A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm. — from An Enemy of the People, by Henrik Ibsen, 19th-century Norwegian playwright

Reflect with your family or friends about the definitions of power and authority. Where in your life do you have authority, either formal or informal? Where are the places you use your power to achieve a desired outcome? Where are the places you might more effectively use the power and authority you have?

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Resources for exploring leadership in the congregational context include the Congregational Handbook (Unitarian Universalist Association, 2005), a summary of Gil Rendle's keynote at the 2007 General Assembly and these books:

  • Leadership Without Easy Answers by Ronald A. Heifetz (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1994)
  • Welcoming Resistance by William Chris Hobgood (Alban Institute, 2001)
  • Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations by Alice Mann and Gil Rendle (Herndon, VA, Alban Institute, 2003).

For more information contact religiouseducation@uua.org.