System Theory

System Theory Online Training Fridays Feb 4 - 25, 12-1:30pm ET

The System Theory Renaissance Module will be offered in an online format on Fridays, February 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2022, 12:00 – 1:30pm EST. This module will be led by Connie Goodbread, Acting Director of the UUA’s Hope for Us Conflict Engagement Team, and Cameron Young, Congregational Life Staff at the UUA. The Project Manager for the module is Nancy Combs-Morgan, religious educator and Congregational Life Consultant in the Mid-America Region. Registration is limited to 20 participants and the fee is $175. The registration deadline is January 21, 2022.

Module Requirements

The System Theory Renaissance Module is an online learning experience comprised of four 1.5-hour webinars with reading and other assignments for each session. Full participation includes:

  • Online attendance at four 1.5-hour sessions
  • Reading and reflection to prepare for each session 
  • Responses to Reflection Questions on the Discussion Forum after each session.
  • Completion of final group project.
  • Submission of final evaluation within a week of the ending of the training.

Goals of the Module

Connie Goodbread, Acting Director of the UUA’s Hope for Us Conflict Engagement Team, has studied Healthy Congregations development and conflict identification and transformation with Rev. Dr. Peter Steinke, and is recognized for her original work on System Theory with a UU lens. In this series on System Theory, participants will

  • Examine human beings as emotional, intellectual, and physical beings. Everything that human beings create, discover, destroy and build is born out of our humanity.
  • Explore and clarify what is means to be a Unitarian Universalist.
  • Discuss the human qualities that help and hinder the growth of beloved community.

The overarching lens of System Theory will ground the experience and aid religious educators, and other religious professionals, to apply these learnings to their own professional context.

Technical Considerations

The webinar platform is Zoom, which you can download from Zoom.

In order register and access module materials, participants must have or create a UUA profile name. On, click on “create account” at the top right and follow instructions on the page. If you have already participated in an online module, use the profile name you have already created. You must provide your profile name to be added to the group and begin the preparation required before the first session.

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