Metro NY Minute

Metro NY Minute – 
February 2015

News from the District  

You are invited to submit a proposal to facilitate a workshop at the 2015 District Annual Meeting, May 1-2, 2015, at the Hyatt Morristown in Morristown, NJ.  To submit a proposal, click here.

Worth Repeating 

Mark your calendars! The UU United Nations Office Intergenerational Spring Seminar will be in New York City April 9-11 with youth and advisors arriving on April 8 for an evening orientation. If you are interested in being involved in the planning committee please contact

More Good Stuff to Check Out!

Worship Service Providers available to District congregations

RE-Sources for religious education leaders

CERG Resources by Topic for congregation leaders

CERG On-Demand Webinars for congregation leaders

Job Opportunities around the District

InterConnections for lay leaders

Congregational Bulletin, UUA monthly email, the UUA online magazine

UU Service Committee news


2015 Metro NY District Awards – Each year, the UU District of Metro NY honors individuals and congregations by presenting awards at the District Annual Meeting.  Nominations for all but two awards come from UUs like you.  Please help the District recognize the outstanding work of individuals and congregations by submitting one or more nominations.  Consider putting award nominations on your congregation board’s agenda or posting the flyer on your congregation’s bulletin board.  Awards will be presented during the 2015 District Annual Meeting.  Nominations must be received by March 2, 2015.  For the flyer, click here.  To submit a nomination, click here.

Faith and Doubt: A Day of Reflection and Planning for Unitarian Universalist People of Color, Saturday, February 28, 10am to 3pm, at the Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, New York, NY.  For a flyer, click here.  To register, click here.

Have you seen the movie, Selma?  Do you want to engage your congregation in the anniversary of a moment in the Civil Rights movement that engaged many of our people 50 years ago?  Now there is a youth-friendly, UU discussion guide to help us process Selma together and explore its relevance and lessons for our time.  Use the one-hour workshop with a group of adults and/or youth.  If you have time, use extension ideas for deeper discussion and perhaps to take action.

Commit2Respond’s first big campaign is coming up in two months: Climate Justice Month.  Climate Justice Month, running from World Water Day (March 22) through Earth Day (April 22), will take participants on a spiritual journey through daily messages preparing them to commit to long-term actions for climate justice, along the way fostering learning, reflection, and discernment.  By the end of the month individuals, families, groups, and whole congregations will make commitments and begin taking long-term action.  Sign up for Climate Justice month at and help get the word out about this powerful spiritual opportunity.

New scheduled webinars from CERG include:

  • ·         Creating a Safe Religious Education Program: February 19 at 10am and 7pm
  • ·         Restoring Relationships in Congregations: March 7 at 12pm
  • ·         Building A Book Group Using the UUA “Common Read”: March 19 at 10am and 7pm
  • ·         Welcome to the Roller Coaster: Managing Change in the RE Program: April 16 at 10am and 7pm
  • ·         Bringing Your Best Self: How to be a Good Colleague: May 21 at 10am and 7pm


A variety of on-demand webinars are also available from CERG.

News from the UUA Logo: liberal religion and life

Unitarian Universalist Sues to Breastfeed at Work - UU World reports on Kate Frederick’s battle with her former employer, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, for refusing to allow her to breastfeed her son in a private space at work or drive to his nearby daycare center during work breaks to feed him there.  Full Article

UUA’s New Headquarters Awarded LEED Platinum - The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is pleased to announce that it has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification for its new headquarters located at 24 Farnsworth Street in Boston's Innovation District. Platinum is the highest of the four possible LEED certifications.  Full Article

News from Congregations 


Milestones and Transitions


Rev. Chris Antal is being installed at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern on March 22, 2015 at 4pm.  Sara Lammert, UUA Ecclesiastical Endorser, will be preaching. 

Rev. Charlie Ortman is retiring after serving the UU Congregation at Montclair for 20 years.  His retirement celebration is Sunday, June 21 at 3pm.  The celebration will be at the church, 67 Church Street, Montclair, NJ 07052.  The worship service is at 3pm with a reception to follow.  All are welcome.

On Sunday, January 11, First Universalist of Southold hosted its first Soulful Sundown.  The event began with pre-meeting bread and soup, the musical due “Second Hands” performed during the meeting as well as after the meeting.  Organizers, who had been working on the project since September were gratified by the attendance of the 45 people interested in a spiritual but not religious experience. 

The youth group of First Universalist of Southold has, for the last three years, campaigned for the installation of bus shelters on the North Folk of Long Island.  On January 19, they demonstrated, along with some adult church members, in Mattituck, NY at a proposed bus shelter location.


