Get Involved!

Become involved with a project that has caught your passion: whether it's Green Sanctuary, Gift-Based Ministry, as a worship associate, leading a covenant group, or something entirely different, your congregation needs your involvement in order to benefit from your unique talents and gifts!

Become a religious educator. Whether you are working with children, youth, young adults, or adults, this work can be deeply fulfilling and fun!

Offer to become a lay leader in your congregation. Talk to your nominating committee. If your congregation's in search for new professional leadership, think about whether you might contribute in new and exciting ways to that venture.

Witness your faith in the company of others, on behalf of your congregation. Seek out connections with other religious groups who share similar values. Help carry the message -- beyond your congregation -- that makes clear Unitarian Universalism's values and voice in this challenging world.

Become a delegate to your UUA District's meetings. You'll learn new skills, develop a sense of Unitarian Universalism that extends beyond your own congregation, and help nurture the vitality of our faith in your district.

Don't wait to be asked: contact your congregation's Nominating Committee and tell them you're willing to serve. They'll be glad to hear from you!

- from the UUA

The Greater Philly UU Cluster

The Greater Philly UU Cluster (GPC) (http://www.greaterphillyuu.org/) is comprised of 14 nearby UU congregations and is actively connecting these congregations to share our message, grow our faith and strengthen congregations. Here are some opportunities to get involved:
  1. UUA General Assembly - https://www.uua.org/ga
    • Registration opens March 1
    • Housing Reservations open March 1, 10:00 am EST

  2. Jubilee, needs more registrants!
    March 2-4, 2018, MLUC
    • $155 per participant (includes cost for trainers, meals and materials). Contributions in support of this work are welcome. Enrollment is limited to 40 participants. Registration deadline extended. For more info and to register, visit: https://www.uua.org/central-east/events/region/jubilee-workshop-devon-pa-0318

  3. Leprecon (Media PA Youth Cluster Conference)
    March 16 - 18, UUCDC

    It is open to all UU youth and is being advertised through the youth groups. For more info, visit: https://www.uua.org/central-east/events/youth/pa-media-youth-cluster-conference-318?month=2018-03

  4. "Path to Membership" - GPC training facilitated by Pat Infante (CER primary contact)
    March 24, 2018, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, UUCDC

    Congregational growth is most easily measured in numbers - a tangible representation of how many of us there are and how we are supporting the mission and vision of the congregation. In some congregations, the decision to become a "member" is a milestone representing an individual or family passage from "visitor" to finding a more permanent place in the community. As our understanding of membership as an indicator of growth changes, many congregations are redefining membership as more of a continuing journey than a single endpoint. Congregations are finding success by creating a path that helps newcomers deepen their faith, connect relationally and grow their leadership capacity. This workshop will introduce a process to create a path that will guide individuals and families from their first visit to greater connection and engagement within the community.
    • Included topics: Basic hospitality practices, Multicultural welcome, The Impact of Small Groups, Family Ministry as a Growth Engine, How Service Leads to Leadership, and Whose Work is it?
    • FREE event! All are welcome. Please register by March 14, so we have a headcount for planning purposes: http://www.greaterphillyuu.org/events/path-to-membership/.

  5. Greater Philly Cluster Choral Workshop
    April 7, 12:30 - 5:00 pm, MLUC

    As Unitarian Universalists, we value the collective voices of the people that make up our communities. As such, we are holding a Greater Philly Cluster (GPC) Choral Workshop to help plan the mass choir repertoire for a GPC music concert next church year. All ministers, music ministry teams, directors, choir members, and any member/friend (who'd like to sing in the mass choir) from the 14 GPC congregations are invited to the workshop.
    FREE event! All are welcome. Please register by March 23, so we have a headcount for planning purposes: http://www.greaterphillyuu.org/events/gpc-choral-workshop/.

  6. UU Leadership Institute Starts Spring Semester
    Healthy boundaries, communication, conflict navigation, covenant, mission, stewardship, building trust, adapting to change... are these concepts that you would like to bring more intentionally into your daily practice of Unitarian Universalism? The UU Leadership Institute offers a way there, with online courses designed for Lay Leaders and Religious Professionals to learn and grow in faith together. Team up with a few friends, board members, or colleagues for the learning to have the most impact. To register, visit: https://www.uuinstitute.org/spring2018/

  7. UU Community Weekend (Labor Day weekend)
    need volunteers to serve on planning committee

    Did you have a blast at the UU Community Weekend last Labor Day weekend? Want to get more involved with the planning of the 2018 weekend? Please email me, and I'll connect you with the organizers. Last year, MLUC invited the Cluster to join the Weekend. We'd like to make this an annual event for the Cluster, but the organizers need more assistance, as the event has grown due to so many fabulous folks from the Cluster congregations attending. Thank you!

Highlights of UU events happening at our congregations:

February 25, 4 pm, US Germantown. I, Too, Sing America. This UU concert for social justice will be raising money for local educational organizations.

March 25, 12 - 2 pm, US Germantown. Black UU History Presentation. Intern Minister Connie Simon has studied Black UU history on her own and through her time in seminary, including taking Mark Morrison-Reed's class: African Americans, Unitarians, Universalists and Unitarian Universalists. This is a very rich history, that you won't have learned unless you have gone looking for it. And it is very important to understanding where our faith movement is now. Please join us, the event will be held in our Sanctuary.

Every Thursday, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, UU Restoration. Black Lives Matter Vigil. 6 to 6:30 outside, then 6:30 to 7 pm, inside for prayers and reflection.

Check out the GPC Google calendar for more events: http://www.greaterphillyuu.org/calendar/. If you don't see your church's upcoming events listed, contact your GPC representative to add them.

For more information on the Greater Philly UU Cluster, check out our website: http://www.greaterphillyuu.org/

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