As with every year that precedes it, 2017 starts with much anticipation and some trepidation. What will change? How will we as individuals, organizations and communities keep up with the dynamic cultural, social, technological, political and economic shifts ahead?
These are valid questions I’ve heard expressed by so many of you, and worthy of reflection. As someone who has never loved winter, though, I have always found comfort in closing the door on December and stepping into each January, knowing that the damp winter air and dark nights gradually give way to longer, warmer and brighter days.
The new year offers the chance for us all to start anew, to let go of items and feelings we may have held onto for too long and resolve to make positive changes.
What I find particularly wonderful about this annual tradition is that we do it as a community. We wake up to the new year and talk among our families, neighbors, colleagues and teams about our plans to shed, save, give, pray, listen and create more.
Together, we commit to being more balanced, grateful, open and adventurous.
We commit to being better. To me, that is incredibly inspiring.
At UMA, the UMA board, staff and EAGLE Commission we have given voice to the UMA vision. As a community, we step into 2017 with excitement and just a few butterflies resolved to build a stronger, better association to serve you and to expand the footprint of service for those in need.
We’ve marked up our calendars with education experiences to help you and your organizations be better and do more. Come join us.
With Gratitude and Resolve,
We are thrilled to announce that the UMA is planning several shared learning and networking experiences across the country. These content-rich events will highlight EAGLE best practices relevant to all ministry types with an emphasis on critical areas identified by the EAGLE commission and broader membership. We will explore valuable principles of governance, philanthropy, spiritual life and more. In each of these events, we are excited to be able to take advantage of regional and national expertise and include member tours to enhance the learning experiences. Save these dates for you and your team. More details to follow!
- Winter Governance Forum | January 26 | Aldersgate, Charlotte, NC
- UMA Annual Meeting | May 16-17 | Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD
- Summer Learning Event | August 2 | Frasier Meadows, Boulder, CO
- Fall Learning Event | October 18 |Epworth Children and Family Services, St. Louis, MO
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In the name of the United Methodist church, the mission of the United Methodist Association is to improve the quality of life for those served by UMA members, to expand the footprint of service to those in need, and to lead the setting of standards of service through the EAGLE program. Learn More