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Faith Development Office

  • The Unitarian Universalist Association's Faith Development Office hosts webinars from time to time. Many address topics requested by UU religious professionals and lay leaders. ...


  • By Sarah Movius Schurr
    The History of the Unitarian Fellowship Movement
  • By Jan Christian, Kay Crider
    How can small congregations become aware of and adopt successful stewardship concepts and practices as they grow?
  • By Sarah Movius Schurr
    In this webinar, we will explore the role of leaders in a Unitarian Universalist congregation. We will offer some useful tools to help your leaders and your congregation to thrive.
  • By Sarah Movius Schurr, Sarah Gibb Millspaugh
    How do you create a meaningful congregational experience when you've got a small number of kids in your congregation, few of whom are the same age?
  • By Sarah Movius Schurr
    Small congregations with little or no professional ministry help can still have good worship services. This webinar gives you some tips.
  • By Renee Ruchotzke, Jeanelyse Doran Adams, Douglas Zelinski
    Our choice to organize around our promises among ourselves and with that which invokes our ultimate commitment is our greatest strength. Using Process Theology, we offer a framework as well as practical spiritual practices showing how living in covenant can create space for sacred conversations and authentic living.
  • By Douglas Zelinski, Jeanelyse Doran Adams, Renee Ruchotzke
    If Unitarian Universalism’s crux were reduced to a few points in space and time, they would be those potent moments just before and just after we keep promises, or break them. The power of those moments is simple, shocking, and science-based. Explore that power—its science, theology and practice.
  • By Patricia Infante, Douglas Taylor, UU Congregation of Binghamton, Binghamton, NY
    Once a congregation understands its mission, the next step is to discern how it wants to deepen and grow as a congregation. This workshop outlines processes for discerning aspirational values and ways to create and use a vision statement in devising a strategic plan and annual ministry goals.
  • By Joe Sullivan, UU Congregation of Binghamton, Binghamton, NY, UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Purpose-filled people are misson-driven. Workshop participants will explore discerning congregational core values, how to articulate them as mission, and how to make a mission "portable" to provide alignment for all of its ministries, strategies, and resource allocation.
  • By Mark Bernstein
    Is rudeness a quality of Unitarian Universalism? How else to explain the lack of hospitality exhibited by many congregations toward unbidden guests? This workshop will explore the prevalence of rudeness in our society, how it is seeping through the walls of our congregations, and what we can do about it.
  • By Alice Mann, Ken Beldon, Thom Belote, John Crestwell, Kendra Ford, Robert Hardies, Peter Morales, Christine C. Robinson, Victoria E Safford, Michael A Schuler, Marilyn Sewell, Elizabeth Lerner Maclay
    12 Ministers from Growing and Diverse UU Congregations Talk About Growth
  • By Southern Region of the UUA
    This webinar recording will present ways congregations can partner with other organizations to further and deepen their justice work.
  • By Southern Region of the UUA, Stewardship for Us
    Your pledge drive needs to happen soon, but it is late and you still don’t have a drive leader, or maybe just got one in place! We will present 11th-hour strategies and learn from each other’s experiences.
  • By Southern Region of the UUA
    Our congregations have come a long way in welcoming visitors and new members but they still struggle to engage and keep them for the long term. Learn some tools that will be helpful on how to begin to see the membership path in a new light.
  • By Southern Region of the UUA
    Our congregations strive to be safe and welcoming places to all. It is impossible to make a congregation 100% safe; however, there are steps that you can take to make your congregation safer. Learn how at this webinar.
  • By Robert L. Eller-Isaacs, Laura Park
    UU University 2009: Lighting the Leadership Chalice: Governance. An introduction to the fundamentals of Carver-style policy-based governance
  • By Patricia Infante
    A conversation among religious educators about what congregations are trying and what's working.
  • By William Clontz, Southern Region of the UUA, Stewardship for Us
    A supportive board is essential for a successful stewardship campaign. This overview helps congregational boards understand what is needed.
  • By Central East Region of the UUA
    This recorded workshop explores evolving alternatives and additions to the traditional pledge drive stewardship model, designed to reduce anxiety, energize volunteers, and engage those who are not typical pledgers. Case studies will be used to spark new ideas.
  • By Andrea Lerner
    A workshop to explore ideas and approaches for strengthening stewardship in congregations experiencing ministerial transition. Presented by Rev. Roberta Finkelstein, Andrea Lerner and Barry Finkelstein.
  • By Mary Katherine Morn, Vail Weller, Amy Shaw, Darcy Roake, Eric Kaminetzky, Laura Randall, UUA Stewardship and Development Staff Group
    Part of the Wi$dom and Generosity Track at the 2016 General Assembly, this workshop equips lay and ordained leadership for effective stewardship in our congregations. It is a "flash” presentation of the most innovative and successful fundraising ideas.
  • By First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN, Sharon Dittmar, MidAmerica Region of the UUA
    First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis recently started an electronic giving program and share with us what they are learning. Presented by Allan Callander, Former Finance Director at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. Host: Rev. Sharon Dittmar
  • By Mark Bernstein, UU Association of Membership Professionals (UUAMP), MidAmerica Region of the UUA
    Opening our doors to people of all abilities is the less talked about test of inclusion in our congregations. This webinar discusses “disability etiquette” and explores the many ways in which our congregations can be more accessible and more welcoming to people with a variety of disabilities.
  • By Jan Christian, Kay Crider
    This was a call-in conversation on May 14, 2018 with Kay Crider, Stewardship Consultant with Stewardship for Us, and Rev. Jan Christian,...
  • By Kathy McGowan
    This webinar was created for new and reforming Committees on Ministry.
  • By Nancy Bowen, Pacific Western Region of the UUA
    How do Committees on Ministry function? Rev. Nancy Bowen shares an overview.
  • By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA
    This webinar helps leaders discern how to separate disruptive behaviors from persons to create a peaceful community.
  • By Patricia Infante, Central East Region of the UUA
    What is working well today, including the tried and true, and new ideas. What is not working so well, and how can it be improved or...
  • By Patricia Infante, Central East Region of the UUA
    Recognizing the baggage we bring and the anxiety many of us have about money and stewardship, how can we talk about sharing our gifts in...
  • By Patricia Infante, Central East Region of the UUA
    Participants will be invited to reflect on their recent campaigns and learn how to generate new ideas, new themes, and attract new people...
  • By William Clontz
    What could possibly go wrong? A look at UUs and Stewardship presented by Bill Clontz of Stewardship for Us. Dawning Future, November 2015
  • By Mark Bernstein
    Are we having fun yet? Surprisingly, many UU congregations aren't. The stress of church work, interpersonal conflict, and lack of resources...
  • By Mark Bernstein
    Why Dying and Rebirth are Essential Components of Growth Congregations that aspire to be vital, strong and growing follow a constant cycle...
  • By Mark Bernstein
    Fun and Effective Team Building Activities for Your Board, Committees, and Congregation Synergy is what happens when a group of people...
  • By LoraKim Joyner
    In marriage we have vows and in congregations we have behavioral covenants. Without intention and agreements on how to process...