2019 Role-Based Track Programming
Role-Based Track Programming at the 2019 General Assembly
While opening and closing ceremonies will help us enter and exit as one body, our first and last thematic program blocks will provide for role-based conversations and trainings. Having attendees start and end with the same group provides opportunities to build relationships, continuity, and role relevant content. Tracks will meet on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to noon and on Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Combatting Destructive Behavior and White Supremacy Culture
Convention Center 300A
As UUs work to dismantle white supremacy culture in our congregations, how do we respond wisely and compassionately to individual behavior that hurts people in our midst? How do we not reinforce racism in our response (or lack of response) to destructive behavior? How do we live into beloved community?
Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kupono Kwong
Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh
Dr. Janice Marie Johnson
Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson
- Congregational Treasurers: Counting the Blessings
Convention Center 300C
Serving a congregation as a treasurer, member of a Finance Committee, or as a Board Member focused on congregational financial sustainability is a calling. Serving in these congregational leadership roles are often some of the longest tenured leaders in a congregation. We will explore together some of the common challenges for congregational financial leadership, including the way that congregational power and authority are often intertwined with a congregation’s finances.
Rev. David Pyle
- Faith Development in Community across the Lifespan
Convention Center 111A
Lay leaders and religious professionals explore fresh, new approaches to faith development. Experience and learn to lead activities for religious learning and growth in topic areas of sexuality, gender, and race. Build your congregation’s capacity to offer purposeful, effective, and inclusive faith development programs across the lifespan.
- A Radically Inclusive Pathway to Membership
Convention Center Conference Theater
UU Congregation of Phoenix
In this workshop, we explore what it means to be radically inclusive in our membership process. Work in groups to analyze your current process for accessibility. Learn an innovative new membership model. Reflect on what experiences make someone a part of your community. Leave with tools to take it home.
- Transformational Worship
Convention Center 100C
How do we create worship that transforms lives and changes the world? Rev. Duncan Teague of Abundant LUUv, a congregation centered in the African American religious tradition and Rev. Chris Buice of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church dedicated to intergenerational ministry will help us answer this question.
Rev. Duncan Teague
Rev. Chris Buice
- A Joyful Noise: Why Congregational Singing Matters
Convention Center 401ABC
Association for UU Music Ministries
This track offered by the Association for UU Music Ministries (formerly UU Musicians Network) will delve into the importance of congregational singing, offer tools for dynamic songleading in worship, and inspire the use of music in our public social justice efforts.
- Collaborative Leadership for Collective Liberation
Convention Center 300B
Church of the Larger Fellowship, East Shore Unitarian Church
What if our systems of leadership reflect our liberation theology? Transformation and collective liberation will be possible when we change hierarchal and oppressive paradigms while appreciating each other’s gifts and talents. This workshop will share stories of collaborative leadership models that work and how to successfully work through the challenges.
Rev. Deanna Vandiver
Aisha Hauser, MSW
- How to Be a Good Employer and Supervisor
DoubleTree Grand Ballroom V
Congregational Life and Office of Church Staff Finances of the UUA
Churches are employers, and employees must be supervised. This track is for board members, personnel committees, and anyone who supervises staff. Learn about effective, values-based practices for hiring and supporting your staff, including job descriptions, interviewing, onboarding, team-building, performance feedback, and staffing for diversity. We’ll explore common staff challenges, too.
- Power Mapping the UUA and Your Congregation
DoubleTree Grand Ballroom IV
Journey Towards Wholeness Transformation Committee
The JTWTC will discuss its power mapping for the UUA report, and train participants to utilize power mapping in their home community. Participants will learn how to trace systems that create/protect systems of oppression, and identify influencers in order to create change.
Rev. Theresa Soto
- Side with Love: Our Call for this Moment!
Convention Center 100B
Side with Love, Interfaith Organizing Initiative Project of Center for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy
UUs are called to #sidewithlove and align with frontline partners who center those impacted by injustice. We will utilize popular education methodologies to contextualize the current role of people of faith in this social, political and economic environment, provide organizing tools and opportunities to practice building power. Join us!
Charlene Sinclair, Ph.D.
- The Future of Outreach
Convention Center 111C
Unitarian Universalist Association
Storytelling. Digital communications. Strategy. Equity. Let’s talk about the future of Outreach. Join the UUA’s Outreach team and practice effective storytelling, discuss your outreach triumphs and challenges, and share practical strategies for engaging outreach, especially in digital spaces.
- Effective and Relational Justice Work in UU Spaces
Convention Center 100A
Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East
Social justice work is central to Unitarian Universalist identity and is often controversial. UU activists must be effective in making a difference and relational in showing respect while being courageous and prophetic. This program will examine how these goals can be met in UU congregations and organizations.
Rev. Amanda Weatherspoon
Rev. Kate Lore
Rev. Wendy Von Courter
- Is Your Work a Lay Ministry?
DoubleTree Grand Ballroom I-III
UU Society Community Ministry
Does your leadership role in your covenanted community constitute ministry? Members of the UUSCM and the Commissioned Lay Minister program of UUA CERG will provide inspiring examples of lay ministry, foster conversations for mutual discernment, and outline the resources available for the recognition, support, training and recognition of lay ministry.
Rev. Cathleen Cox
Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie
- Stewardship: Where Our Resources, Values, and Integrity Meet
Convention Center 111B
UUA Stewardship and Development
Stewardship teams are encouraged to come explore the spirituality of stewardship, trust as the foundation of a generous culture, and how we can empower the alignment of our resources and our highest values. We will have ample time for sharing of congregational best practices.
Rev. Lauren Smith
Rev. Vail Weller