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Leaders (Harvest the Power)

A team of two or more adults who have experience as congregational leaders should facilitate the Harvest the Power workshops. Working with a partner allows workshop leaders to plan together and to share facilitation responsibilities. Be intentional about bringing different perspectives and experiences to your facilitation team. For example, consider co-facilitators of different genders and different ages. Workshop facilitators may be laypersons or religious professionals.

Facilitators with these strengths may be especially effective:

  • Experience in congregational leadership as a committee chair, a member of a governing board or a leader in a young adult group or in another leadership capacity
  • Time and willingness to prepare thoroughly for each workshop and to take appropriate action in the event of unexpected cancellations
  • Experience in facilitating a group process
  • Ability to create and nurture a supportive, respectful and safe community in the workshops and follow all congregational safe congregation guidelines and policies
  • Willingness to listen deeply and to let "answers" emerge from the group process
  • Integrity, and the ability to maintain strong boundaries, especially in the midst of challenging conversations
  • Respect for the congregation and its mission
  • Commitment to Unitarian Universalist Principles and to the faith development components of this curriculum
  • Respect for individuals, regardless of age, race, social class, gender identity, sexual orientation and ability, and willingness to modify the workshop plans to support the full inclusion of all participants
  • Willingness to support healthy group process by reinforcing ground rules politely and confidently.

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Last updated on Saturday, October 29, 2011.

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