Thank You to Our Honor Congregations

Each year congregations as asked to give to the Central East Region and the UUA to support us in providing services to all our congregations. Congregations that give the recommended amount are called Honor Congregations. Do remember that the UUA year runs from July 1 through June 30th so this report is for July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

This year we say thank you to all the congregations in our region who are Honor Congregations for 2017-18. If your congregation is not on the list and you think it should be please contact Katie Jacobsen, Congregational Giving Assistant ([email protected]).

For 2018-19 the Annual Program Fund is changing! The calculation will be based on your operating budget instead of your membership. Congregational presidents and treasurers received notification about this back in the spring and should be prepared. If you are interested in learning more about the Annual Program Fund, please visit the UUA website. And view this message from the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President, on the importance of the Annual Program Fund.

Note that congregations are listed alphabetically by state and city.

Delaware

Lewes – UUs of Southern Delaware
Newark – UU Society of Mill Creek
Wilmington – First Unitarian Church of Wilmington Delaware

Washington DC

Washington Ethical Society

Maryland

Annapolis – UU Church of Annapolis
Baltimore – The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore
Barstow – UU Congregation of the Chesapeake
Bethesda – Cedar Lane UU Church
Bethesda – River Road UU Congregation
Bowie – Goodloe Memorial UU Congregation
Camp Springs – Davies Memorial UU Church
CHestertown – UUs of the Chester River
Churchville – UU Fellowship of Harford County
Cumberland – UU Fellowship of Greater Cumberland
Easton – UU Fellowship at Easton
Ellicott City – Channing Memorial Church, UU
Finksburg – Cedarhurst UUs
Frederick – UU Congregation of Frederick
Germantown – Sugarloaf Congregation of UU
Hagerstown – UU Church of Hagerstown
Leonardtown – UU Fellowship of Southern Maryland
Salisbury – UU Fellowship at Salisbury

New Jersey

Baptistown – First UU Fellowship of Hunterdon County
Cherry Hill – UU Church in Cherry Hill
East Brunswick – The Unitarian Society, A UU Congregation
Lanoka Harbor – UU Ocean County Congregation
Lincroft – UU Congregation of Monmouth County
Montclair – The UU Congregation at Montclair
Morristown – Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
Newton – UU Fellowship of Sussex County
Orange – First UU Church of Essex County
Paramus – Central Unitarian Church
Plainfield – First Unitarian Society of Plainfield
Pomona – UU Congregation of the South Jersey Shore
Princeton – UU Congregation of Princeton
Ridgewood – The Unitarian Society of Ridgewood NJ
Somerville – UU Congregation of Somerset Hills
Summit – Beacon UU Congregation in Summit
Titusville – UU Church at Washington Crossing
Waye – Lakeland UU Fellowship

New York

Bay Shore – UU Society of South Suffolk
Big Flats – UU Fellowship of Big Flats
Binghamton – UU Congregation of Binghamton
Bridgehampton – UU Congregation of The South Fork Inc.
Brockport – Brockport UU Fellowship
Brooklyn – All Souls Bethlehem Church
Buffalo – UU Church of Buffalo
Canandaigua – UU Church of Canandaigua
Canton – UU Church of Canton
Chautauqua – UU Fellowship of Chautauqua
East Aurora – UU Church of East Aurora
Fredonia – UU Congregation of Northern Chautauqua
Freeport – South Nassau UU Congregation
Garden City – UU Congregation of Central Nassau
Greenport – North Fork UU Fellowship
Hamburg – UU Church of Hamburg
Huntington – UU Fellowship of Huntington
Jamestown – UU Congregation of Jamestown NY
Kingston – UU Congregation of the Catskills
Little Falls – St Paul Universalist Church
Manhasset – UU Congregation at Shelter Rock
Mt. Kisco – UU Fellowship of Northern Westchester
New York – The Community Church of New York UU
New York – Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York
Plattsburgh – UU Fellowship of Plattsburgh NY
Pomona – UU Congregation of Rockland County
Poughkeepsie – UU Fellowship of Poughkeepsie
Rochester – The First Universalist Church of Rochester
Schenectady – UU Society of Schenectady
Southold – The First Universalist Church of Southold
Staten Island – Unitarian Church of Staten Island
Soney Brook – UU Fellowship at Stony Brook
Washingtonville – UU Congregation at Rock Tavern
Watertown – All Souls UU Church
White Plains – Community UU Congregation at White Plains

Ohio

Athens – UU Fellowship of Athens (Ohio)
Bellaire – UU Congregation of the Ohio Valley
Cleveland Heights – UU Society of Cleveland
Delaware – Delaware UU Fellowship
Findlay – UU Church of Blanchard Valley
Kent – UU Church of Kent
Lewis Center – North UU Congregation
Marietta – First UU Society of Marietta
North Royalton – Southwest UU Church
Rocky River – West Shore UU Church
Sandusky – UU Fellowship of the Firelands
Wooster – UU Fellowship of Wayne County Ohio

