Second Annual CERG Youth Con! October 10-13

In just over a month the second regional CERG Youth Con will be happening in State College, PA. Instead of risking the winter weather canceling the whole event as we risked last year, we decided to try a three day weekend in the fall. It’s been exciting to watch the youth/adult committee organize a con […]

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A Life Changing Experience

Goldmine is our regional youth leadership school for teens ages 14-18. We have two sessions each year, one on the western side of CERG and one on the eastern side. Alan Kerns attended this year’s western Goldmine and wrote the following reflection for his congregation’s newsletter. Goldmine for me was not my solution to any […]

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Welcome to Better Together!

Several years ago, the OMD staff had a blog where we wrote about issues facing the district once a week. Over a year ago we decided to stop writing the blog because there were so many other UU blogs out there. But times have changed. Ohio-Meadville and St. Lawrence are sharing many projects and events […]

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CERGing Ahead

This will be the last of the OMD Staff Blog postings. We’ve decided that with the many new blogs out there – Growing Unitarian Universalism, Cooking Together, Congregational Stewardship and more that perhaps we’ve got an oversaturation in the market and our congregants would be better served if we directed you to those blogs instead […]

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Working together to bring it home

Take courage friends. The way is often hard, the path is never clear, And the stakes are very high. Take courage. For deep down, there is another truth: You are not alone. I’ve been reflecting upon these words by Wayne. B. Arnason, #698 in Singing the Living Tradition. These words ring so very true for […]

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Our Place in the Family of Things

I’ve been working on an intergenerational service for Earth Day, weaving together songs and readings about deep connection, responsibility, and sharing. As we pause to consider our connection to the Earth and to the many and varied life forms supported by this lovely blue-green, swirly space marble, I’m reminded of a chant I learned from […]

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Thinking Ahead to Summer?

Are you thinking about summer yet? The warm weather we’ve been experiencing lately seems to be moving my thoughts in that direction. Summer is a great opportunity for families and friends to spend time together. It’s also a time when there are lots of opportunities for UUs of all ages to engage in a variety […]

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What If All the Kids are White?

    What if All the Kids are White? is the book assigned in preparation for the Multicultural Religious Education Renaissance Module, an educational program for religious educators, ministers, youth advisors and anyone else interested in growing a multicultural congregation. Often I hear conversations in UU churches of how open and accepting we are of “them” […]

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Leaving a Legacy for Those Who Follow

Recently I had the opportunity to preach at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. In their order of service they include these words, following the offering: We pick fruit from trees we did not plant. We drink water from wells we did not dig. This is as it should be so long as we dig […]

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How Can We Help?

With the arrival of spring often we begin to look forward into the coming months. As the earth thaws—did it even freeze this year?—we begin to remember that summer will indeed come again. And then as we consider the summer, part of our mind moves into the coming fall and our plans for next year. […]

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