Widening the Circle of Governance in Congregations: Sociocracy

Toward more inclusive and engaged decision-making with Sociocracy.

This 12/3/2022 webinar recording offers an overview of Sociocracy and some real-life examples of it being used in UU congregations.
This webinar was co-sponsored by Sociocracy for All. The Breakout sessions are not available.

Some Theological Grounding for Sociocracy

Presenter: Renee Ruchotzke, UUA Congregational Life Staff, LeaderLab

Overview of Sociocracy - Sociocracy for All


Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough, ON, Canada

The fellowship is 4 years into engaging with Sociocracy in their congregation, after several previous years of a richly participatory and emergent “Community Conversations” process that has had transformative effects on congregational life and leadership.


Ben Wolfe, Aukje Byker, Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough

Inland Northwest UU Community, Spokane, WA

This new UU congregation (formed after a values rift within their previous church) wanted to be intentional about fostering an inclusive culture. They have been using Dynamic Governance (a type of Sociocracy) to give them a way to be fair, transparent and consensual in their decision making.


Linda Moulder, Kathryn Alexander, Erin Fitzgerald, Scott Fitzgerald, Inland Northwest UU Community

Reflections on Congregational Implementation - Sociocracy for All


Jerry Koch-Gonzalez and Ted Rau

Post-Breakout Recap and Next Steps


Rev. Renee Ruchotzke and Ted Rau

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If you are exploring Sociocracy as a congregation, please reach out to:

Rev. Renee Zimelis Ruchotzke

Congregational Life Staff

Email: rruchotzke@uua.org

Telephone: (330) 554-0828

About the Author

Renee Ruchotzke

Rev. Renee Ruchotzke (ruh-HUT-skee) is a Congregational Life Consultant and program manager for Leadership Development.

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