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  • 3 Parts of Effective Governance

    When you understand the purpose of governance and what it needs to be effective, your work as a board becomes much clearer.
    By Dan Hotchkiss, UU Leadership Institute | 3/16/2017
  • How to Read Congregational Financial Documents

    This video walks you through the basics of reading Congregational financial documents.
    By David Pyle, Beth Casebolt | 9/14/2018
  • CAR Care: Building Trust Among Leaders

    By Jonipher Kūpono Kwong, Pacific Western Region of the UUA | 3/15/2018
  • Goals and Assessment

    Questions for Discussion How might having specific goals change the experience of serving on the board? What three goals would help you feel like your congregation has accomplished something significant this year?
    By Ian Evison, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 3/15/2018
  • Adaptive vs. Technical Challenges: A Case Study

    What is the difference between a technical challenge and an adaptive challenge? Rev. David Pyle gives a helpful example.
    By David Pyle | 2/9/2018
  • Governance and Ministry: A Partnership

    A brief overview of how Governance and Ministry partner to serve the mission of the congregation. (Based on Dan Hotchkiss's Governance and Ministry, 2nd Edition.)
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 2/7/2018
  • Growth Cycles of Congregations Explained

    Is you congregation growing, static or in decline? This video, based on the book Taking Your Church to the Next Level: What Got You Here Won't Get You There by Gary L. McIntosh
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 2/4/2018
  • The Emotional Dynamics of Change

    One key insight for leaders is to understanding how responses to change are not just intellectual, but emotional. This presentation provides a mental model using a rollercoaster to help you lead through change.
    By Gilbert Rendle | 1/30/2018
  • What Do We Promise One Another as Unitarian Universalists?

    What are our promises to each other, to our fellow congregants, to any Unitarian Universalist in the world? How do we show up for each other? To help us understand what this might mean, the UUA shared this beautiful video, created by a Unitarian Universalist and graphic designer...
    By Terasa Cooley | 1/22/2018
  • Money, Spirit, and Life: The Wi$dom Path

    How can our relationships with earning, spending, investing, and giving be spiritually healthy and grounded in our deepest values? How would our congregations and communities benefit from spiritually healthy money conversations? This experiential workshop introduces interactive...
    By Patricia Infante, Wayne B. Clark, David H. Messner | 12/17/2017
  • Cool Things Crowdfunding Can Teach Us About Church

    Rev. Sue Phillips Dawning Future, November 2015
    By Sue Phillips | 12/17/2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Duties of a Board

    Larry Ladd shares his wisdom from years of consulting with not-for-profit boards.
    By Larry Ladd, UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 9/15/2017
  • Understanding Ministerial Compensation

    A brief overview of how to budget for ministry. For more detailed information visit the UUA Office of Church Staff Finances or download Ministerial Compensation 101: A Basic Primer (PDF) .
    By Renee Ruchotzke, UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Office of Church Staff Finances | 6/2/2017
  • Congregational Polity and the Myth of Congregational Autonomy

    Congregational polity is not fundamentally about autonomy or protecting individuals from spiritual coercion. This understanding repels healthy people, weakens connections among churches, and perpetuates widespread suspicion about leadership. This workshop lays groundwork for a...
    By Sue Phillips, New England Region of the UUA | 6/27/2015

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