Creating theMidAmerica Region      A New Era           inUnitarian Universalism
The religious community isessential, for alone our vision is toonarrow to see all that must beseen, and our strength too l...
3What You’ll Read About Here How we are currently organized: Congregations,  districts, UUA Services to congregations P...
4Unitarian Universalist Association ofCongregations Voluntary association of autonomous, self-governing  local congregati...
5Each Congregation Sets own mission and goals Uses democratic processes in decision making Raises operating funds Hire...
6Field Staff Services to Congregations Expertise in    Membership and Growth    Leadership and Organizational Developmen...
7Districts/Regions UUA assigns field staff by regions, not districts   Region: geographic area larger than district   O...
8Our 6 UUA-paid former districts Staff are workingas regional staff already as “deep generalists.”      Nancy Heege       ...
919 Current DistrictsincludePrairie StarCentral MidwestHeartland
10Regionalizationdissolves our 3districts and forms 1region.Our 3 districtsbecomeMidAmerica Region.Same field staff andser...
11Regionalization and UUA  District boundaries are losing significance    UUA Field Staff already a regional team    UU...
12How Regionalization HappensFollow 5th principle of democratic process   • Within congregations to make decision   • Cong...
13Steps to Forming MidAmerica Region                                              3. Delegates   1. Congregations     2. C...
Steps to Forming MidAmerica                                                      14Region                                 ...
15Steps to Forming MidAmerica Region                                              3. Delegates  1. Congregations      2. C...
16Steps to Forming MidAmerica Region                                               3. Delegates     1. Congregations    2....
17   Camp UniStar UU family camp donated to Prairie  Star in 1961 On island near Cass Lake, MN PSD delegates will vote ...
18Each Congregation’s Role Be informed   Review all documents and details of voting   Review guidelines for eligible co...
19Advantages of Regionalization Administrative cost efficiencies     Reduced office and administrative expenses     Sha...
20Advantages of Regionalization Promotion of UU presence  Field staff expertise  Increased visibility of our UU faith a...
21Advantages of Regionalization Strengthen collaborative partnerships/relationships   Covenants with other UU congregati...
To live in this world you mustbe able to do 3 things:To love what is mortal;to hold it against your bonesknowing your own ...
23       Support Regionalization         A New Era in UUismMore information:www.midamericauua.orgDistrict websitesfacebook...
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Explanation of the process of creating a UUA MidAmerica Region of three UUA Districts: Prairie Star, Central Midwest, and Heartland

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Creating the MidAmerica Region

  1. 1. Creating theMidAmerica Region A New Era inUnitarian Universalism
  2. 2. The religious community isessential, for alone our vision is toonarrow to see all that must beseen, and our strength too limited todo all that must be done. Together, ourvision widens and our strength isrenewed.-- Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed
  3. 3. 3What You’ll Read About Here How we are currently organized: Congregations, districts, UUA Services to congregations Proposal for Regionalization Your congregation’s role in creating MidAmerica Region Advantages of Regionalization
  4. 4. 4Unitarian Universalist Association ofCongregations Voluntary association of autonomous, self-governing local congregations Each congregation chooses to pursue common goals and be part of UUA Congregations elect UUA President, Moderator, and Board of Trustees
  5. 5. 5Each Congregation Sets own mission and goals Uses democratic processes in decision making Raises operating funds Hires minister and staff, if any Elects local, district, national governing boards Receives assistance from UUA Field Staff
  6. 6. 6Field Staff Services to Congregations Expertise in  Membership and Growth  Leadership and Organizational Development  Faith Development Ministries  Multigenerational Involvement  Finances, including stewardship and administration  Conflict Transformation  Transitions in Professional Leadership  Governance  Multicultural Competency  Congregational Justice Making  Spiritual Growth  Staffing and Human Resources  Youth Programming  Young Adult and Campus Ministry Programming
  7. 7. 7Districts/Regions UUA assigns field staff by regions, not districts  Region: geographic area larger than district  Our field staff have been regional team since 2010 Boards govern by districts, not regions Congregations still grouped into districts Change to re-group into regions must be approved by congregations
  8. 8. 8Our 6 UUA-paid former districts Staff are workingas regional staff already as “deep generalists.” Nancy Heege Lisa Presley Ian Evison Phil Lund Nancy Combs-Morgan Dori Davenport ThextonDeep generalist definition: expertise in one service tocongregations, knowledgeable about all services
  9. 9. 919 Current DistrictsincludePrairie StarCentral MidwestHeartland
  10. 10. 10Regionalizationdissolves our 3districts and forms 1region.Our 3 districtsbecomeMidAmerica Region.Same field staff andservices.
