@uua.org, 407-894-2119
Lillian Drab-Braddick, ldrab-braddick@uua.org, 617-948-4368
Kathy McGowan, kmcgowan@uua.org, 617-948-4295
Cameron Young, cyoung@uua.org, 972-383-9197

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

Learn about our staff and work on our staff page

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