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The Legacy Society

Have you included First Unitarian Church in your will or estate plan? If so, you’re already a member of the First Unitarian Church Foundation’s Legacy Society!

The Foundation, a separate 503(c)(3), operates solely for the support and benefit of First Church to help ensure a strong and vibrant future.

Remembering the church in your will or estate plan is all about “planned giving.” It can take many forms:  a bequest in your will, a charitable remainder trust, or a gift of life insurance, for example, as well as a donation of securities or real estate arranged through the Foundation.

The Legacy Society was created to acknowledge and thank those members and friends of the church who have taken this important step. If you’ve already done this, please do let us know so that we might recognize you.  

For more information about the Legacy Society or about making a planned gift, contact Erin Tafuri at the church office 503-228-6389, ext. 31, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Every estate gift you make now will help to leave a lasting and valuable legacy for First Unitarian Church and its work in the world.

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Two Big UUA Gatherings Soon

Two Big UUA Gatherings Coming Up.

Pacific Western Regional Assembly. Read more.
Here are dates to keep in mind:

April 19:  Final date for advance registration

April 26-28:  Regional Assembly in San Jose!

*Off-site delegates participating via internet should be aware of these practice sessions times:  April 16, 6:30-7:45 p.m., PT or April 17, 2:30-3:00 p.m., PT.

Pacific Western Regional Assembly. San Jose, April 26-28. This first time conference has grown out of the experiences of leaders in the Pacific Northwest District and the three other western districts of the UUA in meeting with one another over many years. This regional collaboration has also been taking place in other regions across the country. Recently they have begun experimenting more boldly with shared programs – with more vulnerability and shared accountability. The concerns brought out in these efforts have been brought into focus by the economic downturn.  In a spirit of trying to learn how to better serve congregations given the new realities, the Regional Conference was conceived as an occasion to collaborate and celebrate our “Big Faith with No Borders.” There are no present plans to make this a regular event and next year we will return to a District only meeting.

In the spirit of the Assembly theme the workshop program will focus on three all-day workshop Theme Tracks:  Get Religion (Theology), Grow Leaders (Leadership), and Cross Borders (Beloved Community). There is also an Option Track for those not following a Theme Track featuring choices from eight different workshops.  There will also be a Forum for the two candidates vying for Moderator  of the UUA. A full program for children and youth is being arranged.

Time is set aside for each District to hold a business meeting, for which the church will designate delegates, both attending and off-site (participating via internet). The Confluence Committee will be accepting delegate applications in Fuller Hall or at the church office. Delegate duties are listed on the application form. Delegates are eligible for stipend assistance.

Expect the whole conference to be infused with a spirit of celebration and conviviality. At the Opening Celebration the Rev. Christine Robinson of First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque will deliver the keynote address. Holly Near has contributed a special Assembly anthem “I Am Willing.” Four meals covered in the registration will be communal affairs. An inspiring worship service open to the public will wind up the Assembly on Sunday morning.  For details on program, housing, and registration go to www.pwruua.org.

UUA General Assembly. Read more .

Here are dates to keep in mind:

April 30: Registration fee increases

May 16:  Last date to reserve at conference hotel at discounted rate

May 19: Your Delegate Application Form due with Confluence Committee

June 19-23:  General Assembly in Louisville!

 

UUA General Assembly. Louisville, KY, June 19-23. General Assembly is more than the annual Business meeting of the Association. The myriad of worship and witness events, programs and exhibits not only provide a rich experience to the thousands of UUs who attend each year, they also give participants a renewed sense of energy, up-to-date information, inspiration, and innovative ideas to take back to their congregations and communities. The theme this year is “From Promise to Commitment.”  As usual there will also be exciting program for children and youth . Enews will highlight specific aspects of the Assembly in the coming weeks, but for now participants should consider registering and making housing arrangements at www.uua.org/ga. Registration costs will rise on May 1.  Special rates for official convention hotels are guaranteed through May 16. Home hospitality arranged through one of the Louisville congregations will also be available. The GA website also should be consulted for information on programs and registration for children and youth.

At GA, the plenary sessions will consider a number of important issues including choosing a UUA Moderator. The church can appoint up to 21 delegates, including off-site delegates who participate via the internet, to represent it in these proceedings. There will be some stipend help for delegates. To apply for delegate status, download a delegate application here and return it to the Confluence Committee table in Fuller Hall or at the church office by May 19.  Duties of delegates are outlined on the application form.

At every GA there are certain eagerly anticipated events which bring together the whole Assembly under one roof in a spirit of inspiration and renewed commitment, both individually and as a movement. The Ware Lecture, which has brought outstanding persons of national and international importance over many years, this year will feature Eboo Patel, author, founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Care. At the Service of the Living Tradition, at which long serving and incoming ministers are honored and welcomed, the sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Vanessa Southern, parish minister to the Unitarian Church in Summit, NJ.  At the Sunday Morning Service, which will be open to the general public, the sermon will be delivered by the Rev. William Schulz, former UUA president, director of Amnesty International, and currently president of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Building on the experience of the 2012 Justice GA, the planners of the 2013 GA seek to create a General Assembly that moves our Association “From Promise to Commitment.”

