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Faith Development Webinar Series

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) offers free, one-hour webinars on UU religious education and 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

February 2015: Financial Planning for the Religious Educator
Tuesday, February 24 at 1 pm Eastern
or, Thursday, February 26 at 9 pm Eastern
Richard Nugent, UUA Director of Church Staff Finances and Betsy Gabriel, Compensation Programs Manager, discuss financial planning for the professional religious educator. (This webinar is an adaptation of a presentation to the October, 2014 Fall Conference of the Liberal Religious Educators Association.)

March 2015: Easter in a "Multi" Congregation
Tuesday, March 17 at 1 pm Eastern
or Wednesday, March 18 at 9 pm Eastern
Each spring, religious professionals are called to address Unitarian Universalists' diverse theologies and varied responses to this central Christian holiday. How can we engage with wisdom from Easter in a way that invites children, and others, to make meaning beyond egg hunts and daffodils? Share ideas about stories, songs, and activities with Gail Forsyth-Vail of the UUA Faith Development Office and learn how those brightly colored eggs can fit into a UU Easter.

Archived Webinars

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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Last updated on Thursday, January 22, 2015.

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