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Midwest Leadership School

Leadership Schools for Unitarian Universalists

Help Your Leaders Have Greater Impact!

Leadership Schools offer a learning experience that can be transformational. Schools range from whole weeks to long weekends to hybrid versions (with both online and local in-person sessions).

There are different formats offered in different parts of the United States by various districts and regions.

Pacific Western Region

  • You are invited to invest in yourself and your congregation by engaging in one inspiring and intensive week this summer at the Russell Lockwood Leadership School. After many years of success in the Mountain Desert District, this resource for adult Unitarian Universalists (UUs) who are new, established or emerging leaders is now moving around the districts of the Pacific Western Region. Lay leaders and religious professionals alike will explore, study and practice what ís deeply meaningful and specifically necessary for UU leaders who wish to be skillful contributors to our congregations and to our local and global communities.

  • Goldmine is an intense leadership school for youth focusing on self-reflection and leadership skills. Youth learn concrete leadership skills, learn to lead a worship in a wide variety of youth worship styles, and work to articulate the faith based grounding for their values and leadership. The day includes youth led worship, silent self-reflection time, and small group reflection time in addition to time for hanging out and playing together! The school is taught by pairs of youth and adult co-trainers. Youth co-trainers are former Goldmine students.

Southern Region

  • Two Leadership opportunities, The Dwight Brown Leadership Experience (DBLE) offered in Texas in the summer and the Southern UU Leadership Experience (SUULE) offered in the southeast in the winter, are challenging, exciting, leadership development experiences that will enrich the life of the participants, as well as enhance the sponsoring Unitarian Universalist congregation. DBLE is named after the District Executive who helped launch our first Leadership School.Both schools are designed to teach and reinforce skills and abilities for leaders and leaders-to-be in UU congregations.

MidAmerica Region

  • MidWest Leadership School (MWLS), held concurrently with MidWest Youth Leadership School, develops lay leaders in the UU community. The week-long intense program includes leadership, group and system dynamics, UU history and theology, and elements of worship. The program is designed to provide insights, confidence, and enrichment for each participant’s congregation, work, and personal life. MWLS is sponsored by the MidAmerica Region.

Central East Region

  • Goldmine is an intense leadership school for youth focusing on self-reflection and leadership skills. Youth learn concrete leadership skills, learn to lead a worship in a wide variety of youth worship styles, and work to articulate the faith based grounding for their values and leadership. The day includes youth led worship, silent self-reflection time, and small group reflection time in addition to time for hanging out and playing together! The school is taught by pairs of youth and adult co-trainers. Youth co-trainers are former Goldmine students.
  • (The UU Leadership Team Institute -- or UULTI -- has been replaced by the UU Leadership Institute described below.)

New England Region

  • UU Youth and Young Adults of Color Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) is a training designed specifically for UU Youth and Young Adults (age 15-30) of Color sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in Boston, MA. The goal of the training is to equip participants to be leaders in their UU congregation, district or continental committee.

UU Leadership Institute (Leadership School in Your Pocket)

  • The UU Leadership Institute is an hybrid online leadership school.  Every semester, a variety of 8-session courses (from leadership to marketing to history to theology and more) are offered.  The professional instructors provide the lectures in an online, on-demand format.  For the best experience, you can self-organize local "Communities of Practice" (3 Saturday sessions) with teams from your and neighboring congregations with materials and training provided by the Dean.

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