UMA January 2021 Newsletter
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 In This Issue
Mary's Message
EAGLE Accreditations
UMA Welcomes New Members
New Resources
Thank You Excel Members
Thank You Annual Sponsors
Shared Learning
Member News
Sponsor News
UMC News
Did You Know?
Calendar of Events
Stay Alert to Hopeful Signs of Light

"And God said, let there be light, and there was light." Genesis 1:3

Mary Kemper
Mary Kemper
President and CEO
    With exception of this year, my family has hosted an annual soup and Winter Solstice party to mark the annual shift that means more light will be coming to our days.

We need light now, right? Light at the end of the tunnel. Light to guide our way. Light to warm our tired souls.

Many of you have expressed how tired you are. Light has long been a symbol of hope, and like the slow shift that follows the shortest day of the year, the change to brighter days can feel quite incremental. Just weeks into the new year, as we roll out vaccinations and swear in fresh
leadership for our nation, we must stay the course and stay alert - while continuing to search for signs of hope and goodness.

After all, this past year has been quite a jolt... read more.

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Four Organizations Awarded EAGLE Accreditation

The EAGLE Accreditation Commission has awarded Reaccreditation with Commendation
to the following agencies:
The Baby Fold       The Methodist Home for Children & Youth
The Baby Fold
Normal, IL
      The Methodist Home for Children & Youth
Macon, GA

The EAGLE Accreditation Commission has awarded Reaccreditation to the following agencies:
Wellroot Family Services
Tucker, GA
      Burlington United Methodist Family Services
Burlington, WV

UMA would like to welcome new business member, Berkeley Research Group (BRG), and the Northern Illinois Annual Conference. To learn more about UMA membership opportunities, please click here. For a full listing of our 2021 Member Organizations, please click here.

UMA Creates a COVID-19 Remembrance Wall

To support our UMA family on their grief journey, UMA has created a remembrance wall to honor our clients, staff, family and friends of whom we have lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to share your heartfelt remembrances on the COVID Remembrance Wall. Please submit your tribute online. Tributes will be updated weekly.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

Diversity, equity and inclusion drive the missions of our UMA members. Their strategies and practices support a diverse workplace and leverage the effects of diversity to achieve environments that are more collaborative, supportive, adaptable, and respectful increasing the participation and contribution of all. UMA has recently developed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resource Page to share best practices, policies, and procedures from your fellow organizations. Please contact Sara Charbonneau ( to share your organization's information.

Board of Child Care      Cunningham Children's Home
Board of Child Care
Baltimore, MD
     Cunningham Children’s Home
Urbana, IL

United Methodist Communities
United Methodist Communities
Neptune, NJ

For a full listing of our 2021 Member Organizations, please click here.

Thank You 2021 Annual Sponsors

UMA wishes to thank our Annual Sponsors who generously support UMA year-round.
HJ Sims, Wesley Level 2021 Annual Sponsor
For a full listing of our 2021 Annual Sponsors, please click here.

Resilience 365

Announcement of Resilience 365
We are excited to announce plans for Resilience 365, a year-long conference experience with robust content in a virtual medium.

This year-round conference will feature quality education, inspiring keynotes, recognition of excellence in mission, and numerous peer networking experiences. In addition to your outstanding colleagues in human service ministries, our business partners will share their expertise, trends, and ideas to support your work... read more.

See the calendar below for upcoming events.
Register Now for Virtual Keynote Wayne Muller - January 28
"Sabbath time assumes that if we step back and rest, we will see the wholeness in it all. We will naturally apprehend the good in how things are, taste the underlying strength, beauty, and wisdom that lives even in the difficult days, take delight in the gift and blessing of being alive."
- Wayne Muller -

UMA leaders have shared that they are experiencing exhaustion, stress, and sadness amid the ongoing pandemic and social and political unrest that has permeated all aspects of their lives. Join renowned author and advisor Wayne Muller for an interactive and intimate conversation based on his best-selling book, "Sabbath." Learn why the practice of "sabbath" can help us rediscover joy and nurture our inner resilience during these challenging times.
Registration is $149 per line, for the first two registrations from the same organization. Additional registrations after two persons will be just $49 per line. We encourage you to gather safely with colleagues, as you are able. Spaces are limited.
UMA Announces Operations Network
UMA is launching an Operations Network as a new resource and networking resources for members. Gather with peers to share best practices, challenges and trends to keep you sharp in the COVID era.

