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  • Spiral Spiritual Practice in the Time of Corona

    What spiritual practices are available to help us grow our resilience and point us towards collective liberation? Learn about the four-point Spiral from the Work That Reconnects (WTR).
    By Karen G. Johnston | 3/27/2020
  • Budgeting in Uncertain Times

    Budgeting for the new year is very much on everyone’s mind. There is no telling how the pandemic will affect pledge drives underway, nor fulfillment of current year pledges. Congregations also fear the loss or reduction of other income from rentals, fundraisers, plate...
    By Barry Finklestein, Stewardship for Us | 3/27/2020
  • Preparing for the Pandemic Before It Comes to Your Congregation

    Clergy are learning from local disaster response experts and are sharing what they are learning. Clear guidance is emerging on how to prepare for the pandemic when it hits your community.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/26/2020
  • Federal Policies and Actions Related to COVID-19

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has issued a number of policies and actions that impact employees. We are providing summary information, with links to additional resources. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
    By Richard Nugent, Jan Gartner | 3/26/2020
  • Worship Resources for the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Sometimes circumstances call for special material—and the current pandemic is one such circumstance. We're grateful to the people here who have written and shared worship resources for worship in the time of Covid-19. ...
    3/26/2020
  • Pandemic Resilience: a spiritual guide

    three components for trauma resilience: agency (knowledge of what you have control over, what you don’t, and the ability to make your own choices), purpose (awareness that you are part of something bigger, that you have a role to play) and self-reliance (the belief you can...
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 3/21/2020
    Filed in: Youth Ministry
  • Researching Copyright for Live Streaming

    Understanding copyright law is not a normal part of church leadership! Here are some tips to help you navigate what music you can use and how to secure permissions.
    3/20/2020
  • Using UUA Publications for Online Religious Education and Small Group Ministry

    Do you have publications or other materials from the UUA or Skinner House books that you want to use for online faith development such as religious education or small group ministry? Here are some guidelines:
    By Mary Benard | 3/20/2020
  • Making Time for Community Connection

    Our people need to connect with one another. How might we use technology to make that happen during times of social distancing?
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/19/2020
  • Dear Parents: It Will Be Enough

    Hey parents who now have kids underfoot, I want to say something that might be shocking. I want to give you permission to NOT DO ANYTHING ACADEMIC with your kids. I want you to know that whatever you need to do to get through this slow moving crisis, it will be enough.
    By Cecilia Kingman | 3/19/2020
  • Tips for Talking with Children About the Pandemic

    Michelle Richards provides helpful tips for talking with children about the pandemic including how much to say, what to watch for and ways to reassure them
    By Michelle Richards | 3/19/2020
  • Don't Let Scammers Take Advantage During Anxious Times

    Scammers like to strike when people are anxious. Be sure to take a breath, then remind yourself, YOUR MINISTER WILL NEVER ASK YOU TO BUY GIFT CARDS!
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 3/19/2020
  • Congregations as Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    How can your congregation be a good employer during the COVID-19 pandemic? Caring for staff is an opportunity to model your values and spirit for the congregation, to demonstrate the kindness, creativity, and interdependence that these days ask of us. We will update this page...
    By Jan Gartner | 3/19/2020
  • Sample Questions for Potential Lay Pastoral Caregivers and Their References

    Questions that help you select good laypeople to be part of your congregation's pastoral care network.
    By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh | 3/18/2020
  • Stewardship in a Time of Pandemic

    Many congregational leaders have expressed anxiety about fundraising at this time. Here are some frames and resources to help you adjust your stewardship campaign and giving opportunities.
    By Lauren Smith | 3/18/2020
  • A Guide to Faith Development in a Time of Physical Distancing

    Households and families are struggling under quarantine conditions, many uncertainties, and illness as the world experiences the COVID19 pandemic. Explore practical and spiritual resources to grow in faith when you can't be in person.
    3/18/2020
  • Congregations "Buddy up" for Online Worship

    Rev. Darcey Laine’ serves two of our small congregations. Because of her idea, congregations across upstate New York and northern Pennsylvannia have started “buddying up.”
    By Darcey Elizabeth Hegvik Laine | 3/17/2020
  • How to Quickly Build a Lay Pastoral Care Network

    The emotional, spiritual, and health needs during a time of pandemic are great, and no one congregational leader can handle it all! Here are some tips for expanding and strengthening your pastoral care network.
    By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh | 3/17/2020
    Filed in: LeaderLab
  • A Guide to Pastoral Care and Connection in a Time of Physical Distancing

    Physical isolation doesn't have to mean social isolation. Here are a collection of resources to help your members and friends feel connected and cared for.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/17/2020
  • Reaching Out Safely

    In this time of Coronavirus we want to help each other and be supportive. Some of this requires at least being able to exchange stuff. But how to do it safely?
    By Beth Casebolt | 3/17/2020
    Filed in: LeaderLab
  • Pacing Ourselves in a Pandemic

    Rev. Cecilia Kingman, minister for Faith and Justice at the Edmonds UU Congregation in Edmonds, Washington, reminds us to pace ourselves. This is going to be a long haul, and there is much loss and grieving to come in most of our communities.
    By Cecilia Kingman | 3/17/2020
  • Simple Online Pastoral Care

    Physical distancing doesn't have to mean social isolation. Here are some creative ways to provide pastoral care in a time of physical distancing.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/16/2020
  • A Pastoral Note to One-Person Households in a Time of Physical Distancing

    The weeks ahead may be particularly hard for you if you are living alone. Here are some reminders as we enter this time of social distancing.
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 3/16/2020
  • Healthcare is a wild, grief-filled ride right now

