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It’s not just “Stewardship 101” again!

Every year General Assembly (GA) participants ask for more depth and more dialogue. This year with track programming, you’ll be able to delve deeply into a subject, not just skim the surface. You can learn transferable skills, network and share insights with other Unitarian Universalists, and have fun doing it.

Unitarian Universalist (UU) University, the highly successful lay leadership education program that has been offered since 2006 prior to the start of each General Assembly, will be part of the scheduled GA program grid in 2009.

Roughly nine hours of programming over two days—from Thursday 1:00 p.m. to Friday noon—will be dedicated to offering UU University programming. All UU University programs will be included in the regular GA registration fee. General Assembly Planning Committee Chair Elisabeth McGregor said, “We know that offering dedicated programming time in our schedule allows everyone to learn and explore a topic in depth, while allowing leaders to gain a better understanding of how to share learning with their congregations and districts when they return home.”

The UU University concept, remembers Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Moderator Gini Courter, came from “more than three hundred congregational presidents …who asked for world-class professional development for congregational leaders, and that's exactly what UU University provides.”

According to UU University 2009 planners Terasa Cooley and Harlan Limpert, the idea for joining UU University with GA came out of a collaborative effort initiated by the General Assembly Planning Committee and supported by Moderator Gini Courter, the UUA staff's leadership council, and the individuals who have been involved in planning and evaluating past UU University programs. Team leader Terasa Cooley said, “UU University 2009 is envisioned as an ideal way to nurture the capacity of our UU leaders through skill-building, theological reflection, and a deeper understanding of the mission of Unitarian Universalism.”

GA Participants will chose from six tracks of UU University 2009 programming.

Team leader Harlan Limpert added, "Through this programming, participants will come to a greater understanding of their individual skills, faith and capacity for growth, and how to use them for the greater good of our congregations and ministries. We believe that widespread engagement in the UU University 2009 curriculum will result in significantly stronger and more engaged leaders and healthier congregations."

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