Denominational Affairs News 

The Denominational Affairs Committee wants UUSD members to be aware of events and activities in the UUA and the Joseph Priestley District, particularly those in our immediate area, the Delmarva Peninsula. There are a number of opportunities for training programs, or for participation in worship or other activities. Current meetings will be posted here when information becomes available.

If any of the posted items interest you, get more information and consider attending. Participation in denominational events is enriching, rewarding and fun! Members of the Denominational Affairs Committee will be happy to discuss their experiences at such events with you. Feel free to contact the Co-Chairs: Ron Schaeffer and Pat Schaeffer, or members Gary Colangelo and  Betty Metzler.

Save-the-Dates: Central East Region Workshops

Stewardship: Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Central East Region (CER) and the UU Congregation of Columbia, Columbia, MD. The workshop will enable participants to re-energize their stewardship efforts for our times, with a special focus on annual budget drives. It will present best practices and explore how new ideas and approaches stack up. The workshop will support the work of stewardship leaders in that it will address organizing and planning effective campaigns, creating a compelling stewardship message and case for giving, recruiting visiting stewards, and developing and executing effective communication and engagement plans. It will also support the work of visiting stewards (canvassers) in making appointments, conducting one-on-one stewardship conversations, making an effective “ask,” and serving as passionate, confident ambassadors for Unitarian Universalism and their congregations in engaging with fellow congregants. Presenters: Barry Finklestein from StewardshipforUs and Rev. David Pyle, CER Congregational Life Staff. Cost: $15 per participant. Website Link and Registration and Register Now.

Mental Health Forum: January 24 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Held at the library in Prince Frederick, MD. Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Chesapeake. The forum will consist of a viewing of the documentary: “Shattered Families: The Collapse of America’s Mental Health System” by Stephen Seager and Nicole Forston. The committee is still in the planning stages for the forum, but so far the agenda will be to view the film and then have some time afterward for Q and A. Handouts will be available. All are invited. Please contact Marilyn Martin concerning the forum at  


The Care and Feeding of Volunteers: April 15, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: April 12, 2017. The workshop will be held at the UU Congregation of York, 925 S. George Street, York, PA 17403. This workshop will focus on strategies for recognizing, building, supporting, and sustaining the volunteers of a religious community, and how to encourage more people to want to volunteer! The event is free, but there is an optional lunch option for $10. Registration Link:

General Assembly 2015 in Portland, Oregon Ends

 Ron and Pat Schaeffer, Co-Chairs


General Assembly (GA) 2015, held in Portland, Oregon this year, wrapped up on June 29. Don Peterson, Pat Schaeffer and Ron Schaeffer represented UUSD as delegates. Look for a full update on the important developments from GA in the August newsletter. Denominational Affairs will coordinate sharing the learning and experiences with the congregation and leadership from this year’s GA.


2014 General Assembly Report by Demoninational Affairs Committee (pdf)


2013 General Assembly Report by Denominational Affairs Committee (pdf)