The annual report for 2014-15 is now available on the OMD website. You can download the pdf version here.
Also, please note that District Assembly workshops are filling fast so register soon to ensure that you get your first choice. The deadline for childcare and scholarship requests is March 1. Advanced registration closes on March 15th and the sliding scale will not be available after that date. On site registration will be $95 per person. For details and descriptions, visit the District Assembly pages.
This quarter's chalice lighter call benefits the Oberlin UU Fellowship Kitchen Renovation. Learn more about the call.
A webpage for those looking for resources in the wake of the events in Ferguson, Cleveland and New York has been created on the CERG website. Visit the CERG website Resources Section to find resources, readings, links to webpages of partners and more.
Sometimes a challenge can offer an opportunity to try something new.
In the Ohio Meadville and St. Lawrence Districts of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the sudden illness and extended medical leave of St. Lawrence Congregational Life Consultant, the Rev. Chris Neilson, resulted in an all-hands-on-deck response from the district boards and from district, regional and national UUA staff.
The governing boards of the four districts that make up the Central East Regional Group have been in discussion about moving to a "Primary Contact" model where each congregation has a "go-to" person. The Primary Contact partners with the congregations’ leaders to connect them to helpful resources within the UUA (and beyond) and to strengthen relationships within clusters. The model provides an improved Primary Contact staff-to-congregation ratio in OMD and SLD (1 to 25-30 congregations). Staff will also continue to offer depth with their own portfolio "specialties" for the four districts in the region and connect congregations to specialists as needed.
The Rev. Joan VanBecelaere (lead of the Central East Regional Group) and the Rev. Scott Tayler (director of Congregational Life for the UUA) saw the challenge of the medical leave as an opportunity to pilot this primary contact program. They devised a plan to redeploy existing staff from the districts and region for the duration of the medical leave.Read more...