November Pastoral Message

Hi Family,

I am sitting in my home office reflecting on the incredible month I have had thus far.  The first weekend of this month I served as chaplain at the Central Midwest Fall Young Adult con that was held in Brookfield WI.  I thoroughly enjoyed the meals, worship, workshops and lively conversations about young adult ministry.

This past weekend (Nov 2-4), I attended the Youth Ministry Advisory Committee (YMAC) meeting in Boston where three new members were welcomed.  As happens annually, UUA President Peter Morales spent time with the committee engaging in visioning exercises that will guide its work during the next year.  To learn more about YMAC go to

Next week is Thanksgiving and for the thousands of families and individuals who lost everything except their lives or are living without heat and electricity because of Hurricane Sandy, finding something to be thankful for will be a challenge this year.  So as you gather with family and friends during this holiday season, I ask that you keep in mind the people in this country and around the world who will not have a warm home to relax in or an abundance of food to eat.

In closing, my prayer for each of you is that you take time each day to say thank you for something or someone in your life.  I think you may be surprised at how the simple act of being thankful can transform your life.  As always I would love to hear from you.  You can message me on Facebook at Monica Cummings, email me at or leave a comment for me on the YaYA of Color blog at


Rev. Monica


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Justice General Assembly 2012

General Assembly 2012 will be a gathering with multiple ways of engaging in justice work for people of all ages. Joining with the people of Arizona, we will worship, witness, learn and work together. We will leave General Assembly grounded in our faith, energized for justice and with resources to bring this work home to our congregations. More information.

Pre-GA online Meet and Greet for UU Youth and Young Adults of Color

This online meeting will be an opportunity for UU Youth and Young Adults of Color who are going to GA to connect with each other. Meeting participants will also learn more about GA witness events from a member of the Youth and Young Adult Ministries Office.  You can register for the online meeting using the following link