WELCOME

CBD and MBD Annual Meetings - Saturday 4/26

Jim Key, UUA ModeratorTime: 1 - 4:30 PM
Location: First Parish Framingham, UU

Annual meetings of congregations within Clara Barton and Mass Bay Districts.

This year, we welcome Jim Key, our new UUA Moderator! Join us in celebration of the Great Awakening already underway and which includes us all. Help us take stock of the  governance choices that support our associational covenant.

We look forward to a powerful experience of being together beyond our own congregations.

For info on CBDs Annual Meeting and to register, click here.

For info on MBDs Annual Meeting and to register, click here.

Updates on Faithify Crowdfunding Site

Faithify logo

FAITHIFY, a crowdfunding site where passionate people follow, share, and fund Unitarian Universalist ministries, is set to launch in the summer of 2014 at General Assembly.

MBD has partnered with strong developers who have created a custom Wordpress site. We are also turning our attention to generating interest and participation in the site through: placing an ad in UU World and soliciting projects from the inaugural group of ministries that will be on the site at launch.

Click here to view the FAITHIFY placeholder site.

To stay updated on our progress, "Like" Faithify on Facebook!

Faith Architects

The Continental Network of Unitarian Universalist Young Adults is in the midst of a radical transformation that promises to bring all kinds of goodness and renewal to our congregations - and beyond! Welcome to Faith Architects - a place for young adults to explore and express their faith, to develop leadership skills, network with fellow Unitarian Universalist leaders, and conspire  to keep the flame of our faith alive and burning strong. There will be three - six weekend conferences scheduled over the coming year for young adults across the continent to come together. If you are (or know) a young adult and want to know more, click here to learn more.

Outstanding Summer Worship Opportunity!

Village Church Choir

Guess what you might be doing next summer? How about visiting a beautiful, little church in a quaint Berkshires village filled to the brim with incredible music?  Historically Congregational by affiliation, the Village Church in Cummington, MA has found renewed life and mission in widening its theological outlook and hiring Unitarian Universalist ministry (the Reverend Jon Rehmus and Candidate Karen G. Johnston). [MORE]

 

Amherst Congregation Divesting from Fossil Fuels

UU Society of Amherst At a congregational meeting on Sunday October 20, members of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst voted unanimously that the Society divest of all fossil fuel funds over the next five yeas.  They voted also to urge the national organization, the Unitarian Universalist Association, to divest; and they voted to support divestment efforts in the wider community, including the Town of Amherst and Commonwealth of Massachusetts. [MORE]

 

Update on next Woburn Fund grant cycle

The Mass Bay District's Woburn Fund grant program funding cycle has been moved to the Fall of 2013 or early winter of 2014.

MBD is developing an online crowdfunding platform called Faithify which will be used to distribute Woburn Funds.  To stay updated on our progress, "Like" Faithify on Facebook!

Funding guidelines will remain focused on growth and innovation in and beyond our congregations.  Keep an eye out for application details this coming this fall or early winter 2014!  Meanwhile, if you have questions, contact the sphillips [at] uua [dot] org (Rev. Sue Phillips), District Executive.

In honor of the service of UUA Moderator Gini Courter, who retired from that position at General Assembly, a fund has been created to support innovative ministry. The fund, named Faithful Risk, is available on the website of the Clara Barton/Massachusetts Bay District.

Courter got the idea for the fund from work being done by Peter Bowden and the Rev. Naomi King, who are active in bringing UUs together through social media and in promoting Unitarian Universalism through electronic means. Bowden, a ministry and media consultant, explained that the fund will allow “innovative ministries to connect with innovative UUs.” The first $10,000 will be used to create a website. Additional funds will be made available to applicants who apply.

Bowden emphasized this fund does not replace the Chalice Lighter fund that many districts have to support ministry projects. “This is crowd-fund sourcing to promote innovative projects that might otherwise have difficulty in finding support,” he said. Added the Rev. Sue Phillips, the district executive for the Clara Barton/Massachusetts Bay District. “This is the future of Unitarian Universalism. This is synergy at work. We are about to launch the only denominationally funded crowd-funding platform, that we know of, in the world.”

The website will be available for anyone to browse, to follow projects under development, and for supporting them.

- See more at: http://blogs.uuworld.org/ga/2013/06/23/ministry-fund-created-in-courters-honor/#sthash.b4wFv8x8.dpuf

In honor of the service of UUA Moderator Gini Courter, who retired from that position at General Assembly, a fund has been created to support innovative ministry. The fund, named Faithful Risk, is available on the website of the Clara Barton/Massachusetts Bay District.

Courter got the idea for the fund from work being done by Peter Bowden and the Rev. Naomi King, who are active in bringing UUs together through social media and in promoting Unitarian Universalism through electronic means. Bowden, a ministry and media consultant, explained that the fund will allow “innovative ministries to connect with innovative UUs.” The first $10,000 will be used to create a website. Additional funds will be made available to applicants who apply.

Bowden emphasized this fund does not replace the Chalice Lighter fund that many districts have to support ministry projects. “This is crowd-fund sourcing to promote innovative projects that might otherwise have difficulty in finding support,” he said. Added the Rev. Sue Phillips, the district executive for the Clara Barton/Massachusetts Bay District. “This is the future of Unitarian Universalism. This is synergy at work. We are about to launch the only denominationally funded crowd-funding platform, that we know of, in the world.”

The website will be available for anyone to browse, to follow projects under development, and for supporting them.

- See more at: http://blogs.uuworld.org/ga/2013/06/23/ministry-fund-created-in-courters-honor/#sthash.b4wFv8x8.dpuf


Congratulations to All Souls, New London, CT:
a Breakthrough Congregation!

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation in New London, CT, is among the newest UUA Breakthrough Congregations! Each year the UUA’s Office of Growth Strategies recognizes a handful of congregations that have “broken through” barriers to achieve exemplary goals.

The Congregation is highlighted in the Fall edition of the UUWorld in an article entitled "We Know Why We're Here" by Donald E. Skinner. A study guide intended to accompany the article can be accessed here.

We congratulate the folks at All Souls and thank all those who faithfully inspire and promote efforts to grow our movement! May we all learn from each other.

 

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