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January 2022 - In This Newsletter
  • Guest Blog - Telling Our Stories to Cope with COVID, by Rev. Evin Carvill Ziemer
  • Southern Region Events - Primer Leadership Experience; Toolbox Webinars; Presidents' Gathering; The Point 2022
  • News - Article II Survey; Updates from the Lifespan Faith Engagement Office; Copyright Primer for UU Congregations; Updated Music Guidelines from WorshipWeb; 30 Days of Love; Our Shared Future: Legacy Giving in UU Congregations; UUA Common Read 2021-22; Ministry WITH Emerging Adults; A Second Slice of Pi; UUA Board of Trustees - Meetings and Monthly Open Houses; JUUst Breathe Live; Faithify News; General Assembly 2022
  • Calendar Listing of Events, Occasions, and Connection Opportunities
Guest Blog

Telling Our Stories to Cope with COVID
By Rev. Evin Carvill Ziemer
As the omicron surge–tsunami–hits the United States I am grateful for the protection of vaccination and yet I am braced against less deadly, but still deep impact. The impact of a form of trauma called “moral injury” or “moral distress”. I’m worried for all of us.
“Moral injury” was first described by Jonathan Shay to describe the impacts on military and veteran patients. It includes the traumas caused when we act against our morals, fail to act for our morals, witness others betray our morals, and in particular, when those in power betray what’s right. It’s similar, but somewhat different to the idea of “moral distress” first described among health care workers: when we know what’s ethically right, but are not allowed or cannot do what’s right whether caused by inadequate staffing, two conflicting values, or conflicts on the team.

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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
March 2 or 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 here. Register today!
Toolbox Webinar Series 2021-2022
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 here.
  • January 11: Shared Ministry - With Southern Region Staff Members Lillian Drab-Braddick and Rev. Tyler Coles. Shared Ministry is the ways in which the church leadership - professional and lay, volunteer and paid - work together to co-create Unitarian Universalism with the congregation and move the community into its missional priorities. This toolbox webinar will explore the relationships and responsibilities that we must build to have successful shared ministry in our congregations.
  • February 8 - Leadership Resources and Paths -  with Southern Region Staff Members Natalie Briscoe, SR lead and Rev. Nathan Hollister. This toolbox webinar will assist you in creating your own leadership development path, including methods of recruitment, content for leadership training, and recognition of volunteer leaders.  
Presidents' Gathering Series 2021-2022

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)
  • January 19. Shared Ministry
  • February 16, Leadership Development 
Learn more and register here
The Point 2022 - ReUUnited!           
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 opens soon. 
Article II Survey
The Article II Study Commission welcomes input from all Unitarian Universalists to inform the reimagining of Article 2 of the UUA Bylaws.
The Study Commission has identified four areas of inquiry: Shared Values, Inspirations, Purpose, and Covenant. The Article II Individual Survey (linked) includes questions for each of these areas. Toward the end of the survey, there are questions to collect demographic information. Lastly, you will have an opportunity to share any other input you'd like as well as ask any follow-up questions you have for the Commission.
Though anyone is welcome to complete this survey at anytime, we encourage you to engage with some of the many events, workshops, small groups, classes, and materials on offer to allow yourself time and space to think deeply about the questions that follow. This survey will remain open until March 31, 2022. 
Updates from the Lifespan Faith Engagement Office
Workshops Added to Parents and Caregivers Curriculum
Unintended Pregnancy and Ethical Non-monogamy are the newest topics added to the free “Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators” curriculum published by the UUA’s Lifespan Faith Engagement Office. 
The entire program consists of 12 sessions ranging from Communication skills to Re: Hopes and Concerns for Kids’ Sexual Health, Communication, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Relationships, Sexual Health, Decision Making, Consent, Social Media, Pornography, Unintended Pregnancy, and Ethical Non-monogamy. 
The small group ministry format is suitable for use in person or online, and individuals may also use it for self-study. The curriculum is free and can be downloaded here.
Online OWL Facilitator Trainings Start in January
Registration opened Nov. 8 for four online Our Whole Lives facilitator trainings in January and March. These trainings are for the Grades 7-9/10-12 levels only; other training levels will become available by the end of summer 2021.
The number of in-person trainings should increase as covid-related health statistics improve around the country. 
The training calendar and registration links are available here.
Copyright Primer for UU Congregations
UUA Publications, in collaboration with the UUA’s legal counsel and staff from Congregational Life, Faith Development, and WorshipWeb, is glad to announce a new resource on copyright and permissions that we hope will make it easier for congregations to determine quickly whether they need permission to use copyrighted material and obtain permission when it is needed. The new page consolidates information that was previously on separate pages and uses 5 questions to lead users to the information that is most relevant to their own circumstances. The Copyright Primer for Congregations includes information about the religious exemption in copyright law and what it does and does not cover, how copyright law applies to the online environment, permissions that some copyright holders have already granted to Unitarian Universalist congregations, how to request permissions from the UUA and other publishers when needed, and the answers to many other common questions. Please send questions and feedback to Mary Benard, Publications Director.
Updated Music Guidelines from WorshipWeb
Throughout the pandemic, many musicians were generous enough to share their work, in video form, with congregations. Music is such an integral and life-giving part of worship that these gifts of music elevated our online worship services. Unfortunately, this generosity
has created an expectation—perhaps unconscious—that music comes to us for free. This expectation has had the unjust effect of
devaluing the work and skills of many musicians.
In light of this, all Unitarian Universalist congregations and worship leaders are asked to review our new WorshipWeb guidelines, developed in collaboration with the Association for UU Music Ministries (AUUMM).
Please visit Music for Online Worship on to review the new guidelines. Please direct any questions concerning the new guidelines to
Side with Love - 30 Days of Love 2022
January 17 - February 14

