Spiritual Grounding for Leadership Developement

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Being Spiritually Grounded—one of the recommended leadership development competencies—includes:

  • A clear, positive understanding and personal practice of one’s own faith in our liberal religious tradition.
  • Being able to “translate” and not be reactive to the language, beliefs or practices of other faith traditions.
  • Being able to access one's "core" or "center" and connect it to their understanding of the transcendent (e.g. God/Goddess, Holy Spirit, Ground of All Being, the Universe etc.).

Core Value

We are religious being who seek meaning through the direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life.


  • Meditation
  • Retreats
  • Seeking spiritual direction
  • Group Spiritual Practice in Small Group Ministry
  • Spiritual Practices (e.g. yoga, tai chi, etc.)



Web Articles


On-Demand Webinars


  • What Moves Us: Unitarian Universalist Theology by Rev. Dr. Thandeka (Tapestry of Faith Curriculum)
  • Spirit of Life by Rev. Barbara Hamilton-Holway (Tapestry of Faith Curriculum)
  • Spirit in Practice by Rev. Erik Walker Wikstrom (Tapestry of Faith Curriculum)


About the Authors

Renee Ruchotzke

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

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Spiritually Grounded

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By Erik Walker Wikstrom

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