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  • Keep Your Communication Channels Open!

    With so many ways to mis-communicate and mis-understand in our congregations, we need to develop healthy communication habits and norms.
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 11/29/2018
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  • 20 Suggestions for a Welcoming Congregational Office

    An accessible, attractive and efficient office space makes staff, volunteers and visitors happy and productive!
    By Anne Odin Heller | 11/21/2018
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  • Generative Conversations in Congregations

    There are times when leaders need to take time and space to struggle with deeper questions. Generative conversations can create that kind of space
    By Phillip Lund | 11/19/2018
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  • Triangulation and other Systems Thinking Concepts

    S-H-I-F-T is a way to remember the basics of emotional systems (Self-Differientation, Homeostasis, Identified patient, emotional Familiy field, and Triagulation) and how they operatin in congregations.
    By Connie Goodbread | 11/19/2018
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  • Disagreement, Dissent and Creative Conflict

    Learning how to be in community with people who have different opinions or experiences is essential in UU congregations.
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 11/19/2018
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  • Moving Towards Family Ministry Webinar

    A conversation among religious educators about what congregations are trying and what's working.
    By Patricia Infante | 11/9/2018
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  • The Size and Shape of Governance

    Five key components needed in the governance system of congregations, including visioning, coordinating, planning, training and implementing.
    By Stefan Jonasson | 5/15/2006
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  • Governance and Congregational Size

    All congregations must understand that the instruments of congregational polity will vary with the size of the congregation. The practices of governance must be suited to the characteristics of the individual congregation.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 6/1/2005
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  • Decentralized Governance for Maximum Effect

    Our liberal religious communities fare best when everyone is empowered. Congregations should support decentralization of decision making and action wherever possible.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 6/1/2005
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  • Governance: A Historical Perspective

    An overview of how UU governance developed over time.
    6/1/2005
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  • Why Governance? An Overview

    Governance is the system by which a congregation exercises its authority. A congregation may use any system to govern itself; it may change systems frequently or entirely ignore the systems it claims as its own, but as long as the congregation lives, it will continue to exercise...
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 6/1/2005
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  • Markers of a Shared Ministry Congregation

    Ministry is the work of the congregation. In order to do this work well, a congregation needs several characteristics that make for good, focused ministry.
    By UUA Congregational Life: Growth Strategies For Congregations Office | 6/1/2005
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  • Board-Staff Relations in Healthy Congregations

    Establishing good communication practices and healthy boundaries are essential to attracting and keeping good staff. This article gives an overview of good practices, with special tips for congregations of various sizes.
    By Stefan Jonasson | 6/1/2003
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