Side With Love invites you to join our annual celebration of love, faith and justice!  In 2022, 30 Days of Love will focus on Side With Love’s four intersectional justice priorities, with opportunities each week for communities and people of all ages to ground, grow, and act together for justice. Each week, we will share a ‘playlist’ of activities and resources for individuals to interact with, connected with our weekly theme. We will have a full playlist each week for multigenerational families/communities, as well as many activities for general adult audiences. Each week will include activities in the categories of Read, Watch, Act, Listen, and Worship.
  • Week One: January 17 - 23 – Reproductive, Gender, & LGBTQIA+ Justice
  • Week Two: January 24 - 30 – Democracy & Voting Rights
  • Week Three: January 31 - February 6 – Decriminalization & Racial Justice
  • Week Four: February 7 - 14 – Climate Justice
  • Side With Love Sunday: February 14 
Learn more and check out our resources and events calendar here.
Our Shared Future: Legacy Giving in UU Congregations
February 5, 1:00 pm ET to 3:00 pm ET
Join the UUA’s Legacy Gifts team for a free webinar about the basics of legacy giving and best practices for building a healthy legacy giving program in your congregation. This workshop is designed for congregational leaders who want to learn about soliciting, managing, and stewarding legacy gifts to support the future of Unitarian Universalism. Email or call (888) 792-5885 (select option 3) for more information.
UUA Common Read 2021-22
This UU Common Read invites us to ask ourselves, “Why is it important for UUs to Defund Fear?”
Plan to gather for a deep dive into Zach Norris’s Defund Fear: Safety without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment (Beacon Press, 2021) in Spring 2022. While Zach Norris’s book is secular, the issues it confronts and the solutions he offers raise core theological questions for Unitarian Universalists. Groups can meet for one 90-minute session or adapt the discussion materials to go deeper together with multiple meetings. Three different, parallel discussion tracks will support any UU group, an exclusively BIPOC group, or an activist group to explore personal connections to America’s public safety story and bring UU theologies to bear. Video materials, including conversations with author Zach Norris, will be available starting in April, 2022 to support our exploration.
Get started now:
Ministry WITH Emerging Adults Webinar
February 22, 7:00 PM Pacific Time/10:00 PM Eastern Time
Presented by the Pacific Western Region’s Emerging Adult Task Force.  Resources, Tips, and Insights from emerging adults themselves to help you up your game when it comes to supporting and ministering WITH this keystone cohort in your congregation. Not to be missed! Register today!

