Southeast Cluster of the Florida District
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This is the story of our Cluster.
Well, that is one cluster but this cluster is a bunch of Unitarian Universalist churches. The way the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) is set up the Churches and Fellowships are grouped into Cluster by geographical area. The Southeast Cluster of the Florida District runs from Stuart south to Key West in eastern half of the state. It also includes the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The Cluster does not run the congregations. It's role is to encourage sharing and teamwork. The UUA is a bottom up organization. This next passage is taken from one of our pamphlets:
The district is a larger geographical area and is made up of multiple clusters. The Florida District is the State of Florida excluding the Panhandle and including one congregation in Valdosta in south central Georgia, plus the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Other districts also encompass several states. There are five Florida Clusters: Northeast, West Central, East Central, Southwest, and us, Southeast. The cluster presidents bring issues to the district that may require more resources or have a broader impact.
Each District has a representative on the UUA Board of Trustees. Some trustees represent several districts depending on their size (in membership not geographical size). The UUA is headquartered in Boston and provides resources to congregations, develops Religious Education programs, spurs social action, and does many other things on a national level.
But we are not always serious! The cluster also sponsors social events; these include campouts, potlucks and other gatherings. UU's do like a party.