Heartland District

of the Unitarian Universalist Association

May 30, 2013 - Volume 7, Issue 22

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Heartline OnLine
A bi-weekly publication of the Heartland District of the UUA serving 56 member congregations  
in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.

May 30, 2013 - Volume 7, Issue 22
 
 
In This Issue
President's Request
New Opportunities for Leadership
Mid-West Leadership School
Camp UniStar
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Heartland District Calendar 
 
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June 19-23, 2013
UUA General Assembly 

GA Registration 

GA Housing Reservation System 

 

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  Learn more about Regionalization here!


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Midwest UU Leadership  Webinars 
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ATTENTION!  

 New Officers  

 Have you recently elected new officers in your congregation? 

 

Make updates NOW at:

my.UUA.org 

 

Don't forget your congregation's page in the District Directory.  Click on the link below to find our directory update form and to see how your congregation page appears in the 2012 Heartland District Directory.

 

Contact  office@heartlanduu.org to get new password for directory.

 

 Directory Update Form 



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District Staff
Rev. Dr. Lisa Presley

District Executive

 de@heartlanduu.org 

Alternate email: lpresley@uua.org

 

Nancy Combs-Morgan

Faith Development Director

 ncombsmorgan@uua.org  

 

Barbara Hamilton

District Administrator

office@heartlanduu.org 

 

 
Dear Lisa,
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Rev Dr Lisa Presley District Executive

I feel almost like an expectant parent!

Every  day, I find myself moving us closer, sometimes by mere dint of will, to the July 1st beginning of MidAmerica region. Every day, there's another question about how can we serve you, the member congregations, better. How can we help you understand your calling--your particular way to make more evident the power of Unitarian Universalism to change lives for the better--how can we help you do this better?

This week, I'm exploring those questions and answers by meeting with a variety of my colleagues in Boston. We're working to improve on-line access to information that you need around ministerial transitions and compensation issues. I'm learning how best to partner to get us the most leverage when we plan events. I'm learning how to encourage responsible stewardship. It's exciting, and sometimes terrifying, as I learn to step outside of my comfort zone of "but we've always done it this way" in order to bring you the best we can offer.

I also find myself waking up in the middle of the night remembering yet another detail we have to add to the list of things to do. See the article below from Heartland President Amy Taylor to see one key thing that's keeping us up late at night, and perhaps you can help.

But always, we have you in mind, and ask ourselves "what would serve our congregations the best?" If you have suggestions, please feel free to send them on.

And I hope that I'll get the chance to see many of you at General Assembly in Louisville in June! Then, we'll be almost at the finish line of our very own triple crown race to regionalization!

In faith,

Lisa  

Request from Amy Taylor: Legal Assistance?
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Amy Taylor,
President

My gratitude to all who attended the Heartland District Assembly in Muncie this year and to you all for the wonderful chalice I was presented with at the meeting.  It resides in my living area and is a wonderful reminder of the work our Board of Trustees and all of you have done this past year.   

 

I will soon be stepping down as District President but  there is one major task left for me to do, that is the legal dissolution of our District Board.  The District is incorporated in Michigan and I live in Indiana.  In order to assure that this process is done correctly, I require the assistance of legal counsel.  If any of you are Michigan lawyers or know of a group offering legal counsel to Michigan non-profit organizations, please send me the contact information.  It is important that this be done quickly so we can transfer assets from the District to the Region and pay staff without interruption.   

 

Please contact me at districtpresident@heartlanduu.org  I just received word this week that the MidAmerica Region is now an officially recognized corporation in Iowa.  Thank you for all your support during my term as your President.   

 

With deep appreciation for all you do for our association,  

 

Amy Taylor,  

President

 

 New Opportunities for Learning
Nancy Combs-Morgan, Faith Development Director

In the last few months, Rev. Phil Lund and I have been exploring new ways to provide continuing education for our religious professionals and congregational leaders.  Our first endeavor was a 6 part online course, for members of the RE Credentialing program, on Youth and Young Adult Ministries.  We learned a great deal about ways to offer virtual learning to make it fully engaging and accessible.

 

With accessibility in mind, Tracy Beck, Credentialed Religious Educator, and the DRE at First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, and I will be co-leading a "RE Inclusivity" face to face workshop this coming weekend in DeKalb, IL.  Now, in the past if you missed a face to face opportunity for learning then that was that!   Instead, we will be videotaping the didactic portions of the experience to make available as an online course.  The primary source material for this learning experience is from Sally Patton's book, Welcoming Children with Special Needs, used with her gracious permission.   

 

The option is now yours, of how you can engage in learning.  Please let me know if you are interested in the online course, the cost will be $30., and to register just contact me directly at:  ncombsmorgan@uua.org

 

In July and August participants of the online course will self-guide their viewing of the videos created from this face to face workshop, and then each participant of the online course will be asked to take short quizzes based on the content of the didactic videos.  We will then have at least 2-3 teleconferences with all of the virtual class members in August to engage in ideas for applications of the learnings.