photo_book cover_Defund FearA Second Slice of Pi
March 12
Join us online at the UU Institute (UUI) on Saturday, March 12th, from 3 to 5 pm ET for A Second Slice of
Pi - an updated, pandemic safe conference for smaller congregations and covenanting communities! What will we be doing? Easy on demand resources for small congregations, opportunities to connect with leaders of other small congregations, and a chance to share your story. Registration is open!
Has your small (<120 members) congregation done something interesting lately? A new partnership? A unique social justice project? A new way of connecting with your members? Would you like to share your success with others? A Second Slice of Pi is looking for stories to share with participants at the conference via a short video (we can help!). Contact your regional staff to let them know you’re interested or submit your idea via this form. Deadline for material submissions is February 1.
uua logo, with text "unitarian universalist association"UUA Board of Trustees - Meetings and Monthly Open Houses
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. Upcoming open houses:
  • January 11
  • February 8
Pre-registration is required. Register to attend Board open houses here.
You are also invited to join the Board, as it meets monthly, to discuss and make decisions about all facets of Unitarian Universalism. Upcoming meetings:
  • January 21 and 22
  • February 14
Registration information for Board meetings is available here prior to each Board meeting.
JUUst Breathe Live
January 9 and January 23
JUUst Breathe Live is a YouTube live stream where youth ministry has a say! Hosts Shannon Harper and Eric Bliss interview youth and adult guests who hold a vision of liberal religious youth ministry that is both lifesaving and spirit lifting.
Bonus Episode January 9th at 5p PT/8 p ET
Interview and music with Rising Appalachia. Chloe Smith and Leah Song join Eric and Shannon to discuss music, love and community. 
Regular Monthly episode will be January 23rd at 5p PT/8 p ET
Topic will be Climate Justice. Noella Prescod and Zoe Johnston will be joining Eric and Shannon to talk about this important topic.
Visit the JUUst Breathe Live YouTube Channel to join the live sessions. Previously streamed sessions are also available for viewing. 

Faithify News
Expanding DRUUMM's Pastoral Care and Faith Formation
Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) welcomes donations in support of expanding access for pastoral care and faith formation with BIPOC UUs. This Faithify will help us develop a lay pastoral care training that we anticipate launching by the end of 2022, and produce our Elder Spiritual Odyssey programs that connect stories of faith journeys of our elders with younger and future generations. Learn more, including how to contribute, here.

Faithify is a crowdfunding site where passionate people inspire, unite, and fund Unitarian Universalist ministries. Check out all the current Faithify campaigns here and watch for an updated Faithify platform in mid-January 2022!
General Assembly 2022
June 22-26
Please Join Us for General Assembly 2022! In 2022, we will have the option of meeting online or in-person! For those who enjoyed the convenience and accessibility of remote participation, General Assembly will continue to offer a virtual experience with robust programming and enhanced delegate discussion tools. For those who miss the in-person experience, GA 2022 offers opportunities to re-connect with friends old and new, local site attractions, and more! Join us June 22 - 26, 2022 online or in-person in Portland, Oregon.
General Assembly 2022 Registration is now open! Registration for General Assembly 2022 in-person in Portland, Oregon is now open. Financial support for registration as well as a payment plan is available. General Assembly 2022 will be a multiplatform event, with registration options for in-person and/or virtual participation. Registration for Virtual participation will open March 1. Register Now for In-Person General Assembly!
Propose a Program – You are warmly invited to submit a Program Proposal for the 2022 UUA General Assembly - a Multi-Platform GA which will have live in-person programming, live webinar programming, and prerecorded on-demand programming. The theme for GA 2022 is "Meet the Moment: Reimagining Radical Faith Community." Proposed programs should provide meaningful opportunities for learning and skill development, as well as address one or more of the following focus areas:
  • Opportunities to reimagine and embody our radical and liberating theology
  • Skills to Level Up to meet urgent justice needs of the moment
  • Strengthening our Community of Communities through connections and skill building
The program proposal deadline is Friday, January 14.
Events, Occasions, and Connection Opportunities
January 8, SR Essentials LE Session Two
January 9, JUUst Breathe Live
January 11, SR Toolbox Webinar
January 11, UUA Board of Trustees Open House
January 19, SR Presidents' Gathering
January 21-22, UUA Board of Trustees Meeting
January 23, JUUst Breathe Live
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,, 512-296-5396
Kathy Charles, Events Coordinator,, 617-948-4293
Rev. Tyler Coles,, 804-592-1159
Nancy Combs-Morgan,, 859-494-2424
Jessica Curren, Administrator,, 407-894-2119
Lillian Drab-Braddick,, 617-948-4368
Rev. Nathan Hollister,, 919-923-3398
Kathy McGowan, currently on sabbatical
Cameron Young,, 972-383-9197

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