Building Congregations Delmarva Cluster Gathering 1019
Type of event: Training
Building Congregations, What is in Your Toolbox? Part 2
Sponsored by the Delmarva Cluster with the Central East Region.
Join other UU congregations in the Central East Region for a day of networking, learning, and connecting. Last year the workshop of “Building Community: What’s in your Toolbox?” was very successful and this is a continuation of that model with new topics. Attending Part 1 last year is not a requirement for attendance. All are welcome.
Goals of the day:
- Develop resilience as lay leaders and communities.
- Create meaningful Sunday worship week after week.
- Explore possibilities of successful event planning.
- Explore the way we welcome visitors, why they visit, and how to get them to stay around
- Embrace who we are and challenge who we think we are.
- Opportunities will be provided for networking and exchange of ideas where participants build their church community using their own expertise and that of others.
9 am ~ Registration and Coffee
9:30 am ~ Worship with Rev. John Wright, UU Fellowship of Salisbury.
10:00 am ~ Building a Culture of Inclusion ~ Keynote address. Whether we consider faith formation, growth, social justice and/or dismantling white supremacy, Unitarian Universalists could use an identity update. This presentation embraces who we are and challenges who we think we are. Seeing ourselves as a Community of Communities changes our future and it is key building a more inclusive movement. Presented by Paula Cole Jones, CER Interim Congregational Life Staff.
10:45 am ~ Panel Discussion
11:45 am ~ Lunch and networking
12:45 pm ~ Workshop One (choose 1)
- Visitor and Membership Ministries. Rev. Michelle Collins serves in Lewes, Delaware and recently received a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary focusing on the demographic and financial challenges that our congregations face going into the future. She lives in a tiny house on wheels with three highly demanding cats and her somewhat less demanding teenage daughter.
- Successful Fundraising Events. Elizabeth Ann Terry, UUA Congregational Giving Specialist, is inspired by the power of religious institutions to have meaningful impacts on their communities. She has been a witness to congregations that utilize the spiritual practices of covenant and abundance to move their congregations into bright and purposeful futures. Elizabeth loves connecting with congregations. Through vibrant workshops, webinars, sermons, and meetings; Elizabeth is delighted to share her spiritual practices of Abundance and Generosity. Currently Elizabeth is a volunteer RE teacher with her congregation, the UU Congregation of Wilmington (NC) and a member of the Board of Forward Together-the UU Justice Ministry of NC.
2:30 pm ~ Workshop Two (choose 1)
- Creating Meaningful Worship. Rev. Sue Browning is the settled minister at the UU Fellowship at Easton (half time, now in her 7th year), and is the contract minister serving the UUs of the Chester River (half time, now in her 3rd year). She grounds her ministry in a theology of connection, and is energized when listening to the stories of members and when working in the community. Sue came to ministry after a long career in government relations at Verizon Communication. She attended Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC and was ordained in 2013. She and her husband Bill have three adult children and a very vocal beagle.
- Care and Feeding of Frazzled Leaders. Rev. Renee Ruchotzke has been helping lay leaders be their best for the past decade. She is part of the UUA LeaderLab design team and has led dozens of classes and workshops. She is a local environmental activist in Kent, OH, practicing permaculture with her husband Randy in their city lot yard.
4:00 pm ~ Closing Worship
Cost: Sliding Scale fee of $15-$20-$25-$30. Lunch is included. Registration fees are on a sliding scale, based on your assessment of your ability to pay. Those who pay at the highest two levels are making a donation to help those in financial need for this event. Please remember that for a sliding scale to work, we need the same number of people with means to generously pay more to balance the needs of those who can afford less.
Register by October 15th for planning purposes, walk-ins are welcome but we cannot guarantee lunch.