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February Beacon & UUA Congregational Bulletin

The February Beacon

Happy Valentines Day and merry 30 Days of Love! Be sure to check out this month's edition of The Beacon!

The February issue contains all kinds of church news, as well as:

  • info about the upcoming fundraiser: Beet of Your Heart dinner and A Little Night Music concert
  • an update about the Adult Religious Education program
  • a letter from congregants Mark & Carol Peterson about their trip to Tanzania

Enjoy, and please remember that your submissions for the March edition of The Beacon are due on February 15!

The UUA Board of Trustees Report to Congregations

The UUA Board of Trustees held their quarterly meeting in Philadelphia, PA, from January 17 to 20. UUA Secretary Tom Loughrey has prepared a letter to congregations sharing news from that meeting.

 

The letter begins, "Greetings from the Board of the UUA! We've just wrapped up our quarterly meeting in Philadelphia, where we enjoyed spending time with Young Adult UU's. Meeting in places outside Boston is one way the Board has sought to reach out in recent years to broaden the conversation and deepen connections. Sending this letter to you is another.”

Read the full letter.

More Ways Your Delegates Can Attend General Assembly

Your congregation can be represented by off-site delegates during General Assembly (GA) 2013 in Louisville, KY. Even if they cannot be physically present at GA this year, congregational delegates, ministers, and credentialed directors of religious education can participate in the business of GA by serving as off-site delegates.

Off-site delegates can:

  • Watch live streaming video of all plenary sessions online.
  • Vote online and speak during debate in GA business sessions from home, office or congregation, or as part of a congregational cluster.
  • Listen to discussions and vote during business mini-assemblies.

Get more information for your off-site delegates on UUA.org.

Reminder from Church Staff Finance: Clergy Have Dual Tax Status

Those who meet the definition of employee including ministers are to receive a W-2 and not a 1099. The IRS has detailed criteria for what constitutes an employee.

We recommend that your congregation purchase a copy of the Church and Clergy Tax Guide by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA. This annually updated volume answers almost all tax questions relevant to religious bodies and ordained clergy.

Questions? Please contact the Rev. Richard Nugent, Director of UUA Church Staff Finances at rnugent@uua.org.  

Quarterly Conference Call for Investors in the UU Common Endowment Fund

The UUA’s Investment Committee is pleased to invite you to participate in our quarterly conference call for investors in the UU Common Endowment Fund. Congregations considering investment are also invited to join. The speakers will be Tim Brennan, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer and Carol McMullen, Chair, Investment Committee. They will be providing a performance update, report on the February Investment Committee meeting, and take time to answer any questions you may have.

The call will take place on February 26th from 2:00 to 3:00pm ET.

Toll-free call-in number: 800-617-4268
Passcode: 73886534#

If you intend to participate, please send your confirmation to Susan Helbert at 617-948-4306 or shelbert@uua.org

Want to Make Your Social Media Shares Stand Out?

The UUA offers visual "Quotes from the Wayside" to help make your social media shares stand out.

You can use these images on congregational websites, share them on Facebook or Twitter, or use them in any other way that benefits your congregation. If you add an image like this to your web pages, when people share the page on Facebook or Pinterest, a thumbnail of that image will accompany the link.  

The UU Media Collaborative is also a great source of images for even more great UU art you can use. Visit them on Facebook!

Get Involved!

Taking Action against Anti-Muslim Bigotry Webinar

In our society, anti-Muslim bigotry is often used for political gain and to justify human rights violations. This kind of rhetoric has a negative impact on our communities and affects us all. Learn how to counter Islamophobia in your day-to-day life during our "Taking Action against Anti-Muslim Bigotry" webinar on Thursday, February 28th at 7:00pm ET.

This webinar, presented by Christina Warner, Director of the Shoulder-to-Shoulder Campaign, will answer "What is Islamophobia and how can we counter it?"

Discrimination should never be permitted for any reason. It may take time, but we can overcome Islamophobia in our communities. This webinar will help you learn how to tell stories, bust myths, and change minds one conversation at a time. For more information visit Standing on the Side of Love.

The 2013 Minns Lecture Series Begins Friday, March 8th

In the spirit of William Ellery Channing, who once said, “I was always young for liberty,” the Minns Lectures for 2013 will be structured around three lively interactive presentations on how our free faith tradition speaks to, and in the past reached out to, young people – and how today’s revolution in social media can reshape, enlarge, and invigorate that outreach today. Join us on March 8-9 in Boston, MA, in person or online, for these important lectures.

Visit the Minns Lectures website for more information.

2013 UU-UNO Spring Seminar Will Be in NYC this April

We invite you to join our intergenerational, interfaith dialogue on global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) issues. We encourage youth, young adults, adults, and seniors to participate in discussions crucial issues affecting the LGBTQ community throughout the globe. The 2013 seminar "Sex, Love and Violence: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in a Globalized World" will be held in New York City, NY, April 4-6 (youth arrive in evening April 3rd).

The Keynote speakers are Charles Radcliffe, the Chief of the Global Issues Section of The Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights, and Andre Banks, Co-Founder and Executive Director of AllOut. Find registration information here.

We Need Your Help!

Does Your Congregation use Tapestry of Faith? Share Your Story!

Your story is part of a larger story of UU faith development in the 21st century. The UUA wants to consider your photos or video documentation (PDF) for inclusion in a video presentation at GA 2013.

Send images or questions to Susan Lawrence, Managing Editor, Resource Development Office, by emailing slawrence@uua.org.

Seeking Authors to Create a New Worship for All Ages Renaissance Module - Deadline Extended to February 15th

Religious professionals are invited to apply by February 15th to write a 15-hour training program in Worship for All Ages. This curriculum will be offered as a Renaissance Module to anyone interested in religious education leadership, including seminarians, ministers, religious education teachers, music leaders, and lay leaders.

Please send your application electronically by February 15th, 2013 to Pat Kahn, Children and Family Programs Director, at pkahn@uua.org.

Contact Us

If you have comments, questions, or feedback regarding the bulletin, please contact me at mmcglone@uua.org.

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