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LeaderLab Offers Resources, Classes and More for Congregational Leaders
LeaderLab Offers Resources, Classes and More for Congregational Leaders

As Susan Frederick-Gray mentioned during her president’s report at General Assembly in June, LeaderLab is a tremendous resource for congregational leaders.

You can go there for extensive training by taking one of the full length leadership courses from the Unitarian Universalist Leadership Institute that are designed to help leaders with the basics of leadership and to help them understand the unique complexities of leading in the context of our UU congregations. Enrollment for these online courses is typically in the fall, winter and summer. Registration for the fall courses is open now; classes begin September 6. For a complete list of the courses offered, both elective and on demand, go to:

Perhaps you are not looking to commit to a full course, but just want to understand the basics of board leadership. We offer 12 modular training sessions that are particularly helpful for new board members, but everyone could use a little reminder on what it means to serve on the board of a religious organization. Board members could easily do these sessions at their own pace throughout the month and then participate in a discussion at the monthly board meeting.

Maybe you are not on the board, are not interested in taking a full course but have specific questions around an area of congregational life. LeaderLab has a searchable database to help you with just those kinds of questions. You can type in your topic and can find links to videos, articles, on-demand webinars and other resources.

If you are having an issue in your congregation you need help with, you can always reach out to your Congregational Life staff. Use LeaderLab as a resources to get information that relates to your specific issue. After you do some research on your own, will be better equipped to have that conversation with any UUA staff person.

Just like Unitarian Universalism, LeaderLab is ever-evolving. New articles and videos are being added monthly. We welcome feedback as we continue to develop resources. We are all part of an ongoing and growing community. Please check out LeaderLab and let us know what you think by commenting or giving a star rating.

It is an honor to be on the design team for LeaderLab where are are living our mission to equip congregations, train leaders and amplify our values.

Your in faith,
Kathy McGowan, Jonipher Kwong, Renee Ruchotzke


About the Authors

  • Kathy McGowan has been on the Congregational Life Staff for the Southern Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association since 2013. In that time her areas of focus have been in systems thinking, theology, conflict, intercultural sensitivity, and staff supervision. She is one of the...
  • The Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kūpono Kwong has served as Congregational Life Staff in the Pacific Western Region since 2015. He is also a Program Leader for the UU College of Social Justice and part of the Design Team of LeaderLab. Jonipher is the Regional Specialist for Leadership...
  • Rev. Renee Ruchotzke (ruh-HUT-skee) has served as a Congregational Life Consultant in the Central East Region since September of 2010. She serves congregation in Northeast Ohio and Western New York. She is part of the LeaderLab Design team providing Leadership Development resources and other trainings to congregations.

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