We are nearly 200 UU congregations in parts or all of: Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska.
We are seeking to covenant with each other to find new ways of partnering and standing together on the side of love for the flourishing of our world, our communities, our congregations and our members.
Oak Brook Illinois (Chicago area)
April 28 - 30, 2017
Learning Network Covenant
Congregations are invited to participate!
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The MidAmerica Region is looking for a full-time Regional Administrator. This person is responsible for communications, event registrations, logistics for meetings, and assists with financial matters. This person also takes on projects for the Region, and works in collaboration with other administrative staff across the Regions and the UUA. The Administrator works on a team with other regional administrative staff, under the supervision of one of our program staff. Ability to work in a technological and online environment, ability to handle multiple deadlines, manage projects, and work with numbers is essential. They also supervise part-time casual employees, when appropriate.
This person, like the rest of our staff, works from a home office, and must be able to function well in the virtual world, and be self-starting and motivating. There is occasional travel, both local and to Regional Assembly and semi-annual staff meetings.The job description will be posted on our web site no later than March 15. Applications will be taken until the job is filled. The interview process will begin early in April, so applicants are encouraged to submit their resumes early. The position begins sometime after May 1, with the date to be determined by mutual consent. The Region strives to be a great place to work, and we are an Equal Opportunity Employer.Our staff work from their homes. Computer equipment is provided. Stipends are given for cell phone service and internet service, but not for other expenses for working from home.
Send applications via email to Lisa Presley at email@example.com.
Questions? Email or call Lisa, 248-514-5458.
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News and information:
Your MidAmerica Regional Chalice Lighter Committee has decided to apply funds from the Fall 2016 Call to assist congregations in supporting Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU).
According to their website (www.blacklivesuu.com), “Black Lives of UU provides information, resources and support for Black Unitarian Universalists and works to expand the role and visibility of Black UUs within our faith.”
One of the ways congregations can do this is use Chalice Lighter funds to cover the cost for Black UUs who wish to attend upcoming Unitarian Universalist gatherings, like BLUU 2017 Convening in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 9-12, or MidAmerica’s Regional Assembly in Oak Brook, Illinois, April 28-30, or 2017 General Assembly which will also be in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 21-25.
You can apply here. Be sure to do so by March 31st!
A Sometimes Shadowy Figure
Leona Handler Light (1915-1992) is an impressive and puzzling figure in the history of twentieth-century Unitarian Universalism. She capably served the Western Unitarian Conference in Chicago from the mid-1930s to the early1940s and then did hazardous duty in Hungary and Transylvania before and during the outbreak of World War II. In Lawrence, Kansas, she revitalized the historic Unitarian society. She then abruptly dropped out of sight for over two decades and apparently re-emerged to take a prominent role in the Black Empowerment Controversy in the late 1960s.
And with raised eyebrow you ask, “Apparently re-emerged?” Ministry candidate and research sleuth Jon Jasper Coffee is almost certain that the “Leona H. Light” of the 1960s was the Leona Handler active in the 1930s and 1940s, but recognizes that more digging needs to be done. All the same, he has uncovered enough information, most of it from primary sources, to sketch a fascinating portrait of someone whose career should pique the curiosity of anyone interested in the history of women—or anyone—who capably served liberal religion. The following condenses his findings.
Origins and Early Work
Probably born to a Baltimore family, Leona Handler studied at Tufts College, Tufts Theological School, Boston University, Northwestern University, and the Unitarian Collegium in Kolozsvar, Transylvania. Before becoming office secretary for the Western Conference of the American Unitarian Association (AUA) in Chicago, she worked as an assistant in Massachusetts congregations.