Whether you are a Chief Operations Officer, Chief Financial Officer or share a key role responsible for leading operations in your organization, this is the network for you. To start our network, we are hosting our first one-hour meeting on February 17th:

Dialogue: Discussing Challenges and Innovations for 2021
Older Adult Ministries - 1:00 PM (Eastern)
Children, Youth and Family Ministries - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

If you would like to be included in this network, or if there are key members of your team who should be added to these network communications, please contact Sara Charbonneau at
Thank You Peer Network Chairs
UMA wishes to offer appreciation for the leadership and service of our Chairs of the Human Resources Peer Network and the Development Peer Network, who continue in their roles in 2021:
Jim Silkworth
VP of Human Resources
United Methodist Communities
   J.D. Shuman
President and CEO
Asbury Foundation
   Jeff VanCamp
Executive Director
Chaddock Children's Foundation

EAGLE Accreditation       New Education Series focuses on Path to EAGLE Accreditation
Expanding EAGLE's reach to new organizations, supporting those preparing for reaccreditation and building the strength of the EAGLE peer reviewer pool are the focus areas of the EAGLE Education Series launching in 2021. Presented in a series of three interactive sessions to be repeated throughout the year, the EAGLE Education Series serves as the foundation for recruitment and retention ... learn more.

EAGLE Organizations Making News
The Presbyterian Home for Children has specfically designed two homes to provide safe and affordable housing for individuals who are deaf, blind or deaf/blind and were dedicated on December 8. Called "tiny homes" because of their compact size, these homes are fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act ... read more.

    iN2L's Report Bridging the Loneliness Gap

Calendar of Events
All times Eastern unless otherwise noted.
January 28 A Virtual GenieCast Leadership Event: Sabbath, an Intimate Conversation with Wayne Muller, 12:00 PM Register
January 29 Governance Series: Legal Responsibilities of Boards, 11:00 AM. Registration closed.
February 4 Development Network: 2021, the Perfect Year for Planned Giving Success, presented by Green Oak Consulting Group, 10:00 AM
February 4 EAGLE Education Series: EAGLE Overview, Please register: 10:00 AM or 3:00 PM
February 5 Get to Know UMA: Virtual Networking Coffee for Prospective and New Members, Please Register: 9:30 AM or 1:00 PM
February 10 Human Resources Network and Combined Peer Networks Special Event: The Breaking Point, presented by Drive, 11:00 AM
February 11 Governance Series: Financial Trends and Outlooks for Providers, 11:00 AM
February 17 Operations Network: CYF at 1:00 PM and OAM at 3:00 PM
February 18 EAGLE Education Series: Preparing for the EAGLE Self-Study, Please register: 10:00 AM or 3:00 PM
February 25 Governance Series: Strategic Planning in Unprecedented Times, 11:00 AM
March 4 Development Network, 10:00 AM
March 4 Panel Discussion: Technology Leadership in the COVID Era, 11:00 AM
March 10 Combined Peer Networks Special Event: The Cost of Caring, presented by The Knowledge Center at Chaddock, 11:00 AM
March 11 Governance Series: Governing During Challenging Times, 11:00 AM
March 18 EAGLE Education Series: EAGLE Peer Reviewer Training, Please register: 10:00 AM or 3:00 PM
April 7 Advancing Strategic Technology Adoption & Innovation, presented by Ziegler, 11:00 AM
April 14 Discover Ways to Offset Losses Due to COVID-19, presented by Expense Consulting, Time TBA
April 28 UMA VIRTUAL Annual Business Meeting - watch for registration!

We invite you to keep abreast of this year's Shared Learning educational opportunities at:

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