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Introduction to Drive Time Essays Volume 3: Small Congregations
Introduction to Drive Time Essays Volume 3: Small Congregations

Hi. Welcome to Drive Time Essays Volume 3: Small Congregations, the third audio CD in our series, designed to provide helpful insights to leaders of Unitarian Universalist congregations.

Harlan Limpert, Director for District Services for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), would like you to know that he is delighted that you’ve received this CD. The essays are read by me, Karen McCarthy, an active lay leader and a congregational Director of Religious Education. Musical interludes are composed and performed by Don Julin.

This CD focuses on smaller congregations—those that have fewer than 150 members—and many that have fewer than 50 or 75. There are more than 600 small congregations within our Association.

The essays you are about to listen to are from various authors, both lay and professional, young and old, from all walks of life, and with diverse experiences in congregational life. They had the unique needs of smaller congregations in mind as they shared their insights and experiences.

At the same time, much of the wisdom included will be equally helpful to midsize and larger congregations. So if you’re from a larger congregation—keep listening! While every one of our congregations is unique, they all share the same challenge of creating a place where people can worship, learn, grow, find support, celebrate, and serve the larger community.

Similarly, while the primary audience of this CD is lay leaders, we have received comments from professional leaders who found the first two volumes of Drive Time Essays valuable, too.

For more information, go to, or to your district staff members. These individuals serve as your “first call for help” on matters of congregational leadership, and can direct you to the best source of helpful information—whether it’s from UUA staff at headquarters, other colleagues in the districts, or other lay leaders who can provide help and inspiration.

We hope you enjoy Drive Time Essays Volume 3!

About this Essay

Audio Essay Series: Volume 3: Small Congregations, Track 1 (MP3, 2:37 minutes)

Author: The Reverend Harlan Limpert

Date of Release: February 2009

About the Drive Time Essay Series

This Audio Essay series was created by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, for the purpose of supporting its valued lay leaders. Copying and sharing these essay texts, downloadable audio files, and the companion Lay Leader Drive Time Essays compact disc is welcomed and encouraged.

Comments or suggestions? We welcome your ideas about this Audio Essay series and your lay leader questions. Please send them to Don Skinner, the editor of InterConnections, a resource for lay leaders: interconnections [at] uua [dot] org.

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