The workshops are independent of one another, but are best completed as a series. They may be offered weekly over a period of six weeks, as a weekend workshop (Workshops 1 and 2 on Friday evening, and Workshops 3-6 on Saturday), or in other formats that your congregation can accommodate. Ideally, participants will attend all six sequentially. However, the only workshops that must be done in order are the first and last.
A half-day (3 hours and 5 minutes, plus breaks) workshop focused on membership alone could include the following activities:
Workshop 1, Opening
Workshop 1, Activity 1: Introductions through Sentence Starters
Workshop 1, Activity 2: Introducing the New UU
Workshop 1, Activity 3: Cathedral of the World
Workshop 2, Activity 3: Themes in North American UU History
Workshop 2, Activity 4: A Story of Our Congregation
Workshop 3, Activity 2: The Wind in Both Ears
Workshop 4, Activity 3: Action-Reflection Model
Workshop 5, Activity 2: The Founding of the Dedham Church
Workshop 6, Activity 3: Rights and Responsibilities of Membership
Workshop 6, Activity 4: Review of Parking Lot
Workshop 6, Activity 5: Joining the Church
Workshop 6: Closing
In this plan, one break might be an extended meal break. Consider asking the Membership Committee or other congregational group to provide the meal.
The New UU should be offered at least yearly. Large congregations may want to offer it as often as every other month to keep groups to a manageable size.
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Last updated on Friday, December 9, 2011.
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