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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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  • The Small Church of the Future: A Drive Time Essay

    How might the small church need to change to meet future needs of tomorrow's members?
    6/15/2005
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  • Governance Concerns for Family Size Congregations

    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 | 6/15/2005
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  • Mission, Vision & Covenant: The Historical Context

    What is the place of covenant in our religious history?
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 6/15/2005
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  • The Real Business of Sunday Mornings: A Drive Time Essay

    If we are not so busy doing church business on Sunday mornings, we will be more welcoming to our visitors and attentive to the fact that they are guests.
    By Dori Davenport Thexton | 6/15/2005
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  • Behavioral Covenants in Congregations

    Learning to practicie helpful and healthy behaviors allows us to act on our stated beliefs and values.
    By Qiyamah Rahman | 6/11/2005
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Reconciliation As a Spiritual Practice

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    By Paula Cole Jones | 2/15/2004
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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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  • Stand Up to Problem People: A Drive Time Essay

    As Unitarian Universalists (UUs), we pride ourselves on being inclusive and forgiving. We celebrate diversity and welcome all individuals. But occasionally a person comes to our church door who is bent on causing physical or emotional damage. What do we do then? ...
    10/31/2014
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  • Accessibility: A Way to Live Out Our Values: A Drive Time Essay

    At First Unitarian Universalist Church, of Rochester, MN, people who used wheelchairs had to be pushed up a steep hill to get into the sanctuary. And when they reached the sanctuary, they still couldn’t get from there to other parts of the building without help. ...
    9/24/2014
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