Newsletter: June 2015   
New England Region UUA
Doug Zelinski & Hilary Allen explore "The End of Strategic Planning" with leaders from 20 congregations
Small groups discuss elements of worship that are worthy, and unworthy at "Creating & Leading Dynamic Lay-Led Worship"
Online participants from 13 remote congregations joined our live audience for "Youth Ministry in the 2K's"

Learning Together

by Rev. Sue Phillips

As a leader in a Unitarian Universalist congregation, you already know the value of connection and the energy that gets unleashed when good-hearted, committed, and soulful people come together. Learning together is one of the best ways to connect with leaders of other congregations, to hear the wisdom generated from one another's experience, and to pick up concrete, usable tools.


The New England Regional staff team is delighted to share our program lineup for the 2015-2016 church year. We will be offering programs in almost every area of congregational life: from staff team development to stewardship, from sexuality training to ministry with youth. Our programs will be designed especially for congregational teams and individuals, lay leaders and religious professionals. 


The in-person learning experiences will be offered throughout New England. Some of these will also be offered via the internet to make them accessible to a wider geography. You'll hear from us again in late summer with date, location, and registration details. Meanwhile, we hope you'll begin thinking about how you might add your wisdom to the larger UU community, and come learn together.


In faith,

Rev. Sue Phillips, Regional Lead

  • Real. Good. Embodied. Worship.  (BCD, MBD)
  • OWL Facilitator Training for Grades 7-12   (2x Walker Center, Newton MA)
  • Staff Team Start Ups  (2 Locations TBD, online)
  • RE Start Ups  (MBD, online)
  • Strengthening Congregational Justice Ministries - Best Practices  (CBD, NNED, online)
  • Radical Preemptive Inclusion: Welcoming 3.0  (MBD)
  • Welcome to your Interim / Developmental Ministry   (2 Locations TBD, online)
  • OWL Facilitator Training for Grades K-1 / 4-6  (Walker Center, Newton MA)
  • Renaissance Module: Ministry with Youth  (Walker Center, Newton MA)
  • UU Class Conversations  (MBD)
  • Welcome to your New Ministry  (3 Locations TBD)
  • Stewardship 202: Current Trends and the Future of Stewardship  (BCD, online)
  • OWL Facilitator Training for Grades 7-12  (2x Walker Center, Newton MA)

  • Renaissance Module: Philosophy of RE  (Add on to NARL)
  • Raising Spirits, Raising Hands: Changing Patterns of Volunteerism  (CBD)
  • The Full Time Church with Part Time Staff  (BCD, NNED, online)
  • OWL Facilitator Training for Grades 7-12  (Walker Center, Newton MA)
  • G.R.A.C.E. Summit  (Location TBD)
  • Congregations Choosing Their Future and How They Do It  (BCD, NNED, online)
  • Renaissance Module: TBA  (Walker Center, Newton MA)
  • Spiritual Gifts of Serving the Aging Church  (CBD, NNED, online)
  • Congregational Relevance: The Trends, The Realities, The Choice  (Location TBD)
  • Income Beyond the Offering Plate  (online)

Would your church be a great venue for a regional program? If so, we'd love you hear from you.

We're looking for churches in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT with space that meets most or all of the following criteria:
  • Seating capacity of 65 or more people at tables
  • Breakout spaces for small groups
  • Kitchen adjacent to the space (or on same floor)
  • Accessible entrance and facilities
  • Located near a highway
  • Plentiful parking
  • Reliable wifi access 
  • 1-3 volunteers who will help on the day of the event to make coffee, assist with logistics and hospitality (they may attend the program for free)
If you are a religious professional or lay leader who would like to offer space for an event, please email