 

If you should want to explore taking part in the "RE Inclusivity" online course you would receive a certificate that you had completed a 15 hour structured learning experience for your portfolio.

 

Also, in August and September, I will be partnering with talented members of our LREDA chapters to offer a 3 part course for New Directors of Religious Education, and, in addition, there will be a separate 3 part online course for New Youth Advisors.  I am so thrilled to be able to offer these learning opportunities and am always open to working with clusters of congregations who want to have face to face engagements as well!

 

Let me know if you have any questions

Nancy Combs-Morgan

Faith Development Director 

 
MWLS 2013: Take the Leadership Leap
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We know you love your spiritual community. Here's something simple you can do that will help build your congregation into a community of leaders who are passionate, curious, and eager to take on the many challenges that come with building a solid, healthy congregation.

 

Who in your congregation would benefit from becoming a student of MidWest Leadership School?   youth mwls

 

Please take some time to consider this question. Then, spread the word!

 

Register for the 2013 Mid-West Leadership School and Mid-West Youth Leadership School 

Camp UniStar
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Camp UniStar, located on Star Island in Cass Lake, Minnesota is seeking new campers! 

 

Come experience 50+ years of tradition with UUs and like-minded folks. UniStar is an inter generational camp, filled with abundant fellowship, food, and North woods beauty.

 

First time attendees from Mid America Region states Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan  and Missouri  are eligible for discounts up to $100 per adult.  

 

For further information visit:   www.CampUniStar.org 

 

Do you have news you want to share with UUs in the Heartland District? We publish every other week.  Send articles or announcements to office@heartlanduu.org 

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Next Publication Date: Thursday, June 13, 2013

Deadline for articles and announcements: Noon, Wednesday, June 12th.   

Deadline for Events: Noon, Monday, June 10th.     


Your comments and suggestions for the newsletter are always appreciated.   

Click on office@heartlanduu.org to send us a message.

June 13, 2013 - Volume 7, Issue 23

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Heartline OnLine
A bi-weekly publication of the Heartland District of the UUA serving 56 member congregations  
in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.

June 13, 2013 - Volume 7, Issue 23
Final Issue 
 
 
In This Issue
The Journey Continues
ATTENTION! CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Many Thanks
Have you heard? Barbara is retiring.
Living Legacy Pilgrimage
UU Small Group Ministry Institute 2013
We're All In This Together!
UU World Audio Version
UUs of Color Summer Conversations
Job Opening at Northern Hills
CampUnistar Correction
Join Our Mailing List!
Like us on Facebook
Quick Link
Heartland District Calendar 
 
calendar 

June 19-23, 2013
UUA General Assembly 

GA Registration 

GA Housing Reservation System 

   

******************** 
  Learn more about Regionalization here!


********************

Midwest UU Leadership  Webinars 
mwuul trans
 View MWUUL Webinar Calendar
Webinar Archives
Subscribe to updates by email
 

********************
UUA Publications
uua logo trans
 
 


********************

ATTENTION!  

 New Officers  

 Have you recently elected new officers in your congregation? 

 

Make updates NOW at:

my.UUA.org 

 

Don't forget your congregation's page in the District Directory.  Click on the link below to find our directory update form and to see how your congregation page appears in the 2012 Heartland District Directory.

 

Contact  office@heartlanduu.org to get new password for directory.

 

 Directory Update Form 



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District Staff
Rev. Dr. Lisa Presley

District Executive

 de@heartlanduu.org 

Alternate email: lpresley@uua.org

 

Nancy Combs-Morgan

Faith Development Director

 ncombsmorgan@uua.org  

 

Barbara Hamilton

District Administrator

office@heartlanduu.org 

 

 
Dear Lisa,
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Rev Dr Lisa Presley District Executive

"The King is dead; Long live the King!"

 

Anyone who has paid attention to movies about the British royal family over the years will be familiar with this phrase-"The King is dead; long live the King!" It would be said in the moments after the passing of the monarch, and it was designed to recognize that although the reign of one particular person was ended, the monarchy itself went on without fail. The institution was larger than any one particular incarnation of it, no matter how beloved.

 

Here, in the religious world, the more apt phrase would be: "The Middle Judicatory is dead; Long live the Middle Judicatory!" Middle judicatory is fancy religious in-speak for this middle level of connection between and among congregations. It refers to anything less than the whole, and more than the parts-that middle management level.

 

And that phrase is what I'm feeling these days. With the votes here in the Heartland District and also in the Prairie Star and Central Midwest Districts, we've decided that the institution carries on, even as the particular form we've known it in changes and dies away. As we prepare to officially end the Heartland District, the MidAmerica Region begins and continues a connection with each of our congregations and still strives to help congregations be who they want to be.

