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 fifth year of the Greater Philly Cluster of UU Churches is drawing to a close. We (Restoration) participated in the two trainings and in the choral workshop this year.

In addition we were a strong presence at the first UU Community Weekend over Labor Day weekend. It was a relaxing and fun time! It will be happening again this year, from Sept. 1 through 3. This is an all-inclusive weekend. Register by June 30. The flat per-person fee includes 2 nights lodging, 2 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts and access to all of the activities for the weekend.

  1. GPC Annual Report
    The Greater Philly Cluster Annual Report is available (http://www.greaterphillyuu.org/about/annual-reports/). Please share with your congregations, especially at your congregational meetings.

  2. GPC Facebook page and group
    - Please "follow" us on the GPC Facebook page (i.e. "Greater Philly Unitarian Universalist Cluster").
    - Please join our GPC Facebook group (i.e. "Greater Philly UUs"). It is a "closed" group, so find "Greater Philly UUs" on Facebook and click the button to request to join.

  3. UUA General Assembly - https://www.uua.org/ga
    June 20-24, 2018 in Kansas City

    - UUs are encouraged to attend either in person or as an off-site registrant. Also, congregations are encouraged to hold viewing parties for portions of the General Assembly (e.g. Ware Lecture), so folks can experience GA in community. Send me your viewing party info, and I'll include in my advertising!

  4. UUMAC Retreat:
    July 8 - 14, 2018
    DeSales University, Center Valley PA

    Mid-Atlantic Community gathers together for one week each year to build community and deepen our Unitarian Universalist faith through fun, friendship, music, dancing, learning and worship. Register by April 16, 2018, to receive the Early Bird discount. For more info and to register, visit: http://www.uumac.org/wordpress/

  5. Goldmine Youth Leadership School:
    July 29 - Aug 4, 2018
    Main Line Unitarian Church, Devon, PA

    Goldmine is an intense leadership school for youth (graduating from grades 9-12) focusing on self-reflection and leadership skills. Youth learn concrete leadership skills, learn to lead a worship in a wide variety of youth worship styles, and work to articulate the faith based grounding for their values and leadership. For more info, visit: https://www.uua.org/central-east/youth/goldmine

  6. UU Camping in the Grove:
    August 5-9, 2018
    Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center, Lanoka Harbor, NJ

    Five days of fun-filled summer adventure for rising 4th through 7th graders. If your child loves games, art, swimming, nature, and bonfires, our camping experience on this historical Universalist site is just for you! For more info, visit: https://www.murraygrove.org/camping-in-the-grove

  7. Sept. 1 - 3: UU Community Weekend (Labor Day weekend) - Registration is open!
    A Labor Day weekend getaway filled with fun, relaxation and loving community. Join members and families of Philadelphia area UU churches for this fun fest at Camp Canadensis in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. MLUC has a minimum that they are trying to reach by June 30, so please register before then if possible. Thanks! For more info and to register, visit: http://www.mluc.org/community/community-weekend

  8. Introducing UUA LeaderLab!
    LeaderLab provides relentlessly useful resources for lay and professional leaders of UU congregations and covenanting communities. For more info, visit: https://www.uua.org/leadership

  9. CER Guest in Your Pulpit program
    The Guest in Your Pulpit Program is a listing of available ministers, seminarians, ministerial candidates and lay pulpit guests for congregations in the Central East Region. This program was created to assist churches to find people who are willing to provide services. For more info and to be added to the list, visit: https://www.uua.org/central-east/resources/guest-in-your-pulpit.

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

Thanks for all of the ways you support our UU community!

Amy Nothelfer
Chair, Greater Philly UU Cluster

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