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  • Cool Things Crowdfunding Can Teach Us About Church

    Rev. Sue Phillips Dawning Future, November 2015
    By Sue Phillips | 12/17/2017
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  • Hope, Anger and Empty Chairs: A Black Lives Matter Conversation

    Presentation by Kenny Wiley & Rev. Barbara Gadon Dawning Future, November 2015
    By Kenny Wiley, Barbara Gadon | 12/17/2017
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  • Lay Seminary in Your Pocket

    Rev. Renee Ruchotzke talks about UU Leadership Institute and where the idea for that came from. Dawning Future November 2015
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 12/17/2017
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  • Authentic Connections in a Virtual World

    Rev. Meg Riley, senior minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship From Dawning Future, November 2015
    By Meg Riley | 12/17/2017
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  • Dawning Future Connection, Depth, Efficiency: Being a Themed Congregation

    Thematic Ministry Presentation From Dawning Future, 2015 Presented by the staff team of the Washington Ethical Society - Rev. Amanda Poppie, Robyn Kravtiz, Melissa Sinclair and Bailey Whiteman
    By Washington Ethical Society, Washington, DC | 12/15/2017
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  • The Gravity of the Situation

    What Holds UUism Down and Prevents Us From Rising? Introduction to morning presentations from Dawning Future 2015 Rev. Tom Schade of "the lively tradition"
    By Tom Schade | 12/15/2017
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  • Dawning Future Worship Service 2015

    Worship service from Dawning Future, November 2015 Presented by the Washington Ethical Society Staff Team.
    By Washington Ethical Society, Washington, DC | 12/15/2017
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  • Beyond the Potluck: Offering Programming that Sticks to Your Ribs

    Theme-based ministry is happening in more and more congregations throughout the Unitarian Universalist movement. Theme based ministry, sometimes called theme based church, helps create multigenerational connections, as people of all ages explore common themes in age-appropriate...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 12/15/2017
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  • Theme Based Church

    This workshop was presented at Cedar Lane Church in September 2014 and focuses on what is Theme Based Church, how it is different from Theme Based Worship and how you can move your congregation to Theme Based Church as well.
    By Scott Tayler | 12/15/2017
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  • The Worship Backpack Defying Gravity 2013 Keynote Address

    The Worship Backpack - This video is a recording of a workshop presented at the Leadership Day for the Metro NY District, 2013. The theme of the day was: Wonderful Ways to Worship: Leading Your Congregation from the Edge of Awe.
    By Christine C. Robinson | 12/15/2017
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  • Religious Educator Spiritual Practice and Self Care

    This webinar will talk about the importance of finding time for renewal and de-stressing and offer tips on how to delegate as well as strategies for making your own spiritual care a priority. 2015
    By Patricia Infante | 12/15/2017
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  • UU Identity in the Classroom

    We'll look at ways that your classroom practices, curriculum choices and worship can affirm UU Identity in children and youth. We'll tap into the power of Tapestry of Faith as a tool for building and growing a sense of connection with our Unitarian Universalist history,...
    By Patricia Infante | 12/15/2017
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  • Safe from Harm

    This webinar will introduce you to resources to prepare and respond to a variety of situations that put your community at risk. We’ll touch on how to open up a non-anxious dialogue within the congregation, the role of the board in creating clear policies, and how to effectively...
    By Patricia Infante, Lisa Presley | 12/15/2017
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  • Creating a Safe Religious Education Program

    We'll revisit this important topic with the latest information and resources for insuring the physical, emotional and sexual safety of our children, youth, and adults. A process for creating a safe congregation policy will be touched on, including new language to address...
    By Patricia Infante, Beth Casebolt | 12/15/2017
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  • Spiritual Strength for Bold Living

    This workshop will introduce the characteristics of a “spiritually strong” congregation. We will explore how faith development for all ages is a key factor in bold living, and we’ll consider the value of healthy leadership and a strong mission in living out a bold vision. 2015
    By Patricia Infante | 12/15/2017
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  • Creating a Weeklong Youth Justice Experience in Your Congregation

    Come learn about a replicable model for creating local-based, weeklong justice experiences for the youth in your congregation. This model draws on interests and leadership of your youth and partnering them with local organizations creating more justice in your town or city. With...
    By Central East Region of the UUA | 12/14/2017
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  • UU Parenting 101