 

For many of us here in Heartland, this is the second time we've been on this journey. I was reminded clearly of that this week when Barb Weber, from Dayton, sent me one of the old "Heartland District Under Construction" t-shirts Charlotte Cowtan made more than a decade ago, with "Heartland District" crossed out and "MidAmerica Region" added in Sharpie marker! But as we learned then, although the structure changed, the care and commitment to congregations stayed the same, and we were able to do more together than apart.

 

That's what we're hoping for this time, too. Know that you can always call or email Nancy Combs-Morgan and I with any questions or queries. But you can also call/email Ian, Phil, Dori and the other Nancy. We're here for you, and we want to see you succeed. Make sure you make note of our new address and phone number below; make sure you know that we will be using our @uua.org email addresses (also below). But first and foremost, make sure you know that we are here with and for you, just as before.

 

The Middle Judicatory is dead; Long live the Middle Judicatory!

 

In faith,

Lisa

 

The Journey Continues
Nancy Combs-Morgan, Faith Development Director

Ten years ago, I was blessed to begin working for the Heartland District of the UUA.  The greatest blessing of that new experience was getting to know and work with Barbara Hamilton, our talented and capable District Administrator.  With bittersweet feelings, the next step in our journey will be on different roads.  How can I sum up all that Barbara has done on our behalf?  During some of the rockiest times in our district life, Barbara's attitude has buoyantly led by example.  She is more than a survivor, for she is a "thriver."   

 

When we had to make significant cuts in our district budget, she was always the one to find ways to creatively cut corners.  When we had to close our district office, Barbara graciously opened her home, and even managed to get a monster of an office copier into her house basement office!  Gracious thanks seem to fall short, but thank her I must for she has valiantly been a superb District Administrator.

 

As the journey continues, I am setting compass bearings for the great and exciting endeavor as the MidAmerica Region of the UUA.  I am fortunate in having been engaged in a regional context for the last 20 months, and I have seen firsthand the tremendous possibilities of our new alignment and partnership.

 

Stay tuned,

Nancy

ATTENTION! CHANGE OF ADDRESS

Effective July 1, 2013, new address, phone, and email addresses for Heartland District communications: 

 

MidAmerica Region UUA

2355 Fairview Ave #312

Roseville, MN 55113

 

Phone: 312-636-9724

 

New email addresses for Heartland staff:

 

Lisa Presley:  lpresley@uua.org 

Nancy Combs-Morgan:  ncombsmorgan@uua.org

General inquiries:  midamerica@uua.org

 

Many Thanks
Those of you who were with us in Muncie for our District Assembly were able to help us bid a fond farewell to our District Administrator, Barbara Hamilton. With the move to MidAmerica, Barbara has decided to take a well-deserved retirement.

 

There are not words to express our gratitude and appreciation for all that she's done - for over 10 years, she's helped Heartland hum along, taking care of more details than anyone could ever imagine. We have been blessed to have her as part of the team, and we will miss her greatly.

 

Thank you, Barbara! May you always be reminded of the great adventure we've been on together, and how you've been an integral part of all that we've done. We couldn't have done it without you! You will always be in our hearts and prayers.

 

Lisa 

 
 
Have you heard?  Barbara is retiring.
hamilton faded border When I grow up, I want to be retired.  I'm pretty sure I haven't grown up yet (who would want to?), but I am retiring June 27, 2013.  That will be my last day as District Administrator for the Heartland District of the UUA.

This amazing job, and the amazing people I've met and worked with around the District the last 10+ years, have prepared me well for the next phase of my life.  I'm a happy human and quite content with my life.  With your loving support and appreciation and friendship, my soul and spirit are healthy and strong. 

 

My favorite memory...After just six months on the job, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  With no insurance, I was more concerned about how to pay for treatment, than I was about the cancer itself.  At that time, most of you didn't even know I existed.  So what did you do when my cancer was made public?  You sent cards, emails, notes, and money to me; a stranger.  I'm nine years cancer free and never doubt for a minute that I was meant to be at the Heartland at that time; for that reason.  Thank you. 

 

Lisa and Nancy, thank you for keeping me on my toes; although I think I probably set you back on your heels a few times.  We've shared so much.  Wow...I haven't until just this moment given thought to what we have shared.  The reality is setting in.  I will miss you both very much.   

 

I compare becoming a senior citizen (we really must come up with a better label; like, Wise Elders) to something like morphing from a teenager to an adult.  Or maybe not...I don't just think I know it all, I'm pretty sure of it. 

adventure girl

 

May your lives be blessed with all the love and beauty you can stand.

