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April 2022 - In This Newsletter
  • Staff Blog & UUA Communications - When to Call by Natalie Briscoe; Supporting Those Impacted by the Crisis in Ukraine; Less is More: Everyone Needs a Break by Jan Gartner and Rev. Lisa Presley
  • Southern Region Events - Primer Leadership Experience; Toolbox Webinars; Presidents' Gathering; The Point 
  • News - UU the Vote 2022 Launch Party; Final Chance to Register for Intergenerational Spring Seminar; “Get Rooted, Get Ready!” Earth Day Worship Service; Video Engagement Strategy with Peter Bowden; OWL Facilitator Training 7-9/10-12 (Clearwater, FL); South Carolina UU Justice Alliance Faithify Campaign; Environmental Justice: Big Money, Sugar Cane, and Racism; UU WomenSpirit Journey to the Soul of Egypt; UUJEC Economic Justice Leadership Award; Taproot: A National BIPOC Space; UU Wellspring for Emerging Young Adults; UUA Publications Update; Live Oak UU Church Accepting Grant Proposals; UUA Board of Trustees - Monthly Open Houses and Meetings; General Assembly Updates
  • Calendar Listing of Events, Occasions, and Connection Opportunities
 Southern Region Staff Blog and UUA Communications

photo_natalie briscoeWhen to Call
By Natalie Briscoe

Just as an individual joins a congregation to amplify their values, so does a congregation join the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). The UUA is the congregations’ association which has a mission to support congregations, equip leaders, and live out our UU Values in the world. However, individual congregations are their own ultimate authority, govern themselves, choose their own ministers, and elect their own leadership. Congregations are the institutional incarnation of Unitarian Universalism in any given area, and the UUA is the manifestation of the covenant between congregations. Your Regional Staff are employees of this UUA, and we are your partners in co-creating Unitarian Universalism. We coach, companion, connect, and challenge congregations – to live into the fullest expression of Unitarian Universalism that they want to and to create Beloved Community in the cities and states in which they practice. 
 
To this end, your staff hears frequently, “We don’t know what the UUA is or why we would call them.” Well, here is a list of when you might call your Regional Staff, and when you might call someone else!
 

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screen shot_uusc ukraine relief fundSupporting Those Impacted by the Crisis in Ukraine

 
As the situation in Ukraine has unfolded over the last several days, there has been an outpouring of prayers and concern from Unitarian Universalists expressing heartfelt unity around this growing human rights tragedy. We want to share the most up to date information on how UUs in this country and around the world are responding and amplify the ways that we can all help.
 
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Less is More: Everyone Needs a Break
By Jan Gartner and Rev. Lisa Presley
(From LeaderLab

As we write this, it’s two years to the day from when the UUA moved to virtual operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those initial days were scary and exhausting. We still don’t know how close we are to the end of it – or what the end even means. And, even if it “ends” tomorrow, we’ll all be dealing with the impact of the pandemic for years to come.
 
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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


Back by popular demand - we heard your requests and are bringing back the Primer Leadership Experience for Spring 2022!
 
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
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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.
  • April 12: Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy - With Southern Region Staff members Nancy Combs-Morgan, Cameron Young, and Rev. Tyler Coles. This webinar will highlight the difference between pastoral care, chaplaincy, and parish care, as well as the unique role for each in your congregation.  
  • May 10: Governance - With Southern Region Staff Members Lillian Drab-Braddick, Cameron Young, 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.
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)
  • April 20 - Odds & Evens
  • May 18 - Board Transitions - Invite your incoming board president!
The Point 2022 - ReUUnited!           group photo of the point community 2018
July 24-29

The Point is a customizable Unitarian Universalist retreat for all ages.
 
