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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.


North UU Congregation in Lewis Center, OH is the receipient of the February Chalice Lighter's call for the purpose of purchasing audio equipment for their sanctuary. 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 ( or you can go directly to and check out the facebook site for Sandy Recovery information which is updated frequently.


Behind the Kitchen Door by Sara Jayaraman is the 2013-14 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Common Read.


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


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 annual report is now available and can be downloaded as a pdf


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.


Did you know that the UUA Bookstore has discounts and other ways to assist congregations have great booksales?

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