    Topics we will touch on include: the spiritual needs of children, creating rituals at home, how Unitarian Universalism fits into identity development, and how parents can prepare themselves for the role as primary religious educator. 2013
    By Patricia Infante | 12/14/2017
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  • Supporting Families in Good Times and Bad

    When a family faces a challenge, their congregation may be one of the first places they turn for support, consolation or affirmation. We'll look at how to talk about difficult situations, ways to offer compassionate care, boundaries for pastoral support, and suggestions for...
    By Patricia Infante | 12/14/2017
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  • Planning Teacher Training and Development

    Every RE program should provide annual training and guidance for their volunteer staff before heading back to the classroom in the fall. We'll look at sample agendas, suggested content, and ways to make important event fun and engaging day for all. 2014
    By Patricia Infante | 12/14/2017
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  • Shared Leadership In Religious Education

    Creating a vital religious education program is most successful when a healthy balance exists between staff and lay leaders. This video offers guidance and resources on building healthy relationships, communication, shared leadership, shared responsibility, and working in...
    By Patricia Infante | 12/14/2017
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  • Developing and Sustaining Adult RE Programs

    Topics we will touch on include: a short introduction to faith development, models for adult faith development, 10 building blocks, and creating a plan. 2013
    By Patricia Infante, Central East Region of the UUA | 12/14/2017
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  • RE Volunteer Recruitment and Enrichment

    Finding the right volunteer for the job and providing ongoing training so that they feel competent and confident is an important piece of the recruitment puzzle. We'll look at some strategies and tips for recruiting and equipping a 21st century volunteer. (2014)
    By Patricia Infante | 12/14/2017
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  • Bringing Your Best Self: How to Be a Good Colleague

    Congregations with multi player staff teams must work intentionally to create strong, collegial partnerships. We’ll talk about covenant, collegiality, creative tension, and conflict – all forces that can be leveraged to build better staff relationships. (2015)
    By Patricia Infante | 12/10/2017
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  • Welcome to the Roller Coaster: Managing Change in the RE Program

    We’ll look at the challenges of working through change of all types in your program, from introducing new curriculum to adding a second service. The role of staff and leaders in change management will be examined and strategies for lowering anxiety will be introduced. (2015)
    By Patricia Infante | 12/10/2017
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  • Self Care for Board Members

    Serving on a congregational board can be both rewarding and stressful. Some stress is natural, but certain kinds of stress can lead to burn-out. It's important for board to develop a culture that supports board members in their work as well as in their own growth and development...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 11/16/2017
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  • Practicing Intercultural Agility

    In order for a congregation to reflect the global majority in its membership, its leaders must learn to model how to de-center the culture of the congregation from White identity and culture. Here are some practices to get you started.
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 11/15/2017
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  • Lay Leadership as a Spiritual Practice

    There is virtually nothing that you can do in your congregation that is more exciting or enlivening as serving as a lay leader. Moving from receiving to giving back to your community can be a rewarding experience of growth and deepening. ...
    By Erik Walker Wikstrom, Skinner House Books | 11/15/2017
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  • Tools and Methods to Keep Meetings Fresh and Effective

    A wide assortment of tools and methods can enhance a meeting’s productivity and enjoyment. (Yes, most meetings can be fun!) Below are a few suggestions. ...
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 11/3/2017
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  • Handling Difficult Behavior in Meetings

    Learn about some common difficult meeting behaviors and a few strategies to cope with them.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 11/3/2017
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  • Dealing with Conflict in Meetings

    Learn about how to prevent destructive conflict in meetings by nurturing a culture that promotes respectful communication and creative interchange.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 11/3/2017
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  • Tips for Holding a Meeting

    Learn how to better prepare for a meeting with tips on setting up space and meeting flow.
    11/3/2017
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  • Meeting Preparation

    Planning well in advance enables leaders to relax and be more present at the actual event, in addition to creating a comfortable environment for participants. The following are nine key areas to consider in preparing meetings. ...
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 11/3/2017
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  • Maximizing Participation in Meetings

