Metro NY Minute

Metro NY Minute – 
January 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


Annual Certification of Membership – Due by February 2 - All member congregations of the UUA must complete the annual Certification of Membership by Feb. 2, 2015, at 5 p.m. PT. Certifying by this deadline is a requirement for congregations to have voting delegates at General Assembly 2015. Find detailed instructions online and log in to your congregation's Data Services account. You will certify the number of members, financial statistics from last fiscal year, and cast a vote in the Poll on the proposed Statement of Conscience (SOC) on Reproductive Justice. You will have the option to submit congregational comments on the SOC, and also the Congregational Study Action Issue, Escalating Inequality.  Also, please update the information on your congregation's leaders at Complete and accurate information in the UUA's database helps the staff to offer support and resources to current congregational leaders.

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.

Young Adult Spring Lobby Weekend 2015 – Calling all young adults interested in climate justice!  UUSC and the UU College of Social Justice are working together to pilot new skills-based trainings that combine learning and hands-on advocacy opportunities.  Our first such venture will be a 4-day training in Washington, D.C., March 14–17, 2015. The Spring Lobby Weekend will feature time to explore our moral grounding for working on climate change as well as a “deep dive” look at current climate justice issues and the need for changes in federal policy. We’ll offer lobbying training, and then Capitol Hill meetings with legislators and their staff. We’re partnering with the Friends Committee on National Legislation and the Franciscan Action Network, so participants will have a chance to meet and work with young adults from various faith traditions. There will also be some optional fun free time activities.

The event is open to anyone 18-35 years old. The registration fee is $50 (regular) and $25 (low-income). Housing costs will be approximately $35 per night. If a young adult would like financial assistance, we recommend that he or she seek sponsorship from a local UU congregation. 

The registration deadline is March 1, 2015. Space is limited, so please register early! Register online or contact Andrew Silva at for further information.

New scheduled webinars from CERG include:

  • ·         Unitarian Universalist Identity in the Classroom: January 22 at 10 am and 7 pm
  • ·         Creating a Safe Religious Education Program: February 1 at 10 am and 7 pm
  • ·         Building A Book Group Using the UUA “Common Read”: March 19 at 10am and 7pm


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

News from the UUA 

Something More Spiritual - UU World reports how the lay-led Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, KS, doubled its membership and was named a UUA Breakthrough Congregation. The article reads, "The ministry part of the church’s success involved a little serendipity. Just when Lawrence was trying on a worship service, some of the nearby UU congregations in Kansas and Missouri began offering ministerial support to small and emerging congregations."  Full Article

Nominees for 2015 Elections Now Available - The slate of nominees for the 2015 elections to be held at General Assembly in Portland, OR, is now available. Please take this opportunity to learn more about the positions and the process for running by petition. People interested in running by petition have until February 1 to submit a completed petition.  Full Article

News from Congregations 

Central Unitarian Church was featured in the “The Record”, northern N.J.’s largest circulation daily newspaper, on December 22nd, for its Winter Solstice Celebration.  To read the complete article, click here. 

Helping Hands and UUCR: Ten Years of Hand Ups – The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockland was one of the first four congregations which offered overnight shelter to Rockland County’s homeless through the volunteer group called Helping Hands.  Many members have helped feed the guests and sleep over for the typical three-night sojourn in the sanctuary in Pomona, NY.   

The congregation was honored at the Helping Hands gala dinner November 12, 2014, when long-time advocate and member Barbara Francis received the certificate marking the congregation’s participation.  For winter 2014-15, the congregation is scheduled to offer shelter for eight nights.  As of 2014, the congregation is one of more than 30 participating worship groups. 


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

Equual Access and the UUA are sponsoring a survey to ascertain interest and information regarding alternatives to traditional printed books for people with blindness, impaired vision, dyslexia, the after-effects of stroke, difficulty holding a book, or other reasons.  You can access this brief survey at

Youth Events

Visit the MetroYouth website for more information and other events.  

Social CON: January 30 - February 1, 2015, UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, Manhasset, NY. – Click here to register.   

Evening Cluster Event: February 6, 2015, 1st Unitarian Society of Plainfield, Plainfield, NJ. 

Social CON: February 27 – March 1, 2015, UU Congregation of Danbury, CT. 

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. 

WinterBlast: A Concert to Benefit the UUCSH Music Program: January 23, 2015, UU Congregation of Somerset Hills, Somerville, NJ.  For more information, click here.

Nurturing Our Congregation through Compassionate Communication: January 24, 2015, UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, Manhasset, NY. For more information, click here. 

Small Wonder: A Day of Learning and Sharing for Smaller Congregations: January 24, 2015. For a flyer, click here cid:016352117@14042014-270F. To register, click here. For more information, contact Andrea Lerner

Restoring Relationships in Our Congregations: A Webinar, March 7, 2015, 12pm.  For more information and to register, click here. 

Being a Healing Presence: A Training in Pastoral Care Lay Ministry: April 11, 2015, UU Fellowship of Northern Westchester, Mt Kisco, NY.  Flyer and registration link will be posted in early February.