OMD Now! April 2012

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OMD Now!

A monthly roundup of news, events, dates and deadlines of the Ohio-Meadville District

April 2012

In This Issue

  • Justice GA/Phoenix
  • Commissioned Lay Leaders
  • Leadership Training Opportunity
  • Summer Institute
  • RE Resources & News
  • Young Adult Events
  • Youth Events
  • Webinar Schedule & On-Demand Learning Center
  • Congregational & In-District News
  • CERG News and Events
  • UUA & National News & Events

Welcome to the April edition of OMD Now!. For individual information, flyers and details, click the links in each article. Want to share one of your events with the district congregations? Send it to the OMD Office to be included in the May edition. Deadline is APril 25th.

  • The next Chalice Lighter's Application Deadline is April 1 - that's this week! The next grant deadline is July 1. Learn more at www.ohiomeadville.org/challight/clgrants
  • Equality Ohio announces 2012 Lobby Day. Learn more and find the registration link at the OMD website.
  • Are you a new or returning Congregational Leader? Please put OMD Leadership Day on your calendar. October 13, 2012 at First Unitarian Church of Cleveland in Shaker Heights, OH.
  • The UUA has revised the Fair Compensation Guidelines including adding two additional geo-indexes. To learn more about the changes please visit www.uua.org/careers/compensation/fair/178552.shtml
  • A reminder - if your congregation was full fair share this year, you received 2 certificates to use towards registrations fees of some district events. Don't forget to use them!

Check out the district website for information about events and resources for your congregation.

Justice GA/Phoenix

  • The Phoenix Witness Fund is now accepting applications, access them here. HURRY! Deadline is March 31.
  • Rev. Peter Morales offers a personal invitation to Justice GA. Watch the video.
  • Registration and housing for GA is open - Learn more at www.uua.org/ga
  • Alto Arizona has released a video with Dr. Cornel West on the history of SB1070. You can watch it here.
  • The UUA has gotten permission for congregations to screen the movie Lost in Detention as an educational activity. Learn more...
  • Find out detailed information about what is happening with Justice General Assembly in Phoenix at the OMD website and the UUA GA website.
  • The UUA Moderator Nomination Committee has nominated Jim Key and Tamara Payne-Alex for moderator. Read about the process and the nominees at the UU World website.

Quick Links

District Calendar
District Events
District Webinars
District Assembly
CERG Events
CERG Webinars
On Demand Learning Center
OMD Library
Congregational Events
Guest In Your Pulpit
OMD Up Close
OMD Headlines

Commissioned Lay Leaders

  • The CLL Committee is hosting the First Annual Commissioned Lay Leader (CLL) Retreat on April 20-21, 2012 at West Shore UU Church. Learn more and register at the OMD website.
  • Interested in becoming a CLL? Learn more at the Commissioned Lay Leader Page on the OMD website.

Attention Leaders!

Are you an experienced congregational leader, minister or religious educator who would like to learn how to train leaders for the Harvest the Power curricula? CERG will be offering a trainer of trainers August 17-19, 2012 in Angola, NY for 15 folks who are interested. Participants must submit an application and a letter of support from their congregation. Details and registration information available on the CERG website.

Summer Institute

Join us for this year's Summer Institute ~ Reboot Your Theology: Exploring Our Connections with theme speaker Rev. Meg Riley. July 8-14, 2012 at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. Brochures are now available in your congregation or you can download it as a pdf here. Online registration opens mid April. Learn more at the OMDSI website.



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RE Resources & News

  • Nancy Combs-Morgan of the Mid-America Region has invited us to participate in a youth ministry webinar on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:45pm Eastern. This webinar specifically deals with preparing adults to chaperone youth events. Free, but you must preregister at: www.psduua.org/Workshops/YouthAdvisorSeries
  • UU Identity Renassiance Module has been cancelled due to low registration.
  • Multicultural Religious Education Renaissance Module will be held at Carondelet Hospitality Center, Latham, NY on May 15-17, 2012. For more information...
  • Our Whole Lives Training of Teachers for Jr & Sr High will be held at the UU Church of the South Hills, Pittsburgh, PA on May 18-20, 2012. Registration is now open...
  • Spirit Play Training for teachers in the Spirit Play Curricula program will be held at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh on June 2, 2012. To learn more...
  • See the CERG Events list below for additional training opportunities.
  • Resources are available at Lifelong Faith www.lifelongfaith.com for leaders striving to make our congregations places which meet the diverse religious and spiritual needs of all generations. An increasing number of UUs are using this material to plan the type of forward looking congregations that Rev. David Owen-O'Quill spoke of at District Assembly.

