UUA Northern New England District (NNED) Spring Assembly NURTURING CONNECTIONS: THE POWER OF WE April 5-6

Join the CVUUS Board and UUs from around the Northern New England District at the UU Church of Concord NH April 5-6 for powerful music, inspiring worship and a program led by UUA staff that will challenge you to think about how our collective talents can be used more effectively within our congregations and in outreach to and collaboration with the wider community. We are truly stronger together. People of all ages are welcome to attend. Adults and youth are welcome to participate in the program. Childcare for children will be provided, Most CVUUS Board members will attend both Fri eve and Sat. If interested in going, contact Laurie Borden at laurieborden2015@gmail.com by Thur March 27. We look forward to sharing the experience with you.

Friday  7:00 – 8:30 PM Reggie Harris Concert – Refreshments and conversation to follow. Reggie Harris – singer, songwriter, storyteller extraordinaire – will return with his acclaimed presentation, Songs of Joy, Hope and Freedom.  Using his commitment to humanity based narratives, Reggie moves easily between stories from the Underground Railroad and the current Civil Rights Movements to frame the rich context of our past and present. Reggie’s performance reveals subtle truths on issues that touch our lives regardless of color, background, age, or nationality. It’s about the laughter and the tears … the challenges and the joy…the global and the personal. He touches us with the sacred and the laugh-out-loud funny moments that define us. Reggie is a teaching   artist for the John F. Kennedy Center’s CETA program, a Woodrow Wilson scholar, and the Director of Music Education for the UU Living Legacy Project, an annual pilgrimage to visit sites and veterans of the civil rights movement in the Deep South.


8:00 – 9:00 AM Registration and morning refreshments

9:00 – 9:45 AM Worship

Rev. Dr. Jodi Hayashida is Minister of the First Universalist Church of Auburn, Maine, UU, where she has served for nearly 19 years. Jodi graduated from Meadville/Lombard Theological School in 2000 with a Doctor of Ministry degree, having previously earned a BA in history from the University of New Hampshire. Jodi believes in the centrality of communal worship and has been awarded the Paul Carnes Preaching Prize and Charles Billings Preaching Prize. She is a tri-chair of the Maine Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and serves on the board and public policy committee of the Maine Council of Churches.

Sarah Dan Jones is Director of Music Ministry at Star King Universalist Fellowship in Plymouth, NH. She has been a UU professional musician for 13 years including service at our UUA General Assembly. She articulates her mission as one to “spread the Unitarian Universalist faith through music” which she does “by empowering congregational singing, shared ministry and active participation in the UUA.” She is currently serving on our UUA Board of Trustees. Sarah Dan’s instruments include piano, guitar, flute, voice and djembe. She holds a BA in Music Performance from North Georgia College and State University

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Report of the Results of the Congregational Survey Related to Dissolution of the NNED

After a great deal of soul searching and discussion, the NNED Board has recommended that the NNED complete the process of merging with the New England Region. This involves the dissolution of the current Northern New England District. In January a survey was sent to all congregations in order to determine concerns and questions regarding this process. This will be an opportunity to hear what we have learned from your responses.

Saturday 11:00 – 12:30 PM

Nurturing Connections: The Power of We

UUA Executive Vice President Carey McDonald and Director of Congregational Life Jessica York will lead an interactive conversation that focuses on embracing our shared identity as Unitarian Universalists across neighborhood, parish, community and state lines. Come discuss the next steps for congregations in Northern New England and lift up our shared vision to strengthen our Unitarian Universalist faith. For those attending the 2019 General Assembly, this will serve as a preview of the GA theme “The Power of We”.

Carey McDonald is the UUA’s Executive Vice President, helping to lead the organization in fulfilling its mission and overseeing staff operations. He previously served as the UUA’s Outreach Director and as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and is a former lay member of the UUA Ministerial         Fellowship Committee and the Skinner House Books Board.

Jessica York is the Director of Congregational Life. Congregational Life Staff Group is made up of the field staff of the UUA’s 5 regions. Previously, she was the Co-director of Ministries and Faith Development and the Director of the Faith Development office of the Unitarian Universalist Association. A native of         Birmingham, Alabama, she previously served the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham as director of religious education for several years before joining UUA staff as the Youth Programs Director in 2007.

12:30 – 1:15 PM Lunch

1:30 – 2:45 PM Breakout Sessions

  1. Supporting Rural and Small Congregations– Karen Bellavance-Graceis the support for small           congregations with in the New England Region. She serves as a consultant to congregations of              under 100 or so members.
  2. How to Access Resources within the Region – Meck Groot, Justice Ministries Lead for the New England Region. Meck works with congregational leaders to develop faith inspired justice ministries    within and beyond their respective church communities.
  3. The Vision and Direction of Congregational Life – Woullard Lett, Acting Regional Lead for the New England District. Woullard is a long-time member and lay leader at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Manchester, NH and board member of Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community.

3:00 – 4:00 PM NNED Annual Meeting

4:00 PM Adjourn

Register at link below by April 1 (sliding scale fee $15-$85). Don’t let finances stop you. Ask Rev Barnaby or Laurie Borden for support.