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Relentlessly Useful Resources for Leadership Development

By Renee Ruchotzke

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What would Unitarian Universalism look like if we trained our lay leaders as highly as we train other religious professionals such as ministers and religious educators? We would no longer be able to joke that we’re too disorganized to be called “organized religion.”

Your UUA Congregational Life staff has been working on a variety of online resources for lay (and professional!) leaders, and it’s now ready for its Beta release. (This means that it is operational, but there are still some missing components and some bugs to work out: In other words, it’s not perfect, but an expectation of perfection is one of the constructs of the white supremacy culture that we are trying to dismantle.)

Introducing: LeaderLab!

LeaderLab is our new home page for congregational leaders. There you will find the portal to our leadership material database, training for board members and congregational leadership development teams, leadership schools (both in person and the online UU Leadership Institute), upcoming live webinars and on-demand online courses.

Searchable Database!

We are assembling a searchable database of curated articles, webinars, videos, workshops, and other resources for lay leaders. You can search by tag, keywords, author, format, and date range. This will be a one-stop-shop for congregational leadership materials from the UUA.

Board Member Training!

Use this 12-Part training to onboard new board members, to use as a monthly board in-service training, or for a quick reference during board meetings.

Leadership Development Planning for Your Congregation!

Identify and train potential leaders and provide continuing training for more experienced leaders. We will give you tips and tools to design your own program as well as resources for the actual training.

Online Leadership Courses!

We have completely redesigned our online version of leadership school (replacing UULTI and Eagles) with Centered Leadership Part 1 & Part 2. Detailed course syllabi are available on the course main pages. We also offer upper-level courses and electives.

Live Webinar Listing!

What's coming up? Browse the list of upcoming webinars offered by your UUA.

About the Author

Renee Ruchotzke

Rev. Renee Ruchotzke (ruh-HUT-skee) has served as a Congregational Life Consultant in the Central East Region since September of 2010. As program manager for Leadership Development, she is responsible for providing consultation, programming and training material (including webinars and videos) on...

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