We’re BACK! Join us when we return to Lake Murray to assemble as The Point community. We look forward to seeing you this summer. Registration is now open!
News
infographic_UU the Vote 2022 Launch Party informationUU the Vote 2022 Launch Party
April 10
 
Want to learn how you can take action in the 2022 midterms? Need help organizing your community? Are you ready to fight for democracy, climate justice, LGBTQ justice, and reproductive justice? Get started at the UU the Vote launch on Sunday, April 10th at 3:00 PM CT/4:00 PM ET.
 
Join UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, UU leaders, and partners to learn how you can show up for our UU values and communities in the critical midterm elections. We’ll be sharing our strategies, resources, trainings, and actions to help you in your work during the midterm elections.
 
Invite your congregation and social justice teams to join us for an exciting launch of UU the Vote 2022. Register today!
Final Chance to Register for Intergenerational Spring Seminar!
 
This weekend is the final chance to register for the upcoming Intergenerational Spring Seminar hosted by the UUA Office at the UN in partnership with UU Ministry for Earth, UUSC, and Side With Love. This year’s theme, “Displacement and Human Rights: All In for Climate Justice,” is becoming increasingly relevant as climate change causes so many places on Earth to become uninhabitable. Learn about the issues and how to take action to create climate justice in your community and world. In addition to the virtual programming of the Spring Seminar April 22 - May 1, congregations have an opportunity to host in-person local gatherings for participants in nearby communities. The Seminar will include special activities for youth (14+) and young adults! Learn more and register (registration closes on Sunday, April 10th).

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“Get Rooted, Get Ready!” Earth Day Worship Service
April 22
 
When you imagine pathways to embodying the inherent worth and dignity of all people, particularly climate migrants, what do you see? Who is with you on in this journey to realign our values and practices with justice? What transforms and gives way to new beginnings? Who and/or what are you accountable to along the way? Join UU Ministry for Earth for a special Earth Day worship service exploring these questions in a collective journey on the pathways to being rooted and ready for climate justice. This program will include a special collection for the UU Ministry for Earth – donations are encouraged and received with deep gratitude.
 
This worship service is also available for congregational use. Learn more on the UU Ministry for Earth website.


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Video Engagement Strategy with Peter Bowden
April 25-29 - Free, Daily Livestream, 30-Minute Sessions with Q&A
 
The need for our congregations to effectively engage with people online has never been greater! During this free five-day YouTube Live series, Peter Bowden will share video-based strategies to support online visitors, increase engagement with worship, and amplify advocacy and witness efforts. Peter is a Unitarian Universalist trainer and coach specializing in media and digital strategy. This series shares the core strategies from his popular Video Ministry Academy training. The UUA is sponsoring this public training to make these strategies available to all congregations. 
 
Learn more and register on Peter Bowden’s website.

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OWL logoOWL Facilitator Training 7-9/10-12
April 29-May 1, Clearwater, FL
 
Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, FL, is hosting an OWL Facilitator Training for grade levels 7-9 and 10-12. Limited registration spaces are available and it is anticipated that this training will fill up quickly. Learn more and register on UUs of Clearwater's website.
faithify logo with text "faithify uu crowdfunding"South Carolina UU Justice Alliance Faithify Campaign
 
sc uu justice alliance logoSouth Carolina UU Justice Alliance (SCUUJA) formed in 2021 to build an alliance of South Carolina Unitarian Universalists acting for justice in partnerships that center the voices and authority of people most impacted by injustice. We need YOU to help us launch in 2022! Help us raise $5000 for a matching grant from the UU Funding Program! Learn more about SCUUJA on their website. Contribute to SCUUJA’s Faithify campaign on the Faithify website.
Environmental Justice: Big Money, Sugar Cane, and Racism
April 30
 
Other countries have effectively banned sugar cane burning and found better ways to harvest sugar cane. While in Florida, Big Sugar continues to burn sugar cane fields despite the environmental and health issues of surrounding Black and POC communities.
 
Join event sponsors Southeast Florida UU Cluster and UU Justice Florida for Justice Saturday as Rev. David Lawlor, Co-Chair of UU Ministry for Earth, and keynote speaker, Dr. Rashid Shaikh, Co-Chair of UU BIPOC Caucus for Climate Justice, and a panel of 4-5 experts and activists, discuss the issue and what we can do to stop this injustice.
 
