Message from the President – Karen Fisk – April 2019

Hello friends,
We are part of a big movement, a life-celebrating, earth-sustaining, caring-for-humanity, justice-making, faith- exploring movement. As part of the family of Unitarian Universalist faith communities throughout the region, nation, and world, we have opportunities to meet and learn from UUs in a variety of ways. The New England Region Unitarian Universalist Association and the national Unitarian Universalist Association offer learning and governance opportunities that can help shape our own faith communities and the larger faith movement for the good.

If you are not already signed up to receive the New England Region UUA newsletter, please sign up. The Board and Staff and many Committees have taken workshops and courses offered by this organization that have truly helped us better understand and strive for good things (Spiritual Leadership, Interim Ministry Training, Retaining Members). You can sign up here: https://www.uua.org/new-england

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is the central organization for the Unitarian Universalist religious movement in the United States. The UUA’s 1000+ member congregations are committed to Seven Principles that include the worth of each person, the need for justice and compassion, and the right to choose one’s own beliefs. Our faith communities promote these principles through regular worship, learning and personal growth, shared connection and care, social justice action and service, celebration of life’s transitions, and much more.

One opportunity we have to be directly involved in the UUA is to participate in the General Assembly (GA). In addition to every UU being invited to attend, we are allowed to send up to three voting delegates who we choose from the membership of our congregation. Last year Susan and Steve Rice attended GA as our delegates. One of the results of their attendance is the outstanding workshop series they are hosting on challenging notions of white supremacy in complement to the UUA’s charge to Dismantle White Supremacy.

The General Assembly this year is in Spokane, Washington, June 19-23. Its theme is The Power of We. If you are interested in attending as a delegate, please contact Karen Fisk at KarenMargaretFisk@gmail.com. The Board is determining policy on how to choose delegates at our Board meeting this month because we are very interested in promoting our congregation’s participation in these larger faith gatherings. (Early bird registration for delegates and anyone who wants to attend end April 30 and the rates go up May 1.)

Please note, the Board has a new bulletin board outside of the office downstairs. On this you can find upcoming Board Meeting dates, topics, and contact information if you have a request for the Board. You will also find a financial dashboard and our current budget.

Yours in faith, Karen
PS: We are in need of a librarian to organize the wonderful collection of books we have. If you are interested, please contact me.


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