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Faith Development Webinar Series

Webinar for New Religious Educators! August 18, 19

Join Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff and guests for one-hour webinars on faith development topics requested by religious professionals and lay leaders. Webinars are recorded and archived; see "Archived Webinars" below. 

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Future Webinars

  • August 2015: Peer and Professional Support for Religious Educators: Meet the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA)
    Tuesday, August 18, 1 p.m. Eastern
    or Wednesday, August 19, 9 p.m. Eastern
    Robin Pugh and Michelle McKenzie-Creech of the LREDA leadership discuss professional development needs and opportunities. For Unitarian Universalist religious educators with up to three years of experience.
  • September 2015: To Be Announced

Archived Webinars

Webinars are approximately one hour long.

  • July 2015: Cultural Competence With Disability: Conversations for Access and Possibility
    Useful Resources (Google document)
    Video clip included in the original webinar, "How the Blind See Beauty" (YouTube)
    Theresa I. Soto, ministerial intern at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem (OR) and vice president of EqUUal Access, shifts the lens through which we view disability and invites us to welcome and connect in new ways. A focus on language concerning disability that can create authentic connection, communicate respect, and avoid causing offense.
  • June 2015: Sexuality Education Update: Parent Program, OWL Revisions, and Resources
    PowerPoint (PDF)
    Melanie Davis, OWL Program Associate, presents about the status of the Our Whole Lives program, upcoming new editions, and a field test starting September, 2015 for a 10-session program for Parents and Caregivers to support them as sexuality educators of their children.
  • May 2015: Competencies for Those Who Advise Unitarian Universalist (UU) Youth
    Useful Links (PDF)
    Jennica Davis-Hockett and Evin Carvill-Ziemer discuss eight areas of competency in youth advising that are presented in a new, optional tool for UU religious professionals, lay leaders, and advising teams to identify excellence and needs for growth among the people trusted to advise UU youth.
  • April 2015: Preparing for Sophia Fahs Sunday
    Mark Hicks, Director, and Halcyon Westall, Associate Director, discuss the mission of the Fahs Collaborative and introduce new Fahs Sunday resources to help you create a powerful, multigenerational worship experience.
  • March 2015: Easter in a "Multi" Congregation
    PowerPoint (PDF)
    Unitarian Universalists in our congregations hold diverse theologies and varied responses to Easter. Gail Forsyth-Vail of the UUA Faith Development Office leads sharing of ways to engage children, and others, in wisdom and activities to honor this central Christian holy day as well as Jewish and Pagan celebrations of Passover and the spring Equinox.
  • February 2015: Are You Seeking Greater Financial Security?
    PowerPoint (PDF) / Useful Links (PDF)
    The UUA Office of Church Staff Finances (OCSF) offers congregations programs and resources for congregational staff that can help provide greater financial security for you and your family. Richard Nugent, Director of Church Staff Finances, and Betsy Gabriel, Compensation Programs Manager, discuss fair compensation, retirement and insurance plans, and aid funds for emergencies.
  • January 2015: UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) Transformative Youth Programs
    Laura Lubin, UUCSJ Associate for Youth and Young Adult Programs, discusses 2015 justice trainings and service programs being offered for youth at General Assembly in Portland, OR and in New Orleans, Boston, the Southwest Border area and more. Enhance the webinar with two YouTube videos: testimonials from youth on last year's Activate Boston program and a testimonial from Jen Toth, campaign manager for Standing on the Side of Love, about justice and service work with the Activate Southwest Border program.
  • December 2014: Give Yourself the Gift of Professional Development
    Jan Gartner, UUA Professional Development Specialist, offers a practical and philosophical presentation: What is “professional development?" Why is it essential? How do you choose and fund professional development activities and fit them into your schedule?
  • November 2014: Military Ministry in UU Congregations
    Gail Forsyth-Vail and Bob Lavallee, a military veteran and a Fellow with the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship, discuss why and how UU congregations can begin ministry to military servicepeople, veterans, and families.
  • October 2014: Body/Spirit Family Spiritual Practices
    PowerPoint (PDF)
    Discover why and how you might encourage spiritual practices for UU families at home or at your congregation. Co-presented by UU religious educators Sarah Ahrens, Joy Berry, and Leah Purcell.
  • September 2014: Our Whole Lives for Grades 7-9: Revisions in 2014 Edition
    PowerPoint (PDF)
    Melanie Davis, Amy Johnson (United Church of Christ), and Jessica York discuss updates and revisions to the OWL program for grades 7-9. For trained OWL facilitators, religious educators, and congregational leaders.
  • August 2014: The New DRE 
    PowerPoint (PDF)
    Pat Infante, Central East Regional Group Consultant on Faith Development, presents an orientation webinar specifically for the new Director of Religious Education (DRE) with three or fewer years' experience in your position.
  • July 2014: Full Week Faith
    Join Karen Bellavance-Grace and FDO staff to learn about Full Week Faith, a strategy for engaging families at home in day-to-day faith development.
  • June 2014: Live! from Providence—General Assembly for Religious Educators
    PowerPoint (PDF)
    Faith Development Office staff, on-site in Providence, Rhode Island, report Wed. June 25, 2014 on the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) Professional Day and other workshops and events at the UUA's General Assembly.
  • May 2014: Beginning or Restarting Your Adult Faith Development Program
    PowerPoint (PDF)
    Are you tasked to organize adult faith development programming in your congregation or group? Gail Forsyth-Vail shares practical guidance for beginning a program, restarting a dormant or floundering program, or strengthening your existing program.
  • April 2014: Supporting Youth with Eating Disorders 
    PowerPoint (PDF)
    Reverend Dr. Monica L. Cummings presents on how to identify, approach, and support individuals who may have an eating disorder, in the context of the UU faith community.
  • March 2014: Outside In & Upside Down: Applying the "Flipped" Classroom Concept to Faith Development
    PowerPoint (PDF)
    Explore possibilities sparked by the “flipped classroom” concept that is overtaking secular education. Presented by Gail Forsyth-Vail and Pat Kahn.
  • February 2014: Worship Within & Beyond RE
    PowerPoint (PDF)
    Pat Kahn and Jessica York present on the religious educator's worship needs and how they can be filled. This webinar discusses worship resources for ourselves, resources for Children's Chapel, and news about UUA Renaissance training modules.
  • January 2014: Why & How to Do Spiritual Preparation for Leading RE
    PowerPoint (PDF)
    The UUA’s Tapestry of Faith curricula provide unique, reflective exercise for facilitators to do before each session. This webinar supports a practice of spiritual preparation.

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