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  • Talking About Money as Pastoral Care

    This was a call-in conversation on May 14, 2018 with Kay Crider, Stewardship Consultant with Stewardship for Us, and Rev. Jan Christian, PWR Congregational Life Staff. Powerpoint Notes (below) Conversation Overview Our wounds are often deep when it comes to money...
    By Jan Christian, Kay Crider | 5/30/2018
    Filed in: Leader Lab
  • Best Annual Budget Drive Ever: Part Three - 21st Century Stewardship and Best Practices

    What is working well today, including the tried and true, and new ideas. What is not working so well, and how can it be improved or replaced. How can we use technology and social media. How can we reach the people who are hard to reach. Can we effectively diversify our revenue...
    By Patricia Infante, Central East Region of the UUA | 1/16/2018
  • Best Annual Budget Drive Ever: Part Two - Talking About Money

    Recognizing the baggage we bring and the anxiety many of us have about money and stewardship, how can we talk about sharing our gifts in service of the whole, that is, our beloved faith community. How can we talk to one another about our dreams and vision for our church—linked...
    By Patricia Infante, Central East Region of the UUA | 1/16/2018
  • Best Annual Budget Drive Ever: Part One - Vision, Planning, and Organizing

    Participants will be invited to reflect on their recent campaigns and learn how to generate new ideas, new themes, and attract new people. Consider what have we not done for a while, what stewardship message does our congregation need this year, what would we do with more money...
    By Patricia Infante, Central East Region of the UUA | 1/16/2018
  • Let's Talk About UUs, Money, Power and Secrecy

    What could possibly go wrong? A look at UUs and Stewardship presented by Bill Clontz of Stewardship for Us. Dawning Future, November 2015
    By William Clontz | 12/17/2017
  • Happiness as a Spiritual Practice

    Are we having fun yet? Surprisingly, many UU congregations aren't. The stress of church work, interpersonal conflict, and lack of resources, to name a few, result in congregational members worrying more and enjoying less. Based on the Shawn Achor book, The Happiness Advantage,...
    By Mark Bernstein | 12/17/2017
  • The Price of Renewal

    Why Dying and Rebirth are Essential Components of Growth Congregations that aspire to be vital, strong and growing follow a constant cycle of birth, aging, death, renewal and rebirth. This session will look at several theories around the life cycles of congregations and will...
    By Mark Bernstein | 12/17/2017
  • When in Doubt Retreat

    Fun and Effective Team Building Activities for Your Board, Committees, and Congregation Synergy is what happens when a group of people accomplish something that one or two or a few alone could not. Where there is teamwork, there is synergy. This session will describe several...
    By Mark Bernstein | 12/17/2017
  • Restoring Relationships in Congregations

    In marriage we have vows and in congregations we have behavioral covenants. Without intention and agreements on how to process disagreements and conflicts, vows and covenants can end up meaningless, or even harmful. In other words, we need to agree on how to fight, for fight we...
    By LoraKim Joyner | 12/17/2017
  • Retirement Planning for Ministers

    Webinar presented by Rev. Richard Gilbert, president of UU Retired  Ministers and Partners. 2015
    By Richard S. Gilbert | 12/17/2017
  • On Being a Non Anxious Leader: Emotional Intelligence

    The challenges that Membership Professionals face require that one react both with their head and with their heart.  Emotional Intelligence is where the head and heart intersect and is an important tool in understanding your own emotions and the emotions of others, in being...
    By Mark Bernstein | 12/17/2017
  • Membership Myopia

    The most common symptom of this dreaded “disease” is focusing on only one aspect of the membership experience, i.e., visitors and newcomers. But there is a whole lifecycle of the membership experience that calls for creative and effective engagement by the membership committee....
    By William Clontz | 12/17/2017
  • How Do I Grow Thee

    Five Ways of Growing Your Congregation. Mark Bernstein discusses five ways of growing strong, vital and lasting Unitarian Universalist congregations. 2012
    By Mark Bernstein | 12/17/2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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...
    By Central East Region of the UUA | 12/14/2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. Accompanying Workshop (2 hours...
    By Erik Walker Wikstrom, Skinner House Books | 11/15/2017
  • 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
  • Committees on Shared Ministry

    This webinar was created for new and reforming Committees on Ministry.
    By Kathy McGowan | 10/8/2017
  • 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
  • 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...
    By MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 9/1/2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • Channeling Your Success Through Good Communication

    The opportunity is great in our congregations for rumors, miscommunication, gossip and, of course, conflict. Examine the barriers to open communication processes and will explore ways in which lay and ministerial leaders can open up channels of communication and create...
    By Mark Bernstein, Central East Region of the UUA | 8/31/2017
  • Creating Meetings that Matter

    In many congregations, meetings are considered a necessary evil.  It doesn't have to be that way.  Learn spiritual and practical ideas for running efficient, effective and faith-based meetings. (2014).
    By Mark Bernstein, Central East Region of the UUA | 6/7/2017
  • Storytelling for All Ages!

    With Julie Rigano, Religious Educator. Learn how to tell a story that a multigenerational audience will enjoy and remember! Learn storytelling structures and techniques, basic mime skills, memorization tips, and how to project. (2016).
    By Central East Region of the UUA | 6/7/2017
  • Vital Leaders for Vibrant Congregations

    Vibrant congregations in today's world live out of a sense of core mission or purpose. Twenty-first leaders need to find ways to embed that mission into all parts of congregational life. This workshop will provide strategies to help your congregation focus its development of...
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 6/4/2017
  • Untangling Triangles

    Learn how triangulated communication increases unhealthy conflict in congregations, and how to avoid and untangle triangulated conversations.  Pacific Western Region (2016).
    By James Kubal-Komoto, Pacific Western Region of the UUA | 6/2/2017
  • How to Be a Great Congregational President

    An opportunity for new presidents to learn the basics, share some resources, and network with those moving into the role. Featuring Amy L. Nelson, former president of the UU Congregation of Rochester, MN.  (May, 2015)
    By Ian Evison, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/14/2017
  • Before Disaster Strikes

    Learn from Rev. Julie Taylor, a member of the UU Trauma Response Ministry, and Rev. Lisa Presley, MidAmerica Staff person and responder, as they discuss what a congregation can, and should do, to prepare themselves for disasters, whether natural or human caused.
    By Lisa Presley, Julie Taylor, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/14/2017
  • Ten Good Ideas About Effective Governance

    Many of our most committed leaders have sat in congregational board meetings and said to themselves “there must be a better way to do this work”! Many new people have volunteered to do simple task and found themselves frustrated amidst lack of clarity. In this workshop we will...
    By Ian Evison, Lisa Presley, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/14/2017
  • Compassionate Communication

    When conflict arises, there may be a tendency to avoid it or to let it fester until it becomes polarizing. What are the four elements of compassionate communication that may help us better understand one another and come to a better awareness of our needs in a relationship? How...
    By Carlton Elliott Smith | 1/10/2017
  • Committee on Shared Ministry

    How do Committees on Ministry function? Rev. Nancy Bowen shares an overview.
    By Nancy Bowen, Pacific Western Region of the UUA | 11/13/2013
  • Drawing the Line - Disruptive Behavior Policies and Procedures

    Healthy congregations set healthy boundaries around disruptive behavior. This webinar gives an outline of how a Committee on Ministry or a Board might hold disruptive members accountable to the covenant. Based on the book Never Call Them Jerks by Arthur Paul...
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 8/17/2011

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