The Ohio Meadville District wants to help your congregation send delegates to our 2016 General Assembly to be held in Columbus, Ohio!
We have money available for matching grants to Congregations in the Ohio-Meadville District who can demonstrate a budgetary commitment to send congregational delegates to General Assembly 2016.
Are you a church leader who is passionate about serving your UU community? Are you a UU who wants to serve your fellow UUs in a leadership position? Do you know someone in your congregation or UU community who would be interested in serving? The District Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for elected leadership positions. We are looking for individuals with skills, dedication, and leadership experience to help shape the future of the District. Nominations for positions on both the OMD Board and the Nominating Committee will be made at the Annual District Assembly and we need to hear from YOU! Learn more about the process
Rev. Scott Tayler and Rev. Joan VanBecelaere are very please to announce the addition of three new staff to the Central East Region Congregational Life Team as well as several other additions to other regions. Raziq Brown, Rev. Megan Foley and Rev. Hope Johnson will join the team this fall.
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.
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