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Renee Ruchotzke

Full name: Rev. Renee Zimelis Ruchotzke

Congregational Life Staff

Central East Region in Congregational Life

Email: rruchotzke@uua.org

Telephone: (330) 554-0828

LeaderLab Design Team

Congregational Life

Renee Ruchotzke presents a Visioning Workshop at UU Congregation of Binghamton.

Renee Ruchotzke working with the UU Congregation of Binghamton, NY

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 various aspects of congregational growth, leadership development and congregational dynamics. She spends half of her time working on LeaderLab, The UU Leadership Institute, and other online UUA leadership resources.

Renee lives in Kent, Ohio and is a local community organizer and activist. She serves on the boards of the Kent Environmental Council, Edible Kent, the Kent League of Women Voters and the City of Kent's Sustainability Commission. She also served as president of the Kent Natural Foods Co-op and helped them transition their governance. She and her spouse Randy practice sustainable living with solar panels, an electric car, a backyard permaculture food forest, and a front yard pollinator on their city lot.

Renee is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School and is in Final Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Renee was the Consulting Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Canton, Ohio for two years, where she actively participated in the district's small church growth project. She served her internship at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before that she served East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirtland, Ohio for two years as their interim Director of Religious Education. She co-authored the Tapestry of Faith curriculum, "A Chorus of Faiths." She was ordained in 2010 by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, Ohio where she has been a member since 1996. There she served in a variety of leadership roles before being called to ministry. She is now their affiliated community minister.

She served as the chair of the Ohio Meadville District Commissioned Lay Leader Committee from 2011-2015 and co-chair of the Program Development Group for the Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly from 2012-2015. She was the 2007 recipient of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Seminarian Award for Excellence in Social Justice, and the 2010 recipient of the Commission on Social Witness sermon award. Before being called to ministry, she was a mechanical design engineer and was awarded a patent for one of her designs.

From Renee Ruchotzke

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Better Together | Central East Region

Be a Learning Congregation!

Renee Ruchotzke

From Better Together
It’s no secret to UU’s that I work with that my call to ministry is  lay leadership development. I take shared ministry seriously, and I want our lay leaders to be every bit as equipped to lead...
Helping Leaders Find Their Way

Renee Ruchotzke

From Better Together
About twenty years ago, I was sitting in my minister’s office, discerning whether I should put myself forward as a candidate for Moderator of the...
Serving with Mutuality

Renee Ruchotzke

From Better Together
My spouse and I are planning out a permaculture garden in the backyard of our new house. We don’t know much about permaculture yet, but we are learning.
Three Congregations Converge for Joint Board Retreat

Renee Ruchotzke

From Better Together
Two rivers flow along the Southern Tier of New York—the Chemung through Big Flats and the Susquehanna the Susquehanna through Binghamton--and converge just south of the border in Athens,...
Leveraging Their Location

Renee Ruchotzke

From Better Together
“Wayside Pulpits” have been mainstays at UU congregations for decades. They started out as outside display cases that hold an uplifting quote from a famous sage (or other respected source) printed...
Resources for Ministerial Transitions

Renee Ruchotzke

From Better Together
One of the most significant changes in the life of a congregation is a change in professional ministry. It can be a time of grief, possibility, confusion, anxiety or some combination of emotions....

Central East Region

Multicultural Transformation and Intercultural Diversity

Renee Ruchotzke

From Central East Regional Group
Unitarian Universalists have desired to have diverse and multicultural congregations for decades. As we know, true diversity is uncommon because most of our congregations have cultural norms that are White, and primarily White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP). UUs...
CER Leadership Development

Renee Ruchotzke

From Central East Regional Group
Many congregations only think about developing new leaders around the time that the nominating committee is looking for potential board members. Instead, I recommend that congregations see leadership development as part of an arc of faith development that includes not just leadership skills, but...
Central East Region (CER) Growth and Vitality

Renee Ruchotzke

From Central East Regional Group
Congregations can be intentional about their health and vitality so that they welcome and retain more new members, leading to church growth.
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GA Presentations | General Assembly

Radical Relationship II: The Theology of Covenant

Renee Ruchotzke, Jeanelyse Doran Adams, Douglas Zelinski

From General Assembly Presentations
Using Process Theology, we offer a framework as well as practical spiritual practices showing how living in covenant can create sacred space.

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