GA Highlights. The General Assembly is broad panoply of events that are bound to delight, inspire, amuse, and inform. Besides this, business of the UUA is done and its witness for social justice is expressed. Go to www.uua.or/ga  and look over the entire program. In the meantime here are some highlights of this year’s offerings.
Ware Lecture. Each year since the 1920’s a distinguished lecturer from outside our movement has been invited to speak at GA. This year it is author and activist Eboo Patel. Dr. Patel is the founder and executive director of the international non-profit Interfaith Youth Core. He was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. His articles and blogs have appeared widely in the media including The Chicago Tribune and the Harvard University Divinity School Bulletin. He has contributed commentary for CNN, PBS, NPR and the BBC. He delivered the keynote address at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and has authored several books including Sacred Ground. Islamica Magazine has named him one of ten young Muslims shaping Islam in America.
Social Witness. Congregational Study/Action Issues (CSAI) are reviewed, debated, and refined in congregations and at GAs over a three year period. This year the CSAI Immigration as a Moral Issue will be up for final tinkering and debate before being voted on as am official Statement of Conscience of the UUA. The  CSAI that was  proposed last year Reproductive Justice will be debated and revised for its second year iteration before being sent back to congregations. See the links to these CSAIs on the Social Witness page of the GA website.  Also various Actions of Immediate Witness (AIW) will be proposed , discussed and selected as social witness statements of this GA. One AIW relating to corporate personhood will likely be the focus of social justice activists from our own congregation.
Service of the Living Tradition. One of the more meaningful and moving gatherings of any GA is the Service of the Living Tradition where we honor fellowshipped and credentialed religious leaders, remember those who have died, recognize those who have completed active service, and welcome those who have received fellowship or credentialed status in the past year. Preaching the sermon will be the Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern of the Unitarian Church in Summit, NJ. Since arriving there in 2001 the Summit church has been named a Breakthrough Congregation and was awarded the first ever Congregational Social Justice Award by the UUSC. She has authored the Skinner House book This Piece of Eden.
Worship. Apart from workshops, lectures, films, and plenary sessions GA offers a plethora of opportunities for reflection and inspiration. The major worship event takes place on Sunday morning in a large gathering open to the public. The sermon will be given this year by a minister familiar to many UU’s as a former President of the UUA.  But his mark outside of our faith is wide and deep. Presently he leads the UU Service Committee, following a twelve year period as Executive Director of Amnesty International. He is an author of books on human rights, is an Adjunct Professor at New York University and at Meadville Lombard Theological Schools, and has served on many boards ranging from Planned Parenthood Federation of America to the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds eight honorary degrees.

 

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Confluence Committee Updates

Connect with our Larger UU Movement –

Two Big Gatherings Coming Up

Register Now – Delegates Needed


Pacific Western Regional Assembly, San Jose, CA, April 26-28.
This is an opportunity to socialize and network with fellow UU’s from all over the western third of the country. The two candidates for UU Moderator to be chosen in the very critical election in June will be there. In addition to shorter workshops by congregational leaders from across the region, the program will include three day-long theme-based   workshop tracks responding to the charge of UUA President, the Rev. Peter Morales, to “Get Religion, Cross Borders and Grow Leaders.”  Added to this, inspiring worship, music, and communal meals will make for a joyful and enriching experience for attendees of all ages and congregational experience. There will be specific programming for children, youth, and young adults.
During the Regional Assembly the Pacific Northwest District will conduct a business session. Our church’s delegates will receive a stipend to help defray registration costs. To apply for delegate status Download Your Delegate Application Form , and return it to the Congregational Confluence Committee at its table in Fuller Hall or at the church Office by April 7. Delegates and other attendees should register by going to www.pwruua.org ; reduced rates apply to registrations received by the District by April 10. This site also has links to housing information; reduced rates at the conference hotel are available until April 1.

UUA General Assembly, Louisville, KY, June 19-23.
General Assembly is more than the annual Business meeting of the Association. The myriad of worship and witness events, programs and exhibits not only provide a rich experience to the thousands of UUs who attend each year, they also give participants a renewed sense of energy, up-to-date information, inspiration, and innovative ideas to take back to their congregations and communities. The theme this year is “From Promise to Commitment.”  As usual there will also be exciting program for children and youth. Enews will highlight specific aspects of the Assembly in the coming weeks, but for now participants should consider registering and making housing arrangements at www.uua.org/ga. Registration costs will rise on May 1.  Special rates for official convention hotels are guaranteed through May 16. Home hospitality arranged through one of the Louisville congregations will also be available.
At GA , the plenary sessions will consider a number of important issues including choosing a UUA Moderator. The church can appoint up to 21 delegates, including off-site delegates who participate via the internet, to represent it in these proceedings. There will be some stipend help for delegates. To apply for delegate status Download Your Delegate Application Form , and return it to the Congregational Confluence Committee at its table in Fuller Hall or at the church Office by May 19.  Duties of delegates are outlined on the application form.
  • Leadership School

A superb example of how UUA is maximizing scarce resources comes in an invitation from the Mountain Desert District for congregations in the Pacific Western Region to use its Russell Lockwood Leadership School (RLLS) as part of our congregational leadership development and succession planning resources.

Russell Lockwood Leadership School has been training future congregational leaders for 20 years, and will continue to offer excellent leadership development in a residential immersion setting to deepen regional collaboration and represent the richness of the entire Pacific Western Region.

This year’s school dates are: Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 at 4 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 10, at 12 noon at Alta Lodge in Alta, UT just outside Salt Lake City. Tuition and fees are shared between the church and the participant. Click for >>> More details .

The school offers an integrated curriculum including a commitment to mission focused religious leadership, the centrality of worship and theology, and authentic pluralism as a shared strategy for building the beloved community within our congregations and in the world.  The week includes multi-media presentations, small group activities, worship and music, case studies and small group ministry, this year in the natural beauty of the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. While the schedule is demanding, it is consistently well reviewed by participants who come to a deeper awareness of  Unitarian Universalism and strategies expanding the values of our tradition.


 

  • How Observant Are You?

What UU congregation was dubbed the First Masochist Church? What color is the UU church building in Oregon City? How many parking spaces are available for the 141 employees at our Boston headquarters building? You’ll find all of this in the current issue of >>> UU World magazine online.

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