 

Barbara Hamilton
District Administrator

Heartland District of the UUA 

 
Living Legacy Pilgrimage

living legacy logo The Living Legacy Pilgrimage team is gearing up for the 2013 Living Legacy Pilgrimage to be held September 21 - 28, 2013. We are certain that, just like in past years, the 2013 Pilgrimage will be a profound experience for all. We have a few more seats on the bus so we'd love for you to join us, or if you've already been, we'd appreciate it if you'd spread the word to you friends, families, congregations, and community organizations. We've attached a flyer for you to post or email to people you think might be interested. We'd appreciate any promotion you might do.

 

The Living Legacy Pilgrimage's website (still in the same location: www.uulivinglegacy.org) has a whole new design with photographs, blog postings, and videos from past pilgrimages. If you haven't visited it in the last few months, we encourage you to drop by.

 

If you're not able to join us this year, you'll also be able to follow our 2013 LLP through daily posting to our blog and to Facebook. Please Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LivingLegacyPilgrimage, and share our site with your Facebook friends so more people hear about this important work.

 

We also want to tell you about our exciting new partnership with the UUA/UUSC College of Social Justice. We will be co-sponsoring a civil rights tour in July, which is focused on young people ages 15-20. Watch for more co-sponsored events to follow. For more information about the summer trip for young people, please visit http://uucsj.org/programs/civil-rights-journey/ 

 

Thank you for your interest in the civil rights story! And let me know if you have any questions.

 

Annette S. Marquis

Treasurer and Communications

Living Legacy Project

www.uulivinglegacy.org 

 

 

UU Small Group Ministry Institute 2013
uu sm group ministry Monday, July 22, 2013   - Friday, July 26, 2013

Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center

Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734

murraygrove@murraygrove.org 

 

An Institute is a "working conference" designed for:

  • Individuals & teams of adults and youth who attend as part of a congregation team
  • New and experienced program organizers, facilitators, ministers, religious educators, and other congregational leaders

Sponsored by the UU Small Group Ministry Network & the Central East Regional Group

 

New and experienced program organizers, ministers, religious educators, and congregational leaders will learn about and practice Small Group Ministry through shared experiences, hands-on workshops, presentations, daily group sessions, and networking. Commuter options available.

Information: http://www.cerguua.org/cergevents/417-sgmi2013.html 

Registration: https://www.formdesk.com/uuforms/SGMInstitute  

See flyer w/registration... 

 

We're All In This Together!
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Dear friends,

 

The weeks before General Assembly and the end of the church year can be incredibly stressful for our staff and for ministers and congregations alike. We want to let our constituents know that they are making a difference and that we are here for them as they do so. So we've made a video with the help of some very talented staff members!

 

http://www.uua.org/giving/news/stewdev/286791.shtml 

 

Please enjoy - and share this widely with your friends, congregants, and groups!

 

My heartiest thanks to everyone who participated in this project and to everyone who offered to help (whether we could use your video or not). There will be more of these videos over the next year, and I hope you'll consider being part of them!

 

Best wishes,

Hilary Gray

Communications Manager │ Stewardship & Development

hgray@uua.org │ 617.948.4682

Unitarian Universalist Association │ www.uua.org 

 
UUWorld Audio Version
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Selected articles from the summer issue of UUWorld, including a great profile of Kay Montgomery, are now available in Audio version.  You can listen to individual articles or download a .zip file with all articles for later listening.

 

The main page of Audio for UUWorld is here: http://www.uua.org/publications/uuworld/audio/index.shtml 

 

The Summer issue is here: http://www.uua.org/publications/uuworld/audio/285889.shtml 

 
UUs of Color Summer Conversations
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Spread the word.  The UUA is sponsoring a way for UUs who identify as People of Color all across the country to meet. We will be holding monthly meetings, online and/or on the phone, throughout the summer  and hopefully beyond.  

 

More information can be found online at http://www.uua.org/multiculturalism/286649.shtml or by contacting me at jyork@uua.org. Youth and adults are welcome. Already, I have been in contact with over 50 UUs who are interested in forming a virtual community. ( The website has a link to a flyer you can post. Unfortunately, if you use Firefox the flyer looks weird. We  are working to fix this.)

 

Jessica York

Youth Programs Director

Unitarian Universalist Association

jyork@uua.org 

 
Job Opening at Northern Hills
Northern Hills UU Fellowship in Cincinnati, OH
is seeking a part-time office administrator.

CORRECTION: Ohio Welcome
Camp UniStar, located on Star Island in Cass Lake, Minnesota is seeking new campers! Come experience 50+ years of tradition with UUs and like-minded folks. UniStar is an inter generational camp, filled with abundant fellowship, food, and North woods beauty.

First time attendees from Mid America Region states Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, AND OHIO are eligible for discounts up to $100 per adult.

For further information visit: www.CampUniStar.org

This is the final issue of Heartline Online.

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Thank you to all who have submitted articles and comments over the years.