Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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Metro New York District Annual Meeting

Author Sarah Ahrens, Written Jul 28, 2014

Okay so the Unitarian Universalist District of Metro New York’s Annual meeting may have taken place WAY back on May 2-3, 2014, but I was determined to blog SOMETHING about the event and at least now I can link to some photos and video from the meeting.
Check out photos here.

And the fantastic keynote address presented by Carey McDonald here.

As is usually the case with such “extra-congregational” UU gatherings, it was a motivating and inspiring experience- even more so with a strong showing by UUCSHers as UUCSH received the O. Eugene Pickett Award.

I facilitated a Friday night workshop exploring how the Chalice Lighters fundraising program of Metro New York is being revamped- more info to follow on how individuals can become Chalice Lighters in supporting growth initiatives.

Saturday morning I attended Mark Bernstein’s presentation “Midwifing Multisite” and am intrigued by the possibilities of congregations working together more closely, partnering on projects, and living out their mission in much more interconnected, and interdependent ways.  UUCSH and the Plainfield congregation took a small step in that direction with our Our Whole Lives partnership of 2013-14.

Alas, despite another robust round of offerings in the afternoon slot, post-lunch, awards, and business meeting, I made an early exit to get home sooner and relieve my wife of childcare duties for a bit.

I encourage you to attend next year’s Metro New York annual meeting- and any number of district, regional, association-level events that will be happening in between now and then.  You can keep up with such events on the district website.