Faith Development Webinar Series
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.
- October 2015: Theme Based Ministry
Join us for a reprise of the workshops from LREDA Fall Con about theme based ministry. What are the benefits of embracing theme based ministry as a congregation? What are the challenges for religious educators? What are some helpful resources? Presenters: Sheila Schuh, Eric Bliss and Pat Kahn
- November 2015: Money Talk with Children and Families
We want our children, youth, and families to have spiritually healthy relationships with money. We want them to be generous in support of what they value, to know how to live within their means, and to use their financial resources in service of their values and goals. And yet, faith communities and families are reluctant to talk about money with children. Learn and share ways to include money talk in faith development for all ages. Presenters: Pat Infante, Elizabeth Ann Terry, and Gail Forsyth-Vail
Webinars are approximately one hour long.
- September 2015: Hand in Glove: Teaching Tolerance and UU Faith Development
PowerPoint 1 (PDF)
PowerPoint 2 (PDF)
PowerPoint 3 (PDF)
Useful Links (PDF)
Sarah Neely, a member of the Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board, discusses the many ways in which anti-bias educational materials from Teaching Tolerance complement UU faith development in our congregations. Sarah is a member of the Grosse Pointe MI Unitarian Church, a member of the RE Committee, and has been teaching grades 2-8 in Grosse Pointe schools for 23 years.
- August 2015: Peer and Professional Support for Religious Educators: Meet the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA)
Useful Links (PDF)
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.
- July 2015: Cultural Competence With Disability: Conversations for Access and Possibility
Useful Resources (Google document)
"How the Blind See Beauty" (YouTube video)
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, with 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
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 (PDF) 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
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?
Useful Links (PDF)
Richard Nugent, Director of Church Staff Finances, and Betsy Gabriel, Compensation Programs Manager, discuss fair compensation guidelines, retirement and insurance plans, and aid funds for emergencies that the UUA Office of Church Staff Finances offers congregations.
- January 2015: UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) Transformative Youth Programs
Activate Boston testimonials (YouTube video)
Jen Toth testimonial, Activate Southwest Border program (YouTube video)
Laura Lubin, UUCSJ Associate for Youth and Young Adult Programs, previews 2015 justice trainings and service programs for youth.
- December 2014: Give Yourself the Gift of Professional Development
Jan Gartner, UUA Professional Development Specialist, discusses: 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
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
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
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. Another resource: the UUA's Professional Learning Units for Staff (PLUS) Program is a series of short units that form a free, self-paced orientation for new professional staff in Unitarian Universalist congregations.
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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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