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Leaders (The New UU)

Two or more co-facilitators are recommended. Ideally, the leadership team will include a minister and a lay person, perhaps someone who has been involved with the Membership Committee. If there are more than twelve participants, add a third facilitator. The team should be as diverse as possible in terms of age, gender, race/ethnicity, and other identities, and should be committed to welcoming diverse guest voices from the congregation. Leaders with these characteristics are likely to be most successful:

  • Demonstrated commitment to and enthusiasm for the congregation and Unitarian Universalism
  • Experience in leading groups successfully
  • Ability to create supportive, safe space
  • Curiosity about participants' experiences
  • A welcoming and encouraging demeanor
  • Willingness to prepare with the team and independently
  • Organizational and planning skills
  • Respect for individuals, regardless of age, race, social class, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability
  • Willingness to modify workshops to support the full inclusion of all participants.

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Last updated on Friday, December 9, 2011.

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