Pennsylvania

Athens – UU Church of Athens and Sheshequin
Beach Lake – Upper Delaware UU Fellowship
Boiling Springs – UUs of the Cumberland Valley
Devon – Main Line Unitarian Church
Erie – UU Congregation of Erie
Gettysburg – UUs of Gettysburg
Girard – First UU Church of Girard
Kingsley – First Universalist Church
Langhorne – UU Fellowship of Lower Bucks
Ligonier – UU Fellowship Ligonier Valley
Media – UU Church of Delaware County
Murrysville – East Suburban UU Church
Northumberland – UU Congregation of Susquehanna Valley
Philadelphia – Unitarian Society of Germantown
Pittsburgh – Allegheny UU Church
Pittsburgh – First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh – UU Church of the North Hills
Pottstown – UU Fellowship of Pottstown
Reading – First UU Church Berks County
Slippery Rock – Ginger Hill UU Congregation
Smithton – UU Congregation of Smithton
State College – UU Fellowship of Centre County
Stroudsburg – UU Fellowship of the Poconos
West Chester – Unitarian Congregation of West Chester
Wilkes-Barre – UU Congregation of Wyoming Valley
York – The UU Congregation of York

Virginia

Alexandria – Mt Vernon Unitarian Church
Burke – Accotink UU Church
Leesburg – UU Church of Loudoun
Manassas – Bull Run UUs
Reston – UU Church in Reston
Stephens City – UU Church of Shenandoah Valley
Sterling – Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling
Washington – UUs of the Blue Ridge

West Virginia

Morgantown – UU Fellowship of Morgantown

We thank you for helping us help each other.
Your Central East Region Staff

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Rev. David Pyle To Join New England Region Team for One Year

Rev. David Pyle

As sometimes happens within the Army Reserve, Rev. David Pyle informed the UUA this week that mission changes have led to his unit not taking a Chaplain overseas on their upcoming mission, and as such he would not be going on leave from the UUA as planned. Since Central East had already made a commitment to Paula Cole Jones for the year, we inquired into other staff groups to see where David might best serve our congregations in the coming year. The New England Region had an opening, and we’re delighted to announce that David will serve there for the year, and then plans to return to CER in August 2019 as planned.  The UUA is pleased that we were able to work together to maintain our commitments to staff while also honoring our commitment to military chaplaincy, as David will continue to serve as an Army Reserve Chaplain at Fort Dix, NJ. A special thank you to the New England Region for their flexibility.

This announcement was posted by the New England Region:

Join Us in Welcoming Regional Colleague, Rev. David Pyle

New England Region Congregational Life staff is committed to supporting the health and vitality of Unitarian Universalist congregations in New England. Since joining the team, my focus has been to build on the high level of service currently provided by team members to congregations. One way of doing that is to increase effectiveness and efficiency by enhancing capacity and capability. With that in mind we will be partnering with cross-regional colleagues over the coming church year to fortify our services and program offerings, while assessing operational needs.

I am pleased to announce that we will enjoy the partnership of Central East Regional colleague, Rev. David Pyle for one year beginning August 15. David brings a strong portfolio of skills and a wealth of experience to our Congregational Life staff, specializing in congregational governance, the arts of ministry (worship and pastoral care), church staffing, large church support, and professional staff misconduct response and recovery. David is a current member of the UUA Disaster Response Committee. He also serves as a U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain at Joint Base Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. Before joining UUA staff, David served as a minister for congregations in California, Michigan, and Illinois, and as a Church Administrator for a congregation in Texas.

Please join us in welcoming Rev. David Pyle. We look forward to his contributions and spiritual leadership as we strengthen support for New England Region congregations.

In faith,
Woullard Lett
Acting Regional Lead

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Grow Your Skills In Battling White Supremacy Culture This Summer!

One of the things I love about summer is the way you can let concepts and ideas seep into you in a new way, swim around in your heart and gut, forming their own new paths of meaning and inspiring more active steps when the time is right. In that vein, the Central East Region would like to offer a couple of short learning opportunities for your contemplation over the summer.

These might introduce concepts that are new to you – or ones that are familiar, but could be helpful to your congregation. Feel free to share broadly!

Microaggressions: Say what?! Small slights … big impact! (video, 5 min).

How Microaggressions Are Like Mosquito Bites (animated video, 2 min, some vulgar language)

White Fragility and the Rules of Engagement, by Dr. Robin Diangelo (article, 3 pages). (And check out her new New York Times bestselling book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, published by our own Beacon Press!)

Hope your summer is filled with time for new ideas and the space to soak them in!

Love, the Central East Region staff

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Introducing Paula Cole Jones

Paula Cole Jones

We are delighted to announce that Paula Cole Jones will be joining the Central East Regional staff for one year as field staff, to fill in for Rev. David Pyle as he deploys to the Middle East. Paula is a lifelong UU who has been serving our faith for decades, and we are looking forward to having this year of partnership with her.  She will begin work with us on August 13th and will be with us until August 2019.