Young Adult Events

If you made a pledge to the Phoenix Witness Project, now is the time to make your first half payment. Learn more at www.ohiomeadville.org/donations/pwp

Youth Events

  • Nancy Combs-Morgan of the Mid-America Region has invited us to participate in a youth ministry webinar on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:45pm Eastern. This webinar specifically deals with preparing adults to chaperone youth events. Free, but you must preregister at: www.psduua.org/Workshops/YouthAdvisorSeries
  • YAC Spring Planning Meeting ~ April 20-21, 2012, East Suburban UU Church, Murrysville, PA
  • YAC All Age Con ~ May 4-6, 2012, UU Church of Akron, OH
  • Youth Work Camp in West Virginia for June 24-30, 2012. Registration is now open at the OMD website. NOTE: This event is now open to all the rest of the CERG districts. Register soon before the slots fill!
  • You can keep up with Youth News from the UUA by subscribing to their monthly newsletter. Go to: http://www.uua.org/religiouseducation/youth/news/index.shtml

Staff & Consultant Links

Rev. Joan VanBecelaere
District Executive
Karen LoBracco
Program Consultant for Lifespan Faith Development

Michelle Buhite
Youth, Young Adult &
Campus Ministry Intern

Beth Casebolt
District Administrator

Rachel Baker
Social Witness Coordinator

Adjunct Congregational Consultants

CERG Webinars & On Demand Learning Center

Not able to take one of these workshops at this time? Check out the On-Demand Learning Center, where basic level programs are available for you to explore on your own time schedule. Current programs include Congregational Polity 101, Basic Safety Policies and Tips, and Committees on Ministry. More programs are being developed and will be added soon.

  • Nancy Combs-Morgan of the Mid-America Region has invited us to participate in a youth ministry webinar on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:45pm Eastern. This webinar specifically deals with preparing adults to chaperone youth events. Free, but you must preregister at: www.psduua.org/Workshops/YouthAdvisorSeries
  • Youth Ministry 102 series. This series addresses various issues of youth minstry each month and is open to professional and volunteer youth leaders in the Central East Regional Group. The next session is April 18 at 7:30 pm and the topic will be Summer Programs. To register and see the rest of the year's schedule...

New webinars are being added every day, please check www.cerguua.org/calendars/cergwebinars.html to see what is being offered.

New CERG Resource - Link2Lead, a new program from CERG, offers demographic information to congregations planning growth and marketing strategies and more. Learn more at the CERG website.

UUA Links

UUA Website
UUA Directory
CLF Online Classes
General Assembly Pages
Green Sanctuary Program
Interconnections Tip Sheet
Resources For Lay Leaders
Skinner House Book Resources
UUA Monthly Congregational Bulletin

Other Resource Links

UU Wiki
Mary Grigolia's Song of the Month

Congregational & In-District News

Central East Regional Group News & Events

Don't know what CERG is? Check out this video that premiered at GA2011 to find out.
Did you know ~ That OMD folks are welcome at Joseph Priestley, Saint Lawrence or Metro NY events? Webinars from all four districts are listed on the CERG webinar page, event information can be found at the CERG Events page.

OMD Website

OMD District Office
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 740-297-6966
PO Box 157
St. Clairsville, OH 43950

UUA & National News & Events

  • Registration for the 2012 Living Legacy Pilgrimage October 6-13, 2012 is now open. Learn more at www.uulivinglegacy.org
  • Gathered Here is featured in a UU World Article. Read it at the UU World website.
  • Check out what is new at the UUA bookstore, Beacon Press and Skinner House. Skinner House announces that many of their books are now available as ebooks.
  • The UUA is now searching for a Congregational Development Consultant - St. Lawrence District and CERG, Professional Development Director, Professional Development Assistant, Microsoft SQL Server Specialist, Evening Guest Services Associate, Publications and Bookstore Marketing Intern, Assistant Controller. Check the UUA website to see descriptions.



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