  11. 11. 11Regionalization and UUA  District boundaries are losing significance  UUA Field Staff already a regional team  UUA Board of Trustees elected at large  Other districts are discussing regionalization options  MidAmerica is pioneer for Regionalization  UUA Administration awarded $20K grant to our districts to help form the MidAmerica region
  12. 12. 12How Regionalization HappensFollow 5th principle of democratic process • Within congregations to make decision • Congregations vote their decision 3. Delegates 1. Congregations 2. Congregations 4. Delegates attend District identify delegates certify delegates vote Meeting/Assembly
  13. 13. 13Steps to Forming MidAmerica Region 3. Delegates 1. Congregations 2. Congregations 4. Delegates attend District identify delegates certify delegates vote Meeting/Assembly • Congregations make decision • Congregations send delegates to carry out their decision
  14. 14. Steps to Forming MidAmerica 14Region 3. Delegates 1. Congregations 2. Congregations 4. Delegates attend District elect delegates certify delegates vote Meeting/Assembly • Delegate certification procedures are clarified by each district office • Fill out delegate certification forms and return to District office by deadline
  15. 15. 15Steps to Forming MidAmerica Region 3. Delegates 1. Congregations 2. Congregations 4. Delegates attend District identify delegates certify delegates vote Meeting/Assembly • Prairie Star meeting April 5-7 in Cedar Rapids, IA • Heartland assembly: April 12-13 in Muncie, IN • Central Midwest assembly: April 26-28 in Waukesha, WI • Delegates check in and receive voting documentation
  16. 16. 16Steps to Forming MidAmerica Region 3. Delegates 1. Congregations 2. Congregations 4. Delegates attend District identify delegates certify delegates vote Meeting/Assembly• Authorize formation of MidAmerica Region and dissolution of own District• Slate of MidAmerica officers and Board of Trustees• If all motions pass in all Districts, MidAmerica Region effective July 1, 2013 • Contingency slate of officers and Board if your District not dissolved• Amend UUA bylaws in 2013 and 2014
  17. 17. 17 Camp UniStar UU family camp donated to Prairie Star in 1961 On island near Cass Lake, MN PSD delegates will vote on transfer to the new Camp UniStar Foundation  Non-profit based on UU values  Responsible for camp operation and liability MidAmerica Region represented on Foundation Board of Trustees
  18. 18. 18Each Congregation’s Role Be informed  Review all documents and details of voting  Review guidelines for eligible congregations and number of delegates Involve all members in discussion Reach decision on support of Regionalization Elect delegates to District Meeting/Assembly who will carry out congregation’s direction Certify delegates through District
  19. 19. 19Advantages of Regionalization Administrative cost efficiencies  Reduced office and administrative expenses  Shared software/technology/staff  Streamlined governance  Financial stability for ongoing services and programming  Midwest Leadership School  Webinars  Conferences and workshops
  20. 20. 20Advantages of Regionalization Promotion of UU presence  Field staff expertise  Increased visibility of our UU faith and values  Outreach to those who are spiritual but not religious through “Congregations and Beyond”  Strength in numbers for social justice witness and advocacy  Legislative ministries  Support of congregational clusters
  21. 21. 21Advantages of Regionalization Strengthen collaborative partnerships/relationships  Covenants with other UU congregations  Social justice work with like-minded organizations Foster growth  Reduced numbers of boards frees staff to work more with direct services to congregations  Within congregations  Number of congregations
  22. 22. To live in this world you mustbe able to do 3 things:To love what is mortal;to hold it against your bonesknowing your own life dependson it;And, when the time comes tolet it go, to let it go.– Mary Oliver
  23. 23. 23 Support Regionalization A New Era in UUismMore information:www.midamericauua.orgDistrict websitesfacebook/MidAmericaUUA
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