Upcoming CERG events Feb-April

Upcoming CERG events at a glance:  www.cerguua.org/cergevents-1875.html
  • Worship Wide: Overcoming Barriers to Spiritual Communty ~ February 20-21 2015
  • Our Whole Lives Young Adult/Adult Training ~ March 6-7, 2015
  • Young Adult Spring Lobby Weekend ~ March 14-17, 2015
  • OMD/SLD Joint District Assembly ~ March 27-28, 2015
  • JPD District Assembly ~ April 10-11, 2015
  • Building Our Capacity for Authentic Diversity ~ April 18, 2015
Upcoming CERG webinars for the next two months at a glance. A full list of all webinars can be found atwww.cerguua.org/events/cergwebinars.html.
  • Creating a Safe Religious Education Program ~ February 19, 2015 at 10 am and 7 pm.
  • Restoring Relationships in Congregations ~ March 7, 2015 at 12 noon.
  • Building a Book Group Using the UUA “Common Read” ~ March 19, 2015
Other webinars of note. Non CERG webinars we thought you would be interested in.
  • Each month the UUA Faith Development office offers a webinar on issues in Faith Development. Webinars are archived on their website as well. Learn more at the UUA Website.
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Beth Casebolt
Communications Consultant
Central East Regional Group

OMD Newsletter Release

District Assembly 2015

District Assembly 2015 will take place on March 27-28, 2015 at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY as a joint event with the St.  Lawrence District. Our theme is Strong Roots, Broad Wings and our keynote speaker is Rev. Scott Tayler, Director of Congregational Life of the UUA. Gould Lecture will be presented by Rev. Tom Chulak, retired District Executive of the OMD and SLD districts. Some very important votes will be taking place at this year’s district assembly as well as discussion on the topic of regionalization. Start planning now to make sure your congregation has it’s full complement of delegates! Registration now open at http://www.ohiomeadville.org/program/da

Winter (Institute) is Coming!

WI is all the fun and socializing of SI without the hectic schedule. There are frosty outdoor activities like sledding, hiking and cross country skiing. For those who choose to stay in their slippers all weekend, there is a beautiful lodge with its many cozy corners and fireplaces. The pool and hot tub are truly a wintertime treat. There will be daily morning and evening casual worship services, morning water aerobics (after worship,) pre-dinner cocktail hour in the hospitality suite, and breakfast and dinner meals are included with registration. There are fellow UUs always ready to play board games or to join in the community jigsaw puzzle. We have wonderful community worship services and great conversations. Winter Institute is February 13-16 at Salt Fork State Park near Cambridge, OH. Registration is now open!. Details and links online at ohiomeadville.org/omdevents/552-wi2015

Youth Trainings Available

Looking for Youth Trainings? Fundamentals of Healthy Youth Ministry is being offered at the Toledo congregation March 20-22, 2015. Chaplain Training (for youth, young adults and adults) is being offered at the Kent church April 24-26, 2015. Registration is open for both events. Learn more and register at http://www.ohiomeadville.org/events/events

Looking for Resources and Help?

The CERG On Demand Learning Center offers videos of webinars and workshops on your time schedule. All congregational life topics covered. Newly redesigned and updated! Check it out at www.cerguua.org/ondemand

Beth Casebolt
District Administrator
Ohio Meadville District
Phone: 740-297-6966 Fax: 866-460-7969
PO Box 157
St. Clairsville, OH 43950

Services of the OMD Office are provided through the generous donations of our congregations through your district and APF dues.

H-UULTI Is Flipping the Classroom!

