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News from Headquarters–the UU Association of Congregations

If you are a congregation member, you may have received your paper issue of the UU World in the mail.  If not, you can find much of the content online; click the link on the magazine’s name.  Of special concern are several major layoffs of staff and office closings as part of a $1.5 million budget cut.  UUA revenues have declined in recent years due to investment losses in UUA endowment funds and a drop off in annual program fund (“Fair Share”) dues payments from congregations, a drop off which includes UUSS, of course.  See an article here.

This just in!  From the UUA ministry and professional leadership department:  The Reverend Keith Kron has been chosen as the next Transitions Director beginning June 1, 2010. (The Transitions Office supports congregations in finding settled and consulting ministers–like Doug and me–through the search process. A close friend of mine since 1991, Keith received his M.Div. from Starr King School for the Ministry.)

He has been Director of the UUA Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns since 1996.  His prior career was in elementary education. He worked his way through college as a football and basketball referee. Keith has visited and consulted with over 400 of our congregations and even more of our religious professionals in his years with the UUA and brings a wealth of significant experience and knowledge to the Transitions position.  He joins Emily Schwab, Transitions Administrator, in the Transitions Office and will work with retiring Transitions Director, John Weston, through June, including at General Assembly.

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