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Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Themes

How to Videos

Even before the “how-to”, explore the “WHY-to” consider theme based ministry with this webinar from Rev. Renee Ruchotzke called “Beyond the Potluck: Offering Programming that Sticks to Your Ribs”.  The webinar was designed for members of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Association of Membership Professionals (UUAMP) and talks about how theme based ministry provides “spiritual hospitality” as well as supports the path to membership.  This webinar would be ideal to share among staff teams, lay leadership such as a program council, and with nearby UU congregations; opportunities for shared ministry abound! View the webinar slides.

Theme Based Ministry and Full Week Faith presentation at Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) Fall Conference 2015 with Scott Tayler, Sheila Schuh, Karen Bellavance-Grace, Eric Bliss, and Pat Kahn. 

The staff of the Washington Ethical Society: Rev. Amanda Poppei (minister), Robyn Kravitz (Coming of Age and Teen Coordinator), Melissa Sinclair (Director of Lifelong Learning) and Bailey Whiteman (Chorus Director) shared the story of how they moved from theme-based worship to using themes throughout the life of the congregation

General Assembly (GA) 2014 workshop "Deepening Our Faith through Theme-Based Ministry":

Theme Based Church webinar on the Central East Region On Demand Learning Center (you must register to use this site, but registration is free). How Theme Based Church is different from Theme Based Worship and how you can move your congregation to Theme Based Church as well.

Blogs and Articles

Networks and Sharing Circles

  • The Soul Matters Sharing Circle is made up of numerous Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations that follow the same monthly worship themes and share small group packets, sermons, worship ideas and children’s religious education curriculum around that monthly theme.  Members of the circle also have access to 6 years’ worth of archived material.
  • The Touchstones journal provides worship and discussion resources for monthly themes, following the theme-based ministry of the First Universalist Church of Denver (Colorado).
  • Created by UU religious educator Becky Brooks, Common Converse is a collection of thematic modules that focus on big ideas each month; the materials can be used in both religious and non-religious settings.  More about Common Converse: Despite the constant stream of information flowing through our lives (or maybe because of it) it can be difficult to find easily accessible ways to explore big ideas. Even as we are continually faced with the moral and ethical dilemmas of everyday life, many of us feel powerless to do much more than click "like" or retweet. Common Converse is place where individuals and groups can access tools they’ll love to do the fun and inspiring work of digging deeper.
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People

  • Your UUA staff is available to help!
  • The Faith Development Office is glad to talk to you about theme-based ministry and Congregational Life staff can help in discerning what model might work for you and helping you implement it.
  • Contact: themebasedministry [at] uua [dot] org

Turning Point:
Essays on a New Unitarian Universalism

Fredric Muir
From Skinner House Books

Also available as an eBook in the Amazon Kindle Store and on Google Play.

In inspiring, fresh essays, 20 Unitarian Universalist leaders issue a clarion call for change in the denomination. They show a way forward from an isolated, individualistic "iChurch" to an inclusive, multicultural Beloved Community.

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