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  • Writing the History of Your Congregation

    A shared history is a powerful bond and an awareness of history can foster a sense of pride and a feeling of connectedness. The telling of this history, whether in oral or written form, is one of the most important ways that newer members of a family are welcomed into the group...
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/24/2019
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  • Church Office Basics

    An efficient office requires creative management and close adherence to deadlines. It also requires close cooperation between staffs and volunteers.
    By UUA General Assembly and Conference Services | 3/24/2019
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  • Let’s You and They Fight: Triangulation

    Whenever two parts of a system become uncomfortable with one another, they will turn their focus to a third person or issue as a way to stabilize their own relationship with one another.
    By Kenneth Hurto | 3/22/2019
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  • A Comprehensive Guide for Adding a Second Worship Service

    Making the decision to add an additional worship service, or even considering such a thing, is a major undertaking in congregational life. As institutions (and even as members of institutions), we don’t always embrace even the smallest changes easily, and alterations in our...
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/22/2019
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  • Strategies for Adding a Service

    Adding services can provide a wonderful, invigorating climate for growth of all sorts, both individual and institutional. But large-scale change without adequate planning not only may doom the change but also may create additional problems. Therefore, ...
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/22/2019
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  • Growing Pains When Adding a Service

    Some useful points to consider and remember as the congregation faces the addition of a service and the consequent growth.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/22/2019
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  • Considering Your Staff When Adding a Service

    Adding a worship service inevitably means more work for the congregation’s staff, both professional and support.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/22/2019
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  • Considering Religious Education When Adding a Service

    One of the key challenges in adding an additional service is providing religious education for children. What is needed, what will be offered, and how it will be done are large questions that need and deserve special consideration.
    3/22/2019
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  • Reasons for Adding a Second Service

    A congregation might choose to add an additional worship service for many different reasons: Some are from the needs of the congregation, and and others are driven by needs of individuals not yet within the congregational walls.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/22/2019
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  • Sample Surveys for Adding a Second Service

    Three sample surveys that can be modified easily for your specific situation.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/22/2019
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  • Common Concerns about Adding a Second Service

    Any change is difficult for an organization, but the change in number of worship services seems to prompt some particular fears and feelings. They need to be articulated, recognized, affirmed, and responded to so the change can move forward effectively. The following are some...
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/22/2019
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  • Logistical Questions for Adding a Second Service

    Adding an additional service will have a real impact on congregational life. Once the decision to add a service is made, the designing and implementation stages begin. Here are a list of questions to help guide your planning:
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/22/2019
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  • Shared Wisdom on Adding a Second Service

    Some tips from congregations who have added a second service.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/22/2019
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  • Tips for Engaging Controversial Issues

    Church leaders need to give serious consideration to whether a controversial issue should be acted on or not.
    By William E Gardner | 3/22/2019
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  • Policies on Public Witness, Actions and Statements

    Some of the most volatile disagreements in the life of the congregations have to do with who speaks for the congregation on controversial issues. How does a congregation decide?
    By William E Gardner | 3/22/2019
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  • Rude Awakenings: Practicing Civility in Our Congregations

    Is rudeness a quality of Unitarian Universalism? How else to explain the lack of hospitality exhibited by many congregations toward unbidden guests? This workshop will explore the prevalence of rudeness in our society, how it is seeping through the walls of our congregations,...
    By Mark Bernstein | 3/19/2019
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  • We Met Online! Great Visitor Experience Start with Google

    From the first online search to an in-person visit, emotions are a key part of what makes a visitor stay or go. User Experience (UX) approaches uncover the emotions we’re evoking to create positive and integrated experiences. Learn how to apply UX to your congregation to improve...
    By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh, Carey McDonald | 3/19/2019
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  • Congregational Size Theory Resources for Growth

    More resources to help understand and lead congregation growth!
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/19/2019
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  • Embodying Beloved Community and Covenantal Relationship

    Beloved Community, Covenantal Relationships and Restoring Connection ...
    By Jan Christian, Pacific Western Region of the UUA | 3/18/2019
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  • Being a Mission-Centered Congregation

    A congregation’s mission is an answer to the question, “Why does this congregation exist in the world?” Congregational leaders are constantly faced with a barrage of decisions. Without a clear mission, how can they make those decisions?
    By James Kubal-Komoto, Pacific Western Region of the UUA | 3/18/2019
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  • 7 Tips for Creative Facilitation

    Leaders who want to engage the creativity of the congregation in a process (such as the creation of guiding documents or strategic plans) can learn to ask questions and host conversations that will facilitate group learning.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/15/2019
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  • Creating Guiding Documents: Effective Practices

    Guiding documents like bylaws, covenants, mission statements, vision statements and strategic plans are developed in consultation with the congregation as a whole so that there is a general sense of trust and ownership. The documents can then serve as guides for the board,...
    By Renee Ruchotzke, UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/15/2019
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  • Why Undertake Vision, Mission, and Covenant Work?