Paula Cole Jones is a management consultant and group facilitator and has worked in non-profit organizations and for both the federal and local government.  She began her career in natural resources and soon found that her passion lay in inspiring people to work for change.  She believes that we can do most of what we, as a group, agree upon.  Give her a group of people, and she will give you a result.

Paula is a lifelong member of All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC.  Her professional work within the Unitarian Universalist community spans 20 years.  She has had a wide range of opportunities at the district, regional and national levels of the UUA.  Many of you may know her for her work in racial and social justice.  It is rare to get hands-on experience working with so many different parts of an organization. These experiences contribute to her institutional knowledge and have provided her a deep and wide reserve from which to draw.

She served six years with the Joseph Priestley District and now returns as a staff member of the Central East Region.  She looks forward to working more closely with ministers, lay leaders and congregations for the coming year, and renewing old connections and forming new ones.

In serving UU congregations, she is committed to preserving the health, diverse membership, culture, progressive values, justice ministries and community relations of the church for generations to come.

Paula served on the board of the UUA’s Skinner House Books and her writing has appeared in several publications.  She co-authored the 8th Principle for Unitarian Universalists.

She is a former competitive martial artist and a certified research scuba diver.  Paula likes good music, travel, movies and flowers. You can reach Paula at [email protected].

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What Four Years Has Taught Me

Rev. David Pyle

For the last four years, I have had the honor of serving the congregations of the Central East Region of the UUA, first as the District Executive of the Joseph Priestley District, and then as a Primary Contact and as a specialist in governance, staffing, ministry, and pastoral care.  I remember when I accepted the position, the Central East Region had been mostly a dream and an agreement to share a few staff between the four districts, and now it is a fully functioning staff team, and a growing set of wider relationships among congregations.  While the Central East Region is still growing and adapting, it is wonderful to see the ways in which what was once an idea has been “made manifest”.

As I am preparing to step away from serving on the Central East Regional staff for a year, to serve our country as a U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain during a deployment, I have been thinking about what these four years has taught me.  It is a little different than when I have departed from previous ministries, because I will be returning to the UUA staff when my active duty obligation is complete.  What I have been thinking about these last few weeks has been the learnings that I will continue to live into when I return.

The first and largest of these  is the realization that there are no two Unitarian Universalist congregations that are the same.

We can intellectually say that every congregation is a unique expression of our living faith tradition, but I think serving in the role of the Regional Staff is one of the few ways to really see that truth.  Every congregation makes decisions in a different way.  Every congregation understands its core beliefs in a different way.  Every congregation sees its purpose differently.  Every congregation has a different relationship between its leadership and ordained ministry.  Every congregation does faith formation differently. Every congregation has different joys and pains in its history, which lead to different assumptions and challenges.

As a consultant, I think I first thought that we should try to make our congregations more like one another.  As if there was one “right” way, or “best practice” that would work in all the varying congregations, cultures, and contexts of our free faith.  The arc of my development on this led me later to think that such commonality would be beneficial, but it might be impossible to ever actually occur.

What working with the wonderful and dedicated leaders of our congregations has taught me is that the strength and beauty of our religious movement lies in just how different all of our congregations are.  And that very few people are in a position to see that strength and beauty the way that members of your Regional Staff do.

The passion I think I will return to is how to help those serving in the leadership of a congregation to see the strength and beauty of their own congregation.  To see and celebrate its uniqueness.  To own the history and culture that create their congregation’s identity in such a way that inspires them to be the best of both.

To stop thinking of the differences in our congregations as something that “needs to be fixed”.

And… to begin to see the strength and beauty in other Unitarian Universalist congregations as well… not to copy them or even to learn from them, although learning might happen.  No, I want all of you to see the ways in which our differences make for who we are as a movement of liberal faith.

I look forward to seeing you all when I return, and to continue to be amazed by your dedication and love for one another.  Thank you for allowing me to journey with you these last four years, and I look forward to catching back up to you on this path.

Yours in Faith,
Rev. David Pyle

Note: Paula Cole-Jones will be filling in this next year for Rev. Pyle starting on August 13th.

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Summertime!

July 1 marks the beginning of the summer season for the UUA. During July and August, the UUA has a shorter work day from 9a to 4p. Our regional staff also work shorter days during these two months.

You are welcome to reach out to us as normal, but don’t be surprised if you get an autoresponder if we’re on vacation or just taking a day or two off. We’ll get back to you as soon as we’re back in the office or direct you to someone to help while we’re out of the office.

As we get into summer, we do ask that your congregation update your congregational board and leaders on myuua.org so we have up-to-date information for your congregation when we start gearing up for fall. Please include email addresses since that is our primary form of communication. Questions? Contact your primary contact or our Communications Consultant, Beth Casebolt at [email protected].

Looking for summer reading ideas? Check out InSpirit, the UU Book and Gift Shop. There are a number of new titles that would make a great summer read. Read their latest newsletter where they shared the most popular books at GA 2018. The book Justice on Earth has been named the Common Read for 2018-19 if you want to get a head start for the coming church year.

Happy Summer!

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