Learn more and register on the SE Florida Cluster website. Download a flyer to share with your congregation.
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.
2022 UUJEC Economic Justice Leadership Award
 
UUJEC, in its commitment to celebrate and support economic justice, is seeking activist Congregations or Justice Committees to apply for its biannual “Economic Justice Leadership Award.” The award will be presented to one UU congregation actively working for economic justice through systemic change (policy work, political activism, addressing inequality, climate justice, etc.). We’d like to hear about your work, however big or small, complex or focused.
 
Learn more, including how to apply, at the UUJEC website.

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Taproot: A National BIPOC Space
April 15, 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!
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.
UUA Publications Update

Check out the April 2022 UUA Publications Update for an update on the 2021-22 Common Read (Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment, by Zach Norris), recommended resources for Earth Day, information about new titles, and more!


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Live Oak UU Church Accepting Grant Proposals
 
The Live Oak UU Church (Cedar Park, TX) outreach endowment is now accepting grant proposals. The Endowment was created with the mission of providing grants that support UU values through congregational growth as well as grants for social and environmental action initiatives. More details and the grant application are on the Live Oak UU Church 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:
  • April 12
  • May 10
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:
  • April 22
  • May 9
infographic_uua general assembly 2022General Assembly Updates
June 22-26

GA Choir Registration is Now Open!
Each year a talented group of choral singers gathers to practice and perform for the General Assembly audience. For many, singing in the choir is a key part of coming together as UUs at GA. This year, GA will have two choirs: one in Portland, and one online. Choir Registration is now open for the Virtual and In-Person Choirs. Advance registration is required, and space is limited.
 
Dormitory Reservations Are Now Available
Dormitory reservations at Portland State University (PSU) are now available for GA attendees. Make your reservation by visiting the PSU Housing Reservation system. Dorm reservations are available for 4-night or 5-night packages, between Tuesday, June 21 and Sunday, June 26. Individual meal passes can be purchased for the on-site dining hall, which offers a variety of allergen-free and dietary friendly options and to-go meals.


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
Upcoming Events

April 1, Ordination of Juniper Meadows, Oak Ridge UU Church
April 3, Ordination celebration for Rev. Meredith Barber, Horizon UU Church
April 8, Article II Study Commission: A Conversation on Inspiration
April 9, SR Breakthrough LE
April 9, Installation of Rev. Margalie Belizaire, First Unitarian Church of Orlando
April 9, UUA Board GA Webinar, Discussion of Proposed Business Resolutions
April 10, Ordination of Amanda Schuber, UU Church of Chattanooga
April 10, UU the Vote 2022 Launch
April 12, SR Toolbox Webinar
April 13, UUA Board GA Webinar, Discussion of Proposed Business Resolutions
April 14 Taproot: A National BIPOC Space
April 15, Article II Study Commission: A Conversation on Values
April 19, UUA Board GA Webinar, In-Depth Look at the GA 2022 Rules of Procedure
April 20, SR Presidents' Gathering
April 22, Earth Day Worship Service, UU Ministry for Earth
April 22-May 1, Intergenerational Spring Seminar
April 24, Installation of Rev. Christe Lunsford, UU Fellowship of Gainesville
April 25-29, Video Engagement Strategy with Peter Bowden
April 29-May 1, OWL Facilitator Training for Levels 7-9/10-12, Clearwater
April 30, Environmental Justice Workshop, FL Southeast Cluster
May 7, Installation of Rev. Rebecca Hinds, Unitarian Church in Charleston
May 15, Ordination and Installation of Jaimie Dingus, UU Church of Huntsville
May 21, Installation of Rev. Viola Abbitt, Coastal Virginia UUs
May 22, Installation of Rev. Chris Rothbauer, Auburn UU Fellowship


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, 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
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.

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