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The call to acts of leadership, which can be practiced from wherever we sit, is also an invitation to reclaim the creative capacity within every human being — especially those who are willing to engage the complex, adaptive challenges of our time. — Sharon Daloz Parks, contemporary educator and author

Make plans with other members of the congregation's leadership team to follow up on ideas that emerged from examining the congregation's challenges from a system point of view.

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Resources that informed this workshop may enhance your congregation's leadership library; read the works of Barry Oshry and Peter L. Steinke to explore organizational system theory in more depth:

Congregational Handbook , Unitarian Universalist Association, 2005

Friedman, Edwin H., A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix ( New York : Seabury Books, 2007)

Oshry, Barry, Seeing Systems: Unlocking the Mysteries of Organizational Life ( San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publications, 2007)

Steinke, Peter L., Healthy Congregations: A Systems Approach (Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 1996)

Steinke, Peter L., How Your Church Family Works: Understanding Congregations as Emotional Systems (Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 1996).

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