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  • Stewardship Overview for Congregational Presidents

    A supportive board is essential for a successful stewardship campaign. This overview helps congregational boards understand what is needed.
    By William Clontz, Southern Region of the UUA, Stewardship for Us | 10/4/2018
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  • Stewardship Re-envisioned: Moving Beyond the Pledge Drive

    This recorded workshop explores evolving alternatives and additions to the traditional pledge drive stewardship model, designed to reduce anxiety, energize volunteers, and engage those who are not typical pledgers. Case studies will be used to spark new ideas.
    By Central East Region of the UUA | 10/3/2018
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  • Stewardship for Congregations in Transition

    A workshop to explore ideas and approaches for strengthening stewardship in congregations experiencing ministerial transition. Presented by Rev. Roberta Finkelstein, Andrea Lerner and Barry Finkelstein.
    By Andrea Lerner | 10/3/2018
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  • Innovation and Inspiration for UU Stewardship

    Part of the Wi$dom and Generosity Track at the 2016 General Assembly, this workshop equips lay and ordained leadership for effective stewardship in our congregations. It is a "flash” presentation of the most innovative and successful fundraising ideas.
    By Mary Katherine Morn, Vail Weller, Amy Shaw, Darcy Roake, Eric Kaminetzky, Laura Randall, UUA Stewardship and Development Staff Group | 10/3/2018
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  • Electronic Giving in Congregations

    First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis recently started an electronic giving program and share with us what they are learning. Presented by Allan Callander, Former Finance Director at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. Host: Rev. Sharon Dittmar
    By First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN, Sharon Dittmar, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 10/3/2018
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  • Make Room for All: Accessibility and Inclusion Issues in Congregational Life

    Opening our doors to people of all abilities is the less talked about test of inclusion in our congregations. This webinar discusses “disability etiquette” and explores the many ways in which our congregations can be more accessible and more welcoming to people with a variety of...
    By Mark Bernstein, UU Association of Membership Professionals (UUAMP), MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 10/3/2018
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  • Who should be the Congregation's Executive in Policy Governance?

    Congregational Life Staff are often asked who performs executive functions in UU Congregations under policy governance. Here are some considerations.
    By David Pyle | 9/27/2018
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  • 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
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  • Institutionalizing a Ministry of Generosity - Homework

    Is your congregation seeking to become more intentional about nurturing generosity in every part of congregational life? Use these readings and reflections for a faith formation class or small group reflection.
    By Jan Christian | 8/21/2018
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  • Congregation Participation in Ends Development Process

    For congregations using Carver Policy Governance, it's important to have congregational involvement and engagement with "Ends Statements." Using a "World ​Café" process like this one is a recommended method.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 8/19/2018
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  • Help Keep Your Board Out of the Weeds with "Dashboard" Financial Reports

    It's hard for boards to operate with a 30,000 foot view of the congregation's finances when they are given detailed spreadsheets of tracking the minutia of the budget. A much more useful tool is a "dashboard" report.
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 8/16/2018
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  • Crowdfunding UU Dreams Through Chalice Lighters and Faithify

    Presented during General Assembly 2018 as one of the poster sessions. Crowdfunding Programs available in Unitarian Universalism.
    By Andrea Lerner | 6/4/2018
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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 and our sense...
    By Jan Christian, Kay Crider | 5/30/2018
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  • Engaging Emerging Adult Leaders in Congregations

    Find guiding questions, ideas and best practices for emerging-adult-friendly congregations (ages 18-24).
    By Eric Bliss, Sarah Gibb Millspaugh, Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 5/16/2018
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  • GA Presentation on Skills to Grow other Leaders

    Workshops and presentations at General Assembly (GA), the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), have been provided by a variety of Unitarian Universalist (UU) organizations and UUA staff groups over the course of several decades. Not all presentations...
    5/2/2018
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  • Assessment Tools for Lay Ministry

    Congregations become "smarter" as systems as they develop feedback loops that enable the system to learn from its past successes and challenges. Here is a tool that you can use to improve your ministry as well as the experience of your volunteers.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 4/20/2018
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  • Inform and Equip Your Leaders

    Our living tradition calls us to be lifelong learners, and this is especially true for our leaders. There are many skills and sensibilities that today's leaders need to help our congregations be ready for the 21st century. The UUA has many training resources to assist you!
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 4/20/2018
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  • Inviting Potential Leaders to Discern Their Gifts

    Anxiety about lack of volunteers and leaders can often lead to treating them as human capital, objects to be managed. Ironically, this anxiety-fueled approach tend to produce disappointing results. Instead, creating a program based on an I-Thou relationship of mutuality,...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 4/20/2018
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  • Identifying Potential Leaders for Your Congregation

    Your Leadership Development Team should have several practices and strategies that enable them to identify potential leaders, especially from groups that may be at the margins (young adults, people of color). Places to Look For Potential Leaders Attend newcomer classes Talk to...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 4/20/2018
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  • Top Ten People Who Should NOT Be On Your Board

    A humorous take on what qualities make a good leader by showing their polar opposites.
    By Suzanne Meyer, Chip Roush | 4/20/2018
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  • The regional Congregational Life staff are congregations' local connection to the UUA. All of the program Congregational Life staff have expertise in most aspects of congregational life and each also has a few program areas of expertise. See the UUA Congregational Life Staff...

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