    Congregations that have living vision, mission, and covenant statements are the ones that are growing—not only in numbers but also in the depth of membership commitment.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/14/2019
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  • Strengthening Your Congregation’s Justice Work

    This webinar recording will present ways congregations can partner with other organizations to further and deepen their justice work.
    By Southern Region of the UUA | 3/13/2019
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  • Planning Your Pledge Drive - LATE!

    Your pledge drive needs to happen soon, but it is late and you still don’t have a drive leader, or maybe just got one in place! We will present 11th-hour strategies and learn from each other’s experiences.
    By Southern Region of the UUA, Stewardship for Us | 3/13/2019
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  • Membership Resources Webinar

    Our congregations have come a long way in welcoming visitors and new members but they still struggle to engage and keep them for the long term. Learn some tools that will be helpful on how to begin to see the membership path in a new light.
    By Southern Region of the UUA | 3/13/2019
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  • Safety First! Webinar

    Our congregations strive to be safe and welcoming places to all. It is impossible to make a congregation 100% safe; however, there are steps that you can take to make your congregation safer. Learn how at this webinar.
    By Southern Region of the UUA | 3/13/2019
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  • A Theology for Leaders

    What do we need as a core theology to take down today's giants of racism, patriarchy, environmental destruction, and other ills of the 21st century?
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 3/1/2019
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  • Archiving Church Records: What Items to Keep and How to Catalogue Them

    Church members generally agree that saving church records is a good thing – but the reality of doing that raises a number of questions. Which items should be saved, and by extension, is it okay to throw some items out?
    By Kathleen Parker, Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage Society, Inc. | 3/27/2011
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  • Listening to Experience: UU Ministers Discuss Growth

    12 Ministers from Growing and Diverse UU Congregations Talk About Growth
    By Alice Mann, Ken Beldon, Thom Belote, John Crestwell, Kendra Ford, Robert Hardies, Peter Morales, Christine C. Robinson, Victoria E Safford, Michael A Schuler, Marilyn Sewell, Elizabeth Lerner Maclay | 3/19/2010
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  • Mission Statement Tips

    Mission speaks to the congregation’s calling, the source of its integrity and it’s central reason for being. What are we called to be and do?
    By Douglas Zelinski | 3/16/2009
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  • Founding and Sustaining a UU Military Support Group

    Practical advice about successfully founding and sustaining a group to provide fellowship and support for our active duty service folx, reservists, veterans and their families.
    By David Pyle, Seanan R. Holland, Cynthia Kane | 6/19/2008
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  • The Case against Church School Fees

    How might fees for Sunday School impact your congregation?
    By Stefan Jonasson | 3/19/2006
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  • Sample Visioning Process: Guided Imagery for a Group

    This process can be run in a morning, afternoon, or a longish evening. The program works well with teenagers on up to seniors.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 6/16/2005
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  • What Are Vision, Mission, and Covenant?

    The words vision, mission, and covenant have been used but the meanings have varied over time and context. This is one model of understanding.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 6/15/2005
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  • Suggestions for Team Retreats

    Teams who are just forming, or who have an important project, need to take the time to form as a team. A team retreat is a time for the members of the team to get to know one another and figure out how to work well together.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 6/15/2005
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  • Dynamics of Change: Paradigm Shifts

    It isn’t only individuals that have a hard time with change; congregations have their hard times, too. Any institution develops systems and patterns of behavior that seem to endure even as the individuals within the organization change. Roles are created and filled, and both...
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 6/15/2005
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  • Make Guiding Documents Living Documents

    The vision, mission, covenant and other guiding documents can be incorporated into the life of the congregation in an unlimited number of ways in order to keep them in front of the members. The following are some suggestions:
    3/18/2005
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  • Revisiting Guiding Documents

    To keep your mission, vision, covenant and other guiding documents relevant, it's helpful to revisit them every 5-7 years.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/18/2005
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  • An Exercise for Mission Discernment: Who are We?

    UU Communities can be very different from one another! Use this continuum exercise to see how your congregations understands itself.
    By Barbara Child | 3/18/2005
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  • Vision Statement Tips

    Vision statements need to be useful to the leaders. Effective vision statements tend to have common characteristics.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/16/2005
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  • Consensus Model of Decision-Making: An Overview

    A consensus decision-making model empowers participants to cooperate with one another in order to reach an outcome that is in the best interest of the group as a whole and that furthers the group’s stated purpose.
    By First Parish in Lexington, Lexington, MA | 3/15/2005
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  • Sample Powerful Questions for Congregational Discernment

    As your congregation moves into times of discernment, such as doing vision, mission, or covenant work, powerful questions are ways to surface deep understandings and creative ideas.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/15/2005
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