November is open enrollment month for the UUA Health Plan, just as it is every year. But this year there's a twist. Congregations and other eligible organizations have the opportunity to compare the UUA's health plan options with those offered by the federal Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
When the UUA Health Plan was organized in 2007, it was the only viable option for many congregations. Now, for the first time, the health care exchanges set up under the ACA provide an alternative that congregations can choose to look at. To compete with the ACA's low-premium, high-deductible plans, the UUA is introducing its own bronze-level option. Read more at the UUA website.
JOIN THE REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE ADVOCACY COMMUNITY
Are you interested in helping your congregation join the fight for reproductive justice? Get involved in the UUA's advocacy community for monthly opportunities to learn and engage.Read more...
First UU Society of Marietta, OH is the receipient of the November Chalice Lighter's call for the purpose of expanding young adult ministry in the area. Learn more about the call.
From the Rev. Susan Karlson, CERG Disaster Response Coordinator
As the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches on October 29th, many of us yearn for some way to commemorate what a difficult year this has been for many suffering after Hurricane Sandy hit our shores. Here are some worship resources I compiled with permission from each author to post them on the Central East Regional Group (CERG) Sandy Recovery facebook page and on the CERG website. Here is a link to those materials ( https://www.facebook.com/CergUUSandyRelief/posts/607184235993847) or you can go directly to https://www.facebook.com/CergUUSandyRelief and check out the facebook site for Sandy Recovery information which is updated frequently.Read more...
Behind the Kitchen Door by Sara Jayaraman is the 2013-14 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Common Read.Read more...
UUs of Color are invited to join monthly, online gatherings beginning in May, 2013. Jessica York, UUA Director of Youth Programs, will convene groups for adults, young adults, and youth of Color looking to create community within Unitarian Universalism. "Whether someone is in a congregation where they are one of a few People of Color, in a congregation with a solid community of People of Color, or affiliated with no congregation at all, there are other UUs who could benefit from being with you," says York, a black religious educator who is part of a UUA staff team creating resources to help Unitarian Universalism become more multiculturally welcoming. The group will use a small group ministry format. People who identify as Latino/a and Hispanic, multiracial/multiethnic, Native American, Asian, Arab, African descent, transracially adopted, and bi-racial are encouraged to join a gathering.
Learn more and find the schedule of meetings at http://www.uua.org/multiculturalism/286649.shtml
The North UU Congregation in Lewis Center, OH and the North Hills UU Church in Pittsburgh, PA are among the six congregations selected for the Central East Regional Group (CERG) Threshold Congregation program. They join the nine congregations selected last year and the nine congregations selected in 2011. Other OMD Congregations participating in the program include First Unitarian Church, Pittsburgh, PA (2011), UU Church of Akron, OH (2012) and UU Fellowship of Wayne County, Wooster, OH (2012). Read the full article on the CERG website; or learn more about the Threshold program.
The UUA Accessibility Office and Equual Access have been working on the development of a certification program for congregations who want to be recognized as more inclusive of people with disabilities in congregational life. The link below is to a document announcing the pilot phase of this project and inviting congregations to submit applications to be part of the pilot project.
The CERG UU Disaster Relief Fund has raised over $200,000 in the two months since Sandy hit the mid-atlantic coast. The CERG staff offer this video as a thank you for your support.Read more...