The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockland in Pomona, NY was among the sponsors of the Unity Day Celebration that took place Jan. 19 at Spring Valley High School in Rockland County. This annual event helps support the continuing work of the Martin Luther King Multipurpose Center which has provided services and educational programs for the community for 50 years (           

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, members of Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York held a “Window to Witness” to call public attention to the need for racial justice. (       

Other Noteworthy Items

The District is now accepting applications for the 2015 District Scholarship Awards.  Up to three awards of $500 each will be presented at the 2015 District Annual Meeting, May 1-2 in Morristown, NJ.  Encourage deserving college-bound youth to apply for a scholarship.  The criteria for the scholarships are service through leadership or participation in a local congregation and/or the denomination, or through these to the local community, and scholarship as indicated by academic achievement.  For a scholarship application, click here.  Applications are due no later than March 15.  For more information, contact Carson Jones at

Worship Wide: Overcoming Barriers to Spiritual Community – February 20-21, 2015, UU Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA  22124.  Join other laypersons and religious professionals from UU congregations around the Central East Region for this annual celebration of powerful UU worship!  Workshops address the theology, theory, and practice of UU worship, with the goal of broadening our communities beyond boundaries we may not even have realized we had drawn.  Your congregation won’t want to miss out on these exciting conversations!  For complete details and to register, click here.

Are you thinking about Going to Birmingham and Selma, Alabama this coming March, to walk in the footsteps of those who Crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 Years Ago this Spring?  Are you committed to engaging deeply in the history of the Civil Rights Movement of then, so that we can be an active part of the Struggle for Racial Justice and Social Justice today?  Do you live in the Metro NY and Joseph Priestley Districts of the UUA?  If so, then I invite you to “GET ON THE TRAIN!  GET ON THE TRAIN TO SELMA! 

Unitarian Universalist Association Moderator Jim Key has called upon Unitarian Universalists to Return to Selma, and the Central East Regional Group invites you to travel to Selma as our fellow UU’s did 50 years ago…on the Crescent Train!

A leadership school that’s just down the road!  H-UULTI The Hybrid/Online UU Leadership Team Institute 

The innovation is online: H-UULTI is a practical seminary for UU Leaders.  The coursework is available online 24/7, and allows you to go deeply into the material at your own pace.

The transformation is in person: Three in-person Saturday sessions provide an environment that fosters deep conversation and sharing of insights.  Find a nearby community or start your own!

The cost is reasonable:  $60 per semester includes lunch for the 3 in-person sessions 

For more information and to register, visit

Come to UUMAC! The UU Mid-Atlantic Community is gathering from July 12-18 on the campus of DeSales University outside of Allentown, PA.  Intergenerational worship, stimulating conversation and lots of fun.  Religious education for kids, workshops for kids, workshops for Young Adults and Adults, afternoon & evenings filled with group activities.  UUMAC creates a greater sense of community among UUs in our region.  Find out more and register at

Youth Events

Visit the MetroYouth website for more information and other events.

Social CON: February 27 – March 1, 2015, UU Congregation of Danbury, CT.  For a flyer, click here.  To register, click here.

2015 JR Youth CON: March 21-22, 2015, UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, Manhasset, NY.  For a flyer, click here.  To register, click here.

Upcoming Meetings and Workshops

Visit the District Calendar and the District Events page for these and other events. You may also want to visit the CERG Events page. 

The Vagina Monologues: By Eve Ensler: Monday, February 23, 2015, 7:30pm, Theater for the New City, 155 1st Avenue, New York, NY.  For more information, contact Dawn Brekke at or 516-924-4924.

The Vagina Monologues: By Eve Ensler: Friday, March 13, 2015, 7:30pm and Saturday, March 14, 2015, 7:30pm, The Chapel of First Unitarian Brooklyn, 116 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY.  For more information, contact Dawn Brekke at or 516-924-4924. 

Metro NY District Chapter of the UUMA Winter/Spring Retreat 2015 – “Spiritual Practice”: Monday, March 16, 2015, 3pm through Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 3pm, Stony Point Retreat Center, Stony Point, NY.  For more information, click here.  And to register, click here. 

Transforming Conflict: Practicing Right Relations in Our Homes & Our Communities: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 9am to 4:30pm, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morristown, NJ.  For more information and registration, click here.   

Being a Healing Presence: A Training in Pastoral Care Lay Ministry: April 11, 2015, UU Fellowship of Northern Westchester, Mt Kisco, NY.  For a flyer, click here.  To register, click here.