    If meetings are to be truly meaningful and transformational, it is crucial to involve participants fully. Read eleven ways to maximize participation.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 11/3/2017
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  • Congregational Meetings

    The practice of congregational polity dictates that the business of our congregations take place at congregational meetings. Learn how to hold an annual meeting and how to hear reports, elect new positions and approve the annual budget.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 11/2/2017
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  • Meetings 101

    Learn more about the some of the basic components and concepts pertaining to meetings, together with the definitions of these terms.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 11/2/2017
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  • Engaging Head, Heart, and Hand: Beyond Task-Only Meetings

    Meetings are a central activity in the life of any congregation, and in large measure the successes and failures of a congregation hinge upon the effectiveness of these meetings. As religious liberals, we meet because we are committed to the democratic process and want to draw...
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 11/2/2017
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  • Meetings: The Good, The Bad and the…Zzzzz

    Congregations should be good stewards of their members’ time as well as their financial gifts. Learn how to make the most of your in-person time together.
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 11/1/2017
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  • Whole Congregation Discernment

    There are times when the congregation needs to engage in a process that will enable the congregation to reflect on its future in an organic, open and creative way—as a system. (Traditional congregational meetings do not lend themselves to such a process—they are better suited to...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 10/31/2017
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  • Characteristics of Decentralized Governance

    How to create a congregation where people are equipped and empowered to live out the mission through ministry.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 10/31/2017
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  • Membership in the Small Church

    Small congregations offer intimacy and inclusion, but can sometimes feel exclusive to newcomers. How might you bridge that divide?
    By Megan Foley | 10/30/2017
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  • Committees on Shared Ministry

    This webinar was created for new and reforming Committees on Ministry.
    By Kathy McGowan | 10/8/2017
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  • How to Turn ANY Disagreement into a Nasty Fight at Your Congregation

    With unfortunate regularity, we hear heart-breaking stories of how honest and important debates in congregational life descend into nasty fights. Often, those in congregations where this happens express bewilderment that a fight could erupt. I too am bewildered, but my...
    By Ian Evison, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 9/25/2017
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  • Duties of a Board

    Congregational boards hold the authority and responsibility for the congregation as an institution, as designated in the bylaws. Though comprised of individuals, the board must operate as a single entity in service of the mission of the congregation. In other words, individual...
    By Renee Ruchotzke, UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 9/15/2017
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  • Being a Learning Community

    Congregational leaders today are facing challenges that have no easy answers or quick fixes. Developing practices that enable the congregation to use its collective wisdom to experiment with different ideas and approaches. Understand Your Congregation as a System Systems theory...
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group, Renee Ruchotzke | 9/13/2017
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  • Congregational Policies and Procedures - An Overview

    Congregational bylaws, which lay the foundation for the congregation as a legal entity, are augmented by other documents that guide the day-to-day operations and decisions of the leaders and members of the congregation. Policies Policies are voted on by the board of trustees...
    9/12/2017
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  • Congregational Bylaws - An Overview

    Bylaws are important in laying the groundwork for any organization. Although written in legal language to satisfy governmental requirements, bylaws also tell the story of a congregation. They encapsulate the vision, hopes, and dreams of the congregation and are also a last...
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 9/12/2017
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  • Multi-Site Ministry: Lowering the Walls Between Us

    Satellites, multi-site, yolked ministries and partnerships can explored by all types of congregations - tiny, large, urban, rural, clustered, or isolated. Might multi-site be right for you? UUA General Assembly (2014).
    By Scott Tayler, Tandi Rogers, UUA General Assembly and Conference Services | 9/1/2017
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  • Creative Inclusion

    Become more informed about and more comfortable with neuro-diversity (autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc) so that we can more fully live into a practice of radical welcome. With Linette Lowe(2015).
    By MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 9/1/2017
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  • From New Member to Committed Leader

    Learn how to provide paths to leadership in your congregation,to identify potential leaders and to equip them for service in your congregation. (2016).
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 9/1/2017
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  • From Visitor to Engaged Member

    Faith traditions are all in a time of transition and the UU faith is no exception. As we struggle to consider what our faith will look like in the world of congregations and beyond, let us come together to consider some new perspectives on the traditional ideas of membership. In...
    By Marie Luna, Tandi Rogers | 9/1/2017
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