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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An Old Covenant in a New Way

You should have recently received information about the new formula the Unitarian Universalist Association will be using for congregational giving in the Central East Region beginning in July – a formula that uses your operating expense budget as a guide, rather than the number of members you have in your community. (Lots of information about this – including webinar/online discussion dates – can be found in your purple packet about the New APF or at www.uua.org/amplify)

I want to talk about our continued covenant of faith.  Faith, in bold with a capital F!

Unitarian Universalism is a faith of relationship and mutual support. You can feel that in your congregations. In church, you aren’t individuals who happen to be occupying the same space. You are a community, where each can bring their gifts for the good of the whole, and each can be honest about their needs, in hope that the community will support them.

Same with the Unitarian Universalist Association, as an organization. Congregations have needs – resources, consultation, a listening ear, even a shoulder to cry on sometimes and certainly a voice to help celebrate. The UUA works to support those needs with the skill set that comes from being a national organization with a view that is long, in terms of history, and wide, in terms of seeing the whole landscape of Unitarian Universalism. In order to do that work well, the UUA as an organization needs to be supported through congregational giving. We who work for the Central East Region of the UUA are supported every day by the energy, enthusiasm, creativity and love of our member congregations. And we are supported every day by the financial gifts of our congregations.

This new Annual Program Fund (APF) model has been decades in the making and represents our efforts to streamline and remain responsive to congregational needs in a changing religious landscape. It’s a model that strengthens our shared covenant – the one where each brings their gifts, so we can support each other in our shared work. This covenant is not new; it has bound us for centuries. With this change, we are stronger… so we will be able to share in the work together for centuries more.

I ask you to recommit and to re-prioritize your support for one another and this collective faith through your contributions to the Annual Program Fund, which make the work of the UUA possible. Your congregation’s full contribution is needed so that all of our congregations can receive the support that they are depending on, and so that our Association can meet the challenges of our time.” ~ UUA President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

  By the Rev. Megan Foley, CER Regional Lead

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Update on the Annual Program Fund

We are thankful for your support of all of the congregations in our Association through your contributions to the UUA Annual Program Fund and your Central East Region. Just think about all of the lives reached by Unitarian Universalism nationally, and the important, painful and necessary conversations that find a home in Unitarian Universalism, where we transform ourselves in hopes of transforming the world.

As we continue along the path of regionalization, we are further streamlining our system of Associational stewardship in the coming fiscal year. We want to communicate clearly what this means and how it will affect the way your congregation contributes to both the Central East Region and the UUA.

What will remain the same for Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018):

  • Your financial support of our Association through our UUA Annual Program Fund (APF) and through your Regional dues will remain vitally important. The vast majority of the budget for Central East Region programming and staff operations comes from your APF and  Regional dues contributions. Your support provides services not only to your own congregation, but also to other congregations who count on your full participation.

What will be different for Fiscal Year 2018:

  • This week you will receive your annual pledge form from us, and it will look a little bit different.
    • There will be a message from our three Interim Co-Presidents.
    • The forms will list the amount requested for your Region, as well as for the UUA, and then a total combined amount. There will be a space for you to enter the single total amount that you pledge.
    • We will ask you to make your FY2018 contributions by sending single checks made payable to UUA-CER rather than by separate checks made out to UUA and to your Region.
  • The amount of combined dues you owe will be based on the district your congregation historically belonged to and your contribution to the UUA.
  • Please note that for the remainder of the current Fiscal Year 2017, you will continue to receive Regional dues invoices from the Central East Region as well as invoices from our UUA for any remainder of your FY2017 Annual Program Fund pledge.

We would be happy to help with any questions you have about Associational stewardship. You may reach out to Andrea Lerner (484-201-4384, [email protected]) with questions about the nature of the program or Cristina Sanchis (302-377-8971, [email protected]) with specific financial questions.  Norrie Gall, UUA Congregational Giving Manager (617-948-6514, [email protected]) is also a resource as we transition to her office for invoicing and record keeping.

Friends, we are congregations in covenant. When each congregation becomes part of the Association, they pledge their support to the UUA. Your gifts to your Region and the Annual Program Fund are the fulfillment of a promise already made. Your contributions are used to provide programming and services to your own congregation, as well as to those throughout our Association, which we are faithfully providing. Thank you so much for your faithful giving, on behalf of all Unitarian Universalists.

In Stewardship,
Rev. Megan Foley, Regional Lead, Central East Region
Andrea Lerner, Associational Giving Program Manager, Central East Region
Cristina Sanchis, Financial Manager, Central East Region

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