The Renaissance Program is a major component of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Religious Education (RE) Credentialing program. Each 15-hour module provides standardized basic training in a specific area useful to religious educators. The following modules may be used in any order:
As a tri-fold pamphlet, the Renaissance Program brochure (PDF) offers sponsoring groups a way to promote the Renaissance Program in their districts.
Modules are designed to accommodate between 10 and 20 participants, however, attendance requirements are at the discretion of the coordinators. Renaissance Modules are open to all those interested in religious education leadership including divinity students, parish ministers, RE committee members and RE teachers. Preference is given to religious educators if the workshop is oversubscribed. Congregations sponsor the Religious Educator by underwriting their registration and allowing time to attend.
Renaissance modules are usually offered by District or regional RE Committees, by summer camps or conference centers; they can also be offered by clusters of congregations or professional associations such as Liberal Religious Educators or Unitarian Universalist Ministry Association (UUMA). If you are interested in sponsoring a Renaissance module, please fill out this form.
The UUA will provide leadership lists and program materials, while the sponsoring group is responsible for registrations, publicity, local arrangements for hosting the workshop and leader expenses. Many of the modules require that reading materials be sent to participants in advance of the workshop; this is also the responsibility of the sponsoring group.
At least six months before the anticipated date of the module, read the Renaissance Module Planning Guide (PDF) and consider the following items a priority:
The cost of a Renaissance module is shared by the participants and the sponsoring group. Details of the cost breakdown are in the planning guide. The registration fee is determined by the local planning committee, based on its estimates of the conference costs. The conference budget must include:
When a participant has completed five modules, (75 hours of Renaissance training) the Renaissance Program will send a Letter of Recognition and a Renaissance pin, in appreciation of the time that has been given in the service of quality religious education for our children, youth and adults. A participant may include these five modules and any additional modules toward completion of any level in the Religious Education Credentialing Program.
It is strongly recommended that congregations give financial sponsorship to a Religious Educator who is attending on their behalf. Some district, regional or professional organizations have funds available for Renaissance scholarships; please contact your representative to learn more. For questions about other possible funding for professional development, contact the UUA’s Professional Development Associate for Religious Education and Music Leaders at recredentialing @ uua.org.
Renaissance modules are included on the UUA Calendar page.
For more information contact renaissance @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Friday, February 28, 2014.
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