CERG has changed the format of UULTI from an expensive residential leadership training to a hybrid / online training. It’s more than a webinar! H-UULTI uses online technology to create a “flipped classroom” experience. Presentations happen online so that when you are meeting in person, you are using your valuable time in experiential and team learning. It’s flexible Presentations and readings can be accessed on-demand so you can learn on your own schedule. It’s deep The flexible format also enables our professional staff to offer both introductory and advanced versions of useful leadership courses. It’s wide Different courses are be offered each semester so that you can choose from a wide variety of offerings from the various leadership development competencies. It’s about your team Participating as a part of a congregational team can make all the difference in keeping your congregation healthy and vibrant. The low cost and flexibility makes it more accessible than a residential leadership school. It’s about the connections As a congregational leader, you already have wisdom and experience. Our process circles and “community of practice” Saturdays will help you connect and share wisdom with UU leaders from other congregations in your area and from around the country. Learn more at www.cerguua.org/HUULTI

Young Adult Programming in the OMD

The OMD UU Young Adult Network (OMDUUYAN) plans programming for young adults (18-35) throughout the year. Their spring conference will be held May 30-June 1 at the UU Congregation of Erie. Details are available at www.ohiomeadville.org. In addition, this year OPUS, the continental gathering of young adults will take place in the OMD. Details and registration on the OMD website when available. OPUS will take place August 12-17, 2014 at Nuhop Center for Experiential Learning on Ohio.

Drone Teach-In at WSUUC

Drone technology has recently come to the public’s attention. What are its capabilities and consequences? Please join The Imagine Peace Task Force, part of the Justice Council at West Shore UU Church, in a Drone Teach- In, Saturday, April 5th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, at the Westshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, OH 44116. Lunch is included. The event is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken.

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER- MEDEA BENJAMIN, author and co-founder of the Nationally renowned grassroots social justice movement CodePink. Joining her will be the ACLU, the American Friends Service Committee, Chapter 39 of Veterans for Peace, the Cleveland Non-Violence Network, Cleveland Peace Action and others.

UU Congregation of Charleston Requests Assistance in Supporting the Community Following Chemical Spill

The OMD Board and Staff request on behalf of the UU Congregation in Charleston, WV for congregations to please take up a special offering, Share the Plate, or announce the need for donations to assist in supporting those affected by the Freedom Industries Chemical Spill in Charleston, first detected January 9.

The UU Congregation in Charleston has been a focal point for donations to provide direct aid to service industry workers who are suffering the impacts of the closure of restaurants. Additionally, the congregation is working with the United Way and business and union groups to have an area wide fund campaign for help with water and utility bill payments. Folks are now paying both for tap water they aren’t sure is safe to drink, cook with or bathe in; so they many are also purchasing bottled water. Pregnant women have been told not to drink the water at all. Not all can afford bottled water. Even the WV American Water Company’s process for flushing the system in one’s home increases the water usage bill.

While the initial spill was thought to be cleaned up, it has now been discovered that a second chemical was involved and further testing and clean up will be necessary for that chemical. Initially, trucks carrying water in bulk (some filled with contaminated water!) as well as in bottles came to various sites. There are now only four sites in the county that remain open with bottled water. Anyone without a car or with mobility issues has difficulty reaching these sites that will soon be closed. After this weekend, it is not clear how safe water will be made available for those in need. Those who can afford it will purchase bottled water. Others will be forced to use their tap water unless help for purchasing water is available.

The impact of the spill is ongoing. It is uncertain when the water will be deemed safe to drink and use again.

The Charleston congregation is committed to using your donations well; and thank you for your care and support.

Checks should be made out to: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Charleston (UUC) with the notation “Water Relief.”
Please mail to:
UU Congregation of Charleston
520 Kanawha Blvd W.
Charleston, WV 25302

Thank you for your support and consideration
Joan Van Becelaere, OMD District Executive and CERG Regional Lead

Goldmine Youth Leadership School

Last summer 10 youth from OMD, SLD, northern VT and southern Ontario gathered for the first ever western CERG Goldmine Youth Leadership School. We had a blast. Youth dug deep into leadership skills, how to lead deep and inspiring worship, and into their own passions for changing the world. Next chance is the week of July 7 2014 somewhere in Northeast Ohio