Join us for Leadership Day in White Plains NY, October 13, 2018
Leadership Day ~ NY 1018
2018-10-13 09:30:00
2018-10-13 16:00:00
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 9:30 am to 4:00 pm EDT

Type of event: Conference

Sponsor: Central East Region of the UUA, Community UU Congregation at White Plains, White Plains, NY

Join us for Leadership Day hosted by the Community UU Congregation at White Plains, NY.

Social Change Through Spiritual Transformation: Engaging Our Faith by Rev. Robin Tanner will be our morning keynote address.

Afternoon workshops will cover a variety of topics (see below for details).

Costs: Sliding scale of $30-$40-$50. Please remember that for a sliding scale to work, the same number of people need to volunteer to pay more as ask to pay less. Registration fee includes lunch, breakouts and all programming.

Register Now
Registration deadline is October 8. You may register after that date but we cannot guarantee lunch.

Housing: A block of rooms have been reserved at the Hyatt House at the rate of $169 per night. To take advantage of this rate, please visit their website or call their reservations line 1-800-517-8548 and provide them the group code G-UUAG. Room fees are the responsibility of the individual.


Workshops that will meet during both workshops slots:

  • Where Did All the Children Go? Embracing Family Ministry with Rev. Emilie Boggis and Laura Beth Brown  We can tell you where the children (and their parents) went and why. Then, we'll explore essential pivots for our future. Workshop session A will cover part 1, workshop session B will cover part 2. Emilie Boggis is the Minister of Congregational Life at Beacon in Summit where she has served for 13 years. Laura Beth Brown is the Director of Family Ministry at Beacon. She is entering her 17th year as a professional religious educator having served four congregations prior. Currently, she the Metro New York Liberal Religious Educators Assoc. (LREDA) President.
  • What’s Going On? Congregational Conversations with Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson. Workshop slot A will focus on Conflict Transformation, workshop slot B will focus on Congregations as Good Employers. Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson is a member of both the Central East and Southern Region staff teams.
  • Approaching Difference Creatively with Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer. Human difference is always present. Sometimes obviously and sometimes not. Sometimes delightfully and sometimes confounding and even conflictual. This workshop lifts up skills to interact with difference creatively and make room for difference in our congregations. Based on Intercultural Competency and the Intercultural Developmental Continuum. Workshop slot A - Approaching Difference Creatively Introduction: Exploration of this framework to approach difference. Will use many examples of human difference including welcoming trans and non-binary people to our congregations. Workshop slot B - Approaching Difference Creatively Going Deeper: Chance to practice interacting with difference creatively using common cultural differences in approaches to conflict. Please attend the earlier session. Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer is a member of the Central East Region staff team.

Workshops in Session A

  • Reenergizing and Sustaining Annual Stewardship Drives and the People Who Run Them with Liz Coit from Stewardship for Us. session will begin with a discussion about continuing and emerging challenges to UU congregations’ annual giving drives. How we can make the best use of stewardship fundamentals to re-energize and sustain our pledging and fundraising programs? This session addresses the power of nurturing stewardship volunteers as leaders; and the role of stewardship committees vis a vis other committees to optimize the culture of stewardship in your church/fellowship. Liz Coit has a 25 years career in resource development and fundraising. She is a member of the All Souls Unitarian Univeralist Church in Washington DC.
  • Messaging in Pictures: Graphic Design for Amateurs in Your Congregation with Rev. Karen Johnston. Love graphic images to get your message across but not sure how to do it? Think only graphic designers can do it? Think again. This workshop will show you how to use the graphics platform, Canva, to create content for newsletters, Facebook, web sites, and bulletin boards.  You must bring your own laptop (other devices don't work with this platform). We'll sign onto wifi and experiment with making graphics, exploring awesome sources of copyright-free materials. There will be time for you to share your knowledge and tips on the topic. Rev. Karen G. Johnston is the settled minister at The Unitarian Society in East Brunswick, NJ. She has always loved the combination of images with words, decades ago painting them, now experimenting with online graphics. She's NOT a graphic designer by trade, but LOVES doing it and wants more people to have this skill. Plus, she'd love to learn more from others.

Workshops in Session B

  • Congregational Safety and Disruptive Persons Policies with Patricia Infante. The Safe Congregations Team of the UUA has recently published a comprehensive set of new resources and policies for congregations. This workshop will introduce you to the latest guidelines for building safety, disruptive behavior, children and youth safety, and intruder response. We’ll share checklists and recommended policies for congregations wishing to implement the latest in safety protocols. Patricia Infante is a member of the Central East Region staff team.
  • Crowdfunding UU Dreams with Chalice Lighters and Faithify Programs with Andrea Lerner. Let’s explore these collaborative programs.  You’ll learn how to apply for funding as well as how your congregation can support these initiatives. Andrea Lerner is Central East Program Manager for Chalice Lighters, Associational Giving and Ministerial Transition.


9:30 am Registration and coffee
10:00 am Worship
10:45 am Keynote with Robin Tanner
11:45 am Q&A
12:15 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Workshop Session A
2:15 pm Break
2:30 pm Workshop Session B
3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm Closing

Register Now
Registration deadline is October 8. You may register after that date but we cannot guarantee lunch.


468 Rosedale Avenue
White Plains
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Community Unitarian Church of White Plaines
468 Rosedale Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
United States
Community Unitarian Church of White Plains468 Rosedale Ave, White Plains, NY 10605, United States

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