    Emily McKinney, hospice chaplain and music director, shares the pastoral needs of health care providers during this time of coronavirus pandemic.
    3/14/2020
  • Simple Online Sunday Morning

    A quality Sunday morning experience online does not need to be complicated or highly technical. Especially helpful for smaller congregations.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/13/2020
  • Resources for Talking with Children about COVID-19

    Talking with kids about the coronavirus can be hard. Here are some resources
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/13/2020
  • Parenting During a Time of Physical Distancing

    Parents who are facing several weeks cooped at home need community support! Here’s some advice compiled from religious professionals.
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 3/13/2020
  • Simple Online Faith Formation

    Guidance on how to do faith formation on line.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/13/2020
  • Explaining to Children About The Need for Virtual Church

    A script and video sample for explaining why church is moving online to her congregation's children by DRE Helen Rose
    By Helen Rose, UU Church of Tallahassee, Tallahassee, FL | 3/13/2020
  • Learnings about Worship Online

    Church of the Larger Fellowship past and present Learning Fellows share their top learnings about worship, connecting and doing church online.
    By Church of the Larger Fellowship, Boston, MA | 3/13/2020
  • Creating Community Online

    Community, including intimate, deep, and spiritually supportive versions thereof, can be created and sustained in online spaces, including covenant groups, ritual, pastoral care, and community interactions.
    By Jordinn Nelson Long | 3/12/2020
  • Multigenerational Ministry in an Age of Physical Distancing

    As a parent of young children, the idea of staying home with my kids for two weeks makes me think: severe cabin fever. Selfishly, I began wondering how our congregations can help. I mean, really, there would be days a five minute Facetime call with my six year old so someone...
    By Evin Carvill Ziemer | 3/12/2020
  • Sustaining Connection in a Coronavirus World

    Learn what congregations and other groups are doing to maintain real connection virtually in times such as these. Guests include the Revs Mykal Slack, Jessica Star Rockers and Suzanne Fast.
    By Church of the Larger Fellowship, Boston, MA | 3/12/2020
  • Stay Away and Connect

    If you are a leader or have a strong following, you have great power in this situation to help people navigate it with grace. Using what we know about neurobiology and trauma, here are some pro-tips from a professional in the field of helping communities navigate great change...
    By Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe | 3/12/2020
  • Guidelines for Using UUA-Copyrighted Materials in Online Worship

    Learn what UUA publications you can use when streaming or posting recordings of your worship service.
    By UUA Communications: Publications | 3/11/2020
  • Streaming to Zoom

    Zoom is an affordable paid service that has both streaming and meeting capbilities. It is used by the UUA, affiliates and many member congregations.
    3/11/2020
  • Accessibilty Considerations for Streaming Services and Online Meetings

    Online meetings and streaming worship don't work well for everyone. Here are some tips and tools to make your online programs more accessible.
    3/11/2020
  • Holding Online Meetings - Human Considerations

    Because hospitality is important to human relationships, learning how to host in online spaces is essential. People come with different levels of experience and comfort. Here are some tips to help host an online space that can help host an online space that can help build...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 3/10/2020
  • Worship Planning for Online Services

    During an emergency, such as inclement weather or a pandemic, you may need cancel in-person services altogether. In this case you may consider an all-online worship service.
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 3/10/2020
  • Streaming to YouTube Live

    One fairly easy way to stream a worship service is to use a laptop computer, a webcam, Wi-Fi, and YouTube Live.
    3/10/2020
  • A Guide to Streaming Sunday Services, Meetings, and Classes

    Today's technology gives our congregations many options to connect our members and friends! Even though nothing can compare to face-to-face human interaction, there are many situations where we can use the internet to connect our people.
    3/10/2020
  • Streaming to Facebook Live

    The easiest way to stream a worship service is to use a phone or tablet, Wi-Fi, and Facebook Live, which is the simplest streaming system to use. (YouTube is also simple, but they now require that your YouTube channel have at least 1,000 subscribers to be allowed to stream from...
    3/10/2020
  • Streaming Sunday Services - Technical Tips

    What technology do you need to stream your Sunday Service? You'll need a subscription to an online streaming platform and the video and audio equipment that matches your budget and needs.
    By UUA Information Technology Service Staff Group | 3/10/2020
  • Holding Online Meetings - Technical Considerations

    Your Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation or organization can hold meetings and training sessions over the Internet if it’s hard for you to gather in person.
    3/10/2020
  • Resources for Congregations as Employers

    A collection of recordings, workshop materials and other helpful resources that can help your congregation be a good employer!
    By Jan Gartner | 3/6/2020
  • Professional Training for New Congregational Staff (PLUS)

    The PLUS Program (or Professional Learning Units for Staff) is designed for new (and relatively new) professional staff in Unitarian Universalist congregations.
    By Jan Gartner | 3/2/2020
  • UUA Benefit Recommendations

    An overview of what recommended staff benefits are included in the UUA Fair Compensation Guidelines.
    By Jan Gartner | 3/2/2020
  • Is Your Youth Ministry Welcoming, Inclusive and Accessible?

    A youth group doesn’t magically transform into a welcoming, inclusive and accessible space as soon as you hang a poster of the Seven Principles on the door. We need to intentionally cultivate an environment where youth can practice caring for one another and holding one another...
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 10/5/2018
    Filed in: Youth Ministry
  • Give Yourself the Gift of Professional Development

    What is “professional development?" Why is it essential? How do you choose and fund professional development activities and fit them into your schedule?
    12/18/2014

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