Opportunities for Connection ~ September 2019
Featured Resource: LeaderLab
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: https://www.uuinstitute.org/course-list/
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.
2019-2020 Youth Ministry Advisor Training
2019-2020 Youth Ministry Advisor Trainings offers three ways to deepen your youth ministry or bring deeper training to your volunteers: one live streamed training for your whole team in September, a six month series of flipped classroom webinars, and a small group ministry program for those committed to all six webinars. Details available at the UUA website, registration is open!
Small Congregations Focus of Year Long Program
Small Numbers, Infinite Possibilities is a year of learning and connection for Smaller Congregations brought to you by your Regional UUA Congregational Life Staff. We know that small congregations are sharing the Love and Grace of Unitarian Universalism with their people and their communities every day. We also know that small churches can be faced with big challenges. Together we can help small congregations reach toward their greatest potential. This series will feature four webinars in October, November, January and February and culminate with in-person events near you on Pi Day - March 14, 2020. Details available on the CER website, registration is open!
New Day Rising Comes to New York
New Day Rising is coming to the Metro New York area! Bring your lay and staff team and learn from other congregations about their work in dismantling white supremacy culture within their congregations.
We will gather on October 26, 2019 at the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, Manhasset, NY. Workshops on a range of topics will be offered plus we'll learn from the experiences of other congregations. Brought to you by Central East Region staff and congregations like yours. Registration is open!
Better Together Blog: Who Are You Expecting?
by Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer
I was spending the late afternoon before the June 2018 UU Minister’s Association Ministry Days exploring the hotel and riding the escalators with my 3 and 4 year old children while we waited for the Opening Reception (“party” to my children).
While in the bathroom, my 3 year old asked why there wasn’t a stool so he could reach the sink. “I guess they aren’t expecting children,” I replied. “Why aren’t they expecting children?” my 4 year old asked insistently. None of my guesses satisfied either child.
News from the UUA
The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office is accepting applications for youth and adult leaders for their 2020 Intergenerational Spring Seminar which will address the theme of climate justice and take place in New York City April 15-18, 2020. The Seminar equips participants with the information and skills to take action locally for global justice issues through worship, workshops, small group work, and a visit to the UN Headquarters! Youth and Adult Deans (involved with designing and leading programs, especially for youth participants): apply by August 12. Youth and Adult Chaplains (serve as a listening ear and supportive presence during the event): apply by September 8. Youth & Adult members of the Planning Committee (create programs and arrange logistics and outreach): apply by September 8. Learn more and apply at www.uua.org/unspringseminar.
2020 International Youth Pilgrimage and Camp. Open to high school youth, the pilgrimage/camp is a collaboration between the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council and Országos Dávid Ferenc Ifjúsági Egylet, the Hungarian Unitarian youth organization. The trip includes visits to important Unitarian sites in Transylvania, spiritual development and exploration, attendance with Transylvanian youth at a Unitarian summer camp, and a joint service project. Funding we’ve secured or are working on securing will help reduce the cost of the trip. Find details about the pilgrimage and a link to an online application at their website. The deadline for applying is September 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM Pacific. Address questions to UUPCC Executive Director Rev. Roger Bertschausen at execdir [at] uupcc [dot] org.
Online Interim Training. Is your congregation welcoming an interim minister? Or do you have another staff member whose portfolio includes intentional developmental work? Twice a year the UUA Office of Church Staff Finances hosts a seven-week online interim training to help congregational staff understand, support, and/or lead transitions (of people, programs, etc.) in their congregations. This is a great training for staff to take as a team! For more information, testimonials from recent participants, and the application form, see our Professional Interim Training course page. Applications are due August 15, and the Opening Webinar takes place on Monday evening, September 16 (7:00 ET).
New publications from the UUA New from Skinner House books is Sparks of Wonder: Theme-Based Ministry for the Whole Congregation by Becky Brooks and Erika Hewitt, Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism by Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin Lin. Check the Publications Page additional reviews and book details.
The UUA is hiring for several positions including regional field staff for the Pacific West and Southern Regions and a youth and young adult program associate. Find job descriptions and application information at their Job Openings webpage.
Calendar Items and News
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