On behalf of the staff here at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), I hope this message finds you well. Please allow me to highlight a couple of items for you in the paragraphs below. You can find more information on each, plus other announcements and resources, linked in the bulletin materials list that follows.
We hope that you enjoy all of the materials offered here and in the list below.
Public Information Assistant
Unitarian Universalist Association
From Beacon Press:
Eboo Patel named the 2013 General Assembly Ware Lecturer (PDF), and new paperback books from Beacon Press.
From the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF):
The Church of the Larger Fellowship, a unique UU congregation without walls, offers a 20% discount (PDF) on all pewter and enamel pendants and lapel pins. Click on the flyer to access the discount code. Great UU gifts at the CLF Shop for all ages and all occasions!
The Church of the Larger Fellowship, a unique UU congregation without walls, announces information about a new book titled, About Death—A Unitarian Universalist Book for Kids (PDF), edited by Betsy Williams, Jane Rzepka, Ken Sawyer and Noreen Kimball. This will be an important addition to your religious education library.
From the Office of Church Staff Finance:
Don’t leave money on the table: Congregational leaders must act now to determine eligibility for money back! See the Office of Church Staff Finances (OCSF) October Update (PDF) for information regarding a refund via Health Plan Tax Credit, note the upcoming Open Enrollment for Health and Dental, and meet colleagues in the OCSF. Note where, how, and why to promptly submit changes that affect employees’ insurance coverage (PDF).
From Data Services:
Instructions for congregations to manage their UUA membership lists online (PDF) so members will receive the quarterly UU World magazine.
From the Office of Ethics and Safety:
Is your congregation sexually healthy and responsible? Rev. Debra W. Haffner, President of Religious Institute, Inc. and an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, has created an assessment guide for congregations (PDF) on their sexual health policies and procedures.
From General Assembly and Conference Services:
The General Assembly Program Development Group is calling for Program Proposals for the 2013 General Assembly (PDF) in Louisville, Kentucky. All proposals must be submitted by Thursday, November 1st.
From Information and Public Witness:
Explore the past with this History in Brief (PDF). This month, learn about the unorthodox ordination of Hosea Ballou in 1794.
From the Internaional Office:
An International News (PDF) update from the UUA.
From Ministries and Faith Development:
The Resource Development Office seeks an author for a new adult curriculum on money. This Tapestry of Faith program will invite adults to make peace with money, align financial decisions with values, and learn skills for money conversations in families, groups, and congregations. Deadline to apply is November 1. Please see and share the complete Call for Authors (PDF).
The new congregational Discussion Guide for Congregations and Beyond (PDF) offers plans for one session or a series of three to help your congregation consider effective responses to today’s challenges and opportunities.
Invite your congregation to help shape UUA religious education by field-testing a new Tapestry of Faith program (PDF) in 2012-13. Please post this flyer which describes the new curricula.
Do you want to bring all ages together for immigration justice? Find abundant resources for multigenerational worship, study, and action on immigration, drawn from the UUA's Tapestry of Faith family of faith development materials, curated and annotated here.
From Multicultural Growth and Witness:
This month’s Welcoming Congregation Bulletin (PDF) from LGBTQ Ministries: Tool—Transgender webinar, Action—Voting on the side of love, Story—UU congregations welcome queer Undocubus riders, and News—Annette Marquis joins LGBTQ Ministries.
The October Newsletter (PDF) is now available from Multicultural Growth and Witness
For your reading pleasure: the twenty-sixth issue of Catalyst (PDF), the newsletter of Multicultural Growth & Witness Regarding Racial and Ethnic Concerns.
From UU College of Social Justice:
Help heal the world and feed your spirit on a trip to Mexico, Haiti, or India (PDF) with the UU College of Social Justice.