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OMD Emergency Fund Gives Grant to Unitarian Fellowship of Huntington

A recent fire caused significant damage to the Unitarian Fellowship of Huntington, West Virginia. At last notice, members were awaiting a settlement for structural damage and contents from Church Mutual Insurance, but due to the age of the roof, they do not expect much help in replacing it.

Read more: OMD Emergency Fund Gives Grant to Unitarian Fellowship of Huntington

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November Chalice Lighter Call goes to support new doors for UU Fellowship of Athens

This quarter's chalice lighter call benefits the UU Fellowship of Athens to replace their front doors. Learn more about the call.

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General Assembly Coming to Columbus in 2016!

This year's General Assembly on June 22-26, 2016 will be held at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH. Workshop Proposals are now being accepted htrough November 2 at 3 pm.

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UUA Announces 2015-16 Common Read

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption is the UUA’s 2015-16 Common Read.  Author Bryan Stevenson advocates for those trapped by the U.S. criminal justice system - poor people, people of color, children, and women. The book speaks to justice, mercy, and compassion, timeless and important concerns of people of faith.  Begin reading now; a discussion guide will be ready in October.

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OMD Board Announces Matching Grants for GA 2016

The Ohio Meadville District wants to help your congregation send delegates to our 2016 General Assembly to be held in Columbus, Ohio!

We have money available for matching grants to Congregations in the Ohio-Meadville District who can demonstrate a budgetary commitment to send congregational delegates to General Assembly 2016.

Read more: OMD Board Announces Matching Grants for GA 2016

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OMD Nominating Committee Looking for Candidates

Are you a church leader who is passionate about serving your UU community? Are you a UU who wants to serve your fellow UUs in a leadership position? Do you know someone in your congregation or UU community who would be interested in serving? The District Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for elected leadership positions. We are looking for individuals with skills, dedication, and leadership experience to help shape the future of the District. Nominations for positions on both the OMD Board and the Nominating Committee will be made at the Annual District Assembly and we need to hear from YOU! Learn more about the process

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New CER Staff Hired

Rev. Scott Tayler and Rev. Joan VanBecelaere are very please to announce the addition of three new staff to the Central East Region Congregational Life Team as well as several other additions to other regions. Raziq Brown, Rev. Megan Foley and Rev. Hope Johnson will join the team this fall.

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District Teamwork Serves Congregations

Sometimes a challenge can offer an opportunity to try something new.

In the Ohio Meadville and St. Lawrence Districts of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the sudden illness and extended medical leave of St. Lawrence Congregational Life Consultant, the Rev. Chris Neilson, resulted in an all-hands-on-deck response from the district boards and from district, regional and national UUA staff.

The governing boards of the four districts that make up the Central East Regional Group have been in discussion about moving to a "Primary Contact" model where each congregation has a "go-to" person. The Primary Contact partners with the congregations’ leaders to connect them to helpful resources within the UUA (and beyond) and to strengthen relationships within clusters. The model provides an improved Primary Contact staff-to-congregation ratio in OMD and SLD (1 to 25-30 congregations). Staff will also continue to offer depth with their own portfolio "specialties" for the four districts in the region and connect congregations to specialists as needed.

The Rev. Joan VanBecelaere (lead of the Central East Regional Group) and the Rev. Scott Tayler (director of Congregational Life for the UUA) saw the challenge of the medical leave as an opportunity to pilot this primary contact program. They devised a plan to redeploy existing staff from the districts and region for the duration of the medical leave.

Read more: District Teamwork Serves Congregations

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Staffing Changes Coming: The Evolution of Our Staff

The geographic boundaries of our districts are shifting. New ways of district and regional collaborating are being explored. The District Administrators in St. Lawrence and Ohio-Meadville, Sue Tabone and Beth Casebolt, have been working together on our joint District Assembly preparation for the last two years. Karen LoBracco, Program Consultant for Lifespan Faith Development, has been jointly employed with both districts to assist all 79 congregations. St. Lawrence district's Congregational Life Consultant, Rev. Chris Neilson, also serves the four districts in our region, the Central East Regional Group (CERG), as Stewardship Consultant. And Rev. Joan Van Becelaere serves CERG as Regional Lead and Congregational Life Consultant in Ohio-Meadville.

Read more: Staffing Changes Coming: The Evolution of Our Staff

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Two Congregations Selected for 2013 Threshold Program

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.



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