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Spiritual Grounding
Spiritual Grounding for Leadership Developement

Being Spiritually Grounded—one of the recommended leadership development competencies—includes:

  • A clear, positive understanding and personal practice of one’s own faith in our liberal religious tradition.
  • Being able to “translate” and not be reactive to the language, beliefs or practices of other faith traditions.
  • Being able to access one's "core" or "center" and connect it to their understanding of the transcendent (e.g. God/Goddess, Holy Spirit, Ground of All Being, the Universe etc.).

Core Value

We are religious being who seek meaning through the direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life.

Practices

  • Meditation
  • Retreats
  • Seeking spiritual direction
  • Group Spiritual Practice in Small Group Ministry
  • Spiritual Practices (e.g. yoga, tai chi, etc.)

Resources

Videos

Web Articles

Podcasts

On-Demand Webinars

Curricula

  • What Moves Us: Unitarian Universalist Theology by Rev. Dr. Thandeka (Tapestry of Faith Curriculum)
  • Spirit of Life by Rev. Barbara Hamilton-Holway (Tapestry of Faith Curriculum)
  • Spirit in Practice by Rev. Erik Walker Wikstrom (Tapestry of Faith Curriculum)

Books

About the Authors

  • Rev. Renee Ruchotzke (ruh-HUT-skee) has served as a Congregational Life Consultant in the Central East Region since September of 2010. As program manager for Leadership Development, she is responsible for providing consultation, programming and training material (including...
  • For more information, see the UUA.org page about the Central East Region .

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